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Toys For Children With Add/adhd
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Toys for Children With Add/adhd

My goal was to find good toys for children with ADD/ADHD. If you are a stay-home parent with young ones running around, you have now officially hit the LONG stretch of summer. Even more challenging if you have a child with ADD/ADHD.

I have some suggestions that I hope will help make your summer fun, fabulous, and fantastic.

As a mother and grandmother, I am constantly on the look-out for cool family activities. Since I was raised in an era where we spent every day of the summer outside, I look for activities that encourage outdoor play. What to do, however, on those rainy days? Or, what to do in the evening, when the sun goes down?

Yes, I know that it seems easy to have your children watch TV, play video games, etc while you are trying to prepare dinner, etc....but.....all this rapid-fire stimulus is not healthy for an over-stimulated brain. Add in the toxins of daily life (vaccinations, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals in our soaps and shampoo) and this compounds the effect of rapid-fire stimulation from television and video games.

Here are some of my favorite toys/activities for indoor time.

  • Gertie Balls - These can be blown up to any size you want. The shell is a squishy and a little bit sticky. This allows even the smallest of hands to catch the ball successfully. Nothing better than playing catch with your 12-18 month old. Pure joy. (These balls are great for all ages.)
  • Wonderfoam Giant USA Puzzle Map - (this company might have country-appropriate maps) Wonderfoam created this very large floor map. I love it. I love jigsaw puzzles. I love how it activates various parts of the brain....it encourages concentration....great toy for every child, but really good for kids with ADD/ADHD. (Who knew learning geography could be so fun?)
  • Magz-X 106 - I wish this toy was around when I was a child. It is sooooo cool. It is a magnetized construction kit. You can build anything you can imagine. It is such a brilliant idea. Magnets hold everything in place. The frustration level is low and the curiousity level is very, very high. Your kids will play with this for hours and hours. (Please be aware of the choking hazard. There are many small parts.)
  • Old Century Shut The Box - This game takes us back to years gone by. It makes me think of sitting on grandma's front porch. This game is great for children 8 and older. It is different every time you play. This game encourages creating strategies and implements math skills. Shhhhh, don't tell your kids it's educational.

Of course, there are many other toys, games and activities available. I hope this got you thinking about some fun activities for your children that DO NOT require technology. Our ADD/ADHD kids need to work on re-wiring their brains. This is a great start.


Street Talk

A great article! Although I do not have any children yet I still can remember how important it was for me to play games with my parents. Simple things were so great and educational just because we did them together!

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  about 7 years ago

Yes, Maria, connecting with parents, does so much to build and bolster our self-worth and sense of value. Thank you for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago

A good old bicycle and some family rides always worked around here.. Burns up excess energy and great for everyone.

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  about 7 years ago

Ahhhh, the bicycle! What great memories, riding for hours on end.

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  about 7 years ago

The favourite in our house at the moment is one my husband and kids made up themselves (although I assume someone else has thought of it before?). They call it trampoline soccer and requires everyone on the trampoline to position themselves between their own set of uprights which is their goal. The ball flies (as do the kids and dad) and goals are saved or scored. My kids will rush their chores and homework to be ready for trampoline soccer when dad arrives home from work. Loved your article. A great idea!

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  about 7 years ago

I absolutely love your trampoline soccer idea. And I love your husband for going out and playing it with them. Magical moments are being made with the children. I always think kids should be outside playing when at all possible.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Kids love it when adults sit down and play with them. Jigsaw puzzles are great fun. Do you think they'd like scrabble or monopoly? Good article Dr. Becky.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi Joan, I think Scrabble and Monopoly are great games, especially when played with adults. Spelling and math rolled in to the Scrabble game; Money math in Monopoly....shhhhh.....don't tell them they're learning. And, until now, I forgot about good old-fashioned Yahtzee.

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  about 7 years ago
Golfspice  

I would recommend using the summer months to get children into playing sport. What could be better than providing children with exercise and the foundation for a lifetime of sporting activity, especially if it is a sport that can be shared with parents and/or grandparents.

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  about 7 years ago

I absolutely agree!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago
Johnney  

Very nice article. Sounds like fun for kids of all ages. Just read your blog post about Ritalin and Aderall and their potential side effects. Love your website. Thank you.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi Johnney, thank you for reading my article. I've been out of the groove for a couple of months. It's fun to be writing again.

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  about 7 years ago

What a nice read. I didnt even see this coming .. lol

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  about 7 years ago
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