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Object recognition

This section includes toys, games and activities that help an individual to recognise everyday objects and develop letter and number skills.

Letter and number puzzles include alphabet (upper and lower case) and number puzzles which may have large pieces, brightly coloured pieces, or pieces with knobs for children with reduced grip. Some may talk out loud. They may be suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Puzzles and inset boards which aim to improve your child's recognition of everyday objects and activities, such as shoes and clothing, food, transport and animals. Most of the puzzles are wooden with large pieces. Many pieces have integral peg handles to make them easier for your child to handle. Some incorporate a sound reward by playing a corresponding noise when a piece is positioned correctly.

Shape puzzles and inset boards that may help a child to recognise and match shapes such as geometric shapes (circles, squares etc), animal shapes and everyday items (e.g. a car, tree or house). Many are wooden boards with brightly coloured pieces and chunky peg handles to make them easier for a child to handle. Some of the products are also designed to encourage colour recognition and counting skills.

Peg boards are used by children to position and match various shapes into boards. The boards and pegs may be wooden or plastic and the pegs may be round, square or triangular and come in various heights and colours.

Shape sorting toys that have holes and inserts into which a child must sort matching, brightly coloured shapes. These are mostly in basic geometric shapes such as squares, circles and triangles. Some of the toys provide a sound reward when a child sorts the correct shape.

Body and facial expression toys are designed to increase awareness of the body, and demonstrate how body parts combine to make the whole body.

Disability awareness toys can be useful for both the friends and peers of a child with a disability, and for the child themselves so they do not feel so different and isolated in imaginative group play activities. Children with a disabled parent may also find them useful in pretend play situations involving adult role play.

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4 Tower Shape Sorter
Four-tower shape sorter. Comprises: wooden base; wooden uprights; 16 coloured wooden shapes.
Activity Wall Panels
Activity wall panels. Comprises: set of three; shapes include a brown horse with wire beads and moving gears, a yellow giraffe with fruit puzzle block...
All About Me Mirrors
Double sided mirrors. Comprises: non-glass; rubberised handle; regular mirror on one side; fun mirror that 'warps' reflection on the other; pack of si...
Anatex School House Wall Panel
School house wall activity panel. Comprises: counting abacus bead learning game; spinning gears; alphabet wooden blocks.
Anatex Submarine Wall Panel
Submarine panel. Comprises: submarine shaped panel; four different activity panels include the paddle wheel and flipper panel, a concave mirror and a...
Animal Shapes Sorter Board
Animal shape sorting board. Comprises: wooden board; five coloured animals; chunky handles.
Balancing Rainbow Wooden Discs
Balancing rainbow wooden discs. Comprises: made from wood; total of 20 discs in four colours; each rod holds five discs.
Big Sensory Book
Large multicoloured fabric book. Comprises: nine pages, each having a different activity; dressing tasks; alphabet; sounds; textures; numbers. Can be ...
Body Mat
Soft play body shape and mat. Comprises rectangular PVC foam base, and six removable PVC body shapes.
Colour Peg Puzzle
Wooden inset puzzle with large pegs. Puzzle pieces depict everyday items and, on removal, reveal matching coloured inset.
Count & Twist Shapes
Shape and fraction recognition board. Comprises: wooden board with four circular screw pegs, each of which has a coloured shape at the base; rubberwoo...
Emotion Cushions
Round cushions. Comprises: range of colours; each fusion has a different facial expression and text on the back to illustrate a mood; cushion trolley....
Emotions Face Communication Fan
Emotions communication fan. Comprises: laminated fan; uses visual images to express emotions like sad, happy, angry etc; petals can be re-ordered or r...
Fractions Shape Match Puzzle
Fractions shape match puzzle. Comprises: wooden puzzle with brightly coloured pieces and base board; the puzzle is designed to introduce bask numeracy...
Geometric Puzzle
Geometric puzzle. Comprises: wooden blocks; various shapes, some have cut outs and numbers painted on the side.
Geometric Shape Matching Board
Geometric shape matching board. Comprises: wooden board; coloured shapes; knobs to facilitate grip.
Geometric Stacker
Shape stacker. Comprises: wooden base with 3 rods; 25 coloured wooden pieces; pieces are shaped in rings, octagons and rectangles.
Giant Alphabet Play Mat
Soft play mats with alphabet squares, suitable for use with alphabet squares. Some suppliers supply individual alphabet squares.
Giant Numbers Play Mat
Giant number play mat. Comprises: rubber backing; printed fabric; multicoloured squares; large coloured numerals. Options: numbered tiles available fr...
Giant Pegs And Pegboard Set
Pegboard set, designed for developing fine motor skills, counting, sorting and patterning. Comprises: square board; 36 stackable pegs in different col...
Giant Threading Buttons
Threading buttons. Comprises: fifty pieces of buttons; five sizes; five colours; six laces; four smile-head laces.
Giant Wooden Lacing Beads
Wooden threading beads. Comprises: twenty four bead blocks; three shapes; four colours.
Hammer Bench
A hammer bench with six coloured pegs of three different shapes.
I Can Tie My Shoes Lacing Cards
Pack of lacing cards. Comprises: six cards each with pictures of different shoe styles; six multicoloured laces; laces are threaded through holes in t...

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