Category: Sensory Light Toys

Description of a range of toys that provide sensory stimulation and feedback to children and adults specifically using lights.

Sleep Tight All Night sleep aid

Image of the sleep aid used in the 'Sleep Tight All Night Igglepiggle
Sleep Tight All Night sleep aid

Sleep Tight All Night Igglepiggle is a versatile sleep aid designed to help teach children when to sleep and when it’s time to get up. It features a small unit that is placed inside the Igglepiggle toy that can be set to shine green or red.

Scientific background

Investigations have concluded that green wave lengths are beneficial during day light hours because they boost attention and reaction times. But green light has been shown to be bad at night as it reduces that amount of melatonin the body produces and the ability to fall asleep.

Red light is less disruptive to the natural body clock and the production of melatonin.

Sleep mode

On the reverse side of the sleep aid are all the controls needed to set-up the sleep cycle and daytime play modes.

  1. Timer: the timer is used to set the duration you would, ideally, like you child to sleep; all night or perhaps for just a quick nap.
  2. Sounds: use the ‘Sounds’ button to select which of the five soothing sounds will be heard during the sleep cycle. These range from ‘falling rain drops’, ‘sea surf’, ‘gentle heartbeat’ ‘waterfall’ and ‘crickets’ as well as a no-sound option. The volume can be adjusted.
  3. Parental Lock: once set the unit can be switched ‘on’ which prevents curious little fingers from interfering with the setting.
RED – stay in bed

The unit is then placed into Igglepiggle’s pouch and closed with the velcro fastening.

When Igglepiggle’s tummy is squeezed the sleep aid responds by glowing red and the soothing sounds will be heard for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes the sounds get quieter and the light dims. Whilst the child sleeps the sleep aid remains active and will turn the light and sound back on for a further 5 minutes if the child is disturbed and squeezes Igglepiggle’s tummy again assisting your child to get back to sleep.

Throughout the sleep cycle the child should be encouraged that when ‘RED – stay in bed’.

Image of Sleep Tight All Night Igglepiggle sleep aid
GREEN – get up and go

When the sleep cycle set on the timer is complete a tummy press will make the sleep aid shine green. Encouraging your child ‘GREEN – get up and go’.

Play mode

Setting the sleep aid into ‘Day mode’ converts it into a daytime toy. Each tummy press then makes Igglepiggle say fun phrases and noises.

Watch the video on the Sleep Tight All Night Igglepiggle page for a good understanding of how it may help your child.

Ion Party Starter

Ion Party Starter is a fantastic wireless speaker with pulsating lights. It’s small enough to carry in your pocket but delivers a big booming sound. With the beat-synchronised lighting it turns any den or bedroom into a party space. And, it’s wireless! Simply connect the Ion Party Starter via Bluetooth to your tablet, phone or music player and let the party and light show begin.

  • Ion Party Starter - wireless speaker
    Ion Party Starter – Wireless Speaker with Synchronised Party Lights

    Ion Party Starter works with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android powered phones and tablets.

  • Measures a compact 105mm tall by 60mm diameter and at just short of 200g is small and light enough to carry around.
  • Powered by a rechargeable battery through a USB connection.

Sensory Light and Sound

When I first saw the Ion Party Starter video I was impressed and decided to buy one. After connecting it to my iPad I was amazed at how good it is It’s loud enough and the lights fill the room. It’s so good I took it along to our stand at Kidz-up-North. Lots of visitors wanted to buy one said it would be a fantastic addition to a young persons sensory space.

Perhaps in a full-sized sensory room you may want to consider its bigger brother the Ion Party Time.

This video gives an impression of what the Ion Party Starter is capable of and how to connect it to your iPad using Bluetooth.

Ion Party Starter – use it three ways

1: music only

2: pulsating lights only

3: music and pulsating lights combined

In ‘music only’ mode it sounds good and is sufficiently loud. In ‘lights only’ mode it projects a colour changing, pulsating light show onto walls and ceilings. The light show is bright and stimulating and many individuals will enjoy the effect.

Mode three is when the Ion Party Starter shows what is is really all about. Music and beat-synchronised lights creates a superb sensory effect and a definite ‘must-have’ addition to any young persons party space.

Kaleidoscope Projector Lamp

The Kaleidoscope Projector Lamp produces great light show for its size. It uses just three AA type batteries and we’ve had them running all day long without needing to change them. It’s is one of the sensory lights we will show at Kidz-up-North on November 20th. (remember contact us if you need free tickets to the event)

This short video will give you an idea of the effect it can create.

The Kaleidoscope Projector Lamp works best in a darkened room, den or play area as you would expect but even so young kids will love the swirling light effect. Let them play some tunes at the same time and you’ve created their own disco party.

Take a look at Excitim’s YouTube Channel for more videos and play ideas.