Link imagination, play and exercise!
purpllinker holds its shape and holds children’s attention as they challenge themselves to make new shapes and designs. You’ll know they are developing hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills while they enhance their imaginations — but the children just think they’re playing! Watch as the fun unfolds! No batteries to replace, computer chips to lose or parts to assemble!
“My thoughts are from playing with the Purpllinker and thinking about it from a developmental perspective — Considering what children of different ages and stages of development are likely to do with it — physically (manipulation), cognitively (explore or practice reading or arithmetic), and emotionally (imagination). Even though children won’t know an activity is fostering one-to-one correspondence, or eye-hand-eye-coordination, the more skills, concepts and possibilities the toy engages, the greater play value it will have. This shows up as extended play. The Purplllinker offers exactly this kind of high play value.” As I handled the Purpllinker, I noticed right off that the feel of it, its weight and the opening-and-closing movement feels pleasant. It’s relatively lightweight, without feeling flimsy and it will fit into small hands. The open-close movement is responsive to a young child’s relatively light finger movements so with just a push, the links begin to open and suggest new configurations. That responsiveness provides a “reason to continue” which is essential to play.” Generally children (or anyone) handling a new object are going to explore it to see what can this object do. Right off the bat children will see that the Purpllinker moves; opens-and-closes; has multiple (7) links; can be opened wide (to form different angles); can be made straight, zig-zaggy; or can form closed shapes with names like square. Children are great at doing this on their own.
After some time in exploratory play and finding out what this object can do, a child will explore what can I do with this object? The what, can I do with this object can’t happen until its strangeness is reduced and its attributes are revealed to begin to suggest possibilities. I think this is where children 4 to 8 years will start to form numbers and letters, geometric shapes, imaginative and imitative shapes.”
After having designed children’s environments and exhibits for 30 years and also observing children at play with toys and found objects, in exhibits and in spaces they create, it’s quite clear to me that a child will know what to do with a toy with multiple, engaging attributes and high play value like the Purpllinker.” – Jeanne Vergeront, internationally recognized children’s museum designer and former elementary level teacher.