NogginRings

Promoted Skills

Product Description

NogginRings are the second product to be introduced in the line of Milestone Makers™ from SmartNoggin Toys. NogginRings have been updated from the original “Red Rings” product introduced in the 1980s. This redeveloped product takes a classic toy and gives it a modern twist. NogginRings encourages positive caregiver and child interaction during critical early childhood development. 

Physical 4

Skills

  • Fine motor skills such as hand and finger grasp are encouraged as children manipulate and grip the different sized rings.
  • Two handed play and bilateral coordination are encouraged as children use both hands to hold onto the rings and manipulate the flexible nature of the core.
  • Caregiver and child interaction of pulling develops muscle strength in the hands and arms along with hand and finger dexterity when grasping the rings.

Play Ideas

  • Caregiver can slowly dangle and swing the NogginRings in the air and have the child reach up and grasp it. This helps with core strength, range of motion and grasping.
  • Caregiver can pull back the black and white ring to create a big red loop with the NogginRings. Have the child reach through it to grab a cracker or small toy. This requires aim and movement along with eye-hand coordination.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Use accessory links to attach the NogginRings to a stroller, car seat or wheelchair so they are always within reach of the child playing.  

Sensory 3

Skills

  • The noise of the rattle in the NogginRings when shaken stimulates auditory attention and tracking as babies locate the source of the sound.
  • Tactile exploration is encouraged when feeling the raised smiley face in the center of the NogginRings or manipulating the flexible rubber rings.
  • The contrasting colors (red, white and black) are ideal for early eye development as these are the first colors babies are able to recognize. 

Play Ideas

  • Caregiver can encourage textural perception by gently dragging the NogginRings across a baby’s arms or legs. This sensory experience will help baby become familiar with touch and comprehend differences between textures.
  • Caregiver can shake the NogginRings behind their back to encourage baby to explore object permanence through sound.

Social/Emotional 4

Skills

  • The embossed smiley face on the NogginRings acts as a familiar symbol that the child is comfortable with, to make playtime more soothing and inviting.
  • NogginRings encourage positive caregiver and child interactions. When playing in close proximity, caregivers provide the emotional reassurance a baby needs to eventually play independently.
  • The NogginRings rattle sound encourages babies to explore more. Babies have a sense of discovery as they try to grab and hold onto the rings. 

Play Ideas

  • Pretend play that the rings are the steering wheel of a car. Kids can use two hands at “10 and 2” on the “wheel” and twist and turn the NogginRings to mimic their caregivers driving a car.
  • Caregiver can use another toy (rattle, instrument, noise maker) to reciprocate the sound baby made from the NogginRings.
  • Caregiver can smile and cheer when baby shakes the rattle and stop when they stop. This teaches baby about emotions through cause and effect relationships. 

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$18.99
Age Range:
0-1

AblePlay Rating

NogginRings

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 3
Communicative 3
Cognitive 3
Social/Emotional 4

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