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Clixo Workshop at JCC Brooklyn Camp for Blind Youth

Inclusive Play in Practice

Facilitating a creative building activity for children who are blind and have low vision. Hear what JCC Brooklyn staff have to say about the Clixo experience.

October 2023

This past August the Clixo team had a blast facilitating a creative building activity at the JCC Brooklyn first ever summer camp for blind youth. We had a great time introducing concepts of open-ended play, sensory exploration, and imaginative design, leading to incredible creations, such as a reversible fan, a stinger bee, a spaceship, and even a meme! Watch what JCC Brooklyn staff have to say about the Clixo experience.Hear from Counselors Stacey Petrov and Alan Petrov and Special Education Teacher Andrew Rechkel.

Accessibility and Play

Working in the fields of accessibility and education, I have spent much time exploring the accessibility of the world around us. In the mainstream educational settings, the importance of play is sometimes overlooked. Students with disabilities are encouraged to keep up academically, working to bridge the gap of accessibility barriers in school and everyday environments. But play and games, beyond offering an opportunity to have some fun, contribute to every child’s creative learning processes, self expression, confidence and creativity. However, toys and play experiences that are inclusive aren’t as easy to come by. Many toys are foremost designed for non-disabled children, requiring fine motor skills, manipulation, or the ability to read text and follow instructions that might not be suitable for all users. And although some toy brands have adaptive lines, many are only suited for specific users, making it difficult for peers to play and explore together.

JCC Brooklyn Pilot Program

Clixo’s universal design was recently featured in Forbes celebrating inclusivity as a top priority, allowing children and adults from a variety of ages, physical and cognitive abilities, and environments to enjoy creative building together. So when our Clixo team got in touch with the JCC Brooklyn’s first pilot program for blind youth – it was a no-brainer that this is a great opportunity to collaborate. For the first time, the camp was opening its programs to children and youth who are blind or have low vision ages 7 through 14 to take part in summer camp activities – swimming, crafts, bowling, and much more. As a JCC Brooklyn initiative, the summer camp for children who are blind or have low vision
was made possible by various donations, with the main aim of supporting blind and low vision youth with building confidence and problem-solving skills, expressing their creativity and imagination, making new friends and having fun!

Preparation

Our Clixo team preparing the activity included Assaf, Clixo’s founder and CEO, Sebastian, lead designer, Max, photographer and videographer, and Yaara, community and education manager. The team geared up for our session with the campers while taking into consideration which Clixo qualities would be most enjoyable and beneficial during our activity. We wanted to make sure we come up with activities that would allow campers to make the most out of their creative experience while giving them a chance to explore Clixo using the different senses – touch, smell, sound, and color. We decided to come up with specific creative building prompts that each camper can use as a starting point, while using their imagination to expand their builds in their own creative way. Some of the Clixo qualities we knew we wanted to incorporate are the bright colors, as well as movement that can be exemplified by using the Clixo spinner to create propellers, wings, and momentum.

Introductions

Arriving at the summer camp, our Clixo team was greeted by the friendly camp counselors and administration team, who gave us a tour of their remarkable facilities at the Ft. Hamilton Army Base in the heart of Bay Ridge. When our activity began, our Clixo team introduced themselves to the campers using visual descriptions including clothing pieces, color, and other signifying visuals (this allows people who are blind to get a sense of the appearance and visual features of the people they are engaging with). After which we jumped right in! Each participant was handed one Quad while Clixo’s lead designer, Sebastian, explained how each Clixo piece works, and encouraged the campers to explore it by bending it and snapping it with itself.

The Activity

At first the campers and counselors seemed a bit hesitant while exploring the Clixo Quad shape, not sure what it does. Some campers spent time investigating the Quad’s sensory qualities – touching, bending, and twisting, listening to the clicking sounds, and even smelling it. Others jumped ahead by collaborating with their partners or borrowing a piece from their counselors to connect two Quads together and explore how they snap.

The Clixo team walked around the room and assisted campers with the shape variations while they were getting acquainted with the pieces. After everyone felt comfortable working with one Quad – we started handing out more Quads to each participant, beginning with two, then three, and eventually multiple Quads and other Clixo shapes – Flap, Longy, Twodot Threedot, and a Spinner. The campers were working on building their designs independently and slowly expanded their creations by adding more Clixo pieces and possibilities.

