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Stim Toy Storage - At Home Stim Kits

Something I don’t see discussed too often is storage of stim toys, so I’m going to talk about some photos of the ways I’m storing my collection, now that I have a fairly large collection of toys. How often I use an item and how reachable I need it to be impacts a lot on how I store it and where.

Some degree of organisation can help with acceptance, I’ve found, as there’s less feeling of “things everywhere” and “toys for kids” and a little more sense of purpose or focus.

This is my “left over” or “spare” kit - comprised of items that are extras, usually from buying multiple items in a pack because I can’t find them for individual purchase, making too many of a handmade item (I tend to “samemake” in the way I samefood, once I find a pattern or design that works), gifts, or items I reviewed that I just didn’t click with. I like having an extra kit because I dislike other people touching my toys, so having toys meant for handling by others is great for sharing if I’m stimming in front of guests. It’s easy to put a box like this on a table, too, or bring to a community gathering. It’s also something I can show other people, with everything neatly laid out, and a full kit like this is great for introducing people to the idea that stim toys exist.

(I struggle to communicate stimming in the abstract, but putting someone’s hands in a box of toys and letting them explore while I talk is so much easier. I’ve found that NT folks new to stimming don’t necessarily click with any one or two toys I’ve showed them, but having lots of options means at least one “gateway” toy, and once they’ve happened across something that provides a positive/pleasing/relaxing sensation for them, they’re more open to other toys. It happened this way with Mum: she wouldn’t touch anything until I made my marble mazes, but she’s now got her own spinner, massage balls and hedge balls…)

This kit is housed in a cardboard box and two plastic trays which fit inside it. The smaller, more tangly and rattly items (like bead fidgets, marble loops, Tangles, spinners, hedge balls, telephone cord bracelets) are housed in the trays, as I can stack one tray on top of the other and simply lift the top tray out of the box, meaning I don’t have to burrow through as many little items to find things. Some things will still take some burrowing (there’s a marble maze in the top basket, hidden by everything on top of it) but it’s a lot easier to use, and less overwhelming, than my previous method of stowing everything loose in a box.

The larger items like Play-Doh tubs, stress balls and plush are stacked in the other half of the box, with large pieces like plush keyrings and bean bags sitting loosely on top, so I don’t have to move too many things to reach the tubs underneath.

Slinkies are great for neatly containing smaller items, just like a pen caddy or cup: the one in this box holds a stress ball and two makeup blending sponges. I’ve got one on my desk holding several Tangles, a sponge and a few Hama bead loops!

My cardboard box is 31 cm long, 24 cm wide and 11.5 cm deep. It’s deep enough to hold a full-size plastic Slinky and a full-size snake puzzle standing on its shorter end. I paid $2.50 AUD for this from Fantastic Variety, a local dollar shop, but I more often see boxes of this size between $3-5 AUD. The plastic trays I bought from the same store in a 3 pack for $2 AUD, and they’re 23.2 cm long, 15.5 cm wide and 6 cm deep. With all the toys in it, the box is quite heavy.

For this sort of thing, it’s often better purchasing in person (if possible) as you can check that any inner trays fit inside your intended box. For this kind of storage, with a variety of toys of many different shapes, you ideally want a box deep enough to fit two trays on top of each other, leaving the rest of the box for taller items.

There are sewing and gear boxes designed to take larger items, many with compartments and removable trays, but most of these are very expensive. This set up cost me less than $5 AUD and is easy to use.

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Diy/Cheap Stim kit

One of my friends (who is also autistic and super freaking cute) is having a birthday in a few days (three days before mine) and so for part of their present I’ve been trying to put togeather a Stim bag. 

I made a large drawstring bag out of some soft star print quilting fabric (as it’s a little thicker) that was in my fabric stash.

