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Educational Series

Looking for a fun way to teach reading, writing and arithmetic? Check out the light up Laser Pegs® Educational Blocks. The kit comes with 12 Letter Blocks, 12 Number Blocks,12 Word Blocks and a 3D Lite Board. Each block contains an LED that illuminates when connected to the 3D Lite Board. Combine and stack the blocks any way you can to make different words, sentences and equations. All of blocks are compatible with the other Laser Pegs® construction kits so you can build and learn at the same time. With more than 35 fun games included for the beginner or advanced pupil, these blocks are a great way to get kids exited about reading, writing and arithmetic.

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Includes:

  • 12 Word Blocks
  • 12 Letter Blocks
  • 12 Number Blocks
  • 3D Lite Board®
  • 39 Learning Games

The Laser Pegs® 3D Light Board is a large light-up construction kit. Pieces are made of clear ABS plastic that snap together securely. Within each set, there are approximately 35 pieces that have small resistors and LED lights. When connected to the base and subse-quent pieces, they light up. The kit includes instructions for many structures or can be used for open-ended building. The building base doubles as a storage unit. 3D Light Board requires three AA batteries, sold separately.

LASER PEGS® PLAY TABLE

LASER PEGS® Play Table

Build together with the Laser Pegs® Play Table. With 144 connection points along its surface, it allows for groups of kids to build together at one time and from any part of the tabletop. How it works: Once connected to the Play Table, each Laser Pegs® shape feeds the next shape through a low voltage current that safely illuminates the enclosed LED so that these incredible structures light up as you build. These shapes form a modular open-ended construction system in which every kit can be used with one another. Perfect for Education: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Dr. Toy, and Parenting Magazine all rate Laser Peg® as a top tool for improving children’s skills. Brighten your dreams with the Laser Pegs® Play Table. Ages 5 and up.

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Includes:

  • Enhances Creative Reasoning
  • Improves Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Promotes Cognitive Development
  • Encourages Communication and Teamwork
  • Inspires Creativity and Model Building
  • Develops Math & Reasoning Skills

How it works: Once connected to a power base, each Laser Pegs® shape feeds the next shape through a low voltage current that safely illuminates the enclosed LED so that these incredible structures light up as you build. These shapes form a modular open-ended construction system in which every kit can be used with one another to build beyond the normal set of kids building toys. Laser Pegs’® unique design makes them compatible with Lego® and Magformers® to give your child the chance to build in every direction with a huge number of other toys and models. Your imagination is the only limit! One of the best gifts for kids and unique among kids construction toys, Laser Pegs® give the pure joy of creating with light. These beautiful shapes keep children playing for hours on end.

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The Power of Open-Ended Play

Description

  • The Laser Pegs connect securely. This is particularly beneficial for children who have involuntary movements and may inadvertent-ly knock a structure down. The lit pieces stay connected. Note: the other “construction parts” do not snap together as tight and may fall apart more readily.
  • The 3D Light Board base provides a space to place the blocks when building. It has tall sides to prevent the blocks from falling out of reach of a child.
  • The 3D Light Board fits well on a wheelchair tray.
  • The lights in the Laser Pegs provide immediate positive reinforcement for a child’s action. He knows he successfully completed an action when the light comes on.
  • Completing the kit successfully can build confidence and motivate continued progress.
  • The 3D Light Board doubles as storage to assist in order and learning responsibility in cleaning up.
  • The bright colors of the Laser Pegs hold a child’s attention, especially in a darkened room.
  • The lit structure is visually appealing for children who have limited movement.
  • The Laser Pegs are thick, aiding in easy grasp. Children can pick up the pieces by raking them with their fingers.

Skills

  • Building the Laser Pegs helps develop and refine fine motor skills, such as pincer grasp. This helps children develop the skills neces-sary for daily living – like holding a pencil, brushing their teeth and eating with utensils or fingers.
  • Children learn to control their hand strength – not too hard or structure breaks, not too light or the pieces won’t stay connected and lit.
  • Cause and effect action is learned as children place a Laser Peg in the 3D Light Board and it lights up.
  • Two hands are used together cooperatively to push the pieces together or pull them apart.
  • The 3D Light Board enables play to happen at midline and can encourage a child to cross midline during play. Brain development is aided by activities that allow a child to cross midline, thus using both brain hemispheres in play.
  • Eye-hand coordination is used to pick up and place each block.
  • As children build, reaching and arm extension become a natural part of play.

