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Toys for ADHD Kids this Christmas

Dave Pughe-Parry (from LivingADDventure) asked Lana Smith, well-known KZN Play Therapist, to suggest suitable toys for children with ADHD. Lana has included suggestions that will suit all pockets and ages.

Here are her suggestions which I am sure you will find very helpful [and not just for ADHD diagnosed children!].

Please note that neither Lana nor Living ADDventure endorse any particular brand name but where Lana has suggested a particular brand it is merely and example and similar brands may be equally suitable.

What should we be looking for when purchasing a gift for an ADHD child?

Products that:

  • Require focus and concentration
  • Encourage creativity and/or have a creative element
  • Teach/enhance a skill

Suggestions for TOYS:

  • Lego
  • Zoobs
  • Mechano
  • Diabolo
Suggestions for CREATIVE KITS (that usually come with a book and goodies):
  • Beading
  • Science experiments
  • Baking/cooking
  • Magic
  • Gardening
  • Scrapbooking
Suggestions for MUSIC:
  • Musical Instrument and/or music lessons
Suggestions for BOARD GAMES:
Board games are always a good option but instead of the usual snakes and ladders/ludo etc look for ones that require problem solving and/or creativity.
  • Monster Match/Ben 10 Alien match
  • Chess
  • Memo Mime
  • Jenga
  • Cranium for kids
  • Triominoes
  • Junior Pictionery
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly
  • Hide and seek


If your child is begging for one of these make sure it is an educational one that requires problem solving and not just mindless killing to get to higher levels.

Suggestions for OUTDOOR GIFTS:

  • Swing ball

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About Lana Smith
Lana Smith, wife to Brian who is a Pastor at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church and a busy Mom to 2 small boys lives in Hillcrest, KZN. She is a qualified Play Therapist and Social Worker. She works closely with schools and many medical professionals who refer clients to her.
"I was surprised to learn that Lana also does Play Therapy with teens adults who need to work through traumatic episodes in their lives or have issues from childhood that have not been dealt with." - Dave, LADD
Contact Lana on  or call her on 083 518 1477.