Health And Care Expert Series

Sensory Toys for Christmas 2018

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

In the development process of every child, sensory stimulation plays a key role. It moulds the way they perceive and interact with the world, as the more sensory stimulation they receive, the more information they will retain and apply to their daily interactions. For some children, such as those with autism, there will be a risk of sensory overload as a result of everyday activities, so everything we can do to equip them to deal with all sorts of sensory stimulation can go a long way to their socialisation with the everyday world.

Sensory Toys to Boost Development

The best way to introduce new sensory experiences to children is through play. This allows the child to gain a relationship with the different sensations they will experience in their day-to-day life, and gives them the tools they need to engage with these stimuli in a positive way. There are all sorts of sensory toys available that can excite, soothe and teach your child, and the use of these toys in the right way can be a powerful tool for social connection and learning. 

Sensory toys for Christmas 2018
Sensory toys can help children develop a working relationship with the world around them

At, we offer a wide range of sensory toys for children with autism and other conditions. Here, we've put together a list of our and our customers' favourites, designed to stimulate a range of sensations and help your child connect with the world around them. Helping with the development of social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills and self-control skill, these sensory toys can be the key to unlocking key aspects of your child's potential. 

Toys to Outfit your Sensory Room

A sensory room can be a great tool to help your child develop, as you can fill a space with all sorts of things to stimulate all sorts of senses. By properly outfitting your sensory room, you can offer a space that will provide as much stimulation as possible.

PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor Tile

PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor TileA key aspect of every sensory toy is its ability to engage the child and encourage movement to link their actions with sensory stimulation. The PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor Tile is an excellent addition to any sensory room, and can be combined with other tiles to create a colourful and swirling collage.

Responding with flowing, impressionistic swirls of colour when pressure is applied, these tiles can stand up to all sorts of abuse, including the weight of wheelchairs and trolleys, making them ideal for any sensory environment. For a more affordable option, these tiles are also available in a Non-Light Up version.

PlayLearn Bubble Tube 105cm

PlayLearn Bubble Tube 105cmProviding a calm and tranquil environment is important for the well-being of every child, and this is especially true for sensory environments. Water features are excellent for providing plenty of sensory stimulation in a calming way, which is why the PlayLearn Bubble Tube 105cm fits in so well. This tube encourages visual tracking, concentration and touch, providing a colourful swirl of bubbles that will engage the child immediately. Illuminated by a colour-changing LED, this is another popular and useful addition to any sensory space.

Engaging Sensory Games

Games are a powerful tool for engaging every child, making them a perfect strategy for encouraging sensory development. Putting fun first and letting the sensory stimulation follow, games will help your child enjoy the learning process while giving carers a useful way to connect with them.

New Age Sensory Sound Boccia Set

New Age Sensory Sound Boccia SetOriginally developed as an inclusive game for the visually impaired, the New Age Sensory Sound Boccia Set has also been found to be an excellent all-round sensory stimulation tool for all children. A fun and engaging activity for parents and children of all abilities, this game includes 13 boccia balls, each fitted with a bell that can be heard loudly by all players. An increasingly popular sport at the Paralympics, boccia will be a instant hit that packs plenty of sensory stimulation.

Tactile Discs Sensory Game

Tactile Discs Sensory GameGames that actively engage a child's memory are especially useful, as they encourage a deeper recognition of the sensory experience to provide a powerful boost to both sensory and memory development. The Tactile Discs Sensory Game works to challenge the child's sense of touch and recognition, requiring them to match the tactile nature of different structures together. Engaging and fun, this unique game is a welcome change from the slightly duller sensory matching tasks that make up many sensory games.

Fun Sensory Toys

While there are plenty of sensory toys designed to engage children in a structured way, sometimes something as simple as a visually stimulating or tactile ball can engage their imagination more than anything else. These toys provide the child with some baseline stimulation while allowing them to create their own fun through imagination and intuition, which can be extremely rewarding for their confidence and independence.

Sensory Glow in the Dark Squidge Ball

Sensory Glow in the Dark Squidge BallThis is just what it sounds like: a glowing, squeezable rubber ball with tactile ridges to make it even more stimulating. The Sensory Glow in the Dark Squidge Ball is very simple in design, but opens up an endless array of possibilities for the child to uncover. An ideal accessory to boost the sensory stimulation of all sorts of activities, this ball may very well end up being your most used and beloved sensory toy.

