Asperger’s Play Guide: Guidecraft Toys

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Guidecraft has been making beautiful furniture for children for 46 years. But did you know they also have educational toys? They provide  fun and unique toys that are great tools for enhancing your child’s imaginative play, sensory needs and motor skills. I was excited by their selection and reviewed a couple of their toys that I think are perfect for us to work with Nolan to improve these skills.

Review      

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Drive-Time Signs caught my eye as a fun play tool to encourage Nolan to ride his bike. He has been reluctant to try his bigger bike. They are also a fun way to teach safety rules and work on motor skills. The signs are simple to put together too. We have a fun video below that shows you how.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGh7RgK4aTw

Details

Enhance children’s dramatic play with their favorite highway signs! 30″ tall pole and sturdy non-tip, newly expanded base with adjustable sign height to accommodate all children. Weatherproof plastic base, pole and sign tops are perfect for outdoor play! Provides exciting, active playtime while teaching safety through sign recognition. Set of 6 includes Stop Sign, Speed Limit 25, Railroad Crossing, Yield, School Crossing, and One Way. Weight 10 lbs. Method of shipping is UPS Standard.

Marble Maze Balance Bases(set of 3)

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Another toy that I am excited about is the Marble Maze Balance Board. Occupational therapists use them often to help with sensory processing disorders. Many children with sensory processing disorders share the difficulty of not having good balancing skills and, sometimes, an intense fear of activities which put them in an “off-balance” position.

These difficulties and fears will translate into problems learning and performing multiple motor tasks, playing with their peers, and participating in physical education and sports.  The key is to identify these children as early as possible, so we can begin to improve their skills before it has severely affected their self-esteem and physical performance in life. There are many ways that parents and occupational therapists can help children work on their gross motor skills, balancing skills, bilateral coordination, fears of their feet leaving the ground, or difficulties dealing with unsteady/uneven surfaces

The Marble Maze from Guidecraft comes with three different boards. Each board has a different maze style. They are simple too, so Nolan didn’t get frustrated at all. They are heavy and well built. I was impressed with the quality of them. Nolan was reluctant to try one at first, but as soon as he did, he had fun and I was excited to see how well he balanced on them.

Details

Move the marble through the maze by tilting the base! Set provides three different maze experiences. Circular Wooden disc on reverse side allows bases to tilt in any firection in the standing position. Easy-grip handles allow for lap play fun. Solid wood construction. Marble permently enclosed in maze by durable, clear acrylic panel. Set includes 3 bases, each measuring 11.5 W x 18.5 L x 3 H. 14lbs.

Where to Buy

(from website)” Guidecraft in 1964 in a small woodshop, producing 10 items. I purchased the company in 1995 and have continued to develop the line, which now includes over 580 educational toys and furnishings. Our size has changed, but our mission remains the same; stay true to the tradition of smart, beautifully crafted wood products, which allow children’s minds and imaginations room to truly wonder and grow.”  You can purchase the products above and much more at http://www.guidecraft.com/ and some stores.   They are also on Facebook and Twitter and have a fun blog at http://guidecrafttoys.blogspot.com/  They are the nicest people too!

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Comments

  1. My son has PDD-NOS and would love the marble maze. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I wish I had known about these when my boys were younger, I love educational toys. I love your son’s name (I have a Nolan, too)

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  3. These look like neat toys!
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  4. I love the street signs, those would be fun in our neighborhood. We have so many kids
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  5. I love those signs!! How cute are they!! But yes that maze board looks amazing! Very durable toys!!
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  6. Ahhhh the traffic signs are awesome! My kids would have so much fun with those on our driveway with their bikes! Sure takes ‘red light, green light’ to a whole new level! FUN!
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  7. The marble mazes look like a lot of fun!
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  8. Dung Nguyen says:

    This is a great tool to help kids learn while having fun!

  9. Donnetta says:

    We also have the balance boards and they are very high quality. My daughter is in OT for sensory and motor delay issues and they were really excited to hear she has some at home!

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