The information on this page is from one of my favorite Occuptional Therapists- Judy McCarter. When Judy comes to my classes to speak to my students, they do not want her to leave. She is so knowedgeable about sensory issues.
Great article from Judy McCarter- http://www1.aota.org/SISQuarterlies/SISIS-September-McCarter.pdf
Until Judy gets her information up- here are some of my favorite tools:
http://kawaii-land.com/search.php?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=soybean&submit_search=Search - This is the company I order my snowpeas from- they are $4 each which is reasonable. I like the colors. There are other companies out there. I just have used this company with great success- Kawaii-land.
Check out this great website with a list of fidgets for children with special needs
I pass these out at trainings and can't get them back from adults :) they are nice "quiet" stim tools.
A teacher gave me the idea to keep all my stim tools in an actual tool box. She had a giant metal one like most men have in the garage. For travel purposes I have a tackle box from "TARGET" for less than $8.00 that works well. Any tub or box will do. Just label it "tools".
This also makes a nice quiet sensory tool- You could cut this up in 21 pieces and each student could have their own stim tool. You can order from here: http://lockerlookz.com/school-locker-rugs.asp $9.99 for a whole class worth of stim tools.
This is a meadow grass mat from http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17459651 which could be cut up into about 28 stim tools for $12.99 (although, I've bought in the store for less). It feels very nice as a stim tool.
This is the least expensive air filled balance disk at Wal-Mart - wonderful proprioceptive seat cushion for any students who need sensory input. $13.77 for the Gray Gold's Gym One-
(looks like this) - but $2 cheaper than Altus Core which is $15.77