Sensory UV Touchable Bubbles

Sensory UV Touchable BubblesEveryone's familiar with the enjoyment a child can get out of a simple tube of bubbles, but few of us realise the powerful sensory experience it can provide. The Sensory UV Touchable Bubbles provide this experience and mix it with a boosted visual engagement of a bright UV reaction. These bubbles are unique in that they can easily be touched, caught and stacked, making them perfect for providing a gentle tactile stimuli that is visually engaging at the same time. Ideal for any sensory space, indoors or out, this simple addition can make for hours of enjoyment and stimulation.

Engaging Sensory Christmas Gifts

All of these sensory toys will make a perfect gift for any child that will benefit from sensory engagement, making them an ideal gift idea for the Christmas season. Providing fun, social connection and learning opportunities for any child, these sensory toys are sure to be a hit this season. If these suggestions don't seem right for your child, and you'd like to see what else the sensory world has to offer, you can browse our entire selection of Sensory Interaction Toys here!

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Buying Christmas presents for kids with autism can prove difficult, especially as caution and care should be taken by taking into account different sensitivities and different needs before buying. Many children on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information, so it's important to find out what the child likes and what the child dislikes. This list of our Best Christmas Gifts for Kids with Autism demonstrates our wide selection of gifts, taking into account different needs and requirements.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Bedwetting is a common and normal issue, but, believe it or not, it can usually be solved without much hassle. Finding out How to Stop Bedwetting Naturally can be difficult, and some people will even suggest medication, so we'll provide you with some useful tips and tricks. We'll also show you a product that has helped thousands of our customers beat bedwetting for good!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Buying presents at Christmas doesn't have to be a painful task. Here at Health and Care we have a growing range of products that can educate, entertain, comfort and make your life easier – all perfect for a Christmas gift. Grandparents can be difficult to buy for, so we have selected the top products that we believe make the Best Christmas Gift for Grandparents.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

With the days getting colder, you'll soon be ready to throw out the shorts and sunglasses for some thick winter jackets and woolly hats. Thermal clothing is a great way to beat the cold, whether it's keeping your feet warm in the snow or protecting your fingers from the wind, we have a wide range of thermal clothing that is developed to keep you warm at Winter. Accounting for cost and a wide range of different styles and applications, this article presents our Best Thermal Clothing for Christmas 2018.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Finding a meaningful gift for your elderly loved one can be difficult, particularly if they're starting to lose their faculties or if they're becoming more isolated at home. To help take the trouble out of this process, we've put together a list of what we think are the Best Gifts for the Elderly. Whether you're looking for a practical or fun gift for your loved one, we've got something for you!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The right gift for a loved one with dementia can stimulate their mind, help them reminisce, or simply make it easier for them to get through the day, and it's extremely rewarding when you know you've chosen a gift that will really make a difference. Here at Health and Care, we carry plenty of gifts that are specialised for dementia patients, and we've put together a list of Best Gifts for Dementia Patients - Christmas 2018.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Pressure relief cushions are ideal for making seating safer and more comfortable for vulnerable patients, but selecting the right one for you might not be as simple as you think. If you're looking for a pressure care cushion for your rise recliner chair, you'll need a specially designed cushion system that will stay put and move with your chair, while preventing the forward sliding that can happen as your chair reclines, so to make things easier we've put together our guide to Pressure Relief for Rise Recliner Chairs.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Walker boots, also known as controlled ankle motion walking boots, or CAM boots for short, are an ideal option when immobilisation is needed but a small amount of weight bearing is still permitted. Like most pieces of medical equipment though, a walker boot will only do its job if it's applied correctly, so we've put together a short guide to tell you How to Fit Your Walker Boot correctly, every time.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

In 2017 it was estimated that up to 2.7 million people left the UK over the Christmas period, whether it be to visit relatives or go to spend Christmas abroad. Long journeys are damaging to your health and can rapidly increase your chances of developing blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It's recommended that you prepare for your journey by wearing the appropriate items of clothing. This article presents our Best Flight Socks for Christmas Travel, allowing you to travel in peace this Christmas.

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