This post is designed to inspire parents to think outside the box when buying gifts for kids with dyslexia. It’s so important that there’s a balance between educational, creative, fun and recreational gifts and this post is designed to help you out by providing a list of gift ideas that every child with dyslexia (and without) would love!
If your child or one you are buying for has dyslexia and you want to give them a gift to support them, one key point would be to focus on their strengths and interests. While a child with dyslexia will most probably struggle with reading, spelling and writing, this doesn’t have to be the focus of every gift they get given. They will have other areas of strength, as well as different interests and talents. For example, if your child loves art, consider getting them a set of high-quality art supplies. If they’re into sports, think about getting them a new piece of equipment or tickets to a game. By focusing on what they love, you will build their self-esteem and encourage them to pursue their passions.
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WHAT TO BUY: The perfect gifts for kids with dyslexia
Another factor to consider is the child’s age and developmental level. Children with dyslexia may struggle with certain aspects of language and communication, so it’s important to choose gifts that are appropriate for their age and skill level. For example, a young child with dyslexia may benefit from sensory development toys and those that encourage hand-eye coordination, while an older child might love a selection of fun and educational games to help improve memory and cognitive skills.
When choosing gifts for children with dyslexia, it’s also wise to consider their specific needs and challenges. Audiobooks, reading apps, and speech-to-text software are excellent choices as are number games and science kits.
Fidget toys make the perfect small gift for all kids – but especially those who struggle with fine motor skills or are prone to anxiety. Fidget toys help relieve stress and anxiety and also help children with dyslexia to focus, especially during reading and writing tasks. There are a wide variety of fidget toys available, from simple stress balls to more complex puzzles and games.
A great gift idea is a subscription to an educational app or website. There are so out there that are specifically designed to help children with dyslexia improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills – without them even realising. These programs often use fun, interactive activities and games to help children learn, making the process more engaging and enjoyable.
How about a gift that promotes self-expression and creativity? So many children with dyslexia are highly creative and artistic, and may enjoy gifts that allow them to express themselves through art, music, or other forms of creativity. Art supplies, musical instruments, journals and craft boxes are all great gift ideas that can help children with dyslexia tap into their creative side.
A list of gifts for kids with dyslexia
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This snap circuit kit is a great gift. It’s fun, educational and will keep the kids entertained for hours. Its a perfect activity to improve fine motor skills as well as organisational thoughts.
Who doesn’t love robots? Introduce your child to coding with this exciting Lego building kit complete with 847 pieces that can be built into 5 different robots. Following instructions can be difficult for a child with dyslexia and practicing this skill through play will help so much. This STEM activity will keep your child entertained for hours.
Designing colorful, and detailed designs (also known as mandala drawings) has been proven to have a calming effect on kids and adults. Spirograph therefore is the perfect distraction for a child’s struggles, whatever they may be. Using Spirograph can also increase focus and creativity as well as giving the child a sense of achievement.
Find my post on the best E reader pens here. E readers are perfect gifts for kids with dyslexia as they provide support by reading aloud whatever text they are scanning. The C Pen also offers a built in dictionary. A pricey, but valuable gift.
Give your child the gift of reading with a new Amazon kindle. Open up their world by giving them access to books with just one small click. The font on a kindle can be enlarged to help with reading and there is a built in dictionary for any words kids aren’t sure of. The new paperwhite version is built in with a warm light that can be adjusted from white to Amber. There is also the option of pairing the kindle with an Audible account so that your child can listen to the book while following along on their kindle. Don’t worry about screentime anymore when your child is curled up with a goodd book!
*****FOR OLDER KIDS******Echo Pop
This compact speaker featuring Alexa not only has great sound but it’s also easily controlled with your voice. Your child can use it it to play their audiobooks with audible or music with Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon music. Eaily connected to devices via bluetooth, the Echo Pop can also be used for organisation (creating lists), setting timers, answering calls and setting reminders. It’s a must have for every tween/teen with dyslexia.
****FOR YOUNGER KIDS****** Play-Doh shape and learn letters and language
This gift is perfect for primary aged kids and those learning letters and phonics. As I discussed in my blog on multisensory activities and dyslexia,using a range of learning techniques will help your child to develop muscle memory and sound/visual recognition. This Play-Doh kit is the perfect place to start. It’s fiun, interactive, helps with fine motor skills and can be used alone or with your supervision.
Other gifts that are always popular for every age group include:
- educational games
- jigsaw puzzles
- construction toys such as lego or Knex
- board games
- activity books
- arts and crafts
- sporting equipment
- science kits
Hopefully this post has given you some food for thought and enough ideas to suprose your child with the perfect gift.
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