Kinetic toys are fabulous as they offer sensory experiences for kids and adults of all ages and are interactive toys that stimulate creativity and can help individuals feel less stressed. Especially in today’s fast-paced society!
The best kinetic toys:
The Slinky has been around for decades and is definitely making a comeback. If you’ve never seen a slinky before, they are metal spring toys that look as if they are walking on their own. For example, if you set up a classic Slinky at the top of a set of stairs, it will slowly “walk” down your staircase on its own which will thrill your children if you’re a parent or grandparent. If you don’t want to opt for a silver Slinky, you can opt for a fun glow-in-the-dark edition or a rainbow edition.
Play foam is a kinetic, sensory toy that is suitable for all ages. Even kindergarten-aged children can safely play with play foam as it’s 100% non toxic. There are a few key benefits of play foam as a kinetic, sensory toy. First, unlike other products aimed at kids such as play dough, it never dries out so you won’t have to worry about replacing your play foam anytime soon as it will last for years to come. Once you or your kids have finished building shapes out of your play foam you’ll be able to squish it back into a fuss-free ball, for easy storage. If you like the idea of purchasing play foam you may want to opt for a playset that features multiple different colors so that you can let your kids’ imagination run wild!
A fidget cube:
While the fidget spinner craze may have been and gone, fidget cubes are still in high demand and are great for kids and adults for that matter that feel anxious or who feel most comfortable when they have something in their hands to fidget with. Why are fidget cubes so great? Each side of a fidget cube has a different sensory task to complete. For example, one side may have a plastic switch like a light switch which you can switch on and off. While another side may have raised circles which you can run your fingers over and count when you’re feeling bored, anxious, or ungrounded. You may find it useful to alternate between completing each different task in a set out sequence, or simply repeating the same task over and over again.
There are so many different types of slime that are available. For example, you can easily purchase glow-in-the-dark slime, slime which is glittery, and slime which has different scents. For example, there are slime sets available that smell like birthday cake as well as slime packs that smell like fruits. Part of the fun of playing with slime is getting to stretch it and pull it to your heart’s desire.
So if you want to play with kinetic toys as a form of stress release or you have a child who may enjoy experimenting with kinetic toys as part of their play time, it’s well worth purchasing some of the products that are listed above.