Some campers designed wearables, such as crowns and bracelets. Some created animals, and some decided to create their own unique inventions. After 30 minutes, we invited campers to present their creations to the entire group. We were all blown away by the imagination and creativity! Rohan created a hand-held fan with a spinning propeller out of springy Quads, 4 Flaps and a spinner that can be held and adjusted in multiple ways. Noah created a Clixo bee – making the body out of a ball shaped of two Quads, Flops as wings, and a rounded Longy as a stinger. Tyler created a meme out of 2D and 3D shapes lined up together. And Cassie created a spaceship to go to the moon.

Sharing and Reflecting

The camp counselors also channeled their creative energy, and along with the campers, they created intricate multi-piece designs and kept asking for more and more Clixo pieces. As a parting gift, Clixo was delighted to give each camper and counselor a Clixo Itsy pack so they could continue their creative exploration on their own or together.

The Clixo team loved to see how after a short exploration, each camper used their imagination and storytelling skills to design their creation as they were building, and with each new piece – a new story angle or characteristic emerged.

We were once again amazed by all of the participants’ engagement, and the unexpected creative directions each of them decided to take after initially not being sure what might come of the flexible pieces. Playfulness and imagination were both put to work as incredible creations came to life.

October 2023

This past August the Clixo team had a blast facilitating a creative building activity at the JCC Brooklyn first ever summer camp for blind youth. We had a great time introducing concepts of open-ended play, sensory exploration, and imaginative design, leading to incredible creations, such as a reversible fan, a stinger bee, a spaceship, and even a meme! Watch what JCC Brooklyn staff have to say about the Clixo experience.Hear from Counselors Stacey Petrov and Alan Petrov and Special Education Teacher Andrew Rechkel.

Accessibility and Play

Working in the fields of accessibility and education, I have spent much time exploring the accessibility of the world around us. In the mainstream educational settings, the importance of play is sometimes overlooked. Students with disabilities are encouraged to keep up academically, working to bridge the gap of accessibility barriers in school and everyday environments. But play and games, beyond offering an opportunity to have some fun, contribute to every child’s creative learning processes, self expression, confidence and creativity. However, toys and play experiences that are inclusive aren’t as easy to come by. Many toys are foremost designed for non-disabled children, requiring fine motor skills, manipulation, or the ability to read text and follow instructions that might not be suitable for all users. And although some toy brands have adaptive lines, many are only suited for specific users, making it difficult for peers to play and explore together.

JCC Brooklyn Pilot Program

Clixo’s universal design was recently featured in Forbes celebrating inclusivity as a top priority, allowing children and adults from a variety of ages, physical and cognitive abilities, and environments to enjoy creative building together. So when our Clixo team got in touch with the JCC Brooklyn’s first pilot program for blind youth – it was a no-brainer that this is a great opportunity to collaborate. For the first time, the camp was opening its programs to children and youth who are blind or have low vision ages 7 through 14 to take part in summer camp activities – swimming, crafts, bowling, and much more. As a JCC Brooklyn initiative, the summer camp for children who are blind or have low vision
was made possible by various donations, with the main aim of supporting blind and low vision youth with building confidence and problem-solving skills, expressing their creativity and imagination, making new friends and having fun!

Preparation

Our Clixo team preparing the activity included Assaf, Clixo’s founder and CEO, Sebastian, lead designer, Max, photographer and videographer, and Yaara, community and education manager. The team geared up for our session with the campers while taking into consideration which Clixo qualities would be most enjoyable and beneficial during our activity. We wanted to make sure we come up with activities that would allow campers to make the most out of their creative experience while giving them a chance to explore Clixo using the different senses – touch, smell, sound, and color. We decided to come up with specific creative building prompts that each camper can use as a starting point, while using their imagination to expand their builds in their own creative way. Some of the Clixo qualities we knew we wanted to incorporate are the bright colors, as well as movement that can be exemplified by using the Clixo spinner to create propellers, wings, and momentum.

Introductions

Arriving at the summer camp, our Clixo team was greeted by the friendly camp counselors and administration team, who gave us a tour of their remarkable facilities at the Ft. Hamilton Army Base in the heart of Bay Ridge. When our activity began, our Clixo team introduced themselves to the campers using visual descriptions including clothing pieces, color, and other signifying visuals (this allows people who are blind to get a sense of the appearance and visual features of the people they are engaging with). After which we jumped right in! Each participant was handed one Quad while Clixo’s lead designer, Sebastian, explained how each Clixo piece works, and encouraged the campers to explore it by bending it and snapping it with itself.

