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37 Life-saving Toys for Parents with Kids That Have ADD or ADHD

Having a child with ADD or ADHD can provide a number of challenges. One of them is knowing how to calm them down in a stressful situation or keeping them occupied when they’re likely to get distracted. This list has some great sensory and fidget toys which are good for both adults and children, and will be a lifesaver to a lot of parents.

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Freddy's Fidget Marble Toy

Freddy's Fidget Marble Toy

Freddy’s Fidgets will provide a great distraction to a child who’s on the verge of a meltdown. With two different textures and bright colors, your child can squash, bend, and pull them however much they want to and they won’t break. Perfect for defusing a drama.

$14.25


Monkey Noodle Stretchy String Fidget

Monkey Noodle Stretchy String Fidget

No matter how much they’re pulled or twisted, Monkey Noodles always go back to their original shape. The smooth texture of them and the bright colors will keep a child’s attention and help to reduce their stress and anxiety in a potentially scary situation.

$9.99


Smiley Stretchy Man

Smiley Stretchy Man

With this 24 piece set of stretchy smiling men, you’ll be able to make sure that you have one with you wherever you are; in your purse, their pocket, even the glovebox of the car, and then you’ll always have a way to calm down your child in any situation.

$15.90


SUIKA Jumbo Slow Rising Fruit Squishies

SUIKA Jumbo Slow Rising Fruit Squishies

Because these fruit squishies are scented, it adds a new element to the tactile toys which usually calm your child down. They’ll be able to associate the fruity scent of their favorite squishy to being calm, and this should help them to get rid of any stress and anxiety they have.

Prices Vary


Walk Away Fidget Set

Walk Away Fidget Set

Whether you use them to keep your child calm or to busy fidgety hands, this 25 piece set is guaranteed to have something in it which works. From items which stretch to furry tactile toys, you’ll have a lovely calm child more of the time.

Prices Vary


Funky Toys Eye Popping Flippy Kitten

Funky Toys Eye Popping Flippy Kitten

Sometimes when we’re that stressed, we feel like throttling someone. Obviously that’s not recommended, but what about this kitten? Squeeze its neck to get rid of your anger and its eyes will pop out! It’s also designed to fit in your whole hand so you’ll be able to get a proper grip on it.

$14.99


Ideas In Life Liquid Motion Timer Desktop Toy

Ideas In Life Liquid Motion Timer Desktop Toy

It can be super calming and relaxing just sitting and watching something, especially swirling liquid. Keep this bubble timer nearby and grab it whenever you need to calm someone down. Get them to focus on the bubbles inside and by the time it’s stopped, they’ll be relaxed again.

$13.57


Tangle Set

Tangle Set

Safe to use for everyone, Tangles are a great way to keep hands and minds busy. If you’re trying to defuse an ADD meltdown, getting your child to focus on a colorful Tangle toy could be the way to do that. They’re designed to last so they’ll be able to withstand a lot of use.

$23.88

Flitter Ring Sensory Toy

Flitter Ring Sensory Toy

Your kid will have so much fun learning how to use the Jitter Ring that they won’t have time to be stressed or angry. Spin or flip this modernized version of the popular 90’s toy and you’ll soon be feeling super calm and relaxed as well as having learned a new skill.

$24.99


JOEYANK Infinity Cube

JOEYANK Infinity Cube

The good thing about a fidget cube is that they’re small enough for you to keep with you at all times. If you see that your child is on the verge of a meltdown, try handing them this toy and see if you can distract them so they can forget what they were stressed about.

$18.88


Fab 5 Fiddle Set

Fab 5 Fiddle Set

Make sure that you have at least one of these fiddle toys with you at all times in case your child needs some calm down time. Whether you’re out and about or in the comfort of your own home, handing them one of these will at least distract them from whatever’s making them angry.

Prices Vary


Magical Magnet Building Learning Toy Set

Magical Magnet Building Learning Toy Set

These magnetic building shapes will help your child improve a lot of necessary skills, including hand eye coordination and imagination. They can build anything which comes to mind and it’ll provide hours of entertainment to keep them busy and away from any stressful situations.

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Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Toy

Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Toy

Use these Snap and Click fidget toys to entertain your child, whether they’re stressed and anxious, or simply feeling bored. Focussing on building will give them something to take their mind off things which will reduce their stress and boredom, making them happier in the long run.

