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Vertical Surface Activities

You might wonder why on earth we'd have a section for 'vertical surface activities'! It's because it's so important!! Having children complete activities in vertical positions, rather than just horizontal, helps them develop all the essential big AND little muscles for strong fine motor development. They also learn to work with their wrist in a nicely extended position, important for writing. Wikki stix are great for this when children make pictures, letters,words, etc on windows and sliding doors. There are lots more ideas below....


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  • Angled or Slope Boards


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    Angled Boards (or slope boards) help children to maintain an upright sitting posture and a more extended wrist position while writing. An angled writing surface is highly recommended by Occupational Therapists and Optometrists. Skillbuilders Angled Boards are made of strong, clear perspex with a metal clip. They are designed at a 20 degree recommended angle. Small rubber stoppers at the base prevent movement. They are designed to be lightweight and portable, without compromising strength and stability.

    The regular size is 33cm wide x 40cm deep (the width is the base edge closest to the child).

    The large size is 50cm wide x 40cm deep. 

    Extra features:

    * Tracing slope boards have an extra layer of perspex. You can slide worksheets, tracing mazes, etc between the two layers so children can practice the activity with a whiteboard marker before doing it 'for real' on the paper! 

    * The Collapsible Angled Board provides another option which can be folded flat for easier storage.

    * Introducing our new 'STORAGE ANGLED BOARDS'. These boards double as a desk and drawer, with the writing surface being the lid. They are 40cm wide - a width to provide a practical storage space, but not too wide to be too heavy. We have made them in a glass-like black so that children aren't visually distracted by the contents inside. Storage Boards are only available for local pick-up.

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  • Bath Crayons with Duck Sponge

    $13.50
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    Bath time is a great opportunity to practice pre-writing and writing skills, best of all because it's happening on a vertical surface and in a fun situation.
    Write on, wipe off! Children can draw on their body, the tiles and the bath with great designs and drawings and wipe off with the sponge! No mess!

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  • Bigboum Balancing Game

    $39.60
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    Can you stack and balance the blocks on top of the elephant? It's not as easy as it looks, as this elephant has a rounded base.

    This fun early learning toy comes with a selection of painted wooden blocks. A fantastic toy that assists in your child's key development areas of problem solving and fine motor skills.



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  • BS Toys Stackman

    $41.95
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    These strong armed stackable wooden men use all of their muscles! Children can find all the different ways to stack all the men and build a tower as high as possible. Children can do this activity on their own or you can encourage cooperative learning and problem solving to see how many they can build together. All this while developing fine motor control. 

    Includes 10 x Stacking Men.  Made of wood. Men measure 12.5 H x 10 W x 2cm D. 

    All BS Toys resources are tested for use by ages 3yrs+. Suited for developmental skill levels approx 6 yrs+

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  • Bubblegum Brushes

    $2.90
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    Poster, glue and acrylic brush with a chunky grip for young children. Discourages a 'dagger' grasp.

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  • Chalkboard DIY Building Blocks

    $16.50
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    These blocks are not just ordinary blocks! This is a great VMI activity for therapists to use to have children translate images from parts to whole and whole to parts, to work out how the pieces can go together to re-create their drawing, etc. We can create picture templates as starting points for kids to complete (visual closure), copy from memory (visual memory), or just copy (visual spatial skills). We can create a building design for children to copy onto a piece of paper (VMI) then take it down so they can rebuild it by imitating, copying, or from memory.  And kids can build their own house design from scratch. Heaps of applications!


    Includes 9 chalkboard blocks, 7 pieces of chalk and 1 duster - 21 pieces altogether. Made of wood. Largest block measures 9 H x 4.5 W x 2cm D. Ages 3yrs+
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  • Egg Chalk

    $6.50
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    Easy grip egg shaped chalk suits a child's full handed grip. Use on blackboards or the pavement and even brick walls! Pack includes half a dozen eggs: Pink, Orange, Blue, Green, Purple and Yellow.

