We've been longtime boosters of Plan Toys, thanks to the company's commitment to creating toys that are safely, ethically and sustainably manufactured. (They're fun to play with, too.) We were pleased to learn that the company has a program in place to provide specially designed developmental toys to children with autism and visual impairment.
The Pin-Ball Tray, above left, is suggested for children with autism, and is designed to enhance concentration and motor control skills.
The Sound Blocks, above right, were developed for children with visual impairment, and are intended to teach children to match and differentiate sounds, as well as use their sense of touch to match shapes to holes.
While these toys were developed with children with special needs in mind, what makes them so wonderful is how open-ended they are for all children. Plan Toys worked with rehabilitation and education specialists to develop these toys, which are now available for free to schools and organizations.
To learn more and fill out an application requesting either of these toys for your organization, visit the Plan Toys website.