Build-A-Robot by PlanToys – award winner!

Build-A-Robot

Build-A-Robot

The Industrial Designers Society of America has proudly unveiled the winners of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) 2012 competition – a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Congratulations to our Build-A-Robot and its designer, Laura Urquiaga, for earning the IDEA 2012 Bronze Award in the Leisure and Recreation Category.

Build-a-Robot, featuring a modern design aesthetic, was designed specifically to address the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) though it appeals to children of all ages. The primary function addresses the need to identify emotions. Secondary functions include sensory issues and fine motor skills. The toy is manufactured with kiln-dried, reclaimed rubber wood, water-based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue in a factory that is powered by biomass and solar energy. Packaging is recycled paper and soy ink. Four interchangeable, geometric-shaped heads featuring the emotions of happiness, sadness, anger and surprise feature a range of textures to address sensory issues.

Designer, Laura Urquiaga, sought to design a toy that would specifically address the needs of children with ASD, while still appealing to children of all ages. Symptoms and the severity are different for each child. Her design seeks to primarily address the issues of social interaction and communication by helping children to identify emotions. Children with ASD typically have difficulty with subtle social cues, such as a smile. This inability makes it hard for them to predict or understand another’s actions or feelings. Secondary functions address sensory issues that are common to children with ASD and strengthening fine motor skills.

 

PlanPreschool

pull-along snail

pull-along snail

PlanPreschool toys provide a multitude of early child developmental features.  Fun and learning are combined through baby toys, push-pull toys, manipulative toys, musical instruments, games, puzzles and blocks.

Tot Drum

tot drum

stacking ring

stacking ring

 

Turnable Road & Rail Play Set by Plan Toys

Turntable Road & Rail Play Set by PlanToys

Turntable Road & Rail Play Set by PlanToys

 

  • this road & rail system provides an opportunity for children to construct the road & rail in various ways as per their imagination –  just like little engineers
  • this set provides an opportunity for children to plan and think which is important part in developing intellectual and thinking capacity and also promting confidence
  • children can tell stories and role play various characters such as controller
  • they will enjoy moving and controlling the train as per thier imagination to their desired destination and at the same time learn how the station operates
  • the turntable in this set is adjustable so that children can change the direction of the train per their wishes
  • parents can use the train as a medium in telling stories to enchance their knowledge about the components, choo choo sould through open ended questions helping language development, expanding their thinkinh capacity and also developing good relationaships in the family
  • children can play with others helping to learn how to play with others, waiting for their turn, sharing and helping others developing their social skills
  • to add more fun and enlarge their dream city, children can add the expansion track set and other PlanToys Road & Rail sets

NEW PlanWood toys from PlanToys

This year, PlanToys is rolling out a new innovation called PlanWood.  PlanToys is constantly trying to find ways to play sustainably.  They took leftover sawdust from production and mixed it with their E-zero glue.  A little pressure molding was added and tada!  What you have is a material that is durable, sustainable, more cost-efficent and safe!  Check out the new toys made from PlanWood.

Sort N Count

Sort N Count

 

Hammer Peg by Plan Toys

Hammer Peg by Plan Toys

Hammer Peg by Plan Toys

 

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/hammer-peg-wooden-toy

  • promotes physical, mathematical, logical thinking and language skills
  • a 4-hole wooden board with a wooden mallet for hammering practice
  • children can use the mallet to pound the different colored pegs as they like and continue playing by simply turning the board – this develops fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. 
  • pounding also helps children release tension and teach them regarding disciplinary action
  • parents should specify the color to hammer- this will help children learn to differentiate and recognize colors easily
  • parents should praise children when they can do it and advice if they are not able to do so

an eco-friendly toy made of organic rubberwood

PlanCountry Farm House by Plan Toys

Farmhouse by Plan Toys

Farmhouse by Plan Toys

 

 

The PlanCountry farmhouse is compatible with the barn and stable.  It includes a table, a rocking chair and 2 vegetable beds.  Inside the farmhouse is a fireplace with 2 cooking pots.  The front porch is movable and can be placed on any side of the house.

