Games, Toys, and Autism

If you are reading this at the beginning of your Autism diagnosis journey, know that your child will have many joys. I began this post a year ago Games, Toys, and Autism and I hope to be more detailed with this post.

2 years old:
At this age my son loved Curious George. He brought it with him to preschool to give him comfort. Even though he had many other stuffed animals, this was one that he grew attached to! It will be a couple years later that other plushes come into the picture. One of his aunts had given this to him.

He started to develop his love of basketball at this age also and loved the repetitive motion of shooting the ball. We have videos of him practicing his shooting skills. So definitely purchase a basketball hoop. We did have him join a typical basketball team when he was in kinder. The noise was too much for him but he survived the season. It wouldn’t be till 4th grade that he would try it again.


We had this inside our home and he had a bin full of balls.

Bowling was another activity he enjoyed. My sister had given him a gigantic bowling set and was absolutely entertained by it. Whenever we visited my parents, he would use empty water bottles as pins and use any ball he could get his hands on to play bowling. I would say that for him “imaginary” play was more like substitution play.

His love for bowling allowed him to later enjoy himself at bowling birthday parties.

3 years old:
This year was definitely marked by a love of balloons. My mom and I were repeat customers at Party City. We learned that you could just bring your previously purchased balloons and refill it. Who knew that I would be visiting the grocery store to buy random balloons also. The Dollar Tree became our go to store when his obsession with it grew even more.

See his balloon themed party here

At this age, he also started to develop a love for Disney cars like Lightning McQueen. With many of his likes (didn’t know at this time) there would be a need to start a collection.

I am certain it was during this time he discovered the Disney store.

Age 4
My mom had a Baby Channel station. He loved watching EggBird. I am not sure if that eventually led to his love for Angry Birds. Looking back on my Facebook posts, at one time, he wanted his dad to go to Party City to buy him ten Angry Birds balloons. Once he loved something, he had to have several. His love for Angry Birds was not just balloons but also towels, plushes, and t-shirts.

Age 5
At this age he started developing a love for building with Angry Birds Jenga pieces. He loved toys like the following

This eventually led to his love for Star Wars.

Age 6-8
Definitely full blown love of Legos
He was building over 1000 pieces on his own. Explaining Some Lego Figures

Board Games

My sons recently requested to play board games together! Miracle, right? Who asks to play board games these days? I was glad that they did. I have tried different ones and the one they are enjoying the most right now is the Monopoly Disney Cars version. My older son who has a fascination with everything related to Pixar enjoys this game with his little brother in first grade.

#cars #monopoly #games #unplugged

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On our recent trip to Toys R Us we also bought Pie Face. We haven’t played it yet. I am just still surprised that they are asking to play something that is not anything related to a smart phone or a tablet! The great thing about Toys R Us is that they price match from Amazon. For this shopping trip, I did request a price match and I saved quite a bit! I am thankful that there is internet while in Toys R Us to look for those deals! So stores do make it hard to get reception preventing you from price matching.

Here are the direct links from Amazon!

Monopology!

Pie Face!

 

A game that we played a while back when my older son was in Kinder was Sequence. I should pull that out again soon. He did enjoy it at that time. This game was really enjoyed by my second graders also as part of a station.

There is a kids version.

We might have to be unplugged for a couple of days as a tropical storm is heading our way. Wish us luck!