Sugar Chute

Promoted Skills

Product Description

Press or turn one of the three levers to release a ball from this pretend gumball machine. The levers release one ball at a time. It rolls down to the clear-hinged door at the bottom of the machine. Lift the hinged door to retrieve the ball and then put it back in the top for continued play. Phthalate-free, BPA-free and lead-free.

Cognitive 4

Skills

  • The ball drop is full of cause and effect learning fun; turn the lever and a ball is released.
  • A child’s problem solving skills are tapped into when they discover they need to turn or press a lever to dispense a ball, and then lift the small door to retrieve it.
  • Sequential thought process is incorporated into play. This toy has a four-step sequence to successfully activate: insert balls on top, press or turn a lever, open the door and retrieve the ball. 

Play Ideas

  • Count the balls as you put them into the machine and as they come out.
  • Match and group the balls. There are four balls that have a printed pattern, four that are solid and four that have a clear half to view a smaller ball rattling inside.
  • Make believe the balls are real “gumballs” and pretend to share and eat them.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Limit the number of balls presented to a child. Gradually increase that number as his ability and frustration levels permit.
  • Provide a verbal cue to remind a child how to release a ball.
  • The Sugar Chute is repetitive in nature, which can be stimulating to some children with special needs. Use this as a motivator or reward for other non-preferred activities that you are soliciting from the child.

Sensory 3

Skills

  • Encourage midline play by having a child hold one ball in each hand and bang them together.
  • Using the colors on the balls can encourage color identification.
  • Make noises such as, “vrrooom,” and “weeee,” as a ball rolls down to encourage imitation of vocalizations.      

Play Ideas

  • For a child with visual impairments, shake one of the rattling balls, and have them to use their listening skills, to locate it.

Adaptation Ideas

  • The Sugar Chute is repetitive in nature, which can be stimulating to some children with special needs. Use this as a motivator or reward for other non-preferred activities that you are soliciting from the child.
  • Use the machine in the lid of a box to help keep all pieces within reach and easily accessed.

Physical 3

Skills

  • Arm extension and reaching is encouraged as children place the balls in the top of the machine and retrieve them at the bottom of the machine.
  • Finger and hand grasp is encouraged as children hold the balls in their hands.
  • Fine motor movements are used to activate the levers and open the door.

Play Ideas

  • Allow the ball to roll away from the child to encourage crawling or walking.
  • How many balls can you hold at once?  Have the child hold more than one ball in his hands.
  • Roll balls back and forth with a friend.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Use hand-over-hand assistance for the child to activate the levers and release the balls.
  • Place non-skid shelf liner under the machine to help stabilize it for play.
  • Use the machine in the lid of a box to help keep all pieces within reach and easily accessed.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$24.99
Age Range:
1+
Directions:
None
Levels of Play:
Beginner and Advanced
Storability:
Self Storing
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Sugar Chute

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

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