 

this was being sold as a “massage roller” for five dollars at KMART but I bought it because the purple color is this amazing subtle gradient and it’s basically like a giant rollerball. i will probably go and buy myself one 

A zipper bracelet (like a dollar in the clearance section of Spotlight) and a pony bead bracelet I made that has their pronouns on it (they/them) which is also very stimmy.

a Small marble maze and one of my bead fidgets (handmade from items in my craft stash so didn’t cost anything) 

a spike ball that glows (i love these but I’m not sure on the lights as they flash but if you rummage in the box you can usually find one that has broken or run out of batteries as people tend to play with them in the shop a lot) 

and a fluffy rainbow key chain from the dollar section as well 

a mini snake puzzle that was only a dollar or so very small but nice I think it’s slightly magnetic (not sure if they are all like this it’s only this one) which makes moving the links nice.

Also, a Harley Quinn “kawaii cube” beanie, (Harley is a Special interest) and the fabric of these cubes are very soft and they are nice to squish because they have little beans in them. bought from The Warehouse I think for under ten dollars.

 a star shapes plastic slinky with nice pastel colors and a small squishy basketball. ( these two are taken from a bag of swag I have for geo-cashing but were originally in separate party favor supply bags in Kmart for a few dollars for a bag (this isle is full of cheap stimmy stuff) 

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My stim/sensory kit, featuring Tony (the cube holding my stims)

I have the little man doll to chew on,
Zippers to fiddle with,
And putty, also to fiddle with.
A hat/sunglasses combo to shield me from fluorescent/flickering lights,
And tony, with his many textures, holes, bells, and his large nose.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/543169751/stim-toy-starter-kit?ref=listings_manager_grid
Yeah! This is a stim starter kit featuring all my stim jewelery:
It includes
Spin and squish earrins
Stretch, chew, and squish necklace
Stim bracelet
Clicking pearl stretch thingie
Skin picking/hair stretching simulator bracelet
And a felt themed case! Either plain (random colors), or pink kitties, blue cacti, or space!
This is $20 worth of stuff for half off OR LESS.

anonymous asked:

i know that its good for the kinds of stim toys you have to be varied, do you have any recommendations for toys you think all stimmers should have? i tend to have a very particular idea of what i like and i only get those kinds of things [i have almost exclusively fidget toys, honestly], but i dont want to neglect whole types of toys i might really enjoy just because i didnt think i would like it looking at it online.

I’m going to answer this in two parts, because it’s an awesome question. Today, I’m going to give a general breakdown of stim toy categories and possible toys one might choose from those categories to build a varied kit. Tomorrow, I’ll take a photo of what I consider the core essentials of my own stim toy kit and talk more in depth about why I’d recommend those toys for others, especially with regards to offering different types of stims.

A great deal of this, though, will depend on one’s personal preferences with regards scent, texture, appearance and sensation. I’d start by working out what cannot work for you. For me, strong artificial or chemical scents and flashing lights are permanently on the No Stim list as both trigger headaches and flashing lights trigger partial seizures. Tackiness is a Bad Texture (as in I just won’t touch something that’s tacky) so I steer clear from that as well. You may not know yet what your dislikes or triggers are, and that’s okay, too.

Once you know what to avoid (or know you don’t know), you can then approach categories of toys. It’s worth trying a thing or two from each category to build up a collection that allows for swapping/variation, and then going deeper into each category, or not, depending on how it clicks with you.

None of these categories contain complete listings, just a few examples. These categories also don’t include the variety of larger therapeutic items used by OTs and the like but focus on more-portable stim toys. All the different types of toys featured so far on this blog can be found on the toys tag page, grouped by type. Keep in mind that many toys belong in two or more categories as well: scented slime, for example, is both a mouldable stim and a scent stim!

Mouldable: kinetic sand, slime, floam, playdough, Thinking Putty. The issues with this category are those of texture and scent: slime and floam can be sticky or oozy; everything often has a synthetic fragrance or a chemical odour. I’ll be honest: as much as I despise Autism Speaks, Spinmaster-branded Kinetic Sand is the only kinetic sand I’ve found in Australia that has a non-chemical odour. Handmade playdoughs might be best for those scent-sensitive.

