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December 13, 2023

2023 Holiday Gift Guide For Sensory Families


The holidays are a great time to stock up on sensory tools that will help your child stay regulated & available to be their best selves. There are a lot of options out there for sensory tools – so to help narrow things down for you we’ve put together a brief list of strategies that are ‘OT Approved’. Take a look at our 2023 holiday gift guide for sensory families –

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Sensory Tools Under $35 –

Multi colored palm board

Palm Board

These boards are very mesmerizing as they provide lots of sensory input – visual, tactile, & auditory. My girls loved playing with these as kids. They can be a great tool to have on hand for grounding & self regulation.
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Sand Art Liquid Bubbler

Bubblers are also incredibly grounding. I like how this one is flat & only uses a few colors.
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Stress Ball Variety Box

Stress balls can help your child get some muscle work in when they are overwhelmed. This pack has quite the variety! It could also be helpful to have more than one stress ball so that if one gets lost or temporarily misplaced your child has other options.
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Sand Playset Box

We have our own container sandbox in the clinic that we use quite frequently to help our clients regulate. We also use the box to spark our kiddos imagination and work on language/communication. And they get lots of finger/hand work while playing in the sand – all around a great tool to have!
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Visual Fidget Tube

As mentioned before liquid bubblers can be really grounding. These offer a nice variety in pattern & color. They also are easy to throw into a bag if you need something for in the car.
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Glo Pals

These can be so much fun & encourage explorative play. Encourage your child’s curiosity while helping them to stay grounded & self regulated.
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Squishy Tube Pack

The squishy feeling paired with the sounds & sparkles in these tubes can provide enough visual interest to calm your child down when they feel overwhelmed, over excited, or disorganized.
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Items To Add To Your Sensory Room –

Wooden Building Blocks

These are a little bit more of a splurge, but what I love most about these building blocks is that they almost act as liquid bubblers. As your child uses the building blocks to explore their imagination they can also enjoy watching the contents inside of the blocks to ground them.
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Modular Foam Play Couch

Modular foam couches are an excellent investment to make for your sensory room. Easily create forts, obstacle courses, and landing pads to create safe spaces for your child to get muscle work in while they play. With covers that are machine washable, and a variety of colors to choose from, I am sure you won’t regret getting this for your child.
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Foam Ball Pit

Our ball pit that we have in the gym is one of the most utilized tools in our clinic! Jumping into & moving around in the ball pit takes a lot of muscle work – and it doesn’t even feel like work. It’s just play!
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Balance Beam

Balance beams are another multi-purpose item that you will not regret investing in. Use them to elevate an obstacle course, help with transitions, build muscle strength & coordination, and more.
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Rock Climbing Wall Grips

This kit can help you bring your rock wall to life! We like to hang bags with fine motor activities inside of them to get muscle work in before our clients work on challenging activities. We will also have our clients climb up the wall, then fall onto crash pads to get even more sensory input.
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Spandex Sensory Swing

We have a similar sensory swing in our clinic that our clients love. The spandex material provides pressure, and can feel like a hug. Pair that with rhythmic movement and you have a wonderful sensory tool!
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Indoor Trampoline

Jumping is very regulating & provides a constructive way for your child to use pent up energy in their nervous system. Jumping on the trampoline can also help wake your child up if their system is sluggish.
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Hopefully this gift guide will spark some ideas and help your sensory family! We also have free sensory based resources for you in our resource library, so make sure you check that out in addition to reading our blog for all things sensory, self regulation, and pediatric occupational therapy! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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