$9.97


Marvel Heroes Metal Fidget Spinner Toy

Marvel Heroes Metal Fidget Spinner Toy

Fidget spinners were the most sought after toy last year, among both children and adults. They’re the perfect way to keep hands busy and minds focussed; this Captain America themed one looks just like his famous shield and will be a hit among any Marvel fan, young or old.

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Spiky Sensory Balls

Spiky Sensory Balls

Thanks to the spikes on the outside, these rubber balls provide a number of textures for your kid. They’re soft enough to be squashed but firm enough to remain round, and the best thing about them is that they’re bouncy. It’s the perfect toy to keep a child with ADD calm.

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Ybetter Squeeze Bean Fidget Toy

Ybetter Squeeze Bean Fidget Toy

Who knew that a squeezy bean fidget toy would be a good toy to calm down anxiety and reduce stress? Whether you’re trying to give up a bad habit or you just want to remain calm in a stressful situation, these funny faced beans are here to help.

$4.99


Fidget Pen Best Fidget Toy

Fidget Pen Best Fidget Toy

Keeping a child who has ADHD focussed isn’t an easy task, they can’t remain still for long. This pen is great for school because it has a roller ball on the side for them to play with when they’re getting bored, hopefully keeping them interested in the lesson.

Prices Vary


Magic Sequin Fidget Pillow

Magic Sequin Fidget Pillow

These magic sequin pillows make a great accessory for your home, but did you know they’re good for people who constantly need to fidget? With the elastic strap on the back, it’ll stay secure while you run your hands over the sequins, changing the color.

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Desktop Fidget Set

Desktop Fidget Set

Put this set of eight different fidget toys on your desk or somewhere where your child can always have access to them. With a spring, putty, and a magic cube, there’ll be something for everyone in here so you know that you’ll always be able to defuse a meltdown.

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Curious Minds Busy Bags Mini Pencil Coil Wraps

Curious Minds Busy Bags Mini Pencil Coil Wraps

These are so simple but they’re the perfect fidget toy for your child to take to school with them. The coiled springs fit around a pen or pencil so they’ll always have access to it while learning, and because they’re so small, they won’t distract the other people around them.

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Splat ‘N’ Stick Baseballs

Splat ‘N’ Stick Baseballs

They might look like simple baseballs but they’re actually the perfect toy to reduce stress. They’re squishable so you can squeeze them whenever you’re feeling anxious or try throwing them at the wall; they’ll stick and splat against it which makes these balls super fun.

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Spinner Ring Arm Slinkey Toy

Spinner Ring Arm Slinkey Toy

You’ll be able to trick your child into thinking they’ve just got a new toy, but this one can also be used to reduce anxiety. Slip it onto your arm and watch the rings spinning around effortlessly. You can let it do its own thing or learn some fun tricks with it, too.

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SENQIAO Flippy Chain Fidget Toy Set

SENQIAO Flippy Chain Fidget Toy Set

Because these are so small, they can be easily concealed in your hand if you don’t want anyone to know you need to calm down. Roll and twist the fidget chain to take your mind off of the stressful situation and you should soon be back to your normal self.

Prices Vary


Neliblu Fun Puzzle Balls

Neliblu Fun Puzzle Balls

Keep these everywhere in your home and car and you’ll always have access to one. Use them to stop a panic attack, keep you feeling calm in a stressful situation, or just keep fidgety hands busy – these colorful toys are great for just about anything.

$12.97


Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy

Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy

With a name like Hedgehog Rings, why wouldn’t you want to have these fidget toys in your home? Made from safe and durable rubber, these colorful rings are covered in soft spikes and they can be twisted and pulled in loads of different directions but they won’t snap or break.

$11.95


Stress-Relief Sensory Stress Balls by Nyft Toys

Stress-Relief Sensory Stress Balls by Nyft Toys

Just by looking at these toys, you wouldn’t think that they could be used as a calm down measure. Squeeze them as you would a stress ball and watch the membrane balls on the inside start bulging out, providing tactile stimulation while relieving any stress you’re feeling.

$15.99


Monkey Stringy Balls

Monkey Stringy Balls

At the perfect size to sit in your child’s hand, these pom pom style balls are a great distraction. Made from durable silicone, they’re made to withstand the squeezing, pulling, and even bouncing your child will do to pull him out of his anxious state.

