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Got a rambunctious little one? Keep them occupied with monkey noodles!

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been in a few stressful situations where you just can’t get your child to chill out. Whether they’re misbehaving at the grocery store (mine thinks it’s hilarious to sneak every snack they see into the cart) or acting like hooligans in the dentist waiting room, keeping them under control can turn into a battle at times.

First of all, you deserve an award for having patience day in and day out! Second of all, I highly recommend keeping these Impresa sensory/fidget toys (also known as monkey noodles!) in your back pocket for those chaotic days.

Quick note! This post is not sponsored. I happened to get these monkey noodles for my kids and needed to rave about all the fun they’ve had playing with them. 🙂

stretchy monkey noodle sensory toys on a counter next to the box

So, what exactly are monkey noodles anyway?

No, they’re not animal-shaped pasta if that’s what you were wondering. They’re colorful sensory toys that are ultra-stretchy and super fun to play with! Both of my kids have a blast twirling and twisting them around and I am all for easy entertainment that doesn’t involve electronics.

They’re small enough to fit into a purse or diaper bag and they’re perfect for keeping kids entertained when they get bored and you’re out of ideas to keep them occupied.

A boy playing with a stretchy fidget toy on a blanket outside

They’re especially great for children with ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, and anxiety.

If your little one struggles with any of these things, you probably have your hands full more than normal. My son is on the spectrum and has ADHD and his behavior can be unexpected and irrational at a moment’s notice. Not to mention the amount of energy my little guy has!

As soon as we opened our box of monkey noodles, my son was drawn to them because of the bright colors and how cool they felt in his hands. I expected him to get bored with them quickly (because that’s what happens with most of our toys), but he played with them for at least an hour, no joke! 🙌

A little boy playing with stretchy noodle toys

If my son doesn’t have something to hold and play with when we’re at a store, he’ll either poke at his sister, pick his nose, pull his hair, and eventually start grabbing things off of shelves. I’d like to avoid all of those situations at all costs!

I’m so excited to use these fun sensory toys as a tool to help him focus once school starts back up. Many teachers and behavioral therapists have used them in classroom settings to help kids concentrate while getting their fidget fix.

A hand holding monkey noodle sensory toys

They’re also a great tool for teens and adults who need a little sensory stimulation to help them get through their work or school day. If you’re an adult that gets bored easily, you might become addicted to these stretchy noodles as a few other adults have.

“This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!– Amazon reviewer

Hands washing off sensory toys in the sink

Cleaning the noodles is so easy!

When I saw that the monkey noodles were made out of rubbery material, I was worried they would get dirty and dingy really fast, but the silicone material is very durable and unbelievably easy to wash off. With just a quick water rinse, they are as good as new again!

Monkey noodle toys in the box

Here’s what a few Amazon users have to say about their cool sensory toys:

“I bought these for a student with sensory issues, and it’s really calmed him down and allowed him to function. I have even found myself using it while in meetings.”

“My toddler with sensory issues absolutely loves these. He likes string-type things and we’ve had these for 24 hours and he doesn’t want to play with anything else. The monkey strings seem pretty durable so far. I am rather impressed!”

“My 7 yr old son is on the spectrum and has ADHD. He’s always loved the stretchy squishy toys as they give him the sensory he needs. He’s a boy, so he’s rough on things. He normally breaks the squishy water-filled toys within a week so I decided to go a different route this time. He absolutely LOVES these!” 

“My daughter who has ADHD is a constant fidgeter. Usually, her go to methods during lectures are her pencils which she constantly drops. She now takes these to class with her. They give her something to occupy her hands and if she drops them they do not roll away from her. A little unconventional, but they really work for her.”

A little girl twirling a stretchy toy in the air

Stretch them, twirl them, squeeze them!

If you or your kiddo are in need of an effective fidget or tactile stimulation toy, I cannot recommend Impresa Monkey Noodles enough. For just $9.99, they are well worth all of the amazing benefits they provide us parents, but more importantly, our blossoming children!

If your kids are constantly antsy like mine, you’ve got to try some of these fun minimal supervision activities at home!

Join The Discussion

Comments 32

  1. Amy

    Our church has the kids with the adults currently due to Covid. Bought these to keep me kids busy during the message. Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome!

