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College Student - Design Project

Hi everyone! I am a product design and mechanical engineering student at Lehigh University. I am working on a year long project to design a line of toys/products for children with ADHD/ADD.

Are there any toys/products that your child really loves? What makes it their favorite toy/activity?
What keeps their attention while at play?

Any insight you have is wonderful and very appreciated! You can also email me directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like!

Thanks so much!!


legos and video games and reading

Posted by AnnD on Nov 06, 2013 at 9:18pm

What keeps the attention of our ADHD child is what he’s interested in and then he tends to hyperfocus, and that is generally true for a lot of ADHD kids.

As a young child he loved to do mazes and all kinds of logic games, read and build with magnetic toys, which are easier to assemble than Legos.  He has motor problems with small muscle co-ordination so building with hard to assemble toys and handwriting have been a big problem. 

Incidentally, I read somewhere that doing mazes at an early age is beneficial for kids with ADHD because it requires keeping within the lines and thinking ahead, both of which are skills they need.

Posted by Lande on Nov 06, 2013 at 10:03pm

What a great project!  I would imagine you’ll get similar answers from a lot of parents, and that pattern should be quite interesting.

My son loves legos and any other toy that allows him to create and build. The hands-on aspect of these toys is important, because many ADHD kids have issues with working memory, so the tactile nature of building toys like legos and magnetix and things like that allows their brains to work really well without having to rely on that working memory component.  They can just create and go with the flow.  For hours. smile

My son wants to be an engineer, and tests have shown that he has a strong predisposition to this type of work/activity, which is why the legos and other similar building toys are such a hit.

Other favorites are video games and reading, although the book has to be quite engaging otherwise it won’t hold his attention.  The video games stimulate the areas of the brain that are at issue with ADHD kids and they can get quite “addicted” to video games.

Please keep us posted on your project, and best of luck to you in this endeavor.

Posted by JAMurphy on Nov 06, 2013 at 10:40pm

video games, utube DIY concepts, bracelet making, marbles, legos, magnetic toys, anything that you have to build, origami, anything science experiment related and with bouncing balls

Posted by cak on Nov 07, 2013 at 12:53am

My 8 year old son LOVES action figures, which have had many pitched battles at our house.  He’s currently into TMNT and Marvel comic heroes, especially the Hulk and any other big, strong action figures. He also likes wrestling figures and zombies. 

My son LOVES lego characters, but isn’t into building legos at all because he has fine motor skill issues and can tell that his lego creations look far more primitive than the lego creations of kids without fine motor issues.  I usually end up building the set while he plays with the figures that came with it.  Then he gets frustrated when the newly built lego item falls apart.  I’ve used superglue to permanently assemble legos on more than one occasion.

My son also loves Beyblades, but it’s an on-again, off-again kind of thing.  He’s currently into them because his friends at school are into them as well and they play Beyblades at lunchtime.

My son also loves most sports that are very active and is extremely competitive.

My guess is that you may not find a definite theme to what ADHD kids like.  I’m not sure if there’s a definite type of kid who would have certain interests because of their ADHD.  We have friends whose son has inattentive ADHD and he and my son couldn’t be more different in personality and interests.

Posted by MendelZ on Nov 07, 2013 at 1:56am

Racing ,cars and video games genius, my son never liked legos because he doesn’t have the ability to sit still until he finishes building a car or a truck or whatsoever

Posted by adhdboy on Nov 07, 2013 at 6:38am

Thank you all so much for your help!! I appreciate it so much, the thoughts and opinions from you are so much more valuable than any internet search that I can do!!

Posted by shannonelizabeth19 on Nov 07, 2013 at 8:47am

Everyone has similar suggestions. My son is 15. Yes he has difficulty with fine motor skills but excels at perceptual reasoning. Amazing with Lego inventions. Loves role playing games ....Dungeons and Dragons, Magic,the gathering, etc. video games, reading, experiments, building, taking things apart, trying to get it back together, Meccano was too small, intricate and frustrating, loved Pokemon, good at chess, risk, likes board games. Note…easily frustrated, changes ranks frequently!

Posted by JulieBmotherof3 on Nov 07, 2013 at 5:49pm

legos and video games and reading

Ann D. hit the nail on the head. My guy loves all the above too! Good luck!

Posted by karenele on Nov 09, 2013 at 9:17am

My 11 yr old ADDr has enjoyed Legos, Pokeman, Bayblades, and mastering the Rubiks Cube. He hyperfocuses on his DS games or Apps . His favorite gaming was Minecraft and I’m shocked that he is slowly losing interest now! But he is a master minecrafter:)
His favorite book series would be the Percy Jackson series on Mythology. He loves to sketch and draw mostly Pokeman or Anime type characters….also likes crossword puzzles.
He used to dress in costume and play act….Star Wars was his choice & the light saber is very well used!

Posted by energizerbunnymom on Nov 12, 2013 at 10:16am

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