Wooden Treasure Cylinders
Roll them, shake them, twist and turn them. Study the contents as they roll, float, sparkle and bounce.
Ideal for sensory and exploration activities.
Set of 3.
For ages 10mths+
Finally a product that can enhance the malleable area, that's what I thought when I first saw this product, but actually once you feel the treasure cylinders you realise the potential these have. Although they are a lovely alternative to the basic rolling pin, they are multi- purpose and appeal to many ages. For the under 2's they make a wonderful contribution to a rolling treasure basket and also provide a exquisite musical item that appeals to mobile babies who can often be found chasing the bell cylinder round the room! They encourage children to be inquisitive and explore the cylinder be that through, paint, shaving foam or even sand. The product is particularly durable and also feels well designed, the size and weight has been carefully considered and allows it to be usable by all ages. The practitioner can support the children explore the product as a natural part of play. They are enjoyed by our babies and practitioners who sing "row, row, row your boat" rolling the cylinders back and forth. They are a favourite of ours as it's not very often a product can be bought that is transferable between the ages. We have more recently used the cylinders to promote physical development with our three year olds in an exercise programme and continue to be excited by the children and the different things they achieve with these cylinders.
Emma Graham, Managing Director - Busy Bees and Busy Bears Children's Day Nurseries, Durham
These treasure cylinders were an instant hit in the baby room, loved by the staff as well as the children! They are an innovative concept and design. The handles are wood, which have a warm, natural feel to them. Young children find using rolling pins (with static handles) quite hard to manoeuvre as they need to learn to let the rolling pin move, rather than grasping the handles tight. These cylinders help them to start learning how to manipulate and use a rolling pin. The staff modelled this with the babies by using them across the floor, and the children copied them. As it was on a big scale and they were fascinated by watching the contents move round, they soon picked up how to get the desired effect themselves. The cylinders can be shaken, twisted and rolled. The range of items inside the cylinders means that children hear different sounds and observe different effects when they do these, thus they are beginning to explore the concept that materials have different properties. Even older children are intrigued by these cylinders as they shake them and gently roll them backwards and forwards, watching the contents slowly slide from one end to the other - there is almost something therapeutic about this. The children are learning how to control their movements, and this is an important skill for them to develop. These could be used in a variety of ways - as an addition to treasure baskets in the baby room, offering opportunities for open ended learning; as shakers in music sessions; as a stimulus to a story -e.g. how did the treasure get in the cylinder? What could release the fish back into the sea? As an open ended resource which can be used across a variety of ages and situations, they have great potential for use in any setting or school and I think they are an excellent addition to enhance children's learning and development.
Jane Bentley, Manager - Promises Day Nursery, Chesterfield
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