5 comments for “Play in preschool

  1. October 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I will be at the fair on November 19-20th. Is there a chance to submit my toy for review?

    • Patrick Matthews
      October 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      It would be easier to just send it to me directly. Contact me at http://www.pat-matthews.com/stories/?p=282, and we can arrange for the toy to be reviewed.

    • October 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Patrick
      I respect your time and want to thank you for allowing me to present my idea. Would you be so kind to let me know when you have received my information?

      • Patrick Matthews
        October 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

        Hey Janice, I received your email and replied.

        – Pat

  2. Janice Hutterer
    October 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review my educational toy. I have a book published which enhances the toy:”Come And Build A Snowman” on Amazon. The snowman in the book is what my final prototype will look like. Below is a description but I can send more info if needed. I welcome and appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

    The Pop and Pull Snowman is a hands -on toy which can be manipulated by the child to promote creativity. The toy offers additional parts to manipulate and change (and pop together) and allows for parents to broaden their child’s language while playing with their child using language such as “big and little, long and short, happy and sad, and exposure to a variety of shapes and colors”. The snowman that I envision, is chubby and displays the cute factor which is more appealing to young children. My snowman can be used by parents and children as well as teacher and children in a classroom setting. The exact size has not been determined. My recommendation would be approximately 18 inches the same as a doll. The purpose of the pop and pull snowman is to be used with small children to promote the use of using both of their hands to build as well as stimulating an interaction with parents and providing parents a manipulative to teach language skills in young children. The pop and pull snowman I envision will require children to use strength (fine motor skills) to attach the small, medium and large ball to create a snowman as well as add the clothing and body parts (buttons, pipe, carrot nose). The child will have 2 noses to choose from, one being long and the other short to teach and use descriptive words long and short. The buttons to be placed down the mid-section of the snowman will be a variety of shapes such as circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and heart. Additional parts such as a hat, scarf, mittens, eyes, and arms will be included. The scarf will exhibit a pattern (red,blue,red…) The toy will include one big hat and one little hat, the toy will include one sad mouth and one happy mouth, one cloth scarf (soft) and one plastic scarf (hard), as well as 3 sets of mittens to match (brown, black, and gray). I choose colors that children often do not know because they are not as common in home environments. The shapes will also be numbered 1-5 to teach number order as well number identification along with being exposed to different shapes. Many toys in today’s market make noise and lights and do not require children to think. The pop and pull snowman is a toy made of soft rubber that is built by the child. It does not make noises, light up or rotate. It allows the child to be creative and requires the child to use his/her imagination. The parts of the toy snowman are removable and interchangeable and teach concepts listed above. I anticipate teachers, parents, grandparents, pediatric therapists using the snowman in the home and school setting, besides…Who doesn’t love a snowman? Children who do not live where it snows will be given an opportunity to build a snowman…PRICELESS.
    The height of the snowman would equal 18 inches. (3 balls, small-head/medium-bottom/large-base with flat bottom for stability)
    My website ins under construction at this time.

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