As a former teacher and the mom of two busy boys, I know the value of quality toys. With a very active (and destructive) child diagnosed with ADHD, I know the value of of durable toys!
That's why I start my Christmas "shopping" really early... like in January. Buying gifts for any child is an exercise in good decision making. But buying gifts for a child with ADHD is like trying to predict the future.
"Will he be bored with this toy within 5 minutes?"
"Will he break this before the Ball drops on New Years eve?"
So I've finally developed a system for keeping track of what types of toys WORK for my guy. All year long, I take note of toys he plays with at friends houses, at school, and even in the toy aisle at Target!
To make sure I can keep really good track, I make a list on Amazon. This has a double purpose because I can also share the list with family and friends when they ask for gift ideas!
As the year goes on I can easily delete gifts from the list when I realize that he doesn't play well with that type of toy! It's a win-win!
After using the amazon list for an entire year, I'm really excited to share my top ideas! So below, I made a list of my top 10 favorite gifts ideas for an ADHD child!
What ADHD child doesn't love to move? Making that movement purposeful is the biggest challenge.
Toys like this Soccer net are great for helping your child with cooridination and balance! This one is great for younger kids but there are plenty of options for all ages.
We are big believers in cross body work for helping to develop the ADHD brain! This teeter board is a great way to help develop a balanced brain! With suction cups on the bottom to help control the movement it is a great for younger kids (For older kids a Smart Fit Board is even better!)
Osmo's Hotwheels Mind Racers make a fantastic present for kids with ADHD. It mixes the virtual world with the real life cooridination and movement. You can pick this up from Amazon for about $60.
Many children with ADHD love building. Thats why these magnatiles make a perfect gift! They are easy enough to manipulate that kids can build and rebuild even with a short attention span. Although the price tag on this brand is on the high side, there are several off-brand versions that are more affordable.
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