a guide to stim toys!
trying to decide what stim toy you want? i’m here to help !!
(note: this is based off me n a few others’ experiences)
- tangle toys
- fidget cubes
- bike chains
- other moving part toys
-easy to get your hands on
-typically not expensive
-not very discreet
a popular, well-liked type of stim toy! good for keeping focused, self regulation, and they’re pretty fun to play with ! there’s quite a variety of them out there, some may not even be marketed as stim toys (ex: plastic toys from stores).
- chew jewelry (necklaces/bracelets)
- chew toys
- teether rings
-meant for chewing! you won’t break em
-no more chewing on wires/fingernails/etc
-jewelry can be designed nicely to look like regular jewelry
-actual chew jewelry/toys are harder to get and can be pricey
-teether rings aren’t discreet
many autistic people never outgrew the instinct/need to put thing in their mouth or chew on things! and some other nd people chew for other reasons! that’s what these are for! plus, they can also help with anger management!
tip: if you don’t want people to see your chew necklace, tuck it under your shirt and chew when you’re alone/no one’s looking!
- stress balls
- moni moni animals
- stretchy rubber toys
-fairly easy to get
-stress balls are a “normal office toy” (less chance of judgement)
-monis and rubber toys aren’t as discreet
a calming stim! very soothing, good for relieving stress and anxiety. i like to roll my moni moni animal between my hands a lot!
- weighted blankets
- weighted lap pads
- weighted stuffed animals
-fantastic sensory input
-good for insomnia
-harder to get
i LOVE weighted stuff!!it’s a great feeling. super calming and soothing. really good for helping you sleep!!
- stuffed animals/plush toys
-very easy to get
-seen as immature and babyish (unfortunately)
plushies!! super important. super good. soft, huggable, lovable things. many people have them as comfort items!! it’s so good to hug them and pet the fur
- bristle brushes
- spiky toys
- many more
-there are good textures in a lot of places!
-spike toys are slightly painful and can leave little indents, which is a good alternative to self harm!
-spike toys are harder to get
textures!! we all know n love our textures. my favorite is fur!! sometimes i stim by petting my pets! (my hamster is especially good, she’s so soft!). textures are everywhere and everyone likes different things! but there’s also specific toys/tools that can help! like bristle brushes and spiked things!
- stim jars
- glitter containers
- fish tanks
- online videos/gifs
-easy to make
-there are a lot of gifs online
-no tactile stimulation
popular!! easily found online, and easily made irl! fun things to watch. i especially love to watch fish tanks!
Slime, Sand, and Orbeez
- kinetic sand
- moon sand
-a stay-at-home toy
-needs to be kept in a safe dry space
-harder to get
-fancy slime is expensive
these things are the most popular in stimboards and videos, because they look so cool!! if you make your own, you can do whatever you want with it! they’re all really unique textures and feelings and super fun to play with!
tip: be careful when using borax! it’s toxic
i hope this helps!! feel free to add on if you have anything!