ADHD in children precipitates some challenges for playtime, one of which is a limited range of interest when it comes to toys. Many kids with ADHD prefer to play with a few, familiar toys instead of exploring novel options. However, at Woodburn Pediatric Clinic we understand the importance of play. There are ways to encourage kids with ADHD to broaden their interests. In an effort to help your child improve their focus and avoid rigidity, we have compiled this list of six toys for kids with ADHD that are worth investigating.
Play-Doh is a classic hands-on toy that is ideal for children with ADHD. It allows kids to make their own unique creations and get out their jitters. As a result, play can lower frustration, anxiety and increase focus.
Puppets may seem outdated, but for kids with ADHD, they are an excellent way to introduce new types of play. For starters, they encourage your child to act out different scenarios and as a result, can be an excellent emotional coping strategy.
Brain Food is a unique putty that is great for kids with ADHD because it allows them a way to work out excess energy while focusing on another task. The putty also strengthens fine motor skills and encourages strength in the hands and wrists.
Connective straws are available by a variety of different brands. This activity allows kids to utilize their imagination to build a variety of structures. Building can also be a way to increase social cooperation with peers.
The Playable Art-Ball is a visually interesting toy that enhances fine motor skills. It helps children with ADHD to keep their hands busy while focusing on a task or listening.
Kinetic sand is a mess-free with a putty-like texture. It’s a great way for kids with ADHD to utilize their imagination. The sand has a unique consistency, so children who prefer sensory stimulation can squeeze it to increase focus during challenging tasks.