We have been a sensory fidgets family well before my kids were even born. For years when I worked in an office I needed to have someone for my hands to do. It helped center me and keep me focused — even when it may have seemed to others that I was using it as a distraction.
Once my kids were born and started managing their Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD, fidgets took on a whole new meaning.
We’ve seen fidgets come and go… but we definitely have our favorites. And today I’m sharing our favorite sensory fidgets. This post contains affiliate links.
Now I need to say that what my kids are in love with may not be a fit for your kid. We all have our favorite items and it varies from kid to kid. So in addition to our favorites, I’m also sharing other fidgets that I have seen kids use very successfully.
Sensory Fidgets for ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
TANGLE Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy: These Tangle Junior toys live in my purse. I find myself pulling them out for my boys all of the time. And even I’ll grab one when I’m standing in line. They’re wonderfully addicted and soothing.
Flippy Chain Fidget Toy: We discovered this fabulous fidget last summer and it has proven its staying power! This flippy chain sensory fidget is a personal favorite with my boys and myself.
Durable Mesh Squishy Balls: My boys absolutely love these. I mean love. But I’m not gonna lie — they give me the heeby jeebies. It’s a texture thing. So this fidget will be a hit unless your kiddo has certain texture sensitivities.
Koosh Balls: Koosh balls are one of the original fidgets I used to use way back when. I love how they gently tickle the palms of my hands. Give me a Koosh ball and I just can’t put it down.
Wooden Puzzle Fidget: Another absolutely classic fidget! My mom bought a bunch of these and put them in a deep bowl in our living room where we would hang out. Everyone in the family loved pulling them out and creating different shapes, using the multiple puzzles to create different shapes. Awesome hands-on fun that everyone can get into.
Infinity Cube Fidget: One of my son’s friends had one of these and let him borrow it. We quickly got our own because even I really liked it! It’s definitely better for “older” kids with bigger hands — fine for my middle schooler but a little too big for elementary kiddos to manipulate with just one hand.
Flow Ring: While flow rings aren’t an inconspicuous fidget, we do love it. My sons will often pull it out while we’re hanging out before bed and run it up and down their arms — even linking arms to pass it back and forth. It keeps busy hands happy and creates a pleasing tactile sensation as it moves up and down your arm (or even leg!)
While the fidgets above are our personal favorites, we’ve also had a number of fidgets that we still enjoy and circulate throughout the house:
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Be sure to share your favorite sensory fidgets in the comments section!