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10 Great Toys for an Autistic Child

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Have you considered a toy for autistic child?  Regardless if a child has autism, another disability or not, all children love toys.  Of course, no child is alike.  Therefore, what may be enjoyed by one child may not hold the interest of another.  Thus, the trick is to figure out which toys your autistic child will enjoy playing with, and will help them develop skills.

The following are 10 great toys for autistic children.  The first 5 are suggestions are for children age 3-7 and the second 5 are for children age 8 – 12.  Following each basic toy description is examples of where you can find them -

Ages 3-7
1. Paints and/or coloring pencils with large paper – This is a great way for an autistic child to express him/herself in color.  Knowing what colors your child responds to may be helpful when it comes to learning.  Check  Toys R’ Us, Sears, or Wal-Mart.

2. Building blocks – any toy for autistic child that can be stacked helps them improve their motor skills.  Great toys to consider include “Lego”, alphabet blocks, colored shapes, etc. Check Toys R’ Us, Sears, or Wal-Mart

3. Stories with Repetition and/or Rhyme –These books help in the development of speech skills.  Good book examples you can consider include “Dr. Seuss” and “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes”.  Book stores, online at, or your local library.

4. Mix and Match toys – Toys that involve sorting and grouping together matching numbers, colors, shapes, etc. help improve cognitive skills.  One interesting toy for autistic child is “Match & Spell 3 – Letter Word”.  This game teaches a child how to spell basic words by putting together matching colored cards that create a picture of the word.  This game can be found online at the autism toy store

5. Toys that light up – Toys such as the “flashing molecule ball” are good for visual stimulation.  When the ball is squeezed, the colorful balls light up and flash. Check online at or Toys R’ Us.

Ages 8 – 12
1. “Calculator Cash Register” – This is a perfect pretend toy for autistic child.  This particular toy comes with a working calculator, pretend money (bills, coins and credit cards).  This toy encourages creativity and math skills.  Check online at or local toy stores.

2. Musical toy instrument – If your child has an interest in music, consider getting a toy instrument such as drums, guitar, recorder or piano with sheet music.  These toys teach cognitive, motor, creative and sensory skills.  Check local toy stores, Toys R’ Us or Wal-Mart

3. Picture books - Picture books such as “I Spy” are great ways to engage your child’s imagination.  “I Spy” has a collection of picture riddle books based on different themes.  Check your local bookstore, online at, or library.

4. Classic board games –There are many classic board games to choose from including “KerPlunk”, “Scrabble Jr.”, “Monopoly Jr.”, “Trouble”, “Yahtzee”, etc.  Board games can be a toy for autistic child that helps to improve social skills, and depending on the game, may help to develop cognitive and motor skills. Check Toys R’ Us, Wal-Mart and Sears.

5. “Stretch-Eze” – This is a unique sensory toy that is ideal for stretching, exercise, and making creative movements.  The “Stretch-Eze” is a stretchy circular band that comes in different sizes and colors. Look for it at

Keep in mind that the toys listed above are only toy for autistic child suggestions.  You don’t need to base the toys you give your child on their age.  In fact, many parents of autistic children find that any toy is acceptable if their child responds to it regardless of the age specifications on the box.  Note: The only exception is choking hazard age warning.

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