6-in-1 Town Center Playhouse
Large activity house with two movable walls that open for easy access. Each side of the wall highlights a different location in a town such as gas station, café, and sports gym.
- There are three doors along with many activities, such as soccer, basketball, and gas station attending, that all help children work on motor planning skills.
- Two-handed play can be incorporated into play when children grasp and release basketball. One-handed grasp is used when holding the phone to talk or the gas nozzle to pump gas.
- Through play, children are developing core muscles in their bodies that help with balance, control, and gait in addition to promoting better breathing and digestion.
- Play “Follow the Leader” around and through the house.
- Play “Simon Says” using features of the house. This is fun for children and incorporates listening and receptive language skills. Make the actions that a child needs to perform physically motivated to encourage motor development.
- Plan a birthday party for a child’s stuffed animal or doll. Decorate the house with streamers. Hanging streamers can encourage children to use arm extension, reaching, eye-hand coordination and strength. Note: As with the use of all accessories, direct supervision is highly recommended.
- Keep the two-hinged walls open and accessible at all times to promote independent play.
- Children who are blind or visually impaired often have delays in motor development. This house may help children practice gross motor skills, crawling, balance, weight shifting and movement.
- The development of pretend play can be assisted when children are helped with a topic of play (such as the market in his play house) and items that can help represent real foods (your own play food, cups, plates, etc.).
- Use the included hammer to bang on different sections of the house. They each make a unique sound. To make this a fun activity, have the child pretend he is building the house or is Mr. Fix-It for you and ask him to repair parts of the house.
- Place a carpet of bubble wrap or a flokati rug in the house for added appeal.
- Add tactilely diverse objects (e.g. small toys, different textured balls, play food) in the house. By periodically changing them, you are adding renewed interest and excitement into play.
- Verbally and physically walk the child around and through the house so they are familiar with the different aspects and are aware of potential difficulties, such as the raised thresholds.
- Children can progress from parallel play to social interaction and cooperative play using the house and its accessories as the tools.
- This Town Center Playhouse provides many opportunities for pretend play. Acting out imaginative storylines helps children learn and understand the world around them and how they can play a central role in that world.
- Children can build self-esteem as they role play in the house. Being the grown-up in the story can help empower a child.
- Play “Simon Says” using features of the house. This is fun for children and incorporates listening and receptive language skills.
- Talk on the pretend phone to encourage language and conversational turn taking.
- There are four shelves on one side of the house. Place a different item on each shelf. Have the child look at all items and then close his eyes. Take one item away and have the child determine which item is missing. As an alternative game, switch location of two items and have the child determine which items were moved.
- Use masking tape to label each section of the house (refrigerator, door, window, sink, etc.) to encourage word recognition and support literacy.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Physical Range of Motion
- Imagination/Pretend Play
- Coordinated Movement
- Core Strengthening
- Social Interaction
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Hand & Finger Grasp
- Action Concepts
- Object Permanence
- Memory & Recall
- Visual Processing & Attention
- Gross Motor
- Motor Planning
- Weight Shifting
- Foot Placement
- Bilateral Coordination
- Peer Interaction
- Approximate Price:
- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- Five or More Levels
- Surface Wipe