Tactile pillows are the ultimate two-for-one purchase: Available in interesting shapes and covered with sensory elements to touch, they’re both a fun toy and a developmental learning tool for kids. Your little ones will love exploring the textures and interactive elements, making tactile pillows a perfect quiet activity for long car rides, airplane trips or even just quiet weekend mornings (yes, we’ve heard those exist). With their pretty colors and attractive designs, they can also be a cute decorative element for your child’s bed.
Tactile pillows can also be great tools for neurodivergent children. With various tactile elements to explore, these pillows can be an outlet for stimming behaviors or simply provide a gentle sensory experience to soothe kids when they get overstimulated.
We’ve rounded up the five adorable options for tactile pillows for kids, from cuddly pandas and weighted hearts to reversible mermaid sequins and buckles and snaps. Whether you’re shopping for a fun quiet-time toy, a tool to develop fine motor skills, or just a cute, a calming pillow for your child, there’s a great tactile pillow waiting to be added to your cart.
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1. Sensory4u Sensory Buckle Pillow
This active learning sensory pillow features bold primary colors and lots of buckles, zippers, latches, snaps, laces and buttons to appeal to every child. Designed to help kids ages 3 to 7 develop fine motor skills and to help with hand-eye coordination, it’s also a great therapy toy for children with special needs.
2. Play Tailor Mermaid Throw Pillow
It’s not just kids who will love running their fingers across the swiftable sequins on this pillow — you will too! Sweep your hand back and forth to reveal a different color, just like magic. You can even write a word or draw a picture in the mermaid-like sequin “scales.” Honestly, it’s kind of addictive. And if you want even more tactile fun, the back side is soft suede! Plus, the pillow comes with an insert.
3. iscream Pretty Panda Reversible Sequin Pillow
Looking for more sequin fun? This sweet panda-shaped pillow features glistening reversible sequins that flip from silver to white. It also has a soft fleece back, making it super comfy to cuddle. It measures 9 by 7.3 inches.
4. Kingdom Secret Weighted Heart Cushion
Made from soft huggable material and gently weighted to 2.5 pounds., this heart-shaped pillow is designed to calm and focus children who have trouble sitting still or paying attention. The pillow also allows tactile exploration with a smooth fabric on one side and soft bumps on the other to aid sensory input and exploration. With a hypoallergenic polyester fabric on the outside, the weighted plush cushion is filled with safe, non-toxic poly pellets that are sewn into the toy’s interior to evenly distribute weight.
5. Elfishgo Twinkle Glowing Stars Pillow
This glowing star pillow uses a high-quality plush fabric and soothing LED lights for a cute decoration that is also a toy. Powered with three AA batteries (not included), kids can simply pinch the button to turn it on and off. When on, the star pillow glows and changes color every few seconds. Available in white, blue, purple, pink and yellow, this pillow is also great for children ages 3 and older who are afraid of the dark.