(My rec: kinetic sand. Non-sticky, non-messy, wonderful.)

Tossable: stress balls, prickle balls, bouncy balls, bean bags. These range in shape, size and firmness. Many also have plastic odours. I adore prickle balls because they give texture as well as bounce and squish.

(My rec: prickle balls, but only for people who like hard textures.)

Squishable: squishies, puffer creatures/balls, playdough, thicker slimes, balloon stress balls, grape mesh stress balls. Again, ranging in shape, size, scent and firmness. Puffer creatures often smell very strongly, but they have soft fronds great for pulling and they’re very squishable.

(My rec: squishies. Available in fast and slow rising, many with scents but some without, inexpensive if one purchases from a free-shipping listing.)

Fidgets: Tangles, chain fidgets, bead rings, bead lanyards, Klixx, snake puzzles, wooden block puzzles, fidget cubes, marble mazes. These are all basically “things you hold in your hands and manipulate”. Note that one uses some of these differently - a chain fidget is a one-hand fidget for me, but I use a Tangle Jr in both hands. I use a snake puzzle and a Tangle Jr pretty similarly, though. Fidget jewellery also fits in this category, like bead-filled tube bracelets and snake necklaces.

(My rec: Tangles first, chain fidgets second.)

Plush and/or weighted: any soft toy/plushie, weighted plush, Disney Tsum Tsums, Teeny Tys, @caseydickdanger‘s Hedgehugs, my own mop-head creatures, weighted blankets and lap pads. I look for things that usually offer multiple textures, like embroidery, fur, chenille or multiple fabrics used on the one toy. It’s pretty easy to DIY weighted versions of these things.

(My rec: Disney Tsum Tsums: they’re squishable, crunchable and portable.)

Visual: glitter balls, flashing/light up balls, flashing puffer creatures/balls, liquid motion bubblers, glitter batons, liquid paperweights, glitter jars. Most of these require some hand movements to use, but nothing as intensive as a fidget. Note that glitter balls without lights do exist but can be tough to find.

(My rec: Glitter jars. Easy to make and fun to watch.)

Scent: plushies, bean bags, slimes and doughs, Stimtastic’s scented vial necklaces. This can be as simple as a few drops of essential oil on a handkerchief, blanket, pillow or soft toy. (Just don’t scent anything you plan to chew.) I recommend pure essential oils, but for those who like non-oil fragrances and don’t have chemical sensitivities, fragrance oils can work, too.

(My rec: any of these. I can do a post about essential oils if anyone’s interested in exploring this further.)

Sound: bean bags, rattles, pop tubes, the spinning wheels on toy cars, cronch slime, fishbowl slime, cracking squishies, crocheted stress balls, toys with noisemakers or crinkle paper. A lot of things, surprisingly!

(My rec: I really like rattling bean bags. I use soup mix to make mine, because the different-sized beans and lentils make a pleasing sound.)

Touch/texture: crocheted stress balls, Hairy Tangle, Tangle Jr Fuzzy, prickle balls, prickle fidgets, swatches of fleece, fabric stress balls, wooden toys, bead rings. This is category is for anything that is primarily about touch for the sake of touching - I quite often hold my coiled Tangle Jr Fuzzy in my hands and just run over it with my fingers. It’s not even a fidget toy for me!

(My rec: Tangle Jr Fuzzy first, crocheted stress ball second.)

Chewable/oral: necklaces, pendants, bracelets, chewables, teethers. Can be made from fabric, silicone or wood. It may take some experimentation to find out what kind of chewer you are and where you prefer to chew. You may not chew at all but prefer to suck on toys or rub them over your lips, so this category may still be useful for non-chewers.