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  • Fat Brain Suction Kupz

    $23.95
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    Stack, roll, stick, and sip! Each of these six colourful, squishy cups features a suction cup on the bottom, a suctioning brim at the top, and endless creative-play possibilities all around.
    Use them at bathtime for scooping, pouring, and floating. Stick them to windows, walls, tables, and floors for whatever creative ideas your child's imagination can conjure. Or - just use them to drink! Made entirely of 100% silicone that's food safe and dishwasher safe - Suction Kupz is versatile, open-ended play.
    • Recommended Minimum Age - 1 years
    • Kupz each measure 5 x 5 x 6.5 cm

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  • Geo Pegboard Activity Set

    $99.50
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    An excellent set for use with individual children or small groups. Focus on fine motor skills and visual motor skills. The Geo Pegboard Activity Set includes 4 EVA foam boards that can be joined together, 144 pegs in 6 colours, 12 laces, and 12 x 2-sided activity cards all in a sturdy plastic container.

    Extra ideas:
    * To help children develop fine motor strength and control have them hold the boards against a vertical surface and place the pegs in this position. Working from the floor they'll also be developing postural control!
    * Add in a visual memory component - have the children create the designs first with the stimulus cards, then from memory.
     
    A very versatile resource for therapists and teachers to have at hand.


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  • Hape Flexistix Construction Kit (133 pieces)

    $35.50
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    We love this new construction set! Connecting the parts requires just the right amount of pressure to help kids develop finger strength while the mobile parts help them develop fine motor control. The bamboo sticks and flexible connectors can be rearranged to make ten separate projects – or kids can design their own fantastic creations. Encourage problem solving, exploration of spatial thinking and engineering concepts. Made of bamboo. Longest stix measures 14cm L. Ages 5yrs+. 133 pieces

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  • Hape Flexistix Creativity Kit (66 pieces)

    $15.50
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    We love this new construction set! Connecting the parts requires just the right amount of pressure to help kids develop finger strength while the mobile parts help them develop fine motor control. The bamboo sticks and flexible connectors can be rearranged to make three separate projects - a star, a ball or a wheel – or kids can design their own fantastic creations. Encourage problem solving, exploration of spatial thinking and engineering concepts. Made of bamboo. Longest stix measures 14cm L. Ages 5yrs+. 66 pieces.

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  • Hape Garden Stacker

    $24.50
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    Quality made wooden and fabric garden shapes with bright colours. Easy to place shapes and textures grow into beautiful flowers no matter how they're stacked! All sorts of variations and opportunities to develop fine motor skills for little ones aged 12 months+. Measure 13c high by 16.5cm wide and 9.5cm deep.

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  • Hape Lacing Pony

    $16.95
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    Children will love Hape Lacing Pony. He's so cute! Not to mention the fact that he provides an opportunity to practice skills like colour recognition, hand eye coordination and development of fine pincer grasps. Made of wood. Measures 15 H x 19.5 W x 2.5cm D. Ages 3yrs+


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  • Jumbo Chalk - Pack of 12

    $5.00
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    A neat tub with 12 thick chalk sticks, perfect for drawing on pavement and rough surfaces for some extra sensory feedback! The chalk is easy to hold in young hands and won't break under pressure. Twelve different colour chalk sticks in a re-usable blue tub with a little handle for easy carrying. Made by Micador.


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  • Jumbo Grip Tweezers


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    Large jumbo tweezers perfect to develop hand strength and pre-scissor skills in children. Provide a good level of resistance for little hands. Use with activities involving placement of small objects on a vertical surface to strengthen wrist extensors, eg putting bits of cottonwool on glue spots on a poster/picture.

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  • Keekee The Rocking Monkey

    $37.95
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    Keekee's big act is juggling balls while balancing on a giant banana. Talented as he may be, he needs help to impress his friends at the zoo! Find out just how many balls Keekee can balance. Children can play this game individually or with others. It all depends on choosing the right ball and carefully placing it in the right place. With the excitement of the crash no one is ever disappointed when there's a spill. 

