Archive of ‘Switch Accessible Toy’ category

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

Now you can watch our Switch Accessible Toys on Video

Switch accessible toy videos

We’ve been busy at Excitim HQ creating some videos for you so that you can see how our switch accessible toys work.   To view our videos, it’s easy! All you have to do is to click on to our product page, choose your toy and scroll to the bottom where the video is.

Switch Accessible and Special Needs Toy Videos 

Here is an example of our switch accessible dice being used – this video shows how simple it is to use the switch accessible dice by simply pressing the big red switch.

This domino train video demonstrates how the train shoots out dominions in perfect rows, it’s ideal for children who struggle with coordination and balance and then they’re able to have fun by knocking them all down!

The Dream-Racer car video shows how it’s operated using motion sensitive switches in the ‘Dream Racer Cap giving every child a chance to use a remote controlled car. Take a look at the set-up and operating instructions. The Big Green Tractor is a little slower and gives children an opportunity to practice their switch-driving skills.

The Cassy Bear is one of our favourite switch accessible toys because she’s happy all of time!  Pressing her switch means she’ll sing ‘come and get happy’ whilst she rocks her feet back and forth

Love to listen to music? Watch the wireless party starter boom out your favourite tracks whilst flashing an array of party inspired colours. Guaranteed to get your party started!

These are just some of the videos that we’ve put together and we’d love to know which is your favourite switch accessible and special needs toy.

Rolling the Switch Dice

Noah and his Dad playing Shoots and Ladders using Switch Dice

Noah and his Dad playing Shoots and Ladders using Switch Dice

Recently I blogged about using Switch Dice for playing board games and said I would be sending out samples for review.

Just to recap, Switch Dice is a switch accessible electronic dice. Pressing the switch causes the bright red LEDs to flash and show the number of spaces the player should move in the game.

Stacy Warden, living in Colorado, was one of the first to get one and try it out. She writes a blog – Noah’s Miracle – about her son Noah. He is six years old and was born with a cerebral palsy condition.

The Warden family love playing board games. And, as Noah uses a switch with his other toys, it seemed reasonable to think he would be able to use it to ‘role’ the dice when it was his turn to play. All that’s needed is to plug a switch (any 3.5mm) into the front of Switch Dice and press it to make Switch Dice ‘roll’.

Very simple but for many kids with CP getting actively involved in game play, rather than watching others take their turn, can be difficult if not impossible. I believe Switch Dice has the potential to remove that barrier.

The picture shows Noah and his Dad playing Shoots and Ladders (I think we know the games as Snakes and Ladders in the UK)

Getting Noah involved and participating in the family fun was Stacy’s goal. Read her blog posting Rolling the Dice to see how it worked out.

She also has a lot to say about two other switch adapted toys: Domino Train and Rally Racer and a new app-controlled communication toy Toy-Fi Teddy that lets users swap messages through their phone and tablet.

Noah’s Miracle is a good read – I encourage you to bookmark it and sign-up for regular updates.

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