Poi is an ancient art of swinging tethered objects in geometric patterns, and Spin-ballS brings this ancient art into the home with a safe and modern twist for kids of all ages. Instead of weights or objects on fire, this poi kit has LED lights contained within soft balls at the end of adjustable strings. Poi literally means, “ball on a string”. Spin-ballS provide children with a fun art form mixed with an exercise to express oneself, get a work out and entertain others with the beautifully colorful patterns possible. Included with the 2 LED poi is an instructional DVD, printed instructions, a Spin-ballS sticker, batteries, a screwdriver, and a carrying bag.
- Three levels of interaction allow children to advance their skill level with Spin-ballS. This enables the toy to grow with the child as she gets more proficient.
- There is no wrong way to play with Spin-ballS. The open-ended nature of the toy promotes creativity and imagination for alternate ways to interact.
- Cause and effect learning is taught when kids make the slightest adjustment with their hands, wrists, fingers, etc. Adjustments will adapt how the Spin-ballS move.
- Use the light up Spin-ballS to spell things out in the dark and have someone else try and guess what was spelled out.
- Split the poi between two people to make it a copy and repeat game. The first player will choose a color and pattern, and the other person must attempt to recreate it.
- If the child likes the Spin-ballS, it can be a good chance to discuss with them about the history of poi and New Zealand culture, the place where poi originated.
- As the Spin-ballS are weaved in and out of complex patterns, children are engaging their core strength along with balance and coordination.
- With the tethered balls, hand and finger grasps are engaged and promoted to prevent the balls from flying out of their grip.
- With such exaggerated motions of the arms, Spin-ballS is ideal for practicing upper body motor skills while the lower body is practicing foot placement.
- Play “Red Light Green Light” by using the lights in the room. When the lights are off, spin away, but the second the lights come on, try to get the balls to stop moving as quick as possible.
- Tie one of the Spin-ballS onto the waistband of a child for a fun game of tag outside in the evening. The person with the ball on their waist is the one “it”.
- Create a pattern with chalk or cut outs of feet to be placed on the ground in a pattern. Kids can try and walk the pattern while maneuvering the Spin-ballS.
- As children spin the balls and feel the weight of Spin-ballS affected by gravity, proprioceptive input is engaged—knowing where their body and parts of the body are in relation to one another.
- With the adjustable colors of the LED lights, color identification can easily be incorporated into gameplay with these bright toys.
- As you follow the motion of the Spin-ballS, eye-hand coordination is combined with visual tracking.
- Remove the string and use the ball for a game of light-up catch.
- Hide the balls around the house while lit up for a fun game of hide and seek in the dark.
- Remove the string and turn the balls to the setting where it gradually transitions between colors for a fun game of hot potato. For added difficulty, make one color be “out” so children will not want to catch the ball when it falls on that color.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Visual Attention
- Hand Grasp
- Visual Tracking
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Cause & Effect
- Action Concepts
- Range of Motion
- Vestibular Input
- Visual Perception
- Gross Motor
- Balance & Coordination
- Motor Planning
- Bilateral Coordination
- Weight Shifting
- Foot Placement
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