  • children can role play as a farm family to imagine what it would be like to live on a farm.  PArents can enhance their children’s knowledge and laguage skills by reading books about farms, talking about the jobs and duties on a farm, and naming the animals and crops.
  • Children will learn about the lifestyle of a farmer and compare it to their daily life.  The farmhouse will also teach them about rural life and the differences between buildings that are found in the country and the city.
  • Children can have more fun by playing with parents and friends – developing social kills and enhancing their relationships with others.
  • For more enjoyment – add the bar, farmer, farmer’s wife, stable, farm animals, tractor & trailer and vegetable garden
  • Enhances skills – creative,language & communication, social and imagination

Balancing Scale by Plan Toys

balancing scale by PlanToys

Balancing Scale by Plan Toys

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/balancing-scale

  • social
  • mathematical
  • imagination
  • the balancing scale introduces children to the concept of weight comparison. 
  • It is also a fun addition for dramatic play with kitchen or market themes.
  • Children can weigh pieces of fruit, vegetables and other fruit for their customers.
  • Four weight blocks are included in the set
  • the balancing scale is perfect for children to explore basic measurement concepts
  • children can have fun experimenting with weight comparison by using the PlanToys fruit & vegtable set or items found around the house
  • add more fun with other PlanToys kitchen items

Build Imagination with Activity Blocks by Plan Toys

activity blocks by Plan Toys

Activity Blocks by Plan Toys

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/activity-wooden-blocks

  • physical
  • creative
  • logical
  • mathematical
  • set o 9 blocks that are stackable by different textures, sound and colors to stimulate touch, feel and various sounds
  • the set consists of 3 visual blocks, 3 auditory blocks and 3 blocks for kinesthetic
  • the set comes in a cotton bag
  • children will be excited in exploring the 9 blocks which help stimulate their senses helping develop their visual skill, auditory skill and allow them to explore the different textures with their hands, satisfying the needs of children at this age
  • children at the age of 1-2 years are able to pick the blocks out of the bag and put it in again
  • children at this age like to explore, pick things and they can also stack the blocks which help to develop fine motor skill and eye hand coordination
  • parents can teach and involve about colors and mixing colors motivating to do activity together as family
  • this block set can be played together with other PlanToys Unit Block sets to fulfill imagination

Melody Xylophone by Plan Toys

Melody Xylophone by Plan Toy

Melody Xylophone by Plan Toys

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/melody-xylophone

  • coordination
  • musical
  • cause & effect
  • the melody xylophone is designed with a beautifully curved wooden base.  The 8 colored bars produce musical notes true to scale.  Sheet music for the following songs are included:  Jingle Bells, Ode to JOy, and Mary had a Little Lamb.
  • children can play a song by following the sheet music provided
  • playing with instruments helps enhance confidence, fosters love for music and helps ease tension
  • producing music on the xylophone helps reinforce a child’s EQ (emotional quotient) and builds interest in music
  • this xylophone is a great first musical instrument for children
  • adults can help children identify the different notes and assist in stimulating auditory development and sound recognition
  • children can learn how to read musical notes through the simple color coded system

Dress Up Animals by Plan Toys

Dress UP Animals Wooden Toy by Plan Toys

Dress Up Animals by Plan Toys

 

  • creative
  • language
  • social
  • children can dress the 2 figures with the 2 sided fabrics using the rope or button function to form 4 different safari animals – leopard, deer, tiger and zebra.  The head can move up-down and the neck can rotate.
  • children will have fun dressing up the animals along with practicing buttoning and tying which are an essential skill in daily life also helping to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination
  • parents can teach children about the habitat, food of these animals or other animals through this set helping to enhance their knowledge
  • children can dress the animal, tell stories or role play with others helping develop language and social skill