Month: April 2016

Flappy the Elephant

Image of Flappy the Elephant switch adapted toy available on Excitim's website
Flappy the Elephant switch adapted toy

Flappy the Elephant is the newest animated plush toy we have adapted for children who use switches with their toys. Flappy has two play functions and both are switch accessible with any standard (3.5mm) switch. Both functions can also be activated by pressing the switch pads in his feet.

Connect and press the first switch to make Flappy engage with your child and encourage them to play a game of peek-a-boo. He plays this game by using his ears to repeatedly cover and uncover his eyes. Effectively hiding behind his big ears.

Connect and press the second switch and Flappy sings his song about his flappy ears. It’s a lovely tune; try encouraging you child to learn the words and sing along with Flappy.

Here’s a short video we made to show what Flappy the Elephant does and how he will encourage play. (Please note: the video is a shortened version of the peek-a-boo game and his song)

In order to make it easier to find similar toys on the website we group most of the animated toys in the ‘Talking, Singing & Dancing’ section on the website as well as in the ‘age appropriate category of 3 to 6 years’ and if they are newly featured also in the ‘newest switch adapted, sensory and tech toys’ section.

Do let us know what you think of Flappy the Elephant. Would you like to see more videos? Do they help you to judge whether these sorts of toys are appropriate for your child? Happy viewing. Mike

Switch adapted train set

This is the fourth switch adapted train set we have added to the catalogue – we just like trains.

Switch adapted train set based on Marklin My World Eurostar high speed locomotive
Switch adapted train – Eurostar locomotive

This time it’s based around the ‘Marklin My World’ Eurostar, German ICE and French TGV high speed locomotives. The track set is a large figure of eight layout that sits on the top of a play mat.

Each set has a red handset controller that makes the train go forward or in reverse at three speed settings. It controls other functions such as sounds and lights as well as the emergency stop!

Switch accessible controller for Marklin My World train sets
Switch accessible controller

The handset is good but we though it likely the buttons on the controller may be too small for some children and with this in mind we set about building a switch accessible control box for switch users.

It’s easy to use: connect a single switch – any 3.5mm switch will be fine – to the control box and away you go. Connecting the switch turns on the battery power to the control box and the first switch press makes the locomotive go forwards. It continues until the switch is pressed again: that makes it stop.

The track sits comfortably on the play mat and the town and country scenes add interest and the possibility for imaginative play with improvised bridges, tunnels, houses, farm animals, trees etc.

Railroad play mat

Having two controllers in the box means a switch user and a sibling, friend or even a dad will be able to play together with this switch adapted train set. That must be good. Watch this short video to get a better idea of how it works and visit the webpage for more information.

These are the links to the German ICE and French TGV high speed locomotives on the website.

What do you think: is this the best ever switch adapted train set you have found on the web? Get in touch via our contact us page if you have any questions.