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Improve Focus with These Sensory Toys

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Let’s face it, some children are just fidgety. They have tons of energy or anxiety that they channel through actions, which can be detrimental to their education. Sensory toys can help children find an outlet for those moments without disrupting the class. We’ve rounded up some of the best sensory toy sets that a teacher or parent can keep to help channel a child’s excess energy or stress in more therapeutic ways.

This set of sensory toys for kids comes with 25 different options, including a Rubik’s cube, liquid motion timer, stress balls, soybean squeeze, stretchy tubes and more.

This kids’ sensory toy set comes with an assortment of characters. Each squishy is made from material that can easily be washed if they become dirty.

Best Tactile Toy

We like that this set of kids’ sensory toys comes with a miniature pool and inflatable water mat for a more authentic experience. Once you submerge the beads in water, they will grow.

This set comes with six stretchy tubes. Each features a different texture, making it ideal for children with autism, ADD, ADHD or anyone who is more tactile.

We like that this sensory toy is compact enough to travel with and that it’s a fun way to introduce children to STEM, since the cool effect is managed by creating a colloid.

Expert Commentary

Sensory toys allow kids to explore their developing senses and experience different stimuli than what they may come across in normal day-to-day life. They can help relieve stress or simply provide something to fiddle with for kids that need this sensory input.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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