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- Boinks have been around in some form for over 30 years.
- The newest creations are with marbles sewn in for quiet fidgeting.
- Use steady, calming, repetitive movements to slide the marble back and forth, back and forth...
- Comes with or without a clip.
- Clips easily & quickly to attach to book-bags, belt loops, purse handles, etc
- Even clips to wheelchairs so seniors can keep idle fingers busy.
Available individually or in sets.
Scissors a bit dull or hard to open?
Try these quick and easy steps before buying new ones.
Cut through sandpaper to sharpen (This will also diminish ruts and dings in the blades)*
Use a screwdriver to just slightly loosen the screw that holds the blades together.*
No screw or screwdriver? Try this old tailors trick: Open the scissor wide and carefully run the blades and intersection flat against your hair. The oils from your hair may help slightly lubricate the scissor just enough to get through your project.*
*Remember to wipe the scissor blades and handles before using again.
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- Everyone randomly places a different colored ring on each finger of 1 hand EXCEPT the thumb.
- A design card is turned over revealing the order of colors.
- Then the fun begins on the count of 3! 1, 2, 3. Go!
- Players race to transfer the rings to their thumb using in-hand manipulation only.
- No help from the other hand - elbow on tabletop as needed to force isolated in-hand skills be used.
- Begin with no rings on. Players look at the card and race to put rings on their thumb.
- Each player gets their own design card to complete. No racing involved.
- Everyone randomly places a different colored ring on each finger of 1 hand INCLUDING the thumb. So when start is called, players must transfer the ring off the thumb if it is not the correct starting color.
- Everyone randomly places 2 different colored rings on each finger of 1 hand EXCEPT the thumb. (Colors will be repeated.) This will require more planning because rings will need to be moved around in addition to transferring them to the thumb.
- Use rubberbands, ribbon or shoestrings to secure box games. Then store them upright instead of stacked for easier and faster access. (Also sneaks in shoetying practice during cleanup time)
- File cabinets and old fashioned chalkboards make great vertical work surfaces and most are magnetic also. If not, suspend a cookie sheet from the top hooks.
- Add magnets to the bottom of anything and everything, then place on any metal surface. Great for those things you reach for everyday.
Peel and stick dots easily makes anything magnetic
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