Tag: switch adapted toys

Toys that are modified for use by children who use input switches to activate it.

Switch Accessible Dice for Board Games fun

Image of the switch accessible Dice produced by Excitim
Switch Dice

Making Board Games Accessible for The Family with a Switch Accessible Dice

Back in November, we visited the exhibition in Manchester run by Disabled Living and took along some of our switch adapted toys. In particular our switch adapted dice was popular with the parents who liked to play board games with their children.  As we discovered from talking with one family, playing board games with a disabled child can be a challenge especially when rolling a dice is an important part of the game.  Their concern was the dice. It was trickier to throw and most of the times it got lost and this is where a switch accessible dice comes in handy (pardon the pun!)

We took the opportunity to invite the family at the Kidz to Adultz up North exhibition to have a game of snakes and ladders with us to demonstrate just how easy and effective our switch adapted dice is to use for all of the family.

We know how many families love playing board games and no matter how much technology seems to take over, board games are still one of the biggest selling toys for children.  There has been so much research into children playing board games and some of the findings are superb, we’re glad that we’re able to assist in board game family fun.

How does the switch accessible dice work?

We wrote a blog last year on our switch accessible dice being used in board games describing how to use it. Essentially you just plug the switch into the socket on the front of the Switch Dice and it’s ready to use. No more lost dice. No wasted time spent trying to find it.

Board games – benefits for Children

If you’re yet to take advantage of board game fun with the family, let us tell you some of the benefits:

  1. Social Skills

Social skills are extremely important for any children to learn so that they’re able gain confidence in their own abilities, make friends, make their own decisions, know right from wrong and so on. A great idea is to split your family into teams and encourage your child to help its team to succeed. The laughing, smiling, encouragement and a sense of achievement helps your child (and their siblings) to become socially comfortable and more confident.  

  1.  Essential learning

Counting, colour and number recognition, reading and eye and hand coordination are all things which your child will get to learn and refine each time that they play. Of course these skills are transferable and are vital for mental and physical cognitive progression.

  1.  Thinking for yourself

The most important thing any child can learn is to think for themselves and your child in their own way will have a way of doing this. Board games will help to reinforce this because it provides them opportunities to make their own decisions, and boost their confidence in making choices, as well as saying yes and no.

  1. Family time

One of the biggest benefits of playing board games we think is the privileged of getting to spend time with the family.  Being in an environment where fun, laughter and emotion is encouraged can do wonders for many children’s mental and physical well being.
We believe every child has the right to play, even if that means adapting mainstream methods.

Watch our Switch Accessible Dice video and see how easy it is to use and implement into a board game session for the entire family.

Switch Adapted Toys – The Minions are taking over the world!

Announcing the Minion movie & our new switch adapted toy Minion

We’ve got a lot of love for Minions, so much so we’ve added three new Minions to our switch adapted toys section.  We’ve not been able to get enough of these little critters since Despicable Me 1 and 2.  When we heard about them starring in their very own movie, we thought it was a great idea to release our new switch adapted toy Minions, Bob, Stewart, Kevin.

 New Minions added to our switch adapted toy section

Image of Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob from the new Minion film.
Minion brothers Kevin, Stuart and Bob

Minion Stuart is the big brother and the leader in the Minions movies.  He’s bananas mad and loves to tell just how much.

Minion Stuart, is the middle brother and a wannabe rock star and of course a rebel! He comes with a working guitar so you can help him reach his  star potential.

Minion Bob is the little brother and the minion that falls in love with everyone. We’ve certainly fallen in love with him.

All thee Minions are switch adapted and  wonderfully interactive. They include sayings from the movie, songs and funny noises which the Minions are known for.

Minion Movie Announced

We’re on the edge of our seats waiting for July 10th 2015 when the new Minion movie comes out on the big screen. The three little mischievous Minions: Stuart, Bob and Kevin are recruited by villain aptly named Scarlet OverKill, voiced by Sandra Bullock to take over the world, but we wander if they have plans of their own… It is their film after all!

It’s our aim to provide all children with the right to play and have fun.  With our range of switch adapted toys, we hope to ignite their imagination and encourage their potential.

We’d love to know what you think of our switch adapted toy Minions and the new movie when it’s out. Please come back and let us know your thoughts.

Make learning fun with Switch Adapted Toys & Sensory play

Featuring our switch adapted and sensory toys to aid learning

Switch adapted toys and toys that involve sensory play help children to assimilate the world around them.  Making sense of the world is an enormous task for children and even more so for disabled children.  How children make sense of the world eventually will affect how they relate to those around them.

  “Play develops creativity, intellectual competence, emotional strength and stability, and feelings of joy and pleasure.  The habit of being happy”. Piers and Landau

Switch Adapted Toys: Little Miss Chatterbox helps to reinforce learning

Image of a switch adapted toys: Little Miss-Chatterbox
Switch Adapted Toys: Miss-Chatterbox

Little Miss Chatterbox is one of our unique switch adapted toys for disabled children.  She’s ideal if you’re trying to help your child remember essentials such as counting, days of the week and spelling.

Press her hand and get your child to record their 10 second message, her hand will stay red whilst she’s recording.

Repetition is a great technique to teach your child effectively and this switch adapted toy will aid their learning, making it fun and interactive in the process.

Find out more about the switch adapted toy Little Miss Chatterbox.

Sensory Play Toys: Mr Bump engages children

Encouraging our children to use most if not all of their 5 senses during play, enables them to become active learners. Sensory play helps children to develop their emotional, physical and social skills further.

Image of sensory plush toy: Mr-Bump
Sensory Plush Toys: Mr-Bump

Sensory play helps children to create meaning from their experiences and has been linked to cognitive, social and emotional development.

Our sensory toy Mr Bump is made out of plush velvet so it’s lovely to touch, and makes funny crashing noises should he be dropped.

This sensory toy allows the child to have control over what they’re doing and keeps them engaged in something that they find fun.

If you like the sound of Mr Bump then find out more about him. How do your children learn best?