It’s the season of giving – and particularly at this time of year there are lots of anxious, stressed children about waiting for a visit from the man in red on Christmas Eve – and they’re not even the highly sensitive ones. Here are 6 gift ideas that are just perfect for highly sensitive children – all tried and tested in our home!
1. Relax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet: this is a fabulous book that uses fairy tales to introduce children to relaxation and meditation. You can read a review I wrote about this book here. In the same series there is also Relax Kids: The Wishing Star which looks as good as the one we own.
2. Relax Kids also have relaxation CDs, one in particular called Magical Meditations for Superheroes my 7 year old uses often at bedtime to clear his mind, and empty his day out of his bucket. Be careful though if you are listening in; it doesn’t just relax children but I couldn’t possibly tell you how I know that……. There are more in the series which I’m looking in to getting my children, like Quiet Spaces Calming Bedtime Meditations.
3. Stress balls makes for a great stocking filler for a highly sensitive child who needs to have something in their hand to distract them, or relax them. This was one of the tips from a sensory integration therapist we visited. It stops fidgeting at the dining table and helps concentration in school whilst working on tasks that need focus.
4. Silly putty (like this Science Museum Science Putty) is also good as a child’s stocking present and serves the same purpose as a stress ball. It has a relaxing effect when squeezed or rolled around the hands. Note that some silly putty can stain textiles……
5. E-Book Thank Goodness for Different – many children, particularly when they are highly sensitive, get to a stage when they feel different to their friends and classmates. Teaching them early on that being different is not a bad thing is so important and books like Thanks Goodness for Different can really help you and your child see the positive side of differences. My son gets a lot out of this book. See Smashwords for purchasing options.
6. Kinetic Sand is new in our house, but already well loved, and not just by the kids. It was a gift from Sinterklaas at the beginning of this month and has been played with every day since. It has a mesmerising effect as it slides from your hands. Moulding it is relaxing – and the best news of all is that is sticks only to itself so any mess is easily clumped together and cleaned up. All in all a great calming tool – but great for all the family to play with.
And, as a bonus, if you want a gift idea for a friend, family member, care giver or teacher, that struggles to understand your little HSC I can recommend a copy of Jamie Williamson’s Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes to help them gain an understanding of how the world is through your child’s eyes. You can read a review on here.
Over to You: What else should be on this list? I’d love to hear what works to keep your HSC relaxed, calm and happy.