$14.99


Stretchy Resistance Fidget Bands

Stretchy Resistance Fidget Bands

Pop one of these resistance bands around the legs of a chair your child with ADD is sitting on and it should help him to concentrate. It’ll reduce the need to fidget and help calm their restless legs, keeping them focussed on what they’re learning about, whether it’s in school or at home.

$12.90


KeNeer Stretchy String Toy

KeNeer Stretchy String Toy

Ideal for both adults and children alike, these colorful stretchy strings can be used for a number of things. You can reduce your stress, calm anxiety, or simply incorporate them into your daily exercises. They’re made from durable and safe materials which are great for strengthening your arm muscles.

Prices Vary


Marble Fidget Toy

Marble Fidget Toy

This fidget toy is great for reducing workplace or school stress. It’s simply a marble inside some nylon mesh but it’s the perfect size for you to hold in your hands, so no one will notice that you’re trying to calm and center yourself wherever you are.

Prices Vary


Lifidea Metal Infinity Cube Fidget Cube

Lifidea Metal Infinity Cube Fidget Cube

Fidget cubes were a huge hit last year, everyone had one whether they were kicking a bad habit or trying to keep their hands busy. This one is an infinity cube, meaning you can change the shape of the toy, helping to reduce your stress or just simply pass the time.

$16.99


Minilopa Fidget Dodecagon

Minilopa Fidget Dodecagon

This is the ultimate fidget cube; it has 12 sides to keep your hands busy at all times, and the bright colors make it attractive to both adults and children. With rollers, spinners, switches, and even a joystick, there’ll always be something for you to fidget with.

$8.99


Unicorn Silicone Soft Spike Slap Bracelets

Unicorn Silicone Soft Spike Slap Bracelets

Because these bracelets are slap on, your child will always have something with them which they can use to focus on. It’s vital that children with ADD or ADHD have ways to calm themselves down in stressful situations, and this spiky bracelet provides tactile stimulation which will help.

Prices Vary


Zip Spinners

Zip Spinners

Ideal for fans of Transformers, this fidget spinner will be an instant hit. With a comfortable groove for their fingers to sit, your kid will be able to spin and fidget as much as he wants, which should help him focus for longer and keep him happy most of the time.

Prices Vary


Meeting Room Fidget Set

Meeting Room Fidget Set

This set of 12 sensory toys means that you’ll always have something on hand to reduce stress or stop a meltdown happening. They’re all suitable for fidgety hands and will help increase their focus, whether it’s at home or in school, and make them happier in the long run.

Prices Vary


Magic Wood Table Top Desk Toy

Magic Wood Table Top Desk Toy

This fidget spinner is a great way to distract someone – the smooth groove for you to put your fingers means that you can spin with ease and comfort. And, because they’re so small, you’ll be able to hide the spinner in your hand or pocket so that no one will see what you’re doing.

Prices Vary


Fidget Spinner Prime

Fidget Spinner Prime

The beautiful purple ombre colors on this fidget spinner will provide something visual for your child to focus on as well. While they’re fidgeting and spinning this toy, the swirling purple will keep them calm and distracted from anything stressful, reducing stress and the likelihood of a meltdown.

Prices Vary

3 Easy Diy Projects to Calm Kids with ADD or ADHD

Diy Lego Calm Down Jar

Diy Lego Calm Down Jar

You can use these to calm down any child or adult; in fact we’d all benefit from having one. Follow the instructions in this online tutorial and you’ll soon have some beautifully calming swirling glitter jars complete with LEGO minifigure inside for your little person to use when everything is getting too much.

Diy Sensory Kit for Calm Down Time

Diy Sensory Kit for Calm Down Time

Keep a sensory bin in the corner of a room and whenever your child is finding everything a bit overwhelming, they can go over and find a toy which is going to calm them down. They’re super simple to make and you can fill it with sensory toys which you know work for your child.

Diy Desk Fidget Tool for School

Diy Desk Fidget Tool for School

Keeping an ADD child focussed in school is difficult and you don’t want to give them anything which is going to distract the other children. But this desktop fidget toy is small enough for them to use without disrupting their peers or their learning.
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