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Hi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with us her very valuable review on “pound-a-ball” toys! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years.

Cathy guest blogger

Cathy pound a ballNow that the holidays are winding down, it’s time to sort through the gifts that were received! Dominic got some awesome presents at Christmas, but one of his favorite toys from years gone by, is a “pound-a-ball” toy.  It was given to him by a friend whose two children had outgrown it. Lucky us, right? There are so many cool things about the toy that I don’t really mind the constant banging. 🙂

68064_1I love that this particular toy has strengthened his motor skills and aided him in matching his colors. He can now match the balls to the colors of the holes on the top of the toy! That is awesome, because he used to not be able to do that. Dominic watches very little television and instead prefers to play with his toys. 68627If you asked him right now what he thinks of the “pound-a-ball” toy, I guarantee his response back would be, “good!”

Cool!! As a busy mom, I love it when a toy will keep him occupied for more than five minutes!

Cathy B.

http://bountifulplate.blogspot.com/

Good afternoon! Today we are happy to share some valuable advice on educational toys by Cathy from Bountifulplate! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years.

Cathy and Dominic

tt puzzle 4My 10-year old son, Dominic, can put together 500-piece puzzles. When we first discovered he could do that, we asked everyone we knew to get him puzzles with several hundred pieces for birthday and Christmas gifts. Well, guess what? He frequently goes back to the wooden puzzles we gave him when he was a toddler that have ten pieces or less. He will sit on the floor for hours and hours and put them together over and over and over again. For children with Autism, like Dominic, it’s all about the routine, order and sameness!!! When we travel, I have even been known to bring his favorite puzzles along. 🙂 Why not? It brings him some familiarity.

3691Dominic can also recall when a certain special event happened, including the month and day of the week. I think this is a skill known as “calendar calculation.” We didn’t even know he had this skill until a few months ago. He loves any kind of matching game – it’s a favorite thing for him to do! He’s also fascinated by dominoes, though I think sometimes, he would rather blow them down than try and match them!

Puzzles and matching games teach your child so much, like visual perception, memory, fine motor, critical thinking, sequencing, reasoning, planning and logic skills. These are important skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Did you ever think that so many awesome things were going on while your child was playing with a puzzle or a matching game? Amazing, isn’t it? Your child will think that they are “playing,” when in actuality, so many awesome “teachable” moments are going on!

Cathy B.

http://bountifulplate.blogspot.com/

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