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Learning Resources® Creates Inspirational Toys for Children on the Spectrum

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Learning Resources® creates tons of colorful, educational toys that provide a wonderful playtime experience for toddlers. And with the specific needs of children on the spectrum in mind, many of these toys encourage imagination while increasing the development of social and motor skills.

We got the chance to play with a few of their toys and I’m thrilled to share our experience with you.

Soft Foam Emoji Cubes

These four brightly colored cubes are the perfect play companion to introduce a dialog about feelings. There are 12 different emoji-style expressions and 12 prompts/questions about emotions.

We had fun tossing the cubes and then identifying what emoji was on top. Asking questions like "What is this face?" and mimicking the expression was so much fun with these super soft cubes.

I can see tons of possibilities for encouraging communication with these toys. I’m planning to leave them out on a shelf so when my son can’t find the word for how he is feeling, we can grab a cube. Feelings like happy, mad, or sad can be easy to learn, but feelings like frustrated or shy are more complicated to explain. Having a tangible emoji that conveys those types of feelings is going to be a wonderful tool for us.

Learn More about these fun Emoji Cubes

Check out more of our favorite toys from Learning Resources®:

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

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Gears! Gears! Gears!® Machines in Motion

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Ruff's House Teaching Tactile Set

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Super Sorting Pie

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And for bath time fun, we got to play with the Yookidoo Spin ‘N’ Sort Spout Pro

This battery operated bath spout draws water from the tub to create a really fun constant flow of water without running the faucet. It also comes with colorful gears that suction to the tub and tiles.

We had a blast with these since the pieces are easy to move around and hilarious to find new ways to keep the water flowing through the gears and cups. The snorkeling spout was fun to turn on and off and splash. We also played with the suction gears out of the tub by sticking them to a window.

This simple design helps strengthen fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination while teaching sequencing. And they are just downright fun.

The Yookidoo Spin ‘N’ Sort Spout Pro is also part of Amazon’s STEM club, toys for toddlers that introduce simple concepts related to counting, building, and cause and effect.

Learn More about the Yookidoo Spin 'N' Sort Spout Pro

Rielly is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable autistic toddler. Her favorite hobbies include naptime, drinking coffee, and trips to Target. Follow her online @riellygrey.

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