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  • Brix

    $33.50
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    Brix brings a new dimension to noughts and crosses, with players building a wall of X and O bricks by stacking their pieces on top of each other. The first player to align four of their symbol or colour in a row wins the game. This game offers lots of development opportunities for visuo-spatial skills, problem solving, focus and fine motor skills. The degree of complexity can be graded to extend skills as needed. 
      
    In more detail, the bricks are effectively two cubes pushed together, with half the brick being orange and the other half blue; when an orange face shows an X, the blue face shows an O and vice versa. So you have to watch out! Each time you add a new piece, you risk helping your opponent win the game!  If no one has won by the time that all bricks are in the wall, then on their turn players remove one brick and place it in a new location; if you knock the wall over on your turn, you lose. 

    The winning condition can be changed depending on how challenging you want the game to be: (1) Connecting four squares of your colour OR four of your symbol; (2) Connecting four squares of your colour AND four of your symbol; or (3) Connecting four squares of any colour AND four of any symbol.

    This game is for 7 years + and takes approx. 10 minutes to play.
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  • BS Toys Match Puzzle

    $27.50
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    A fun game for solo play or groups. With multiple levels and ways to play, this game is perfect for challenging pattern recognition, logic and problem solving. Includes 24 x Wooden Matches, 30 x Cards and 1 x Storage Bag. Made of wood. Matches measure 21 L x 0.9cm d.  
     
    Ages 8yrs+ Note: packaging features an age based on potential skill level required. All BS Toys resources are tested for use by ages 3yrs+

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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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  • Bunny Peek-a-Boo

    $33.90
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    Bunny Peek-a-Boo is a favourite with the therapists at Skillbuilders. There are so many ways to use it. There are 60 challenge cards where children can try to build what is shown on the card, using one or more blocks and the rabbit. There are many ways to work on language, eg Is the rabbit looking through the round hole or through the star-shaped one? Is it standing on top of the yellow, the red, or the blue block? How far do the ears of the rabbit stick out of the box? Problem solving, language, visual motor skills, spatial perception all in one fantastic game for children 2-5 years (age guide). Contents: Red, yellow and blue wooden blocks, a rabbit, challenge cards, leaflet with game rules and solutions.

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  • Domino Farm Game 28 piece

    $17.50
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    Picture and number recognition and matching with this very cute farm domino game. For 3 years +.


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  • Eduludo Sticks

    $29.90
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    Lots of fun opportunities to practice visual-spatial skills and problem solving with this fantastic game featuring wooden sticks that children place on a card to recreate shapes and pictures. 

    Suitable for ages: 5+ Years



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  • Find It! 123 - Puzzle Doubles

    $28.75
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    This is not just an ordinary puzzle. It provides an opportunity for children to develop language skills, literacy, visual figure-ground and visuo-spatial perception using big chunky pieces for little hands. 
      
    Puzzle Doubles are two great products in one. Each Find It! Puzzle includes a giant 50-piece 60cm x 90cm beautifully illustrated talk-about floor puzzle. After the puzzle is assembled, it becomes a game. Also included with each puzzle are two-sided game pieces that match the objects located on the puzzle's border. You can play the game in two ways:  
    * Object Recognition - by having the child place a game piece over the object on the border once it is located inside the illustration  
    * Number Recognition - flip over the game piece and the name of the object appears. As the object is identified in the illustration, place the number game piece over the same number located on the picture's border. 

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  • Gobblet Gobblers

    $33.00
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    This quality wooden game is a fun way to develop memory skills and spatial skills. Its like tic-tac-toe because you aim to get 3 of your Gobblers in a row to win. But players can gobble up their opponents pieces to take their place and you need to remember which pieces have been gobbled! A strategy game for 2 players aged 4 years+. Each game only takes about 5 minutes so it holds a young child's attention.
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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 Scribble Maze

    $24.50
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    Sometimes it can be hard to find good activities to help children to integrate visual and motor skills, particularly activities which involve intersections at a simple level and this is often a stumbling point for many children with VMI difficulties.  
    With the Hape Scribble Maze children use the cup to guide the marble through the maze while avoiding the holes. The small cups make the game easier. The larger cup lets the marble roll more from side to side, requiring heightened concentration and planning. Ages 3yrs+
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  • Infinity Loop

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    The Infinity Loop is perfect for developing movement control and motor planning. By learning to manipulate the 2 "S" tracks children can have the ball run continuously.  The goal with the infinity loop is to do your best to keep the ball rolling! 
     
    The Infinity Loop is designed for use with both hands so children have the opportunity to practice bilateral coordination skills. To manouver the equipment, simply open and close it with both hands. Once the child is familiar with how this works, you can place the ball on the track. Then they can start to practice their control and timing. The set includes 2 balls.


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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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  • Knot So Fast

    $40.90
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    This fun new game from ThinkFun is for 1 to 4 players, aged 8 years plus. 

    Kids have fun racing to complete the knot tying challenges. Knot tying is a valuable life skill that provides a great spatial reasoning workout, flexing mental muscles and fine motor skills. Knot So Fast progresses from 'beginner' to 'expert'.

    The game includes 4 ropes, 4 rings, a 30-second timer, 40 challenge cards, a tug-o'-war scorekeeper, and an instruction manual.

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  • Magnetic Pattern Blocks Kit

    $51.50
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    Designed for hours of play and ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes 120 colourful geometric magnets. Children can develop their visual spatial skills by both replicating the 12 included geometric patterns and pictures, and by creating their own patterns and pictures. This set comes packaged in a convenient, snap-top, phthalate-free carry case with sturdy handles. Suitable from 3 yrs+

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  • Memory Matchup


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    An excellent game for early learners that develops visual memory, concentration, logic and concentration. Level 1 of this game is called Think and Match and level 2 is Memory Matchup. Both levels consist of a set of cards with different tasks and solutions. Each task card contains 8 exercises from a chosen subject printed on the left side of the card, with the answers on the right. The aim is work out the logical solutions and place matching colour counters against the same items. There are 14 task sheets and 2 answer sheets so children can self-check. There is also a progress chart with 18 stickers. Both levels are recommended for 5 years and up.


