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Edushape Play & Learn Mat - Special Needs Essentials (2)Colorful, safe play mats offer many important benefits for early development in babies and children. That’s why we stock a variety of play mats with interesting textures and shapes. An early development essential, play mats are one of the most versatile products on the market.

They encourage children to develop fine-motor skills, visual sensory development and hand-eye coordination. Play mats also teach valuable logic and reasoning skills. Plus, they are a fun way to spend parent/child bonding time working on communication and sharing skills.

Early Development

Play Mats are specifically designed to be educational and encourage child development. Most mats have interactive features like removable puzzle shapes, fun tiles and different sights and sounds. Well-designed play mats encourage children to develop fine-motor skills, visual sensory development and hand-eye coordination. They also contain vibrant floor tiles designed to encourage child’s logic, reasoning and motor skills. Children learn to recognize  letters, numbers, animals, shapes and colors. Play Mats, like the Play Mat – 6×6 Foam Letter Puzzle (36 PC), feature alpha-numerical tiles to encourage number and letter recognition.

Sensory Stimulation

Playmats incorporate bright colors and a variety of textured surfaces to engage your child for hours of discovery and play. These features provide your child with important sensory experiences. Your child will enjoy touching varied surfaces, removable puzzle pieces and friendly animals. Some play mats incorporate music or crinkly fabric that makes noise when a child interacts with it.

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Safety

Play Mats provide a soft, safe and colorful play space for the home, school or office. Our mats have all been tested for safety and made by award-winning brands like EduShape. They are made from non-toxic eco-foam that is hand washable, durable and great at insulating cold floors. Our play mats, like the Play Mat 3×3 Foam Floor Tiles, feature easy grip play and skid resistant bottoms. Our play mats are recommended for children ages 3 and up. They are not recommended for children under three due to a choking hazard associated with small parts.

Portability

Great in any home, play mats also make traveling with your child a bit easier. They allow you to set up a safe, comfy space anywhere, and the colorful tiles and textures help entertain children for hours. Most playmats fold up or break down easily for excellent portability. When you return from your travels, give them a quick wash to remove any germs or grime to restore their condition. These play mats are hand washable for your convenience. One savvy parent just washes them in the tub for easy clean-up without the mess.

Versatility

Suitable for toddlers and children, play mats are adaptable for years to come. They are perfect for day care centers, play rooms, nurseries, and playgrounds. Play mats make great gifts for birthdays, holidays or baby showers. Though playmats are perfect for infants and toddlers, older children can appreciate baby gyms and the different toys for the sensory experiences they offer.

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Special Needs Essentials promotes awareness and facilitates support of families and professionals caring for a person with special needs. For more information, please visit our website.

iStock_000010808203_LargeAfter-school activities are good for your child with special needs. They open your child to the outside world without the difficulties you may experience at school. They give everyone a break from school and medical routines with no requirement to achieve any set goal, and they are fun! Children with special needs may even learn new human values and surpass their own limits. Regardless, they will still have a good time and that is what really matters. There are a lot of adapted activities to choose from.

Katia's pictures 7Arts in general are a great choice because they are taught in a rather calm environment, they let everyone express their creativity with no shame, and they even offer a valuable sensory input. The spectrum of these activities is very large: from graphic arts, to music, to cooking classes, there is surely something for every child! Participants are asked to follow some rules but it is OK to get different results, so your child cannot go wrong. In the same spirit, youth organizations (such as scouts movements, religious groups or other types of organizations) let children grow and find their own personality while gaining independence.

793517_1Some sports may also be adapted to your child. Swimming, dancing, gymnastics and yoga are particularly suited as they offer rather soft physical exercise and they let the participants reach their own limits. Some team sports may be adapted as well but you would have to speak with the coach and see if your child can truly be integrated in the team with no risk to be harmed. If that is possible, those sports will teach your child a valuable sense of teamwork.

Kids SoccerIn any case, don’t forget to talk to your child’s health provider before you sign your child up to any of those activities. Also, think about contacting non-profit organizations specialized in integrating your child in after-school activities. The only difficulty will be to make your choice!

What about you? Which activity do you like the best for your child with special needs?

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