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Dr Zigs Giant Bubble Kits

Fact: kids love playing with bubbles and with Dr Zigs giant bubble kits it’s like playing with magic.Big-Bubble-Web-400

Every year our switch adapted bubble machine is one of the most asked for toys in the catalogue. So, when I took a call from Paola at Dr Zigs and she told me about their giant bubble kits and the sensory play kits I needed to know more. A few days later we met up and she told me how Dr Zigs came about.

It all began because Ziggy, Paola’s son, loved bubbles. As a toddler, he would get squeals of contagious giggles every time he saw bubbles. Danny, Ziggy’s dad was inspired and got busy and managed to create some pretty amazing bubble mix. They decided to form a company, called it Dr Zigs and started to produce giant bubble kits.

Environmental Credentials

Dr Zigs believe passionately in minimising their environmental impact and aim to be as carbon neutral as possible.

Wood used in the Bubble Wands are sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved sources and the cotton Bubble Wicks are from suppliers operating under the Fairtrade scheme. The giant bubble mix is produced using low impact environmentally approved chemicals and is completely biodegradable in sunlight.

Giant Bubble Kits

We have added two giant bubble kits to our special needs toys website and a third that combines giant bubble play with elements of sensory stimulation.

Giant Bubble Play

Want to know how to make giant bubbles? How’s how:

  • First connected the rope to the wands and hold one in each hand.
  • Then dip the rope into the bubble mixture and let it get thoroughly soaked.
  • Lift the rope out of the mixture and let the excess drips fall off.
  • Raise the wands high to let the breeze blow through the rope to create lots of giant bubbles.

Chase the giant bubbles, try to catch them, pop them – do it all over again and again.

Want to see how well these giant bubble kits make really big bubbles? Watch the video on any of the three product pages in the Sensory Bubble Toys section. Here’s the shortcut to the giant bubble kits and the sensory play bubble kit to all of our bubble toys.

Have some giant bubbling fun.

Mike

Star Wars: supporting Angelman Syndrome


This week at Excitim HQ, we were moved by the Star Wars video that’s helping to raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome. It’s a step in the right direction as Angelman Syndrome is not as well known as other medical conditions that many come into contact with.

I’ll admit, I didn’t know of it myself until in 2014, I was asked to exhibit at Assert’s annual conference. Assert support children and families of children with the condition. Read more about the Angelman Syndrome conference

We ran an iClick and iControl demonstration of some new iPad tech and had a bunch of toys with us including an inflatable, remote controlled, Despicable Me Minion for the Angels to play with. It’s about 60 cm tall, soft and stands back up when it’s pushed over in the excitement. 

Image of the inflatable remote controlled Despicable Me Minion toy

Inflatable Remote Controlled Despicable Me Minion

We meet lots of children with Angelman Syndrome whilst exhibiting and it’s always a pleasure.  They are friendly natured and will give you a hug regardless!  Although, it can prove a challenge to stay alert as Angels don’t usually have a sense of personal belonging so when there’s attractive goodies on the table, they are the first to claim them!

I’m always struck at how happy and care-free these wonderful children are despite their condition. We can certainly say ‘the force is strong within this one!’ about many of the Angels we meet.

The following is a little fact finder for those not well versed with Angelman Syndrome:

Angelman Syndrome Characteristics

It’s usually at around 6-12 months a child will start to show symptoms of Angelman Syndrome usually in the form of late development such as not being able to sit on their own.

Children will go on to not talk or perhaps only to be able to say a few words. Instead they’ll communicate using gestures.

Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty to walk, balance and co-ordinate
  • Laughing and smiling without stimuli
  • Flapping hands
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fits and seizures
  • Some children of two years old will have a small flat head at the back
  • Crossed eyes
  • Walking with their arms in the air

Is Angelman Syndrome life threatening?

A child with this condition is likely to live a full life although may have additional complications such as seizures that mean they need continuous support. There’s so much more to learn about this condition.

Professionals around the world are working hard to understand the causes and possible treatments for children affected by it. Much of the research is reviewed and presented at the Assert Conference.

How’s is Angelman Syndrome caused?

We know it’s a genetic issue and is caused when UBE3A (the Angelman gene) is either absent or malfunctions.

Please take a look at the ASSERT website to find out about the fantastic and much needed support they offer.

Special Needs Toys Catalogue

Catalogue alert!!

Excitim’s special needs toys catalogue (2016) is available for download from the website. Look out for the blue button on the home page. Or, click on the button below for a quick link.

Image of the 'Catalogue Download Button' on Excitim's website

Catalogue download button

The catalogue features lots of new toys and resources. In it you will find a range of switch adapted toys, sensory toys, learning resources and switches. Check out the website for more info, videos and this blog. It’s where we post reviews and in-depth discussions on the newest gear such as the iPad switches iClick and iControl.

Image of the cover page of Excitim's special needs toys catalogue

Catalogue cover page

Clicking on the image of the cover page will download it for you as well.

The catalogue is in the popular PDF file format. Most systems will open it immediately.

Get in touch through our Contact Us page if you have any questions. We will do our best to advise on the suitability of the toys for your child.

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