     

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  • Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set

    $55.50
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    Stack, pattern and match the multicolour shapes. Mental Blox help children practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and build critical thinking skills. Activity cards provide children with examples of what to build. Children can recreate what is on the card or can give verbal instructions to a partner or group. Pieces feature four different shapes and 3 different attributes for a real challenge! The kit comes with 20 different cards showing different things to build/replicate.  There are also 20 blocks, 2 of each type, and 4 different shapes.  The box is perfect for storage, as it has a place for everything so you can quickly see if all the items are picked up and in its place. The goal is to replicate the image with the shapes blocks. some are harder then others, and getting the pieces in the right direction can sometimes be a little tricky. You could also find cards that can be built twice and race each other.  The pieces can also be used for free play, or to add interest to other blocks and play. Includes:
    • 20 chunky plastic blocks
    • 20 activity cards
    • Activity guide
    Blocks measure 5cm by 5cm. Ages: 5+
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  • Rainbow Pebbles


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    Children will have lots of fun with this construction and early mathematics manipulative set. Ideal for developing fine motor skills, and for counting, sorting and creative design.  Add a visual memory challenge by creating the card designs by copying, and then again from memory. 

    Available in two sets:
    * The Activity Set includes 48 pebbles in 4 sizes and 6 colours, with 12 x 2-sided A4 activity cards in a cardboard box. 
    * The Plastic Container Set includes 36 pebbles in 6 sizes and 6 colours, and 20 x 2-sided A4 activity cards in a sturdy plastic container.
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  • Rush Hour Games


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    Help! The Ice Cream Truck is stuck in traffic and you need to work out which cars and trucks need to be shifted out of your way to clear a path to the exit.  

    Both versions of Rush Hour have 40 challenges ranging from beginner (One Scoop) to expert (Banana Split), and include a game grid, 15 vehicles, challenge cards and a handy carry bag.These games are for 1 player.

    The original Rush Hour Game is for 8 years + and Rush Hour Junior is specially designed for kids aged 6 to 8 years.

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  • Sequencing Snakes

    $24.50
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    Bright, colourful sequencing cards for the helping children develop oral language, sequencing and comprehension skills. There are 24 cards, including 6 x fiction and non-fiction sets. This game encourages independent learning as children can turn the cards over to check the snake pattern on the back to see if it's correct.

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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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  • Shape Link Activity Set

    $42.75
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    Build attribute chains in three shapes and six colours with this giant 360 piece set of links in 3 shapes, 6 colours and 20 double-sided activity cards in a sturdy container. Great for counting and sorting activities too! Allows for children to strengthen their building, counting, and sorting skills.  Includes plastic storage container.

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  • The Transfiguring Cube

    $9.35
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    Looking for something a little different? An ideal fidget toy the Transfiguring Cube can transform into 17 different robots, or 26 letters of the alphabet, numbers 1-10 and 4 cute creatures, or a cube that transforms into 23 different four legged friends!

    The cube has elastic ropes hidden in it’s joints, allowing each section to turn and rotate 360-degrees. Each style has a different difficulty rating and makes different shapes and characters.


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  • Tricky Fingers

    $18.95
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    A therapists' favourite because children are working on so many skills at once and they typically love the challenge. Children need to hold the container still with one hand while moving the marbles from underneath with the other. They need to make their marble pattern match the prompt card. Two people can race, or just do them individually.


    Please note Tricky Fingers is currently out of stock and not due back until Dec 8th, 2018.

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  • What's Next? Sequencing Games


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    What's Next is a fun game that has children putting things and events in the order in which they normally occur. This game can be played individually or in groups, at home or at school.

    The treasure chest of picture stories contains 8 four step stories - 32 illustrated cards in all. We now also have What's Next? Part 2 for extra practice opportunities.

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  • Where's Bear

    $29.90
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    Discover various games you can play with little ones, with "Where’s Bear?" blocks and wooden Teddy Bear.

    Each block is beautifully illustrated, showing five rooms in Bear’s house and Bear’s backyard. On each block, there are multiple items to talk about and, learn to know and name.

    Various games can be played with the five blocks and the small wooden painted Teddy Bear. One suggested game incorporates two activities of stacking blocks and finding a hidden object - children take turns hiding Teddy while the other players seek out Teddy.

    Another game refers to the smaller illustrations on the top of the blocks - name an object on the top of a block, and then ask your toddler to find the object on the sides of the block. A little visual matching game that will also reinforce knowing and naming.

    There are other suggested games which aim to extend language skills. 

    Features:

    • For ages 2+ years
    • Includes
      • 6 x Sturdy stacking blocks
      • 1 x Wooden bear
      • Instructions
      • Parents guide

    Learning Skills:

    • Problem-solving
    • Spatial concepts
    • Object permanence
    • Matching and sorting
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  • Wooden Game Screw Vehicles

    $32.50
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    For children to develop their skill and dexterity from the earliest age. These delightful, colourful vehicles will help children develop bilateral skills and motor planning as they screw and unscrew the wheels and play with the cars, trucks, and various vehicles.

    Suitable for 2 years+

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  • Ze Geoanimo

    $37.95
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    Follow the cards to create the sweet animals from the coloured wooden shapes.
    Contains 29 wooden shapes and 20 cards to follow. Lovely quality.

    Suitable for ages: 3 + Years


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