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Tangle Toys and Related Fidgets

Discussion in 'disABILITIES Community Board' started by saveaquarter, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. saveaquarter

    saveaquarter ready for my fifth trip!

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hey guys! I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with Tangle therapy toys (these bad boys, if you aren't) and how wonderful they are for anyone with sensory issues. My husband, who has Aspergers, is in love with them. His is in desperate need of replacing, and I was thinking of getting him something similar as well.

    What sort of sensory fidget toys and activities do you guys have and use, either yourselves or with your children? I was also considering getting him a Hoberman sphere. I'd be very interested in hearing what you guys know about. Are there any concoctions we could make at home similar too oobleck (cornstarch and water) that he might enjoy playing with? I'm looking for ideas that deal with tactile stimulation. J has been very overloaded lately and anything to help him soothe is more than welcome.

    He's been dying for "something to play with", but he also has Multiple Sclerosis, and his usual video games and computer games are a little beyond what his motor skills can handle during this flare. Even the Lego sets he got for Christmas are sitting idly and waiting for his dexterity to return. Anything fun, entertaining, and simple enough for his weak hands would be wonderful. Thanks, everyone!
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  3. bookwormde

    bookwormde <font color=darkorchid>Heading out now, another ad

    Mar 16, 2008
    My DS and I are more into puzzels and gadgets, but they serve the same function (engaging the mind while supplying and requiring some coordinated fine motor physical activity)

  4. lucigo

    lucigo DIS Veteran

    Jan 18, 2008
  5. brat

    brat DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2011
    Does he like Moon dough? or Moon sand?
  6. ratlenhum

    ratlenhum DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2010
    We like play doh and Model Magic. Model magic is a little harder to work with and forces you to really pull it apart or really squish it to do what you want.

    Thera putty is awesome. At home and in OT we stick things (paper clip, penny, different sized beads, small blocks) into the theraputty and my son has to pull it out.

    I wish I still had this OT kit we had, I'd send it to you but I all ready gave it away. It was called the Fine Motor Fun Deck by SuperDuper. It's small so you can take it with you places and my son really enjoyed the activities. His fine motor skills really improved with it.

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