Toys and Other Sources for Fidgeting and Stimming

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This post was very popular on my personal Tumblr, so I post it here in case you find it helpful! -Elliott

Here is a list I’m beginning of different toys and things you (or someone you know) might like depending upon what kind of stimming you (or they) like to do. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will be updating it regularly, so please send in your suggestions! If you need help finding any of these things, let me know and I can definitely point you in the right direction.

Tactile

  • Sensory ball
  • Weighted blanket, lap pad, toy, stuffed animal
  • Sensory bag
  • Eye Spy bag
  • Marble maze
  • Gear cube
  • “Rubik’s cube”, puzzle cube
  • Sand tray
  • “Tangle” and “Tangle jr.”
  • Pin art toy
  • Sensory gears
  • Water beads
  • Worry stone
  • Worry beads, malas, prayer beads, rosaries
  • Moon sand
  • Rice bin
  • Marbles
  • Therapy ball (“Reflex ball”)
  • Squoosy ball, puffer ball, squishy ball
  • Bead ball
  • Spiky ball
  • Playdoh
  • Silly Putty
  • Theraputty
  • Clay
  • Play silks, other fabrics and textures
  • Ribbons
  • Slinky, metal spring, plastic spring
  • Bouncy balls, rubber balls
  • Rubber band ball
  • Stress ball, stress toy
  • Koosh ball
  • Brush
  • Cat’s cradle
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Magnets, magnetic toys, magnetic balls
  • Microbead pillow
  • Crochet, knitting, other needlework
  • Sea sponge
  • Sea shells
  • Wiggly water toy (aka “water snake”)
  • Bead maze frame

Oral

  • Chewable ruler
  • Chewable necklace
  • Chewable tube (“Chewy Tube”)
  • Chewable arm band
  • Chewable bracelet
  • Chewable wrist band
  • “Gnaw Straws”
  • “Pencil Jaws”

Visual

  • Fiber optic light
  • Glitter wand
  • Calming bottle, sensory bottle
  • Light bright-type toy
  • Glow in the dark toys, stars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Lava tube
  • Lava lamp
  • Bubble toy, bubble tube
  • Liquid motion toy, liquid timer
  • Light table
  • Pattern blocks
  • Bubble tube
  • Aquarium
  • Light up ball
  • Glitter ball
  • Glow stick
  • Light up toy
  • Jelly lamp
  • Color-changing toy
  • Plasma ball
  • Mirror ball, disco ball
  • Mirror tray
  • Pattern projector
  • Hand kite
  • Top
  • Pinwheel, windmill
  • Holiday lights
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Water lights
  • Bead maze frame

Auditory

  • Rainstick
  • Windchime
  • Kazoo
  • Musical instruments
  • iPod, mp3 player, music player
  • Pillow speaker
  • Rattle, maraca
  • Shaker
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Clapper toy
  • Spinning drum
  • Guiro
  • Harmonica
  • Drum
  • Music box
  • Xylophone
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tambourine
  • Whistle

Olfactory

  • Essential oil
  • Scented playdough
  • Herb satchels (e.g. a small toy filled with lavender)
  • Scented spray
  • Perfume
  • Tea (packets or beverage)
  • Gardens, gardening, plants
  • Scented soap
  • Scented candles
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