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Top 8 Sensory Toys Every Parent Should Know About

Top 8 Sensory Toys Every Parent Should Know About

Jun 18, 2024

Shai Habon

Play is a crucial part of childhood development. It helps children learn about the world around them, develop social skills, and improve their cognitive abilities.

Sensory play, in particular, engages multiple senses at once—touch, sight, sound, smell, and even taste—providing a rich and varied experience that promotes brain development and enhances physical skills.  From day one, a child’s brain is wired to use their senses to explore the world around them. Even before they can talk, babies make noise, put things in their mouths and grab anything they can get their hands on. As kids grow older, this natural inclination to explore continues — they bang on pots and pans, taste new foods and listen to music.

Sensory toys are specially designed to stimulate these senses and offer numerous benefits for children's growth. Let’s explore the top 8 sensory toys every parent should know about, featuring some of our products. 

Infinity Cube Fidget Toy

Infinity Mugen Fidget Hand Cubes

The Infinity Cube Fidget Toy is a stress-relieving fidgeting game perfect for kids and adults. This cute mini gadget offers a unique flipping and folding action that helps alleviate anxiety and pass the time effectively.

Benefits: Reduces stress, relieves anxiety, helps kill time.

Squishy Toys

Fruit Squishy Mochi


Squishy Toys come in various shapes and colors, providing a soothing sensory experience that can help children relax and de-stress.

Benefits: Reduces anxiety, promotes calmness, enhances sensory processing.

Stress Ball

The Stress Ball is a versatile tool designed to provide relief from stress and improve focus. By squeezing and manipulating the ball, children can release tension and engage their senses, making it an excellent option for enhancing concentration and promoting relaxation.

Benefits: Alleviates stress, enhances focus and concentration, provides tactile stimulation.

Tangle Toy

Tangles Fidget Toys

The Tangle Toy is made up of interconnected segments that can be twisted and turned in various ways. This versatile fidget toy offers a distinctive tactile experience, aiding in sensory processing and stress reduction.

Benefits: Enhances sensory processing, fosters calmness, stimulates creativity.

 Stretchy Noodle Toy

Glow in the Dark Monkey Noodles

Stretchy Noodle Toys can be stretched. twisted, and squeezed. These colorful toys offer excellent stimulation and can help children explore their creative potential.

Benefits: Boosts creativity, improves hand strength, promotes sensory processing.

Pop Dice

Pop Dice

Pop Dice is a sensory delight that combines the thrill of dice rolling with the pop feedback and visual stimulation.

Benefits: Enhances exploration, improves fine motor skills

Bubble Pop Fidget Toy

Kitty Pop it Key Chain Key Ring

The Bubble Pop Fidget Toy mimics the sensation of popping bubble wrap. It’s a fun and satisfying way to keep children engaged and reduce anxiety.

Benefits: Enhances focus and concentration, reduces stress, provides engaging stimulation.

Mochi Squishy Toys

Mochi Squishy Fidget

Mochi squishy toys are irresistibly small, soft and squishy items that are designed to delight both children and adults with their adorable shapes and vibrant colors. These are perfect for stress relief and sensory play.

Benefits: Offer comfort and stress relief, ideal for sensory stimulation and relaxation in various environments.

The Importance of Sensory Play

Sensory play is not just about keeping children entertained. It plays a crucial role in brain development by creating neural connections that support thought processes and understanding. According to a study published in Early Childhood Education Journal, sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction.

Research from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry also suggests that sensory play can help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve their social and communication skills. Sensory toys offer a range of experiences that can cater to different needs and preferences, making them versatile tools in a child's developmental journey.

Explore the wide range of sensory toys available at Fidget Kids NZ and find the perfect options to support your child’s growth and well-being.