One thing I like to do is bring goodie bags to my son’s class. Of course, the kids want candy, but I really like to give treats that are not only fun, but beneficial in some way for kids with special needs. I guess the OT in me comes out when it’s goodie bag time🙂
Some treats I like to give are…..
-squishy or bouncy hand balls that do or don’t light up
-pencils with pencil grips
-party blowers or whistles (if you don’t mind the noise)
-playing cards (for learning how to match, learn numbers or alphabet,etc.)
The list could go on and on. Many little treats like these can be helpful to a child who has fine motor coordination challenges, oral motor needs, difficulty holding a pencil, etc. They are also good fidget toys for a child who seeks out sensory input. Sometimes items like this can calm them or help them stay in their seats a bit longer during class time. Companies, such as orientaltrading.com, sell these seasonal items in bulk for decent prices.
If I do give out candy, I will try to find candy that has no artificial coloring or flavoring. I’ve found the Organic Lollipops available at Trader Joe’s markets to be a big hit. They’re inexpensive and naturally flavored. Kids seem to love them, and adults love them,too. I’ve had to keep myself from eating them all from time to time.