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Choosing Sensory Toys

We base our Sensory Toy selection criteria on the guidance and recommendations published by the RNIB. That means we look for toys that:Big-Bubble-Web-400.jpg

  • feature bright colours and contrast
  • use bold and clear lettering
  • feature different shapes and patterns
  • incorporate reflective surfaces and or flashing lights
  • include different textures and tactile surfaces
  • make noises
  • are, or could be activated by big switches

We especially look for toys that help to promote eye tracking, hand-eye co-ordination, finger control, body movement and stimulate investigation and curiosity. We also try to list whether, in our opinion, the toys are suitable for blind, partially sighted, deaf or children with a hearing impairment.

The sensory giant bubble kits are especially helpful for those on the autistic spectrum and for anyone who would benefit from a multi-sensory stimulation in a garden, or open space setting.

Feedback from many parents has taught us that children enjoy sensory stimulation in many different ways but especially in the form of bubble play, lights and music or lights combined with soothing soundscapes.

We have grouped sensory toys on the website into three different sections. Use these links to jump to the page that interests you most:

Read these blog posts:

for ideas on the sort of sensory toys and stimulation your child could experience. 

Another source of sensory stimulation are the toys in the Learning Resources section. These toys are designed to help children investigate the world by, for example, looking closely at surfaces, flowers, bugs and anything else your child can find. The Jumbo Magnifier or Bright Eyes Magnifier and Jumbo Magnifier Bug Jars are three great toys for exploring the world up-close.

CBeebies is a super stimulating TV for young children and they associate very well with the characters featuring in top rated shows such as In the Night Garden, Twirlywoos and Mr Tumble's Something Special. Each toy will provide sensory stimulation for young children. Worth a look.

Based on a magical picture-book place that exists between waking and sleeping in a child's imagination, 'In the Night Garden' is a show loved by children and a brand truly trusted by parents. Airing daily in the bedtime slot on CBeebies, lgglepiggle and Upsy Daisy along with their friends, carry little ones into a happy and calming world of music and nursery rhymes,

Twirlywoos is a pre-school comedy series that features the adorable antics of four, fruit-tea loving bird-like friends. Combining stop frame animation and live action sequences set in the real world, the series uses fun and laughter to encourage children to think for themselves and gain confidence in their perceptions of the world.

The BAFTA award-winning series, Something Special is broadcast twice daily on CBeebies and is simple, informative, fun and often a key part of a pre-schooler's daily routine.

Toys from the show focus on 5 key learning elements and encourage the Use of Touch, Sound Recognition, Light, Texture and Dexterity and Makaton, a widely used form of communication for children and families to help further aid learning.