The Activity

At first the campers and counselors seemed a bit hesitant while exploring the Clixo Quad shape, not sure what it does. Some campers spent time investigating the Quad’s sensory qualities – touching, bending, and twisting, listening to the clicking sounds, and even smelling it. Others jumped ahead by collaborating with their partners or borrowing a piece from their counselors to connect two Quads together and explore how they snap.

The Clixo team walked around the room and assisted campers with the shape variations while they were getting acquainted with the pieces. After everyone felt comfortable working with one Quad – we started handing out more Quads to each participant, beginning with two, then three, and eventually multiple Quads and other Clixo shapes – Flap, Longy, Twodot Threedot, and a Spinner. The campers were working on building their designs independently and slowly expanded their creations by adding more Clixo pieces and possibilities.

Some campers designed wearables, such as crowns and bracelets. Some created animals, and some decided to create their own unique inventions. After 30 minutes, we invited campers to present their creations to the entire group. We were all blown away by the imagination and creativity! Rohan created a hand-held fan with a spinning propeller out of springy Quads, 4 Flaps and a spinner that can be held and adjusted in multiple ways. Noah created a Clixo bee – making the body out of a ball shaped of two Quads, Flops as wings, and a rounded Longy as a stinger. Tyler created a meme out of 2D and 3D shapes lined up together. And Cassie created a spaceship to go to the moon.

Sharing and Reflecting

The camp counselors also channeled their creative energy, and along with the campers, they created intricate multi-piece designs and kept asking for more and more Clixo pieces. As a parting gift, Clixo was delighted to give each camper and counselor a Clixo Itsy pack so they could continue their creative exploration on their own or together.

The Clixo team loved to see how after a short exploration, each camper used their imagination and storytelling skills to design their creation as they were building, and with each new piece – a new story angle or characteristic emerged.

We were once again amazed by all of the participants’ engagement, and the unexpected creative directions each of them decided to take after initially not being sure what might come of the flexible pieces. Playfulness and imagination were both put to work as incredible creations came to life.

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Benefits of STEAM Toys for Kids

How Clixo is a Game-Changer in the STEAM Toys Landscape

“Introducing families to the topic of engineering and sparking young children’s interest in planning, building, testing, and problem solving helps prepare them for school and life.”

Connected Science Learning October-December 2017 (Volume 1, Issue 4). National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

Why STEAM Toys

STEM has been an education buzzword in for quite a few years now, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In recent years the “A” was added to represent Art. STEAM toys have become increasingly popular among parents and educators for their ability to combine education, fun, and creativity. As a magnetic play system, Clixo is an excellent example of a STEAM toy that offers numerous benefits for children. In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 potential benefits of STEAM toys for kids, with a special focus on how Clixo magnetic toy system meet those benefits.

Introducing Basic STEAM Concepts

Magnetic wearable toys

STEAM toys introduce children to essential concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, setting the foundation for future learning and success. Open-ended play and hands-on exploration and experimentation provide children with opportunities to build structures, conduct experiments, or design and test prototypes. These experiences allow them to learn through direct manipulation and observation.
Clixo’s magnetic play system exposes children to basic STEM concepts such as magnetism, construction, balance, and geometric shapes, paving the way for a deeper understanding of these subjects.

Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most significant benefits of STEAM toys like Clixo is their contribution to developing problem-solving skills in children. When playing with Clixo’s flexible, magnetic pieces, children encounter challenges such as figuring out how to stabilize their structure or connect different parts effectively. In this process, they need to analyze the problem, think critically, and develop solutions. They might try different configurations, test various arrangements, and observe the outcomes. Through trial and error, they learn to identify the issues, make adjustments, and iterate their designs. Challenging kids to build different structures and create unique designs encourages them to think critically and develop solutions to overcome obstacles.

For example, during a workshop we conducted in P.S. 29 in Brooklyn, NY, kids were asked to figure out how to make a ball from 2, then 6, and even 24 Clixo Quad pieces. Participants found different structures to make balls, what’s more sturdy, and what happens when trying to make a ball with an uneven number of pieces.

