The Best Cheap Sensory Toys of 2019

There is no formal definition for what a sensory toy is. 

Some say that sensory toys engage one or more of the five senses, but don't all toys do that? Remember: Just because something is called a "sensory toy" doesn't mean it's an occupational therapy tool.

If you've stumbled across this page looking to help a child with a condition like anxiety, autism or ADHD, I encourage you to speak with a doctor or occupational therapist about effective treatments and tools.

For the purposes of this article, a sensory toy is one that can be manipulated by hand, without focus or concentration. This includes tactile things like stress balls, slime, fidget spinners and cubes.

Here are the best-reviewed sensory toys that have sold for $15 or less in the last 12 months:


Good Price: $10 | Great Deal: $6

Several Amazon customers like keeping their hands busy with this toy, but several reviewers warn that children shouldn’t play with string fidgets unsupervised. Some complain that this toy gets dirty quickly.


Good Price: $9 | Great Deal: $3

The Infinity Cube is fun, stress-relieving and small enough to manipulate in one hand, according to several Amazon customers. Several reviewers warn that this toy is too loud to be used comfortably in an office.


Tangle Jr. Fidget Toy - Image Credit: Tangle

Good Price: $13 | Great Deal: $4

Many Amazon customers say this high-quality fidget toy makes them feel less anxious while using it, but some reviewers were disappointed that the toy separates into smaller pieces.


Good Price: $15 | Great Deal: $13

This is a good product to develop finger and hand strength, according to several Amazon customers, though some found the putty too hard to work with. Vive Putty has a customer satisfaction rating above 94%.


Good Price: $13 | Great Deal: $8

This stress-relief ball is fun, squishy and just the right size, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers think the ball is too stiff; others wish the stitching held up better over time.


Good Price: $6 | Great Deal: $2

This is a super-quiet fidget toy, according to many Amazon customers, but some say the Flippy Chain isn't as engaging as other sensory toys. A few customers say this toy is expensive for what you get.


Good Price: $15 | Great Deal: $12

Fun Foam is easy to manipulate and stays sticky over time, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers say these beads leave behind a glue-like residue; others complain that the beads are hard to remove from fabric.


Good Price: $13 | Great Deal: $5

This lava-colored putty is fun to play with and doesn't harden, according to several Amazon customers. Many reviewers caution that this putty stains fabrics; some were put off by the putty's smell; and a few were disappointed that the putty didn't look as colorful or vibrant as they expected.


 

 
John DeFeo