A Guide to Christmas Toys for Children on the Spectrum: Exploring the Aisles of California Toys R Us

A Guide to Christmas Toys for Children on the Spectrum

We have been looking for movies like that for a long time.

  • Shannon Penrod and Nancy Allspa Jackson visit a Toys R Us in Porter Ranch, California, to explore Christmas toys for children with autism.
  • They highlight Melissa and Doug toys, such as a shape sorter, which are safe, educational, and suitable for children starting.
  • Thomas & Friends toys are recommended for children with autism due to the pronounced facial expressions and the availability of various characters and train sets.
  • The Imaginarium aisle offers quality and affordable toys for sensory play, shape sorting, pretend play, and fine motor skills development.
  • Games like “Guess Who,” “Headbands,” and maze games like “Perplexus” are suggested for creative and interactive play, promoting cognitive skills and social interaction.

Hello everyone! Today, we are journeying to the charming aisles of California’s Toys R Us to explore the world of Christmas toys specifically designed for children on the spectrum.

One of my favorite finds this year is the Baguette Awesome Shape Sorter. This toy is not only fun but is also a learning tool. It comes in various colors and shapes, making it perfect for kids to practice counting and sorting. It also helps with developing fine motor skills. Its design is reminiscent of traditional toys, which adds a nostalgic touch. The best part? It’s built to last so that you can pass it down to the next generation.

Safety is a significant concern, especially for children on the spectrum. This is why we love toys that don’t have too many small parts. They’re safe and enduring, ready to provide endless fun and learning for your kids.

One toy that proved to be a lifesaver in my home was the No-Still Peacock. It’s not only a fun toy but also provides several learning opportunities. Toys by Melissa and Doug are also excellent choices. They offer a range of baking sets and other learning aids that encourage children to explore and learn.

I want to share a story about my little boy’s obsession with Thomas the Train. The beauty of Thomas and Friends is that the characters have pronounced expressions, making it easier for children on the spectrum to understand and relate to. Plus, the variety of textures and the ability to build an entire railway setup can keep kids engaged for hours.

If you’re looking for quality, affordable toys that also serve as learning aids, consider the range Dumbarton offers. From sensory toys to shape sorters, they provide various options. Pretend play toys also encourage creativity and fine motor skills development.

Fidget toys are another category worth exploring. They come in different shapes, sizes, and textures and are great for sensory stimulation and calming. We also have weighted blankets that provide deep pressure and can be soothing for children who struggle with anxiety or sensory issues.

Don’t forget the power of books! They are excellent tools for helping children on the spectrum navigate social situations. In addition, books with visual aids and social stories can be beneficial.

We also explored some fun games and activities that promote physical activity. For example, setting up an obstacle course can be a great way to help kids work on their gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. It also comes with a timer to encourage a little friendly competition.

The key takeaway from our visit to Toys R Us is that countless toys and tools are available for children on the spectrum. Finding the ones that suit your child’s unique needs and interests is essential. And above all, remember to have fun and enjoy the journey of learning and growth together. Happy shopping!


My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog, 101Autism.com, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences. Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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