Encouraging Creativity

Clixo and other STEAM toys offer open-ended play opportunities, allowing children to explore and experiment freely. Rather than following instructions, children can let their imaginations run wild and create unique designs and structures. This freedom of exploration encourages creative thinking and fosters a sense of ownership over their creations.

Clixo’s flexible and versatile magnetic pieces and various accessories encourage children to explore their creativity and invent new ways of playing and building. They can create imaginative creatures and explore attaching the lightweight pieces to different magnetic surfaces or attaching them with the suction cups to windows and tiles. The possibilities are endless! We love getting customers’ photos of wild Clixo creations in different settings and contexts. You can find many of them in our Instagram account.

Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration

Many STEAM toys, including Clixo, can be enjoyed with friends and family, promoting and working together towards a common goal. Playing with these toys require communication, coordination, and sharing of ideas, fostering teamwork and collaboration skills.
Collaboration in STEAM activities allows children to learn from one another. They can share their knowledge, strategies, and insight. Collaboration often requires negotiation and compromise. Learning to navigate different ideas or approaches and reaching agreements is essential for successful teamwork. In our workshops, we prompt groups of participants to build the tallest tower. When the tower starts leaning and reinforcement is needed, participants try different approaches for support; creativity, collaboration, and negotiation are required to overcome the challenge and achieve the mutual goal.

Fine Motor Skills

Clixo helps children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they involve assembling, connecting, or manipulating small pieces to create structures. It involves manipulating objects in three-dimensional space, such as rotating, stacking, or connecting parts. These actions require control of fingers and hands, contributing to developing fine motor skills.

Confidence and Self-Esteem

STEM toys like Clixo can help children build confidence and self-esteem as they successfully figure out how to use the toys, complete challenges, solve problems on their own and experience the satisfaction of accomplishment.

Clixo’s open-ended play encourages children to take risks, make mistakes, manipulate shapes, and ultimately learn from their experiences, boosting their confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Spatial Awareness

Clixo Wrecking Ball

Building toys like Clixo help children develop spatial awareness by manipulating objects, building structures, and enhancing spatial visualization skills. By exploring and interacting with objects, structures, and virtual environments, children develop a deeper understanding of spatial relationships, encouraging them to think in three dimensions and understand how shapes fit together.

Clixo’s magnetic play system requires children to manipulate pieces in various orientations, promoting the development of spatial awareness and a deeper understanding of geometry. They experience firsthand the tight connection between a 2-dimensional design and a 3-dimensional shape. They understand the relationship between size and strength, height, width, and stability.

Language and Communication Skills

Playing with STEM toys can also help children develop language and communication skills as they describe their creations, expand their vocabulary, develop narratives, ask questions, and share their thoughts and ideas with others in various contexts

Clixo’s interactive play experience encourages children to talk about their creations and collaborate with others, supporting the development of essential language and communication skills. It creates opportunities for storytelling and presentation and prompts vocabulary expansion.

Screen Free Entertainment

Providing Screen-Free Entertainment
In an age of increasing screen time, STEM toys like Clixo offer a valuable opportunity for children to engage in screen-free, hands-on play.

Clixo’s magnetic play system provides a captivating and tactile experience that encourages children to take a break from screens and engage in imaginative, creative play.

According to our exquisite customer reviews, kids (and adults) of different ages love engaging with Clixo and enjoy the opportunities for creative screen-free play at home and on the go.
For example – a customer Deborah R. shared on 3/28/23 “I have 5 grandchildren ages 5-9. I gave them each a starter set for Christmas. Clixo was such a hit, I purchased the wheel creator pack. They all visited this weekend, and it was pretty much all they played with. The pack up and store easily and bring out the best in each child”

Another verified customer shared on 4/8/23 that “Clixo is the intelligent material that links creativity and imagination. I cannot think of another “toy” that could be more useful and FUN! These two assets are what children and adults need to navigate this complex and complicated world.”
Check out more reviews
here.

Next Story

If you are an educator or a therapist looking to include Clixo in your educational space, please contact us at [email protected].

For more Clixo ideas, follow us on Instagram

“Introducing families to the topic of engineering and sparking young children’s interest in planning, building, testing, and problem solving helps prepare them for school and life.”

