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Whenever I purchase a gift for my own kids, or my friend’s kids, I panic. I oftentimes struggle to find the RIGHT toy—I want something the child will really love, but is also educational and beneficial to their development.
That’s why I am partial to sensory toy that stimulate one or more of the five senses: see, hear, touch, taste, smell. (Sensory toys tend to be very colorful, too.) They stimulate a child cognitively (the development of knowledge, skills, and problem-solving) and/or physically (work the muscles in the eyes, hands, fingers, and more).
Overall, when I purchase a sensory item, I feel great knowing it’s not just a run-of-the-mill toy; it’s contributing to my cutie’s little brain and body development. Some sensory toys are specifically geared for children with autism; they’ve been constructed from A to Z with tons of input from autism educators (ABA therapists), occupational therapists, and special education teachers. These toys are oftentimes sold by independent toy manufacturers.
Since playtime is so crucial when it comes to a child’s development, even at an early age, when it comes to stimulation, purchase one of these sensory-oriented toys for the sweet infant or toddler in your life.