Endless Adventures® Tikes Town™ Playhouse
Large playhouse incorporates four different themes in play: firehouse or schoolhouse (decals for both are provided), gas station, market/bank and sports. It provides ample space for several children to play together.
- Gross motor skills are practiced when children maneuver their bodies through the various holes by crawling and/or walking.
- 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.
- Pretend to be a coach who is teaching a player how to kick the ball into the goal.
- Give the child a bucket of soapy water and a sponge to wash their house. This is a great activity that excites children and provides wonderful whole body movement.
- Give the child a ball and have her aim and throw it through the different holes in the house.
- 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 house is self-contained and enables children who are visually impaired or blind to explore their environment in a confined “safe” area. Because of this confined space, they can also gain a sense of where their bodies are in space.
- 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.).
- Add different tactilely pleasing 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.
- Because the walls are all uniform in color, children who become over-stimulated during play can use this house to refocus and calm down.
- 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 threshold.
- Turn taking and patience are practiced when sharing the one included ball to play basketball or soccer.
- Social interaction is encouraged when children play together. There is ample room for several children to play in and around this house.
- Talk on the pretend phone to encourage language and conversational turn taking.
- Play a basketball game of horse with a friend. In addition to the word horse, encourage children to use their own names, their street name or their school spelling words.
- Give the child a topic to act out in the house. This helps practice receptive and expressive language. To add to the fun, take turns and have the child give you a topic to act out!
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Pretend Play
- Coordinated Movement
- Core Strengthening
- Social Interaction
- Reaching/Arm Extension
- Spatial Relationships
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Action Concepts
- Object Permanence
- Memory & Recall
- Visual Processing & Attention
- Motor Planning
- Gross Motor
- Physical Range of Motion
- Problem Solving
- Weight Shifting
- Foot Placement
- Peer Interaction
- Approximate Price:
- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- Five or More Levels
- Surface Wipe