Sparkle Sheffield Lending Library

December 11, 2021
by Rachel

The Sparkle Sheffield lending library is run by our volunteers. Resources (including toys and books) are available for families to loan for a fixed period of time, to enable individuals to benefit from a wide range of materials without having to pay often high associated costs. The use of the lending library is free for all families who are gold or platinum subscribers of the Sparkle Sheffield Membership Scheme. 


Bronze, silver and non-members are also able to loan our equipment for a small fee.

Resource Library

Sensory Peanut Ball (with tactile nodules)

Good for:

  • Therapeutic use, especially for those who have problems with balance and coordination.  
  • The shape of the ball encourages both children and adults to engage core muscles to build strength and improve posture.
  • This version has sensory nodules on the surface for additional sensory feedback.

Item reference – SS001

Sensory Cozy Canoe

“The cozy canoe is the best source of deep pressure for autistic students in particular. It allowed my students to be included in general education assemblies, and attend at circle time. It is made of tough material, but the student still needs to remove their shoes.”

Item reference – SS002

Body Sock

4-way stretch lycra sensory body sock is an all round movement, proprioceptive, tactile and deep pressure experience.

Once inside, the stretchy material gently resists your movements encouraging experimentation. The resistant walls of the body sock provide a tactile means of self-referencing that improves body awareness and assists in developing spatial awareness through balance and resistance.

Size: 150cm long x 75cm wide (opening 70cm) – suitable for children 1.5m to 1.75m tall

Item reference – SS003

10lb Weighted Blanket (2 available)

Snoozzzy weighted blankets are filled with just enough non-toxic glass pellets providing deep pressure touch stimulation without uncomfortable restriction. The pressure from the weight causes the body to produce serotonin and endorphins which are chemicals our bodies naturally use to feel relaxed or calm.

Size: 40 x 60 inches


Item reference – SS004

5lb Weighted Lap Pad

The Snoozzzy sensory lap pad can help your child focus and remain grounded in the classroom and during exams allowing them to remain calm and comforted. The soft minky cover of this weighted lap pad makes it the perfect tool for any child with sensory needs. The raised dotted material is great for any child who likes to fidget or has to address sensory needs whilst focusing in class or when relaxing at home.

Item reference – SS005

Sensory Bed Sheet (single size)

The snoozzzy sensory bed sheet is perfect for and child who finds it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep! The sensory compression feeling allows the child to feel like they are being hugged, stimulating the production of serotonin and melatonin- similar to our original weighted blanket but without the extra weight of the micro beads.

Item reference – SS006

Weighted Hoody & Pressure Vest set

Sensory Direct’s Weighted Hoody and Deep Pressure Vest Set provides deep pressure relief via a combination of the weight of the hoody and the compresson applied by the vest. The wearer will experience proprioceptive feedback to the body and shoulders;  providing a “calming and organising” effect for sensory seeker.

Item reference – SS007

Fibre Optic Strands (2m)

A spray of safe-to-handle acrylic fibres which change colour constantly along their length.

Provides visual stimulation and encourages attention focusing.

Comes with a lightsource.

Item reference – SS008

Sensory Happy Feet Play Mats

As well as using the mats to prevent flat feet, they provide fantastic sensory feedback when walked over or explored by hand. The mats are also great for use in schools and nurseries and can be used to create interactive, or sensory stories as well as to promote imaginative play, colour exploration and collaborative play.

Item reference – SS009

Spinning Top

Children will enjoy spinning and rocking in this large Gonge top, it will provide lots of fun and can be used as a den, boat or anything the children want to be.

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use

Item reference – SS010

Scooter Board

Sturdy plastic tummy Scooter Board with handles ideal for Occupational Therapy and Children/Teens with additional needs.

Ideal for upper extremity strengthening, movement, motor planning and vestibular activities. 

The integral contoured handles help children grip the scooter to aid stability and balance, helping inspire confident movement. Children can sit, kneel or lie prone position!

Item reference – SS011

Gorilla Gym

Gorilla Gym brings the fun of the outdoors inside. Designed for busy parents and active kids who can’t always make it outdoors and don’t have a lot of room for expensive equipment. Gorilla Gym is lightweight, portable, and installs in your doorway in seconds without tools or drilling. The core doorway unit is made of strong, lightweight steel that won’t bend or break.

Item reference – SS012

Sensory Bags


A range of sensory items to explore, including fidget toys and other sensory equipment to stimulate, interest and excite.

Item reference – SS013

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Sensory Bag 5


Stretchy Lycra Band
The stretchy band is made from 4 way stretch lycra to provide a stimulating and fun sensory experience.

Weighted Turtle
When laid across the lap, the turtle applies calming deep pressure to the lap and upper legs whilst the user is sitting down.

Cuddle Ball
Soft, squigy and tactile cuddle ball to allow the user to especerince a deep and calming pressue to the sensory system.

Item reference – SS017

Emotions Bag


  • Worry Monster
  • Emotions game
  • Lego I-spy game
  • Talking Tin
  • ‘I would like’ handheld fan
  • ‘When My Worries Get Too Big’ book
  • ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ book
  • ‘You’re a Star’ book
  • Mood band
  • Wavey timer
  • Smiley ball

Item reference – SS018

Sensory Massage Bags

Massage items are great for therapeutic sensory sessions. Suitable for all ages, the set is great for stimulating tactile and proprioceptive senses, building concentration and helping users relax.

Untitled (Card (Landscape))

Item reference – SS019

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Light Up Bag 1

This is light up bundle is an excellent addition to any sensory den or dark room. Items are light weight, easy to grip light up toys that can be used as part of a sensory play time.

Some of the products are cause and effect where they can be bounced or bumped to make flash and some can be turned on and off.

Item reference – SS021

Light Up Bag and Dark Den

Darkened portable play area for children at home. Includes a range of light up toys and sensory equipment.

Item reference – SS022

Therapy Sisters Grief Support Pack

Emotional support in a box. There are things to make, read, carry around and touch, a chance to explore and meet not only the emotional, but physiological needs of the body and mind.



10 page journal, keyring, card, wooden disc, reminder cards, forget -me not- seeds, stages of grief, bracelet, comfort buddy, lavender, instructions and personalised message.

Item reference – SS023


Sparkle Sheffield accept no responsibility for the content of the books available to loan. Each child and their family is in a different situation, and what may work for one family may not work for another. If you are in any doubt, feel free to contact us on [email protected] and we will be happy to offer further advice.