Play Ideas

  • Have a child hold a piece in his left hand, cross midline and place it on the right side of the 3D Light Board. Continue until the row is filled. Change hands and complete the right hand crossing midline to place the Laser Peg on the left-hand side of the board.
  • If a child is unable to connect the pieces himself, have him choose which piece to connect next and the caregiver can connect it.
  • Use the structure as a night light room decoration.
  • Using a kitchen timer, give the child one minute to place as many pieces as he can on the 3D Light Board. Encourage him to beat his score in subsequent trials.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Place non-skid shelf liner underneath the 3D Light Board when building. This will help prevent the board from sliding away from a child.
  • Provide only the amount of blocks a child can be successful with without becoming overwhelmed. Gradually increase that number as a child’s ability and frustration levels permit.
  • Separate the pieces so a child has plenty of room to grasp each piece independently.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Description

  • The systematic design of Laser Pegs appeals to children who have autism.
  • The 3D Light Board is large enough that two children can build on it either with or without interacting. This close proximity pro-vides the foundation for interaction.
  • This large light up building set gives a child the ability to express creativity and personal preferences in a way that is traditionally difficult for children who are on the autism spectrum.
  • Building the set is significantly aided by using two hands which can help lessen perseverative behavior, such as hand flapping.
  • The instructions for the kit can encourage children to work together to decipher each step and find the necessary pieces to com-plete it.
  • The Laser Pegs are engaging for children to play.
  • This set can build on a child’s comfort zone and challenge him towards progression.
  • The instructions provide order and predictability to play. They make the abstract concept of building more understandable.
  • The 3D Light Board provides a focused play space.
  • The 3D Light Board doubles as storage to assist in order and learning responsibility in cleaning up.
  • Bright colors hold a child’s attention, especially in a darkened room.
  • The lighted blocks connect securely. Note: the other “construction parts” do not snap together as tight and may fall apart more readily.
  • Playing in a darkened room decreases extraneous stimuli. This is done successfully with Laser Pegs because they light up and can be successfully used in the darkness.
  • This set helps bridge the gap between structured play and open-ended play. Children who have autism have a difficult time with imagination and open-ended activities.

Skills

  • Children are exposed to and become familiar with part-to-whole relationships as they build an identifiable structure from individual blocks.
  • Cause and effect action is learned as children place a Laser Peg in the 3D Light Board and it lights up.
  • Memory and recall skills are used to remember how to connect the pieces together, remember what color each Laser Peg is when it is lit, etc.
  • AB patterning, a pre-math skill, can be reinforced when children build with regular repeating colors or block shapes. This provides the foundation for organization and prediction.
  • Strategic thinking and planning may be promoted as the child uses the directions to connect the sections of the structure together.
  • Following directions may promote focus and attention to detail.
  • Completing the kit successfully can build confidence and motivate continued progress.
  • The set is large and has many pieces, but only one 3D Light Board base. This can introduce sharing and cooperating to children in play.

Play Ideas

  • Children on the autism spectrum may continually build the same structure. Alter this by providing a different set of pieces or the same shaped Laser Pegs that are different colors to use so those structures must be different.
  • Place four Laser Pegs on the board and have the child look at them and then have him close his eyes. Take one block away, have the child open his eyes and determine which block is missing. This can be done with different shaped pieces or different colored Laser Pegs.
  • Talk about the structure as it is being built. Create a story around the structure when it is complete.
  • Build a structure and have the child guess what it is.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Provide verbal reinforcement during a child’s building activity. Be specific with how you are praising him. For instance, rather than, “Good job,” say, “That tower of four blue Laser Pegs is amazing!”
  • Give the child a few pieces and place the others out of reach. When he runs out and needs more, encourage him to verbally ask for another block.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Description

  • The Laser Pegs are engaging for children to play.
  • The 3D Light Board provides a focused play space. This is particularly beneficial for children who have attention difficulties.
  • The 3D Light Board doubles as storage to assist in order and learning responsibility in cleaning up.
  • Bright colors hold a child’s attention, especially in a darkened room.
  • The Laser Pegs connect securely. Note: the other “construction parts” do not snap together as tight and may fall apart more readily.
  • Playing in a darkened room decreases extraneous stimuli. This is done successfully with Laser Pegs because they light up and canbe successfully used in the darkness.
  • This large set can be used for structured play to build using the instructions in the box and by downloading manuals fromwww.LaserPegs.com. Or it can be an open-ended activity to build on your own.
  • The instructions provide order and predictability to play. They make the abstract concept of building more understandable.
  • Completing the kit successfully can build confidence and motivate continued progress.
  • This set can begin as a simple task to place the Laser Pegs on the 3D Light Board. Gradually add steps to build the blocks uponeach other and work towards following the instructions to build the kit.
  • The lights on the Laser Pegs provide immediate positive reinforcement for a child’s action. He knows he successfully completedan action when the light comes on.

