Appearing as any one of a variety of friendly stuffed animals (zebra, lion, lamb, bear and dog), Bluebee Pals provide kids with huggable pretend-play fun. The secret to these plush is that they include a Bluetooth receiver and microphone that allows kids to interact with smart devices. Blubee Pals can act as a speaker for kids to listen to music and hear stories from downloaded Android and Apple apps, and Bluebee Pals even take phone calls! The plush can act as a hands free device for taking calls from Grandma or Aunt Susie and Bluebee Pals mouth even moves when the person is talking on the other line.
- Bluebee Pals provide auditory and visual feedback during interaction.
- Self-esteem and confidence can be promoted as kids interact with Bluebee Pals—there is no right or wrong way to play.
- Bluebee Pals project vibrant sounds through the speakers allowing kids to process the audio feedback clearly.
- Kids can practice expressive (output) and receptive (input) language skills when using Bluebee Pals with the microphone and speakers during a phone call.
- A caregiver can ask the child questions like, “Name an animal that starts with the letter B.” Other suggestions would be: name a color, food, place or toy.
- Let the child “name” the plush and create a storybook of their own about the Bluebee Pal.
- Get out dress up clothes and find pretend microphones to have a dance party while singing along to your favorite songs.
Bluebee Pals can be used for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) practice! Connect electronic AAC devices or practice other communication aids with Bluebee Pals. Children can use their Bluetooth enabled communication app to make their favorite animal talk!
- Bluebee Pals provide multi-sensory learning—see, hear and touch. Children are better able to learn, retain and recall the information experienced through several senses.
- The Bluebee Pals plush characters are brightly colored with inviting faces encouraging kids to interact with them.
- The auditory function of Bluebee Pals through music, stories, educational apps, and more capture and maintain a child’s attention.
- Hide Bluebee Pals around the house for kids to find using their hearing as a guide. Caregiver can play music intermittently as kids get warmer and colder to the plush.
- Caregiver can help a child make their own plush to feel the stuffing, glue on the eyes and puffy paint the mouth.
- Caregiver can create a small sachet of a child’s preferred scent (lavender, citrus, fruit) and place in the Bluebee Pals Velcro pocket to stimulate the senses.
- Social interactions like sharing, turn-taking and teamwork are promoted as kids engage in pretend-play activities with Bluebee Pals when having a tea party or playing house.
- Self-awareness and awareness of others is encouraged as kids interact with the Bluetooth connection to talk on the phone with Bluebee Pals.
- Positive relationships with others can be formed as kids interact with the Bluetooth capabilities to speak with others on the phone or play cooperatively with others with Bluebee Pals.
- Use doll clothes to dress up the Bluebee Pals to enhance pretend-play activities and advance fine motor skills like buttoning, zipping and tying.
- Kids can practice caregiving skills by taking care of their “sick” Bluebee Pal—making it soup, taking its temperature and covering it with a blanket.
- Kids can express their creative arts by being a photographer. Dress up Bluebee Pals and set them up in different scenes to take their picture and share with others!