It happens every Christmas. The “What To Buy Your Kid With ADHD for Christmas” lists come out right after the last piece of Halloween candy is handed out. If you go to Pinterest one would think it started right after the last firework in July. You get all excited about finding that perfect gift for your special wonder. Maybe this year there will be something that does not cost an arm and a leg and call into your insurance agent in the hopes that your medical insurance just might cover it.
Allow me to scream along with you.
The last thing I wanted for Logan to feel was stupid, or uncontrollable, or incapable of just being a kid who wants to have fun.
Kids, they just want to have fu – un, they just wanna have fuunnnnn.
Ahem. Sorry. Had to go there!
Where was I? Oh, yeah. Fun toys for kids with ADHD. My list criteria i s a little different! It had to be something a child could carry in their pocket. I would always buy Logan cargo pants. Not because they were in fashion but because he carried EVERYTHING in his pockets. Like, if he touched it then it must belong to him.
I am going to guess you know a kid like that, too.
Just give in. Accommodate the need. There are bigger fish to fry.
Here are some last minute gift ideas for your kid who has a Ferrari brain with bicycle brakes. I also added some gifts for the parent of a kid like that at the bottom.
Did I mention these gifts for children with ADHD are also under $20. Why? You know why, right? Because they have a tendency to either break stuff or lose stuff. If this stuff gets lost it will be no biggie.
Yep. I said that. You can quote me.
OH, and if you know of some awesome gift that is under $20 leave me a comment and let me know. I’ll make sure everyone I know knows that you know of awesome stuff, too. Ya know?
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$5 – $10 gifts
Magic Sculpting Sand (2.76)
Children with sensory integration issues will love this soothing sand that lets them make whatever they want — without tough cleanup! The sand sticks to itself, so children can use their imaginations to build castles, sculptures, or anything they can dream up. Plus, the soft, squishy texture is a great form of stress relief — when your child is overwhelmed or overstimulated during the holiday season, he can turn to Kinetic Sand to calm himself down.
Same idea as above, just with a reusable pouch!
Hasbro Connect 4 Game (6.99)
Conect 4 is simple to play, the rules are clear, there won’t be any arguing about who won… See a pattern here?
Boinks Fidgets – Package of 6 Fidgets ($9.40)
There’s a marble sealed in the durable wrapper to squish and move around. Your kid won’t be able to get it out until at least Valentine’s Day. By then you can buy him more anyway.
Abilitations Pencil Set with Fidgets, Assorted, Set of 4 ($7.94)
These pencil fidgets will save the pencils and erasers from being chewed on. And no one will think badly of you if you buy some for yourself!
Toysmith Wacky Tracks ($5.55)
This articulated chain can bend into a countless shapes. Challenge your children’s imaginations and keep them active with this finger fiddler.
Tangle Relax Therapy ($6.99)
The bank gave me one of these when the name changed to JPMorgan Chase. They actually gave me several. The boys and I, even my husband, could not put them down. They feel good and they are fun to play with and make into all kinds of shapes. If you get one for yourself I won’t blame you at all.
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors ($7.99)
It’s a lava lamp but so small you can take it anywhere.
Perplexus Original Miniature Edition ($10.25)
The miniature version of the great maze game that teaches children how to plan ahead, and how their actions affect the world around them — both great skills for burgeoning ADHD minds! This way they can always have it in their pocket.
Gifts $15 – $20
Gamewright Hisss Card Game (10.88)
If Monopoly puts your child to sleep, try Hisss instead. Kids with short attention spans will love the fast pace, and young children will get a kick out of the bright colors and goofy snakes. Plus, as an added bonus, the game helps teach spatial reasoning and logic skills, to keep your child’s brain working during the holiday season
You can chew on it and not break it. Enough said!
Guidecraft Interlox – 96 Pcs. G16835 ($17.96)
Bouncy Bands for Chairs ($13.95)
The loops and tubes quickly slide up the 2 front legs of a chair so your kid with ADHD can use that to bounce his leg. This should cut down on him, or her, from falling out of the chair. Hopefully.
We have to have some books as gifts, too!
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key ($6.94)
This classic book series teaches kids ages 10 and up that ADHD isn’t anything to be ashamed of — and that kids just like them can be the heroes of their own stories. Your child will laugh at Joey’s crazy antics, but will also find solace in seeing a likeable protagonist struggle with impulse control, paying attention, and social skills.
Both of my boys had to have all of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid books. They would read, and re-read, and re-read them, too. I would say that’s a good thing to encourage.
My Mouth Is a Volcano! ($6.69)
I tuaght the boys to always make sure the “soldier in front of their door” was on duty whenever we would leave the house. That didn’t always stop them from just saying whatever words just popped into their head. Told from Louis’ perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
Yes, you read that price right. You are buying the song. My husband actually read about this in one of his business magazines. It’s supposed to help you concentrate and focus. He really loves listening to it when he has to get writing or a report done.
While you are there you can pick up some books for yourself!
These three books are on my own bookshelf. They were recommended to us by the same psychologist who told me about using three rubber bands to catch Logan doing something good.
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done Kindle Edition
by Terry Matlen
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