Elemenosqueeze

Promoted Skills

Product Description

Set of 26 soft, colorful blocks that are easy to grasp and are safe for children who mouth toys.  Each block is deeply embossed with a letter and a corresponding animal.  Several different shapes enable children to build architectural masterpieces. The blocks easily fit into the included carrying case which zips closed.  Phthalate-free, BPA-free and lead-free.

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Squeaking the blocks helps children learn about cause and effect actions and how they can control their environment.
  • Children use visual attention and acuity as they attempt to balance the blocks on top of each other.
  • Sound localization using the squeaking of the blocks can be a part of play.

Play Ideas

  • The blocks can be used to squirt water in the bathtub or in a water table.
  • Have children take turns hiding in the classroom or around the house while holding a block.  Once hidden the child can squeeze the block in their hand and the other children can use the auditory hint to help them find the hidden child.
  • For children who are visually impaired, fill a storage bin with water and place it on the ground. Have the child stand right in front of the bin and then take a couple steps backwards. Have the child toss the blocks into the water. He will hear a splash if he makes it in. Give the child verbal guidance if needed, such as “Aim a little to the left,” or “Throw it a little harder.”

Adaptation Ideas

  • Play with these blocks on a light or dark solid color surface. This will help the blocks stand out.

Physical 4

Skills

  • Children use eye-hand coordination as they place blocks on top of one another so they won’t tumble.
  • Hand strength can be encouraged by having children squeeze the blocks to make them squeak.
  • Midline skills are used as the child holds a block in one hand and places a block from the other hand on top.

Play Ideas

  • Begin building a structure on a table slightly to the left or right of center for a child. Have him continue to build. By having the structure off-center, the child is encouraged to reach across his body, crossing midline to build.
  • Create a bowling game. Stack the blocks up, and then roll your own ball to knock them down. This helps incorporate eye-hand coordination as well as grasp and release into play.
  • The blocks are soft enough to be used for a game of catch (which strengthens balance, precision and cooperative hand movements as well as provides opportunity to practice turn taking).

Adaptation Ideas

  • Place the set of blocks on the weaker side of a child to encourage him to use that weaker side to grasp each block and bring it into play.
  • Place the set of blocks in the lid of a shirt box or a cookie sheet with a lip to help contain play and maintain position.
  • Limit the number of blocks presented to a child at one time. Gradually increase that number as ability and frustration levels permit.

Cognitive 4

Skills

  • The blocks have a zip-close storage bag. The blocks nestle in the bag like a puzzle. When children put the blocks away, they are working on organization and problem solving skills.
  • As children recreate what they see with these blocks, they are gaining experience and beginning to hone abstract thinking skills.
  • Children can gain an understanding of spatial relationships when placing the blocks on the floor, under the table, next to a toy, behind the chair, etc.

Play Ideas

  • Hide the blocks in a room and have the children search and find them.
  • Jumble the blocks up and have the children place them in alphabetical order.
  • Create a bowling game. Stack the blocks up, and then roll your own ball to knock them down. This helps incorporate eye-hand coordination as well as grasp and release into play.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Limit the number of blocks presented to a child at one time. Gradually increase that number as ability and frustration levels permit.
  • Place the blocks in the lid of a shirt box to help contain play and provide an area of focus.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$29.99
Age Range:
0+
Directions:
None
Levels of Play:
Five or More Levels
Storability:
Self Storing
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Elemenosqueeze

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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