Special Needs: Best Toys for the Holidays


Finding a fun toy that rings the right sensory and developmental bells for a child with special needs can be a challenge. Here are a few that do just that, right in time for holiday gifts.


My First Smart Pad —
The World of Eric Carle

Ages 3-7; $29.99

Great for kids who need narration, this tablet contains tons of phrases, sounds and songs along with 50+ spelling, alphabet, counting and color activities. Bonus: It's done through integrated story- books featuring the work of one of kid-dom's most beloved author/illustrators.


Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaints

Ages 3+; $8.99

Kids who need to touch can get hands-on with this no-mess way to fingerpaint. Color Wonder paints feel like the real thing but are formulated in such a way that they show up only on specially designated paper (included), so there’s no telltale trail that paints were even opened.


Mega Bloks Build ’N Learn Table

Ages 1-3; $59.99

Kids with motor skills issues need larger toys to grasp and manipulate. This Mega Bloks entry allows them to build an imaginative townscape with large, colorful blocks that stack on a 3-in-1 portable table, augmented by four scenes, stickers, figures and a car. 



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