    Children have the opportunity to develop fine motor control, problem solving skills and turn-taking skills. It's also a lovely option for working vertically to help develop shoulder girdle stability - ie by putting the game up a little bit higher.

    This all wooden balancing game is sustainably made. It includes Keekee, 24 wooden balls and illustrated rules.



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  • Leaps and Ledges Game

    $49.50
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    This is a game that enables kids to practice lots of important skills while having fun. A great option for start or finish to a therapy small group session or for 2 children working together. It's a fast-paced game that's adaptable to wide range of ages and skill levels. Children develop:
    • Fine motor dexterity and control working in a vertical plane
    • Strategy, problem solving and maths skills
    Take friendly competition to a new level as children race their opponents to the top of this colourful tower! Leaps and Ledges puts a twist to the traditional board game with its intriguing design—sending daring players up and down instead of around. Play your cards just right to move your pawns up in small steps or big leaps—but beware; only pawns of the same colour can occupy a level. Some cards allow you to sabotage your opponents by sending them down levels or by knocking them off completely. Watch out for sneaky players on a rampage—they will knock everyone off on their way up! Wild cards add suspense to the mix by knocking opponents backwards or forcing them to overshoot the top crown. To be safe, move your pawns in pairs and protect them from attacks. The first player to get all four of their pawns to the top is the tower champion! With multiple strategy tricks to learn, children will be tempted to challenge family and friends again and again! For 2 to 4 players. 

    The game includes:
    • Sturdy base, 15 colourful platforms, tower crown, 72 playing cards and 15 pawns
    • Cards are numbered 1-12 plus four types of specialty cards: "Flip, Rampage, Wild and Precision"

    Recommended for children 8 years+
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  • Magnetic Geoform Game

    $47.50
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    A set of 42 wooden, magnetic shapes, 24 design cars, and magnetic boards all packaged beautifully in their own wooden box!  Children can recreate the designs provided or create their own unique pictures and designs.  Great for developing visual perceptual skills, such as, visual discrimination and visual spatial relationships, as well as motor coordination.  Suitable for ages 4+
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  • Micador Instant Blackboard

    $12.50
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    Micador Instant Blackboard provides a blackboard surface which is easy to apply and easy to remove. It sticks to walls, windows, mirrors, cupboards and cardboard. To reuse, just peel and reposition. You can wipe the surface with water to clean and draw again and again. Each pack comes with a 10 pack of coloured chalk. This is also an easy, flexible option for setting up charts etc for getting organised in the mornings.


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  • Micador Super Modelling Clay

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    Pack of 10 different colours, 50 grams each for a total weight of 500g. A good texture for all sorts of creations, non-hardening.

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  • Motor Skill Flip Book

    $52.50
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    This very practical book has been designed and compiled by Sally McNamara, Occupational Therapist. Sally has put together a fabulous resource for therapists, teachers, aides and parents, providing quick and easy motor skill programs for children. There are 100 fun activities that can be selected to help children work on 5 colour-coded areas of motor development, including: 

    Core strength, shoulder stability, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination and pencil control. 

    The activities are formatted on thick, durable card in a separated flip-out style for easy mix and match sessions. You can select a different activity from each category to put together a programme for the week, with recording charts etc all laid out to enable progress to be tracked. Easy!! The activities are of varying degrees of difficulty and are generally adaptable for children from ages 4-12 years.


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  • New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns A3 Posters

    $31.95
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    New Wave Pre-writing Patterns is written by Occupational Therapists to help children make the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. It provides developmentally sequenced activities to teach the foundation skills that are essential to learn the patterns we then combine to make numbers and letters.

    The book introduces each pattern in 3 stages with big body movements, art activities, and consolidation through activity sheets. The posters help to reinforce the patterns and can be used on their own, or in combination with the books.

