I have 5 grandchildren and I love to shop. That’s a disaster waiting!
But here’s what I’ve learned. . . .
I shop before I shop
Here’s what I mean. I do a lot of looking first so I can avoid the impulse purchases. Then I really shop.
Here’s the problem
Our kids are so attracted to the ads they see on TV. That’s their “world view.” We really need to help them out a bit.
Taking them into a toy store during the holiday season can be another disaster waiting to happen. It’s just too much. (I went to a local toy store this week to make a simple purchase. I was second in line and it still took a half hour. And the crowded isles and pushy people and the toys that talked back to me. . . . . and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!)
2 Great tips
So here are 2 strategies that might help you out.
- Go shopping on the internet with your kids
Bottom line. . . it’s not as over stimulating as being in the store. You have a bit more control over what they see. And there are a lot fewer distractions so you can actually talk about choices and options.
- Tell them to put it on their list
How you do the list will depend on the individual student but this can work really well. The concept is that “the list” is things you see or that you like or are interested in. Then when the child lets you know there is something that he/she likes or wants you can say, “Oh, that’s a nice idea. . .why don’t you put it on your list.” That way you don’t have to get into discussions why or why not or arguing about making a purchase.
Just one important point here
Make sure the student understands that the list is a list of ideas. It doesn’t mean he gets everything on the list.
And one more thought
Some kids are pacified by talking about putting it on the list. Others will need an actual physical list. That’s OK. It’s great reading and writing practice.
So here’s MY list
While shopping before I shop, I collected some ideas. Some for grandkids and some for children I know on the autism spectrum. Not surprising, the lists are pretty much the same because kids are kids.
After you look at my list, be sure to tell me what your shopping list looks like.
(You can click on the links to see more details about the items.)
FYI: I got one of these for one grandchild to help with sleeping. Now I have 3 more children requesting them
Some of these games that everyone can play are great for increasing social opportunities.
Another game everyone can play
This looks like fun but I’m quite sure I wouldn’t fit into it
Like Jenga but different brand. Quite a bit bigger than the standard Jenga game.
Students assemble this kit.
Different kind for those swinging kids
Less conspicuous that the current figit spinner fad
In the Play Doh category but has some different features
There are many styles. But kids love the closed in security of a quiet space, place to sleep, place for imaginary play or lots of other purposes. I have one that I keep in a spare bedroom that has been a favorite play & sleep space for grandchildren for years. Just make sure you get one that works indoors if that is where you want to use it.