Connected Science Learning October-December 2017 (Volume 1, Issue 4). National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

Why STEAM Toys

STEAM toys have become increasingly popular among parents and educators for their ability to combine education, fun, and creativity. “Introducing families to the topic of engineering and sparking young children’s interest in planning, building, testing, and problem solving helps prepare them for school and life.” Connected Science Learning October-December 2017 (Volume 1, Issue 4). National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). As a magnetic play system, Clixo is an excellent example of a STEAM toy that offers numerous benefits for children. In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 potential benefits of STEAM toys for kids, with a special focus on how Clixo magnetic toy system meet those benefits.

Introducing Basic STEM Concepts

Magnetic wearable toys

STEM toys introduce children to essential concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, setting the foundation for future learning and success. Open-ended play and hands-on exploration and experimentation provide children with opportunities to build structures, conduct experiments, or design and test prototypes. These experiences allow them to learn through direct manipulation and observation.
Clixo’s magnetic play system exposes children to basic STEM concepts such as magnetism, construction, balance, and geometric shapes, paving the way for a deeper understanding of these subjects.

Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most significant benefits of STEAM toys like Clixo is their contribution to developing problem-solving skills in children. When playing with STEAM toys, children encounter challenges such as figuring out how to make their structure stable or finding ways to connect different pieces together effectively. In this process, they need to analyze the problem, think critically, and come up with solutions. They might try different configurations, test various arrangements, and observe the outcomes. Through trial and error, they learn to identify the issues, make adjustments, and iterate their designs. By challenging kids to build different structures and create unique designs, these toys encourage them to think critically and develop solutions to overcome obstacles.

Clixo’s flexible, magnetic pieces allow children to experiment with different designs and approaches. During a workshop we conducted in P.S. 29 in Brooklyn, NY, kids were asked to figure out how to make a ball from 2, then 6, and even 24 Clixo Quad pieces. Participants found different structures to make balls, what’s more sturdy, and what happens when trying to make a ball with an uneven number of pieces.

Encouraging Creativity

STEM toys like Clixo offer open-ended play opportunities, allowing children to explore and experiment freely. Rather than following a set of instructions, children can let their imaginations run wild and create unique designs and structures. This freedom of exploration encourages creative thinking and fosters a sense of ownership over their creations.

With its flexible and versatile magnetic pieces and various accessories play, Clixo encourages children to explore their creativity and invent new ways of playing and building. They can create imaginative creatures and explore attaching the lightweight pieces to different magnetic surfaces or attaching them with the suction cups to windows and tiles. The possibilities are endless! We love getting customers’ photos of wild Clixo creations in different settings and contexts.

Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration

Many STEAM toys, including Clixo, can be enjoyed with friends and family, promoting, working together towards a common goal. These toys require communication, coordination, and the sharing of ideas, fostering teamwork and collaboration skills.
Collaboration in STEAM activities allows children to learn from one another. They can share their knowledge, strategies, and insight. Collaboration often requires negotiation and compromise. Learning to navigate different ideas or approaches and reaching agreements is essential for successful teamwork.

Clixo’s magnetic play system is perfect for group play, allowing children to share ideas, cooperate, and learn from one another. In our workshops, we prompt groups of participants to build the tallest tower. When the tower starts leaning, and reinforcement is needed, participants try different approaches for reinforcement; creativity, collaboration, and negotiation are required to overcome the challenge and achieve the mutual goal.

Fine Motor Skills

Building toys like Clixo help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as they involve assembling, connecting, or manipulating small pieces to create structures.
STEM toys like Clixo involve manipulating objects in three-dimensional space, such as rotating, stacking, or connecting pieces. These actions require control of fingers and hands, contributing to developing fine motor skills.

Clixo’s flexible and magnetic pieces involve manipulating objects in three-dimensional space, such as rotating, stacking, or connecting pieces. These actions require control of fingers and hands and hand-eye coordination, contributing to the development of fine motor skills.

Confidence and Self-Esteem

STEM toys like Clixo can help children build confidence and self-esteem as they successfully figure out how to use the toys, complete challenges, solve problems on their own and experience the satisfaction of accomplishment.

Clixo’s open-ended play encourages children to take risks, make mistakes, manipulate shapes, and ultimately learn from their experiences, boosting their confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Persistence and Resilience

STEAM toys teach children the value of persistence and resilience as they work through challenges and learn to overcome obstacles. Through trial and error, children learn that failure is an opportunity for growth and improvement. They learn how to make adjustments and through this iterative process, they foster a mindset that setbacks are not permanent obstacles but stepping stones to success.

