Gift Guide 2015

By Jackie

!Below is a list of great gifts for the special needs child in your life. Before buying a gift for a child with special needs, please talk to his/her parents to see what types of sensory inputs to avoid, and which he/she enjoys the most.

Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes-100

Great for counting, sorting, measurement and graphing.

Rub a Dub Shaving in the Tub Shaving Kit

Encourages imaginative play. Perfect for bath-time fun!

Kinetic Sand - Sandbox & Molds Deluxe Activity Set

Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can feel the fun! Pack it! Pull it! Shape it! Love It! You'll never want to put it down!

LEGO DUPLO Creative Play 10574 Creative Ice Cream

Enjoy unlimited creative fun with all of the different elements; Tactile play with each of the round, finger-friendly bricks.

Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans

Great for imaginative play, counting, number recognition, number sense and sorting.

Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper Toy

Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set

Develops these skills: sensory, fine motor, gross motor, logical, creative, linguistic, emotional, communication, and self-esteem.

Learning Resources Handy Scoopers

Uniquely designed tools allow children to use thumb, index, and middle fingers to open - the same fingers and muscles needed for pencil grip and control. Perfect for increasing fine motor skills and strengthening muscles needed for scissor cutting and writing. Helps develop eye-hand coordination by using the tool to pick up small manipulatives or snacks.

Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Fishing Game

Helps teach hand-eye coordination, matching and independent play.

Educational Insights The Sea Squad Puppets

Express yourself with these silly creatures from the sea Choose a shark, angler fish, octopus, or clam and get hooked on dramatic play

Learning Resources Conversation Cubes

Spark discussions on the first day and beyond. Cubes feature 36 engaging questions. Use in character development activities, brainstorming before writing, and to build oral language, social and listening skills.

Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'N Fill

Make going to the dentist a little less scary with the Doctor Drill 'N Fill playset! Your child can make braces and brush teeth for the included head with ears! The playset comes with fun tools for all kinds of dental play and three cans of Play-Doh modeling compound.

Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Reusable Sticker Pad

The reusable stickers in this creative activity book cling securely to the sturdy pages, then peel up easily when kids are ready to make a change. Five glossy, full-color background pages feature 80 illustrated models to dress in skirts, dresses and every imaginable accessory!

Learning Resources Bright Bites Alphabet Soup

Alphabet soup has never been so much fun! This bright blue bowl is full of 26 colorful noodles, from A-Z , to practice the alphabet and color recognition.

Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck

Animal rescue rangers to the rescue! With this rugged safari truck, two cheerful people are ready to zoom across the savannah to help their animal friends. The alligator, zebra, rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, and lion fit into the sides of the wooden truck toy through die-cut slots, so this exciting toy is perfect for imaginative play and fine motor skills . . . and much more!

Soft, Multi-Textured Developmental Baby Einstein Octopus - Baby Einstein Octoplush

The Baby Einstein Octoplush is a soft, multi-textured, developmental plush toy. Young babies can hug Octoplush to hear a Baby Einstein melody and explore the textures for tactile development. As baby grows, colorful stitched satin patches on velour legs invite baby to learn color names through repetition. Squeeze each leg to hear color names in English, Spanish and French. Patterns of the color names are also printed on the underside of each leg in multiple languages.

Marbulous-Translucent Marble Run (48 pieces plus 16 marbles)

4 years & up. Roll your way into a good time with this marbulous-marbel run! The durable, transparent pieces allow children to visually track the entire course of their marble as it makes it's journey through several fun twists and turns. 48 transparent pieces, plus 16 marbles.

Ravensburger Rivers, Roads And Rails - Children's Game

Rivers, Roads & Rails is part of Ravensburger's Imagine - Play - Discover collection of games specially developed to entertain children with play-based concepts that also provide unique learning features. The game can be played at a large table or on the floor, providing enough room for players to create colorful pathways for the tracks, roads and rivers on which trains, cars and boats will travel. The pathway cards must match precisely, and the first player to use up all of their cards wins. The game includes instructions for two alternative play options.

Diggin HopTop Trampoline

Little Kids Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Tumbler, (Colors May Vary)

Drop it knock it over, turn it upside down its No-Spill. The durable, innovative and patented design eliminates bubble spills and keeps liquid inside for more bubble fun. Don't be fooled by imitations - our No-Spill Bubble Tumbler is still the original and still the best.

Plan Toy Balancing Monkeys

This clever toy helps to teach perseverance but it's disguised as fun

Squigz Starter 24 piece set

Encourages creativity, fine motor skills, interaction, playful experimentation. Provides relaxation and sensory stimulation

Flag Frenzy! Educational Geography Card Game by Geotoys

Learn the flags of major world nations by being the first to match one flag to another in this fast-paced game!

ALEX Jr. Tots Sticker Pictures

Fosters creativity and hand-eye coordination.

Melissa & Doug Stack and Sort Board

Great for hand/eye coordination. Helps with matching and counting skills.

Patch Products 973 Language Cards - Nouns - Around the Home

These cards show easily recognizable everyday objects found around the home and help kids develop grouping and classifying skills.