The Weplay Twister is a set of three squeezable and twistable silicon rings with that develop tactile awareness and provide tactile input and stimulation. Each 6” ring is a different bright colors with differing levels of resistance to progressively improve hand and wrist strength. Additionally, the rings have small, low-profile, soft, silicone bristles on them to provide additional sensory input as they are twisted or when used to brush other parts of the body.
- Twister rings develop memory skills in selecting color to matching twisting resistance level sought by child.
- Twister rings develop cause and effect recognition skills by observing the changing shape of the ring as the child squeezes it with varying levels of compression.
- Twister rings develop ability to compare and contrast similar items by squeezing rings of varying resistance.
- Instruct player to close his / her eyes and reach out to feel and manipulate Twister rings and identify the ring color based on level of resistance.
- Teach directional instructions by asking player to twist each ring to the right, to the left, over your head, under your legs, etc.
- To strengthen emerging math skills, instruct player to twist a ring and count out loud the length of time he / she can hold it twisted before releasing it.
- The Twister rings develop hand transfer skills by moving ring between left and right hands.
- The Twister rings develop hand grasp by grabbing rings from surface or caregiver hand.
- The Twister rings strengthen wrists and fingers when ring is twisted in opposing directions by user’s hands.
- Facilitator or peer stand opposite the player and each player grabs one side of the Twister ring to play Tug-of-War.
Improve hand-eye coordination by utilizing a pole or a stick to pick up Twister rings placed by Facilitator on different surfaces and heights.
- Tie rings together to gather them as if on key ring so all resistances can be tested in quick succession.
- The Twister rings develop oral motor exploration through mouthing of the rings.
- The Twister rings develop visual acuity through distinguishing ring colors from one another.
- The Twister rings encourages tactile exploration and experimentation for children with vision impairments or those seeking tactile input in an unobtrusive form by manipulating Twister bristles.
- Utilize the Twister ring as a body brush for children with sensory diet needs that require this type of input.
- For tactile input through the feet, place Twister rings on floor as part of an obstacle course and instruct children to walk across them before proceeding through course.
- Set Twister rings on light colored surface to heighten color contrast between rings.
- Set Twister rings in water or sand table to alter auditory or tactile sensory input suitable to child.
- Tie sound-emitting objects to Twister rings to increase auditory input.
- When used as a brush on the user’s skin, the Twister develops emotional self-regulation skills by calming feelings of anxiety or frustration.
- Twister rings promote the development of focus and attention and inhibits impulsive, less socially acceptable behaviors by channeling excessive physical energy into the manipulation of the Twister (as a fidget).
- Twister rings promote confidence building through open-ended play (no right or wrong way to play with it) either independently or with a play partner.
- Utilize the Twister rings as a crown; each colored Twister ring can signify different identities or abilities. (ie. the blue crown is the king and yellow the jester, or the green crown gives you the ability to see through walls etc.)
- With a play partner or facilitator, take turn tossing Twister rings onto a mounted pole. The first player to successfully “ring” all three during his / her turn is declared the winner!
- Use the Twister ring as a Frisbee, and throw it back and forth with a friend.