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
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.
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.
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?
Role play is a fun activity for children and one that enables your child to learn through play. Social skills can be developed with the use of props, exercises and character building. This enables your child to put themselves in another’s shoes, make decisions, learn consequence and make sense of the world around them.
Social skills can be a hard process to develop within disabled children but with learning aids such as switch adapted toys used to role play in learning, it can be an easier and fun process for the child and parent.
Switch adapted toys such as our Peter Rabbit peek–a-boo-toy engages your child in a game of peek-a-boo and asks phrases to help to develop language and social skills.
Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit has been a favourite among children and adults for many years. Peter Rabbit now has his very own adventures on CBeebies where you can follow him and his friend’s adventures.
Domino Train is a super new fun toy in our catalogue of switch adapted special needs toys. One of the reasons I like it is because it’s a train and all boys, including big boys, like trains – it’s part of our DNA.
Other reasons are it’s bright and colourful, it sounds its bell as it chugs along and it has a bright green light on the front. Good enough reasons anyway but the best thing is that Domino Train leaves a trail of coloured up-standing domino tiles behind it. Now that’s interesting and not something you’ll not find very often. Normally you would say the main interest would come from the train itself; it is good but I think the line of domino bricks creates the possibility for good cognitive training and development. I’m sure lots of parents and professionals will latch onto this feature of the Domino Train.
Watch this short – 20 second – video of Domino Train on our YouTube Channel.
Learning with Domino Train
Here are four simple ideas that you could introduce when playing with Domino Train:
developing cause and effect skills: making the Domino Train chug along using the switch
numeracy: asking the child to make a trail of X dominoes
colour recognition: asking the child to make a trail that contains a certain number of yellow tiles.
eye co-ordination: asking the child to knock the dominoes down using the Domino Train or another toy
I’m sure clever parents and professionals will think of lots more ideas. Share them with us via our Contact Us page and I’ll post them to this blog. If you find these ideas about using toys to help develop cognitive understanding you may like to have a read of this posting about the Benefits of Switch Adapted Play (parts 1 and 2)