As one of the top online toy retailers, we have access to unprecendented quantities of product review data. One of the key ways that we use this data is by associating our products to the specific ages and genders of the kids who are playing with them. Whereas most retailers must rely upon manufacturer suggested ages (i.e. 3+), we take actual customer usage and share it with you here so that you can choose the perfect toy or game.
But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 5 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: ADD/ADHD,
"This toy helps my daughter with mild autism/Aspergers as well as mild ADHD work on her gross motor skills. My daughter has difficulties with coordination of all four limbs at once and I think this is not unusual among kids on the autism spectrum. Because you strike and hold the pose you can work on getting it just like in the picture; it is not like a jumping jack which is all four limbs in motion - and too difficult sometimes, too much like work. We can gently urge her to better match Reggie the pigeon's pose without it seeming like nagging. She doesn't use it any differently than other kids although I would say I cut her some slack on exactly matching the pose. The rules allow you to match up to three poses on a turn; we allow adults to match two poses so as to level the playing field for the kids."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Apraxia,
Sensory Integration Disorder,
Speech & Language Delay
"A lot of the poses require balancing on one foot, which my daughter can't do. For her, if she can do the pose with both feet on the ground and puts her arms and balances the bean bag where it's supposed to be, she passes. I am hoping that as she gets older, we can add the balancing on one foot part. Throwing the dice helps her cross the midline, setting up the boards on the stands helps with small motor skills, and playing the game helps with her attention span. It's active and fun and turns off the TV. I strongly recommend this game for kids with sensory integration disorders and balance/proprioception challenges."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Down Syndrome
"The Sturdy Birdy game can be adapted to make it easier. I thought it would be a great game because you need to use core muscles to be able to balance. My grandson really seems to enjoy the game with modifications to fit his abilities. "
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
"This game is very adaptable for children with shorter attention spans and motor skill involved can be adapted for what the child is able. It is really a fun game to play together and be silly."
I gave two of them as gifts to 6-year-old girls. We played both games with respective recipients once on the day it was given. It was a holiday, so there was a lot going on--but the first crowd lost interest about halfway through. We made it through the second game with the other group, which consisted of the recipient and adults. The mother of one of the girls is an elementary teacher for kids with special needs, and she loved it for its developmental qualities. She said she was considering getting one for her classroom.