Clixo’s open-ended play encourages children to take risks, make mistakes, manipulate shapes, and ultimately learn from their experiences, boosting their confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Spatial Awareness

Clixo Wrecking Ball

Building toys like Clixo help children develop spatial awareness by manipulating objects, building structures, and enhancing spatial visualization skills. By exploring and interacting with objects, structures, and virtual environments, children develop a deeper understanding of spatial relationships, encouraging them to think in three dimensions and understand how shapes fit together.

Clixo’s magnetic play system requires children to manipulate pieces in various orientations, promoting the development of spatial awareness and a deeper understanding of geometry. They experience firsthand the tight connection between a 2-dimensional design and a 3-dimensional shape. They understand the relationship between size and strength, height, width, and stability.

Language and Communication Skills

Playing with STEM toys can also help children develop language and communication skills as they describe their creations, expand their vocabulary, develop narratives, ask questions, and share their thoughts and ideas with others in various contexts

Clixo’s interactive play experience encourages children to talk about their creations and collaborate with others, supporting the development of essential language and communication skills. It creates opportunities for storytelling and presentation and prompts vocabulary expansion.

Screen-Free Entertainment

Providing Screen-Free Entertainment
In an age of increasing screen time, STEM toys like Clixo offer a valuable opportunity for children to engage in screen-free, hands-on play.

Clixo’s magnetic play system provides a captivating and tactile experience that encourages children to take a break from screens and engage in imaginative, creative play.

According to our exquisite customer reviews, kids (and adults) of different ages love engaging with Clixo and enjoy the opportunities for creative screen-free play at home and on the go.
For example – a customer Deborah R. shared on 3/28/23 “I have 5 grandchildren ages 5-9. I gave them each a starter set for Christmas. Clixo was such a hit, I purchased the wheel creator pack. They all visited this weekend, and it was pretty much all they played with. The pack up and store easily and bring out the best in each child”

Another verified customer shared on 4/8/23 that “Clixo is the intelligent material that links creativity and imagination. I cannot think of another “toy” that could be more useful and FUN! These two assets are what children and adults need to navigate this complex and complicated world.”
Check out more reviews
here.

Next Story

If you are an educator or a therapist looking to include Clixo in your educational space, please contact us at [email protected]

For more Clixo ideas, follow us on Instagram

Clixo is Designed with Everyone in Mind

The Universal Design of Clixo Toys as Featured in a Forbes Article

Inclusive Play

According to a Forbes article by Steven Aquino titled “Children’s Toy Clixo Proves Prioritizing Accessible Design Has Relevance Beyond Tech,” Clixo’s unique malleability makes it stand out from other magnetic building toys. Clixo’s flexibility “not only aids in spurring creativity, it also aids in accessibility because it makes for easier manipulation.”(Aquino, 2023). You can read the full article to learn more.

In a world where toys are often specified to a target age group and skill set – Clixo is universally designed for kids (and adults) with varying abilities. As a great tool to help develop social, verbal, emotional, and motor skills, the Clixo pieces’ affordance, rounded shapes, the flexibility of the material, and auditory feedback, allow kids with varying fine motor abilities and communication skills to enjoy playing and creating inclusively.

Universally Designed Toys

Playing is a crucial activity for a child’s development in terms of motor skills, cognitive development, communication, and emotional and social development. While many toys come out each year with accessibility in mind, toys designed for specific groups of people or that include adaptive add-ons are still missing the larger goal: Universal Design. This principle emphasizes design that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of age, size, ability, or disability.

Assaf Eshet, the award-winning toy inventor, design educator, and creator of Clixo, puts this concept at the heart of all his designs. He believes Universal Design is the most advanced level of inclusivity & accessibility and would allow for creating better toys for everyone vs. focusing on adaptive design.

Clixo was designed to be inclusive of all age groups and simultaneously suitable for kids with all abilities, with its motor, cognitive, emotional, social, and sensory elements considered from the get-go. Clixo offers the same play experience to all users; it’s simple and intuitive, it requires low physical effort, its size is made to fit in any hand, and it has an unlimited tolerance for error as there’s no wrong way to use it.