Tomorrow, I’ll post what I consider to be the essentials for my own kit and the roles they serve within it. I think, however, looking at the kinds of toys in each category and picking a couple from any category that isn’t covered by your current kit/collection is a good place to start.

20 Kitty head cannons

1) ty stealing kits sweatshirts because the smell of them makes him feel safe

2) kit buying ty flowers and being okay with the fact that ty just rips off the petals and rubs them on his face because they are soft

3) kit showing ty Sherlock on Netflix and regretting it somewhere around his 300th researching of the blind banker

4) kit listening to ty rant about animals because he thinks ty is cute when he’s excited

5) kit sneaking up on ty during practice and ty putting a knife to his throat and kit being like “ well this feels familiar”

6) ty and kit going on special interest themed dates to the music store and the zoo or the Orchestra

7) kits touch turning into positive sensory input that calms ty down instead of freaking him out but kit not understanding at first that touch goes both ways for autistics and nervously asking permission for even the slightest things and apologizeing Everytime they so much as brush against one another because he just wants ty to be comfortable.

8) ty always wanting to cuddle with kit because of this, and being able to turn off his mind to sleep when kit is holding him

9) ty and kit coming up with a special code of hand signals to use when everything is too loud for ty or he is nonverbal and dosnt have the energy to speak

10) ty helping kit grieve his father. And being the only one kit trusts because ty saw his father killed too and knows how much it hurts and that’s why he was grading kits room in case he needed to talk to someone who understood

11) ty not really understanding his feelings for kit and acting sorta like parabati would around him and Livy getting jealous until ty trys to explain it to her and she tells him its a crush.

12) kit taking ty shopping for more stim toys

13) kit feeling different from all the shadowhunters and ty makeing sure he knows it’s okay to be different

14) ty and kit eating breakfast alone together before anyone else wakes up because the big happy family breakfasts make kit think about his dad

15) kit not denying that ty is different or treating him like he’s made of glass but praising his differences and defending his abilities to julian

16) kit being the first one to call ty autistic and helping him and his family learn what that means

17) Kit adapting to ty. not wearing any bright colors, cutting the tags off of all his cloths in case ty wants to wear them, not getting foods with textures ty doesn’t like on dates, watching documentary’s and reading books so that he can engage in conversations about ty’s special interests, adapting his routine to Ty’s, making sure to step on each sidewalk square twice because he knows ty counts and hates walking strangely because of it and thus kit walks like that too so ty wont feel alone or wierd

18) each one calling the other by their full names Tiberius and Christopher

19) kit being Ty’s number 1 supporter of becoming a centurion but secretly being afraid that when ty goes to the scholomance he will meet someone as smart and talented as he is and kit won’t be able to compare

20) kit helping ty through his autistic meltdowns by singing and repeating the words I love you while holding him close. Also taking care of him after like a mom when ty dosnt have the energy to do anything.

[image description: stock photo on a white background of eight different infinity cube fidgets. The cube is made up of eight smaller cubes hinged together that can be folded out, and most are currently folded up into a cube shape, resembling a 2 x 2 Rubik’s Cube. Two are laid flat in two rows of four cubes, and a last cube is positioned in the cube shape with two cubes folded outward. The patterns shown include: a cobalt, purple, pink and white galactic print; a yellow, pink, purple, blue, green and orange paint-splash print; pink roses with green leaves on a navy background; yellow daisies, pink and purple flowers, green leaves and blue butterflies on a white background; cartoon-style rainbow owls sitting amidst grey vines on a white background; a pink, purple and black paintbrush stripe pattern; a light, medium and dark blue camo print; and a brown, black and cream leopard print.]

Infinity Cubes - eBay, $3.99 USD.

Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 cm when folded.

Item has free standard international shipping.

This eBay listing has infinity cubes at slightly higher prices than other listings, but it offers thirty-five different colour variations: multiple flower prints, storm prints, multiple galactic prints, multiple camouflage prints, leopard and tiger prints, skulls, flags, wood and stone, etc. All colours have a selection option; there is no random purchase.

