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Gift Guide: Educational Toys That Make Great Presents for Kids with ADHD

Check out these good gifts for kids with ADHD — clever ideas designed to help children improve their memory, follow linear thinking, and build social skills. Oh yeah, and also have fun.

Interlox, shown here, is a good educational toy.
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Good Gift #1: Interlox

If your child with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) gets frustrated trying to follow complex instructions, she can’t go wrong with Interlox, an easy, fun, and educational building system for kids of all ages. The simple square pieces can clip together in hundreds of different combinations, so your child can let her imagination run free building robots, planes, houses, and more. A good gift for kids of many ages.

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.
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Good Gift #2: Kinetic Sand

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.

This fun 3D maze game teaches preschool and kindergarten children how to plan ahead, and how their actions affect the world around them — both great skills for burgeoning ADHD minds!
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Good Gift #3: Perplexus Rookie

This fun 3D maze game teaches preschool and kindergarten children how to plan ahead, and how their actions affect the world around them — both great skills for burgeoning ADHD minds!

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Does your kid struggle to keep still — during class, long car rides, or while watching TV? This fun fidget — developed by hand therapists — will keep his hands occupied during slow times, so his brain can stay focused on what matters. Plus, it improves finger dexterity and exercises joints, keeping your child’s hands flexible and strong.
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Good Gift #4: Fiddlelinks Fidgeter

Does your kid struggle to keep still — during class, long car rides, or while watching TV? This fun fidget — developed by hand therapists — will keep his hands occupied during slow times, so his brain can stay focused on what matters. Plus, it improves finger dexterity and exercises joints, keeping your child’s hands flexible and strong.

Some parents (like Kay Marner, an ADDitude blogger) have had luck using a weighted blanket to calm down their kids with ADHD, but blankets can’t go everywhere your kid goes. Instead, try this stylish weighted fleece vest — your child can get the reassuring “hug” feeling whenever they need it, without drawing attention to themselves.
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Good Gift #5: Weighted Fleece Vest

Some parents (like Kay Marner, an ADDitude blogger) have had luck using a weighted blanket to calm down their kids with ADHD, but blankets can’t go everywhere your kid goes. Instead, try this stylish weighted fleece vest — your child can get the reassuring “hug” feeling whenever they need it, without drawing attention to themselves.

For the hyperactive, high-energy ADHD child, this scooter board is great way to burn off excess energy — even when they’re cooped up indoors. Kids can race each other, pull each other around, or just scoot to their heart’s content (without scratching your floor!)
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Good Gift #6: Champion Sports Scooter Board

For the hyperactive, high-energy child with ADHD, this scooter board is great way to burn off excess energy — even when they’re cooped up indoors. Kids can race each other, pull each other around, or just scoot to their heart’s content (without scratching your floor!)

Tweens and early teens will love this fun series — and the accompanying movies! — that follow an ordinary kid with ADHD and dyslexia as he discovers he’s the son of a Greek god. Check out all the books in hardcover here; or, if your teen isn’t nuts about reading, try the audiobooks instead.
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Good Gift #7: Percy Jackson Books

Tweens and early teens will love this fun series — and the accompanying movies! — that follow an ordinary kid with ADHD and dyslexia as he discovers he’s the son of a Greek god. Check out all the books in hardcover here; or, if your teen isn’t nuts about reading, try the audiobooks instead.

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If your child with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder struggles with social skills, this fun game is a pressure-free way to teach them key facial expressions and nonverbal cues. The game is easy to learn, especially for younger children, and the funny faces will keep any child laughing for years to come.
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Good Gift #8: Funny Faces

If your child with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder struggles with social skills, this fun game is a pressure-free way to teach them key facial expressions and nonverbal cues. The game is easy to learn, especially for younger children, and the funny faces will keep any child laughing for years to come.

If your child struggles with writing assignments — planning out the story or properly stringing together the beginning, middle, and end — Rory’s Story Cubes will help them learn these skills in a no-pressure fun environment. Simply roll the dice to help your ADHD or LD child work on their creativity or written expression.
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Good Gift #9: Rory’s Story Cubes

If your child struggles with writing assignments — planning out the story or properly stringing together the beginning, middle, and end — Rory’s Story Cubes will help them learn these skills in a no-pressure fun environment. Simply roll the dice to help kids with ADHD or LD work on their creativity or written expression.