  2. Michelle

    We have a local toy store that has been doing an amazing job during the pandemic with all sorts of ideas for kiddos. They have these for $6 and offer $5 shipping in the US. Tons of awesome board game and high quality toys. If I’m allowed to post the name of the store please let me know

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Sure! You can share the name of the store!

      • Michelle
        The owner has tons of great ideas and it is a female-owner business.

        • Amanda

          I would love to support a female owned business. I cannot find this item on the site. What keyword did you search to find it?

          • obler

            Amanda. I found them. They’re called Noodlies

            • Amanda

              Thank you!

        • Melissa

          Thank you for sharing this info!

    • Michon

      My shipping was FREE!! Thanks for the heads up!! 😉

  3. TwoLittleMonkeys

    We love these!! We’ve had them for 2 years now and not only do the kids still love playing with them, but they’ve held up beautifully!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Happy to hear they have held up so well! 🙌

  4. CJ

    Curious, for anyone who has these, have your kids decided they were great to hit things/siblings with?

    • tipaye

      I feel in that circumstance I would naturally default to discipline…

    • Materof6

      Hahahaha! I was wondering the SAME thing!! Will probably get them anyways, but I know at least ONE or more of my 7 will turn it into some kind of weapon! Lol! Thankful for this post…been needing something in long commutes for our ADHD child and antsy 3.5 old! Thanks Hip2Save!

    • Sar

      Yes. These had to be taken from my behavior-challenged older kid. Oh he loved them…for rubber banding his brother. But to be fair, he can turn anything into a bother.

  5. Michon

    Thanks for this! Please post more items like this that would be helpful to kiddos with ADHD or are on the spectrum. Looking for a good price on Wobble Stools if you find them. 🙂

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much, Michon. We are so glad you suggested that we post more on products for kids with ADHD or on the spectrum. As we find them, we’ll post them.

    • Ashley

      Check Woot! For wobble stools. They’ve had them in their clearance section for around $30

    • RedChance

      These have been recommended to me a number of times, one of the more reasonable prices I’ve seen and they have the benefit of adjustable height. Storex Active Tilt Stool, Ergonomic Seating for Flexible Office Space and Standing Desks, Adjustable 12-24 Inch Height, Gray (00322U01C)

  6. Animity

    Perfect stocking stuffer!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Fun idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. Sara

    We have these. They’re a good, quiet sensory toy for my 2 adhd kids, though they have on occasion used them to hit each other (not the toy’s fault, they can use anything for that).

    My trouble is my kids get bored of each sensory toy and have trouble concentrating again, so I have to switch them out. My daughter’s current favorite is Last One Lost, which is advertised as a game but she uses like reusable bubble wrap to pop over and over. It’s probably too loud for real school, but I’m fine with her using it for online school.

    • Lauren

      Maybe the baby toy the dimpl would work well for her! I don’t think it’s very loud. 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Val

    For anyone doing online school this year, I am a homeschool mom and something that I found works is a sensory basket. I put balls with different textures, stress balls, a slinky, fidget cube, fidget spinner, etc. in a basket, within reach. If they need something to keep their hands busy, it is right there. Good luck to everyone.

    • karmyn

      Great idea, I’m doing this!

    • meganlove06

      I have a treasure box for this! Toys go back in when class is Iver

  9. Dee

    I got these for our kiddos (+ one friend) on a camping trip this weekend and they were a hit — even with the adults as we sat around telling stories and riddles but still wanted to fidgit with something. As others inquired, yes. They did become projectiles and a couple smacks happened. Again, mostly from the adults. Hahaha.

  10. April M.

    I am a mom to 4, 2 of which are autistic. These would be awesome with 3 of my kiddos, but one is my special needs kiddos is also a big chewer. I’m talking wood, plastic, metal, formed stretchy rubber. We had an extremely unfortunate incident with a slappy hand (same material), he ingested it and let me say, you’d think those type of things would easily pass through the digestive tract but I’m here to tell you that they don’t. You DO NOT want to be the one to find out the way we did, it was messy. Anywho, these things are great for most special needs but keep away from chewers!

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