    The poster pack includes 12 x A3-sized laminated, reusable posters. These posters are designed to 'write-on' then 'wipe-off' using whiteboard markers. These posters are easy to use on easels and other vertical surfaces,  which helps to consolidate the patterns at the same time as strengthening upper limbs.
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  • Quercetti Filo Design

    $33.85
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    With Quercetti Filo Design it is fun to trace brightly coloured designs with laces and then quickly undo them to design new ones. The special board holds the laces in the position you want, children just need push the lace into the self-locking slots with the lacing-pens. Included templates provide 18 examples to copy from, or children can make up your own pictures. It's a great idea to position the lacing board in an upright position so that children can work on a vertical surface with a nice extended wrist. A lovely learning toy for children age 4 years +. Manufactured by Quercetti, Italy.  (Set contents:  8 colourful threading laces, 4 threading pens, special lacing board, storage/carry tray and 9 double-sided pattern templates).
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  • Sequencing Visual Texts


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    Sequencing Visual Texts is a series of three resource books to support the teaching and learning of sequencing. Teachers, therapists and parents can use these books to support students to develop an understanding of concepts like before/after, to work out what happens next, and to use their expressive language to describe sequences.

    Features:
    * Background information, suggestions for use, and suggested additional activities
    * Optional print resources to match all visual texts
    * Australian Curriculum English and Early Years learning framework links

    There are 3 books in the series. Aimed for children aged 4-7 years.

    These activities can help a child work on quite a few goals in the one session:
    * Scissor skills - cut out the boxes
    * Language concepts/problem solving - work out the sequence
    * Expressive language - talk about it, describe it
    * Visual memory - mess it up, then remember how to put it back in the right order
    * Vertical surface work-  build up little muscles by sticking the boxes on a vertical surface to colour in!!

    Voila!!

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  • Silishapes Letters/Numbers


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    Bright, colourful and fun resource. Made from strong, dishwasher safe silicon. Use in a huge range of learning activities. Packs of 26 letters of the alphabet or Numbers 0-9, all 12cm tall. We have the both the plain letter shapes, and the letter and number shapes with a dot starting point and trace arrows to assist children to form the letters and numbers correctly. Use them in vertical positions to strengthen wrists and develop more refined fine motor skills (eg leaning on easels and walls). 

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  • Small Pegs Activity Set

    $44.95
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    The Small Pegs Activity Set is fabulous for fine motor, visual skills and planning as well as sorting, counting and patterning. For extra benefit, prop the pegboards against an inclined surface so that children can work with a slightly extended wrist - excellent for their fine motor skills!

    • There are pattern cards for children to copy, or they can design their own pictures.
    • The set includes 600 pegs in 6 bright colours, 4 clear peg boards, and 15 x double sided activity cards
    • Perfect for the therapy or home setting.
    • Suitable for children 3+
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  • Squigz

    $41.95
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    Squigz are fun little suckers! Apply pressure to two Squigz and air rushes out and they connect to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface. Squigz flex. They stick. Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them. They are flexible fellows and committed joiners. They assemble to become rockets, vehicles, a cushion for the cat, jewellery, a ginormous octopus or squid. Squigz are scientific sorts - always up for playful experimentation and defying gravity - sticking to bathtubs, windows, tabletops, and desktops. A great resource for developing all sorts of important skills including bilateral skills, fine motor control, and grip strength. Also a good option for children who do well with a fidget to focus, particularly when they like/need/prefer something with some proprioceptive (or push/pull) sensory input.

    The plastic tub of 24 pieces includes eight different shapes made of high quality silicone rubber. Measuring up to 9.5cm L and 3cm wide. Ages 3yrs+

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  • Whiteboard Markers Pack of 8

    $9.90
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    Includes 8 vibrant markers with bullet shaped, sink-proof nibs.  Use on whiteboards and dry erase with ease. Can also be used on glass, ceramic and perspex (like our angled tracing boards or windows for vertical surface work to build up forearm and hand muscles). The small size is perfect for little hands.
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