Toys For Special Needs
Fort Boards have been evaluated by pediatric occupational therapists as a therapy tool and as a toy for special needs children. While active play is a great way for all children to learn, there are specific aspects of Fort Boards that make them an ideal toy for children with a variety of special needs.
How Can Fort Boards Help?
Fort Boards can help special needs children develop:
- Visual Spatial Skills
- Visual Perceptual Skills
- Fine-motor Skills
- Hand Strength & Bilateral Skills
- Executive Function
- Problem Solving Skills
- Social Skills and Communication
The pediatric occupational therapists we've consulted with agree that Fort Boards are especially useful for improving the visual perceptual and visual spatial skills that play a large role in learning letters, figuring out math problems, and playing sports or dancing.
The physical dexterity used in playing with Fort Boards is also a key benefit. The OT terms of fine-motor skills and bilateral coordination refer to the skills needed for important things like using a fork and knife correctly or holding a pencil properly (a growing problem as kids are using technology at a younger age).
Some parents may find Fort Boards to be one of the best toys for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Easy To Build
Fort building and creative play has never been easier with Fort Boards! What will your kids build? Tunnels through their room, dueling battle bunkers, moon bases, a giant man-eating whale... the possibilities are nearly endless.
Packs Away Small
Fort Boards building toys can build REALLY BIG but can also pack down really small. All of the parts nest together to make for very compact storage. You can even build a Fort Board box to store some of your other toys!
Decorate Your Fort
Design Cards can make your forts look like they are made of wood, stone or metal. Plus you can flip over your Design Cards, to the blank side, and draw and color on your fort. Now there are even more creative possibilities!