Toys for autism: my preschoolers' favorite toys

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The list author says: "Toys I've found to be favorites during my speech therapy sessions! These are items I've used with young (9 and under) children on the spectrum or older children with at least moderate autism."
Thomas' Race on the Rails Train Set
1.  Thomas' Race on the Rails Train Set by None
The list author says:
  "A classic! Thomas plus a 'roller coaster' style toy, another fave. The legs are not very stable, though. You could try super-gluing them. I take this apart and put it back together for each use - it's fairly simple to do and a good opportunity for language. Kids can request each piece or give directions ("Put on the bridge") as you build."
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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Battery Powered Sir Topham Hatt Figure 8 Set
2.  Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Battery Powered Sir Topham Hatt Figure 8 Set by Learning Curve
The list author says:
  "This is almost a cliche at this point, but I really couldn't have an autism list without mentioning Thomas train sets. There's a huge variety, check them all out!"
$92.19   Used & New from: $79.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

TOMY Gearation Building Toy
3.  TOMY Gearation Building Toy by Tomy
The list author says:
  "A MUST HAVE!!!! The pieces all look different so nice for following multi-component directions (Find the pink and yellow piece, or the pink piece that has eyes, etc.)"
$31.99   Used & New from: $29.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

AMBI Lock a Block
4.  AMBI Lock a Block by Ambi Toys
The list author says:
  "Shape sorters are another staple with my kids. Amazon sells a wide variety! Great for prepositions - in, on, out, inside, outside."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Gazillion Bubbles Nemo Motorized Bubble Blower
5.  Gazillion Bubbles Nemo Motorized Bubble Blower by Funrise
The list author says:
  "Great toy, would not allow unsupervised play as little hands can break it! Very motivating!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Puzzle
6.  Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Puzzle by Melissa & Doug
The list author says:
  "Melissa & Doug make a ton of great puzzles. Be forewarned that some kids love the sound puzzles and some hearing-sensitive children detest them. Nice for a variety of vocabulary words."
$12.99   Used & New from: $6.30
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Just Like Home:  Microwave Oven with Electronic Timer, Lights, Sounds, Spinning Plates and 20 Accessories
7.  Just Like Home: Microwave Oven with Electronic Timer, Lights, Sounds, Spinning Plates and 20 Accessories by Moose Mountain
The list author says:
  "The initial allure seems to be the buttons and spinning, but once a child is interested great for building imaginary play skills. Loud - not for the noise-sensitive."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Geo Trax Working Town Railway System with exclusive bonus
8.  Geo Trax Working Town Railway System with exclusive bonus by GeoTrax
The list author says:
  "Very very motivating!"
Used & New from: $299.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Fishin' Around
9.  Fishin' Around by Milton Bradley
The list author says:
  "This game has been a favorite even among my students who aren't really in to games yet. A great starter 'game'-game!"
Used & New from: $45.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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120-Piece Light and Sound Marble Express
10.  120-Piece Light and Sound Marble Express by Redbox
The list author says:
  "Fun, intiguing toy, but an adult will need to put it together and the marbles can be swallowed! Another great game for language - have the child be the builder and work on following directions, or have them be the 'director' and use language to direct you."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Rock 'n Giggle: Mickey
11.  Rock 'n Giggle: Mickey by Character Direct Limited
The list author says:
  "A great sensory toy, with the plush exterior, vibration and music."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rocket Balloons with Pump
12.  Rocket Balloons with Pump by Toysmith
The list author says:
  "Fun flying toy - adult will need to operate - NOT for the noise-sensitive!! Kids will not be able to operate this themselves so a great way to necessitate that they use their language with you."
$5.39   Used & New from: $3.20
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

MINI WATER SNAKE
13.  MINI WATER SNAKE by Play Visions
The list author says:
  "A great pocket sensory item!"
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Friendly Toys Sand and Water Kingdom Table
14.  Friendly Toys Sand and Water Kingdom Table by Friendly Toys
The list author says:
  "Sensory tables are wonderful if you can find room!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Cars Pixar Fisher Price Speedway
15.  Cars Pixar Fisher Price Speedway by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "This is a fun and motivating toy! A warning - it's kind of a one-trick pony, so I don't know that it would hold attention for long periods of time. Save as a limited play toy during therapy sessions or when you want your child to request something/play with you/etc."
$84.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Click-Clack Caterpillar By Iplay by International Playthings
16.  Click-Clack Caterpillar By Iplay by International Playthings by International Playthings
The list author says:
  "A huge hit! Also check out the Tomy ball towers or the Busy Ball Popper."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Galt Folding Trampoline
17.  Galt Folding Trampoline by Galt America
The list author says:
  "Another fun movement toy."
$101.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

Classic Pin Art - Black
18.  Classic Pin Art - Black by Toysmith
The list author says:
  "These pin art things are a big favorite, also good if you're working on body parts or turn-taking as you can talk about where to put it."
$15.99   Used & New from: $9.84
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