Occupational Therapist Perspective

Noa Nitzan, an occupational therapist with expertise in child development and an accessibility consultant, found Clixo to be a great tool to help kids with social, verbal, emotional, and other skills. Through different activities, Clixo can help kids with intellectual disabilities work on cognitive and planning skills, and other children with complex motor disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, work on fine motor skill development.

Workshops in Schools
and Working Places 

Clixo’s versatile qualities have been proven during workshops our Clixo Team hosted with a range of different populations. During the Super Science Friday event at PS 29, groups of Pre-K-5th grade children dropped by to play with Clixo, accompanied by parents and siblings. While engaging with Clixo, each person took their own approach. Some kids collaborated to build a long snake or fortify the structure of the tallest tower. Siblings of ages 3-4 were fascinated with exploring how the individual pieces bent and connected in their hands.

One kid created wearable crowns and bracelets while a parent designed a complex robot. Some chose to plan; while others decided to get to work and see where the process might lead them. Clixo’s universal capabilities further came to light when we hosted a workshop for Google employees in their office earlier this year. During this, participants took part in team-building exercises that harnessed their individual creativity to work as a group. The open-ended play and activities allow everyone to connect and meet them where they are.

Above all, Clixo’s universal design qualities level the playing field by making it possible for children with and without disabilities to play together, therefore creating opportunities for connections rather than creating a divide.

Next Story

If you are an educator or a therapist looking to include Clixo in your educational space, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Inclusive Play

According to a Forbes article by Steven Aquino titled “Children’s Toy Clixo Proves Prioritizing Accessible Design Has Relevance Beyond Tech,” Clixo’s unique malleability makes it stand out from other magnetic building toys. Clixo’s flexibility “not only aids in spurring creativity, it also aids in accessibility because it makes for easier manipulation.”(Aquino, 2023). You can read the full article to learn more.

In a world where toys are often specified to a target age group and skill set – Clixo is universally designed for kids (and adults) with varying abilities. As a great tool to help develop social, verbal, emotional, and motor skills, the Clixo pieces’ affordance, rounded shapes, the flexibility of the material, and auditory feedback, allow kids with varying fine motor abilities and communication skills to enjoy playing and creating inclusively.

Universally Designed Toys

Playing is a crucial activity for a child’s development in terms of motor skills, cognitive development, communication, and emotional and social development. While many toys come out each year with accessibility in mind, toys designed for specific groups of people or that include adaptive add-ons are still missing the larger goal: Universal Design. This principle emphasizes design that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of age, size, ability, or disability.

Assaf Eshet, the award-winning toy inventor, design educator, and creator of Clixo, puts this concept at the heart of all his designs. He believes Universal Design is the most advanced level of inclusivity & accessibility and would allow for creating better toys for everyone vs. focusing on adaptive design.

Clixo was designed to be inclusive of all age groups and simultaneously suitable for kids with all abilities, with its motor, cognitive, emotional, social, and sensory elements considered from the get-go. Clixo offers the same play experience to all users; it’s simple and intuitive, it requires low physical effort, its size is made to fit in any hand, and it has an unlimited tolerance for error as there’s no wrong way to use it.

Occupational Therapist Perspective

Noa Nitzan, an occupational therapist with expertise in child development and an accessibility consultant, found Clixo to be a great tool to help kids with social, verbal, emotional, and other skills. Through different activities, Clixo can help kids with intellectual disabilities work on cognitive and planning skills, and other children with complex motor disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, work on fine motor skill development.

Workshops in Schools
and Working Places 

Clixo’s versatile qualities have been proven during workshops our Clixo Team hosted with a range of different populations. During the Super Science Friday event at PS 29, groups of Pre-K-5th grade children dropped by to play with Clixo, accompanied by parents and siblings. While engaging with Clixo, each person took their own approach. Some kids collaborated to build a long snake or fortify the structure of the tallest tower. Siblings of ages 3-4 were fascinated with exploring how the individual pieces bent and connected in their hands.

One kid created wearable crowns and bracelets while a parent designed a complex robot. Some chose to plan; while others decided to get to work and see where the process might lead them. Clixo’s universal capabilities further came to light when we hosted a workshop for Google employees in their office earlier this year. During this, participants took part in team-building exercises that harnessed their individual creativity to work as a group. The open-ended play and activities allow everyone to connect and meet them where they are.

Above all, Clixo’s universal design qualities level the playing field by making it possible for children with and without disabilities to play together, therefore creating opportunities for connections rather than creating a divide.

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