Laser Pegs® with 3D Light Board

Promoted Skills

Product Description

Laser Pegs with 3D Light Board is a large light-up construction kit. Each piece is made of clear ABS plastic that snap together securely. Within each set, there are approximately 35 pieces that have small resistors and LED lights. When connected to the base and subsequent pieces, they light up. The kit includes instructions for many structures or can be used for open-ended building. The building base doubles as a storage unit. 3D Light Board requires three AA batteries, sold separately.

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Children can learn to recognize and identify different colors using the different colored LED lights in the Laser Pegs.
  • Counting can be a part of play by counting the connection jacks in the 3D Light Board, counting the pieces, counting only the red lights, etc. The pieces and jacks in the board can be easily felt by touch.
  • Learning how to sort and group for children who are blind or visually impaired can be made easier using these Laser Pegs because of the unique shapes and textures. 

Play Ideas

  • A caregiver can place one Laser Peg on the 3D Light Board. A child who is blind or visually impaired can feel that piece and find a match to place on the board.
  • Provide the caregiver and child each a set of the same Laser Pegs. The caregiver can build a small structure on the 3D Light Board and then the child can repeat that structure with his pieces. Next time, the child can build something and the caregiver repeats it. For children who have visual impairments, this activity can be done successfully by feel.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Guide a child’s hand to help him physically locate and explore the Laser Pegs.
  • Place non-skid shelf liner underneath the 3D Light Board when building. This will help prevent the board from sliding away from a child.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Communicative 4

Skills

  • Children are exposed to and become familiar with part-to-whole relationships as they build an identifiable structure from individual blocks.
  • The set is large and has many pieces, but only one 3D Light Board base. This can introduce sharing and cooperating to children in play.

Play Ideas

  • Children on the autism spectrum may continually build the same structure. Alter this by providing a different set of pieces or the same shaped Laser Pegs that are different colors to use so those structures must be different.
  • Place four Laser Pegs on the board and have the child look at them and then have him close his eyes. Take one block away, have the child open his eyes and determine which block is missing. This can be done with different shaped pieces or different colored Laser Pegs.
  • Build a structure and have the child guess what it is.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Provide verbal reinforcement during a child’s building activity. Be specific with how you are praising him. For instance, rather than, “Good job,” say, “That tower of four blue Laser Pegs is amazing!”
  • Give the child a few pieces and place the others out of reach. When he runs out and needs more, encourage him to verbally ask for another block.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Physical 3

Skills

  • Building the Laser Pegs helps develop and refine fine motor skills, such as pincer grasp. This helps children develop the skills necessary for daily living – like holding a pencil, brushing their teeth and eating with utensils or fingers.
  • The 3D Light Board enables play to happen at midline and can encourage a child to cross midline during play. Brain development is aided by activities that allow a child to cross midline, thus using both brain hemispheres in play.
  • Eye-hand coordination is used to pick up and place each block.

Play Ideas

  • Have a child hold a piece in his left hand, cross midline and place it on the right side of the 3D Light Board. Continue until the row is filled. Change hands and complete the right hand crossing midline to place the Laser Peg on the left-hand side of the board.
  • If a child is unable to connect the pieces himself, have him choose which piece to connect next and the caregiver can connect it.
  • Using a kitchen timer, give the child one minute to place as many pieces as he can on the 3D Light Board. Encourage him to beat his score in subsequent trials.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Place non-skid shelf liner underneath the 3D Light Board when building. This will help prevent the board from sliding away from a child.
  • Provide only the amount of blocks a child can be successful with without becoming overwhelmed. Gradually increase that number as a child’s ability and frustration levels permit.
  • Separate the pieces so a child has plenty of room to grasp each piece independently.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$69.99
Age Range:
5+
Directions:
Complex
Levels of Play:
Four Levels
Storability:
Easy
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Laser Pegs® with 3D Light Board

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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