Skills

  • Children are exposed to and become familiar with part-to-whole relationships as they build an identifiable structure from individualblocks.
  • Counting can be a part of play by counting the connection jacks in the 3D Light Board, counting the Laser Pegs, counting onlythe red lights, etc.
  • Children can learn to recognize and identify different colors using the different colored LED lights in the Laser Pegs.
  • Sequencing skills can be incorporated throughout building. Sequencing can start simple, such as pick up a block, orient the directionand place it in the base or can be more complex by using the instructions to build one of the 57+ models in the set. Note:Instructions for one structure is included and others can be downloaded from www.LaserPegs.com.
  • Sorting and grouping the blocks by size, shape or color can help children begin to understand similarities and differences.
  • Cause and effect action is learned as children place a Laser Peg in the 3D Light Board and it lights up.
  • Memory and recall skills are used to remember how to connect the Laser Pegs together, remember what color each block iswhen it is lit, etc.
  • AB patterning, a pre-math skill, can be reinforced when children build with regular repeating colors or block shapes. This providesthe foundation for organization and prediction.
  • Using this large set to encourage imagination and creativity can help lead a child to creative problem solving abilities.
  • Following directions may promote focus and attention to detail.
  • Strategic thinking and planning may be promoted as the child uses the directions to connect the sections of the structures.

Play Ideas

  • Think about an object to build and create it with Laser Pegs.
  • Take turns with another person to add to one structure.
  • Read through the steps of the instructions and work together to build the structure.
  • A caregiver can find the pieces for each step in the instructions and have the child assemble it.
  • A caregiver can create simple Laser Pegs structures of varying shapes and patterns and take photos of them for the child to recreatelater instead of the using the instructions. This will provide the child with a visual of the structure to assist with buildingand can help a child gradually work towards using the included instructions.
  • Provide the caregiver and child each with a set of the same blocks. The caregiver can build a small structure on the 3D LightBoard and then the child can repeat that structure with his blocks. Next time, the child can build something and the caregivercan repeat it.
  • Help a child understand adding and subtracting by placing four Laser Pegs on one side and one Laser Peg on the other side of the3D Light Board. Have him add the blocks together. This visual representation of a simple equation can help a child understandthe concept. For more advanced learners, work on percentages by using both the lit and unlit blocks and having the child figureout the percentage of lit blocks.
  • Create a memory game by placing one Laser Peg in the 3D Light Board. Turn off the base and have the child tell you what colorthat block was. Check his answer by turning the base back on.

Adaptation Ideas

  • If it is frustrating for the child that some blocks light up and others don’t, only give him the ones that light up. Show the child one Laser Peg and one construction piece and have him look closely at each block. Discuss why one will light up and the other won’t.
  • Limit the number of pieces given if the entire set is overwhelming. Gradually increase the number as a child’s ability and frustra-tion levels permit.
  • A caregiver can use tape on the floor to visually and physically separate the pieces needed to construct each section of the kit. This will help the child focus on those pieces and not all of the pieces that are included in the set.
  • Provide verbal instructions to assist the child in each step of the kit.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

Description

  • The Laser Pegs are engaging for children to play.
  • The Laser Pegs are bright colors that capture attention, especially in a darkened room.
  • The lights in the Laser Pegs provide additional sensory stimulation to building.
  • The 3D Light Board provides a defined play space. This is particularly helpful for children who have visual impairments. The blocks can easily be found by feeling where the board is.
  • The pieces are different shapes and are tactilely stimulating providing increased interest in tactile exploration.

Skills

  • Children can learn to recognize and identify different colors using the different colored LED lights in the Laser Pegs.
  • There are many different shaped pieces. Children can begin to discriminate between these shapes.
  • Counting can be a part of play by counting the connection jacks in the 3D Light Board, counting the pieces, counting only the red lights, etc. The pieces and jacks in the board can be easily felt by touch.
  • Children can use the Laser Pegs and 3D Light Board to assist in learning simple addition and subtraction. They can feel the number of pieces. The base can assist in this activity because the Laser Pegs are then stabilized and can intentionally be added or taken away.
  • Learning how to sort and group for children who are blind or visually impaired can be made easier using these Laser Pegs because of the unique shapes and textures.

Play Ideas

  • A caregiver can place one Laser Peg on the 3D Light Board. A child who is blind or visually impaired can feel that piece and find a match to place on the board.
  • Provide the caregiver and child each a set of the same Laser Pegs. The caregiver can build a small structure on the 3D Light Board and then the child can repeat that structure with his pieces. Next time, the child can build something and the caregiver can repeat it. For children who have visual impairments, this activity can be done successfully by feel.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Guide a child’s hand to help him physically locate and explore the Laser Pegs.
  • Place non-skid shelf liner underneath the 3D Light Board when building. This will help prevent the board from sliding away from a child.
  • Special Note: There are three light modes: constant, flashing and strobe. Flashing lights can instigate seizures in some children. Use with caution and supervision.

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