If you’re after a specific print for a theme in your stim toy kit, I really have to recommend checking out this listing, as it has the largest variety of styles I have ever seen.

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Self care for a FtM trans Kaoru Hitachiin with plushies and stim toys!

Calm Down Kit ($11)

Chewie Star Stim Necklace (choose your color!) ($8)

Light Up Plush Star Pillow (choose your color!) ($14.99)

Lucky Mini White Cat Amigurumi ($17)

Ouran High School Host Club Heart Button (choose your character!)

Transgender Pride Pin ($12)

anonymous asked:

aaa uhm sorry to bother you but do you have any recommended toys that I could tumble/roll in my hand? I'm not sure if I'm autistic (any time I mention wanting to be screened((is that the right word??)) I get brushed off) or just fidgety-anxious but rolling a marble around seems to help me calm down.. things that would keep my fingers busy is what I'm getting at I guess? Sorry, I'm rambling (; ´•~•) thanks in advance

You’re not bothering me, anon! Not at all. And it doesn’t matter here if you’re autistic or anxious - all that matters is that stimming helps you in some way. If you want to explore this more, please do so, but it’s so not a requirement to engage in stimming.

There’s actually lots of things that work really well in the palm of the hand. As in that this is a hard ask to answer in depth, because the vast majority of items on this blog are designed to keep fingers busy. I’ve spent the last hour rolling and scrunching my new Twiddle in my palm because I really like the feel of the scrunch!

(Seriously. So scrunchy. The Twiddle is like the love child of the Tangle Jr and a snake puzzle, but somehow got extra, additional scrunch. It’s fabulous.)

I’m also going to link to the household/common every day fidget items ask, as there’s a lot of things on that list that are great for fidgeting (specifically keeping fingers busy) and should be accessible for most.

You also might like to check out these previous posts for more information on types of toys and categories of toys: a breakdown on common fidget toys and how they’re used | categories of stim toys | building a varied stim toy kit | why you should vary your stim toys.

I’ve broken this up into a few different categories. Links below will go to the tags for each item, as most of those tags, now, include reviews and informative posts on where to buy said thing. If you need help finding these things - as in you want particular sources for anything that interests you - please let me know. A great many of these things can be found on online stores like Stimtastic, Fidget Club and The Therapy Shoppe, but also more general stores like Amazon. If you need more local retailers (especially if you’re not located in the US) let me know your location and I’ll do my best to hunt down retailers.

Independent game and toy stores do stock some of these things. I’ve had good luck at a couple of my local department stores! If you can handle venturing into offline stores, it’s often quite worth really poking around in toy, stationary, craft, accessories, party and fitness departments.

Lastly, if you want to and are able to make things, there’s quite a few fidget toys listed on our DIY master posts: one and two.

Household things that roll

marbles | bouncy balls | worry stones | makeup blending sponges | dice (especially D20 or D12 dice, and most game shops will have these available for single purchase) | rounded erasers | kneadable erasers (when moulded into a ball) | puzzle erasers | playdough (when moulded into a ball) | pompoms |

Stim toys that roll in your palm (as in ball-like)

hedge balls | hedge creatures | smaller squishies | smaller stress balls | crocheted stress balls | puffer balls | marimo | Koosh Ball | porcupine ball |

Stim toys that roll between your palms

bead lanyards | roller bead fidgets | bead fidgets | Disney Tsum Tsum (either the mini plush toys or the blind bag figurines) |

Fidget toys that don’t roll but are great for busy fingers

Tangles | Twiddles | snake puzzles | edamame popper keychains | bead rings | marble loops | marble mazes | Klixx fidget | pop toob | Fidget Cube | Loopez | chain fidgets |

This is really a brief breakdown - a starting point. If you want any particular item explained in more specific detail, or have questions about anything, anon, please ask. I’m more than happy to help you further.

- Mod K.A.