If video games are your kid’s cup of tea, it can’t hurt to sneak some educational value in them! Minecraft is a fun game that incorporates planning skills and time management — both important skills to develop in ADHD brains!  Check out ways you can incorporate those skills inside and outside the game here.
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Good Gift #10: Minecraft

If video games are your kid’s cup of tea, it can’t hurt to sneak some educational value in them! Minecraft is a fun game that incorporates planning skills and time management — both important skills to develop in ADHD brains!  Check out ways you can incorporate those skills inside and outside the game here.

 

Teach your kids responsibility with this fun and visually appealing chart from Melissa & Doug that comes with plenty of responsibilities for your kids to master. Some are standard chores like making the bed, but others — like keeping hands to yourself or remembering to say please and thank you — will help impulsive ADHD kids keep themselves under control (and feel good doing so!)
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Good Gift #11: Magnetic Responsibility Chart

Teach your kids responsibility with this fun and visually appealing chart from Melissa & Doug that comes with plenty of responsibilities for your kids to master. Some are standard chores like making the bed, but others — like keeping hands to yourself or remembering to say please and thank you — will help impulsive kids with ADHD keep themselves under control (and feel good doing so!)

If your hypersensitive kid freaks out at the thought of getting tickled by tags, try getting her a few of these comfortable tagless t-shirts. CustomInk lets you design the shirt however you want, so you can make it perfectly match your child’s unique flair by featuring her own artwork!
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Good Gift #12: Custom Tagless T-Shirts

If your hypersensitive kid freaks out at the thought of getting tickled by tags, try getting her a few of these comfortable tagless t-shirts. CustomInk lets you design the shirt however you want, so you can make it perfectly match your child’s unique flair by featuring her own artwork!

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.
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Good Gift #13: Hisss

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 ADD brain working during the holiday season.

Your ADHD child loves her LEGOs — but you don’t love the mess she makes while she’s playing with them. The ZipBin is a foldout playmat (featuring fun scenes of racetracks, castles, or forests) that folds up into a convenient box to hold all the LEGOs once your child is done playing. If your child struggles with organization or cleaning up after herself, the ZipBin is a dream come true — a fun toy and a smart organization system, all in one!
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Good Gift #14: ZipBin

Your child with ADHD loves her LEGOs — but you don’t love the mess she makes while she’s playing with them. The ZipBin is a foldout playmat (featuring fun scenes of racetracks, castles, or forests) that folds up into a convenient box to hold all the LEGOs once your child is done playing. If your child struggles with organization or cleaning up after herself, the ZipBin is a dream come true — a fun toy and a smart organization system, all in one!

The New Touch is a unique game that factors in both working memory and sensory perception. Players reach their hands into a concealed dome to try to identify pieces by touch, building tactile awareness and visualization skills — two target areas for kids with ADHD. And don’t worry, you won’t feel bored playing The New Touch with your kid — the game is a challenge for any age!
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Good Gift #15: The New Touch Game

The New Touch is a unique game that factors in both working memory and sensory perception. Players reach their hands into a concealed dome to try to identify pieces by touch, building tactile awareness and visualization skills — two target areas for kids with ADHD. And don’t worry, you won’t feel bored playing The New Touch with your kid — the game is a challenge for any age!

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. 
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Good Gift #16: Books

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.

Are other children terrified to loan pencils to your child, knowing they’ll come back with the erasers chewed to smithereens? Try getting your child a few sets of these Chew Stixx pencil toppers, which come in fun shapes and colors and fit any number 2 pencil. Your child will spice up his pencil collection, reduce anxiety, and find it easier to pay attention — without ruining pencils.
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Good Gift #17: Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers

Are other children terrified to loan pencils to your child, knowing they’ll come back with the erasers chewed to smithereens? Try getting your child a few sets of these Chew Stixx pencil toppers, which come in fun shapes and colors and fit any number 2 pencil. Your child will spice up his pencil collection, reduce anxiety, and find it easier to pay attention — without ruining pencils.

Help your child develop her balance and fine motor skills with this fun game for young elementary school kids. Roll the dice, strike a pose, and see how long you can hold it! Sturdy Birdy encourages patience in impulsive ADHD kids, and can also help children on the autism spectrum improve coordination — all in one fun-filled, fast-paced game!
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Good Gift #18: Sturdy Birdy

Help your child develop her balance and fine motor skills with this fun game for young elementary school kids. Roll the dice, strike a pose, and see how long you can hold it! Sturdy Birdy encourages patience in impulsive kids with ADHD, and can also help children on the autism spectrum improve coordination — all in one fun-filled, fast-paced game!

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