Show and Tell - TOMY Gears

The TOMY Gearation Building Toy has always been a favorite in my preschool class.  Yes, you have to be careful because it can also turn into a toy that some kiddos will turn into a self-stimming toy, but overall it's a great toy.  This isn't necessarily a great toy for "following a child's lead" or PLAY Project, but I still like it for other reasons.

Reasons I like this toy:
  • You can make different designs/connections with the gears.
  • Some of the gears do fun things like make noises or have parts that flip.
  • It can be a great reinforcer by giving one piece at a time when you're doing more discrete trial type teaching.
  • You can give a child a choice between two pieces.
  • You can hoard the gears and work on requesting by the child.
  • You can take pictures of the gears, and then do a matching game where the child has to find the matching piece to put on.
  • You have to do some problem solving if not all the gears are moving.
Joy Mano
Utah PLAY Project Home Consultant
Early Intervention Services for Children with Autism

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