Battat Mirror Pound-A-Ball Toy, Colors May Vary
19.  Battat Mirror Pound-A-Ball Toy, Colors May Vary by Battat
The list author says:
  "A simple toy but a consistent favorite with my kiddos."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Baby Galileo Discovering the Sky Video
20.  Baby Galileo Discovering the Sky Video by Baby Einstein
The list author says:
  "This is the only video I'm listing as it's not really a 'toy'. I am not a big fan of having kids sit and watch a lot of videos, however, I mention this because it's been useful with some kids that were very, very hard to motivate!"
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Don't Break the Ice
21.  Don't Break the Ice by Hasbro
The list author says:
  "A fun game that's simple enough for most kids to enjoy - great for turn-taking or introducing peer play."
$9.61
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

Playhut Thomas the Tank Train Engine Play Tent
22.  Playhut Thomas the Tank Train Engine Play Tent by PlayHut
The list author says:
  "Play tents are nice - they can be set up as a place to give kids a sensory 'break', with pillows, blankets, and books to look at."
$50.76
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

69" x 69" x 53" Jump-o-Lene Castle Bouncer
23.  69" x 69" x 53" Jump-o-Lene Castle Bouncer by Intex
The list author says:
  "I'll be honest and say I've never personally tried this toy, but if I had the space for it I would. Ball pits/bouncy toys look like great sensory items for the kids, and they make ones that are big but not enormous."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

 
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US Games Tie Dye Hopper, 24-Inch
24.  US Games Tie Dye Hopper, 24-Inch by US Games
The list author says:
  "A great movement toy!"
$32.99   Used & New from: $25.35
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Mini Foam Rockets
25.  Mini Foam Rockets by US Toy
The list author says:
  "Simple, cheap, fun!"
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Cranium Cariboo
26.  Cranium Cariboo by Hasbro
The list author says:
  "This game has been so universally appealing with my students at every level of development, it's amazing! Designed to be an educational game as well."
$154.95   Used & New from: $35.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Toysmith Games Super Stacking Tops Novelty
27.  Toysmith Games Super Stacking Tops Novelty by Toysmith
The list author says:
  "These are a big hit. I use them for sequencing steps (you have to put the 'winder' on, crank it, then push a button). Also good for teamwork if a child can attempt to stack the tops with you."
$9.32   Used & New from: $4.68
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper
28.  Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper by Hasbro
The list author says:
  "This is a great toy, but be forewarned, the balls go flying. Buy some spares as they will inevitably end up under your couch."
Used & New from: $149.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)

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Tomy Pop-Up Pirate Game
29.  Tomy Pop-Up Pirate Game by Tomy
The list author says:
  "Another great early game! Children of all ability levels seem to enjoy this game, and it's great for turn-taking and peer play."
$30.27
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

Pixter Color System
30.  Pixter Color System by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "This is a neat little toy, especially if you have a child who loves 'gadgets'. Lots of opportunities to turn it into a learning experience by talking about what you see and draw."
Used & New from: $20.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Learning Resources Rainbow Color Cones
31.  Learning Resources Rainbow Color Cones by Learning Resources
The list author says:
  "Even for kids who are not into pretend play in a big way, the Smart Snacks products (they sell other sets) tend to be appealing. For one, they are all made to be manipulated in some way - stacked, snapped together, matched, etc. They are bright, life-like, and appealing, and designed to teach various concepts, while serving as a window to pretend play!"
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Tic Tac Tony Puppy Dog Tic Tac Toe
32.  Tic Tac Tony Puppy Dog Tic Tac Toe by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "An old favorite - glad to see it being sold again!"
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Melissa & Doug Cutting Food
33.  Melissa & Doug Cutting Food by Melissa & Doug
The list author says:
  "These cut-up foods are another great pretend play item for kids who aren't necessarily 'into' pretend play yet. Few kids can resist the satisfaction of slicing these and putting them back together! Other great and enticing Melissa and Doug food sets are the 'create-a-food' style toys, such as the Pizza Party and Birthday Party Cake."
$24.91   Used & New from: $17.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (589 customer reviews)

Fisher-Price Little People Racin' Ramps Garage
34.  Fisher-Price Little People Racin' Ramps Garage by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "Garages with elevators and ramps - a classic."
$100.57   Used & New from: $48.00
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board
35.  Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board by Crayola
The list author says:
  "This a fun toy! I use it by drawing answers on both boards, then turning it on under dim light and watching the drawings flash. The kids love this!"
$44.99   Used & New from: $8.97
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

Do A Dot Art Marker Brilliant 6-pack
36.  Do A Dot Art Marker Brilliant 6-pack by Do A Dot Art
The list author says:
  "A fun, easy way to get creative!"
$14.99   Used & New from: $13.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

Penguin Race
37.  Penguin Race by Penguin Race
The list author says:
  "Yet another big motivator and favorite toy amongst the kids!"
$13.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

Bosch Mini Build Your Own Race Car Construction Tool Set
38.  Bosch Mini Build Your Own Race Car Construction Tool Set by Pretend Play Toy Products
The list author says:
  "Fun construction toy!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Neurosmith Jumbo Music Blocks
39.  Neurosmith Jumbo Music Blocks by Neurosmith
The list author says:
  "Motivating, educational - a great toy!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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