Here comes another holiday season! It feels like summer is just over, but December is already here. As preparations for the festivities begin, our thoughts turn to presents. But choosing a gift for a child with cerebral palsy can be a daunting task.
Feel free to ask parents or caregivers for advice about what their child can do. I remember receiving toys that I didn’t think I could play with at first, but I soon figured it out. If you don’t have an opportunity to ask parents, go with your instinct.
I’ve compiled a list for children with cerebral palsy. However, this guide could suit any child with a physical disability. Remember that each child is different, so what works for one might not work for another.
Following are my suggestions for toys for children with disabilities:
- Boxer: This cute robot is small but durable and responsive. A child can interact with Boxer with hand movements or use a remote control to have it do wheelies. The toy comes with an app and activity cards for more fun and games.
- Smart Puppy Robotic Pet: Our family has had our share of interactive puppies, but this one is our favorite. It comes with an app that allows a child to control the puppy, making it dance, bark, and perform stunts.
- Little Live Pets: I’m a huge fan of these toys because they are soft and interactive. One character is Rollie, My Kissing Puppy, which licks, wags its tail, and yaps like a real puppy. A child with cerebral palsy could play with the puppy on their lap or cuddle with it in bed.
- Magformers: Regular building blocks or Legos can be challenging for a child with cerebral palsy who may struggle to position the blocks in place. Magformers are magnetic and click together so building a tower or another structure is easier. Both of my children still enjoy playing with Magformers.
- LeapFrog Laptop: For younger children, I highly recommend the LeapFrog My Own Leaptop. The toy’s letter buttons are big, making it easier for a child to play games, listen to music, and learn her letters at the same time. It’s fairly robust so there’s no need to panic if it falls onto the floor.
- Learning Resources Gears: This building set is excellent for kids with dexterity issues, as the gears click together. The toy’s spinning function is sure to fire up those little imaginations.
- Cardholders: Card game are fun, but it’s difficult to play when you can’t hold the cards. Cardholders are a great gift for someone with cerebral palsy — add a deck of cards or Uno for a super stocking filler.
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