Christmas is only six weeks away! If you haven’t purchased gifts yet, here are some suggestions for your ASD kiddo. I’ve added links to purchase the toys online; just click on the toy name.
This was Tosh’s main gift two year ago. I had my doubts because 1) it’s expensive and 2) it takes up a lot of room. However, not only does he love it, his friends have also enjoyed it and when they both crawl inside, they tend to play together, instead of just side by side. We got the model with LED lights on the inside, which make it more magical. I also got the stand, which is super sturdy. The combo holds up to 225 lbs, so we can both crawl inside for snuggles, book reading and playtime. Two years later, it's held up very well. No popped stitches or wear to the stand at all. And investment, but totally worth it!
We got Tosh a marble run a couple of years ago, and he’s played with it so much, the parts are all lost or broken and we need to replace it. I’m considering upgrading to this model, which includes a cool elevator.
Tosh loves anything to do with the alphabet, so these Alphabots were a good choice. We also got the matching number set. They work like Transformers toys, except they’re educational and not scary.
Sequencing trains 1-100
This toy helped Tosh make a huge breakthrough in math. Not only did it help him learn to count to 100, the way it’s presented in trains in sets of 10 helped him understand how numbers work. He was able to see how 1-10 is repeated for each set of 10; for example, if 6 comes after 5, then 46 comes after 45 and so on. It was like a little lightbulb went on in his head and math suddenly made sense. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the puzzle pieces that connect the numbers are slightly different, so for the train to fit together, the numbers must be in order.
Magnetic Toy Story playset
We got this for Tosh before a plane trip to Kansas to visit Grammy and Grandpa, and he still loves it. The box, which doubles as the backdrop for playtime, is made of metal, so it’s easy to keep the magnetic pieces inside. This is a must-have for Toy Story loving travelers.
Heather Anderson is a natural health educator, writer, blissfully happy autism mom, fintech marketer and lover of life in Southern California.
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