Item # FB024-0
Dado Cubes combine art and science as you explore architectural principles . . . proportion, balance, structure and color. A new twist on classic building blocks, Dado engages your imagination as the slits on each cube are interlocked to create an unlimited number of three-dimensional structures. Constructed horizontally, vertically or nested together, Dado invites visual spatial development and problem solving through design-centered, attention-grabbing fun!
Dado is Special...and Spatial!
Visual Spatial Learning has captured the attention of scientists and educators as being highly valuable in child development. Visual Spatial Play refers to the ability to mentally picture things and is characterized by the ability to appreciate patterns & form in very large or small areas of space. Children with profuse Visual Spatial Intelligence can construct three-dimensional mental images and visual them from multiple perspectives. A keen eye for form, design, color, size, shape and space enables these gifted children to create realistic representations of real world images.
Dado is a Favorite Toy of Children...a Favorite Tool of Professionals.
Employed by Occupational Therapists: "Dado helps children improve fine motor skills, including hand strength, finger dexterity and coordination of small muscle movements. With mastery of the movements required to fit the cubes together, children take obvious pride in their creative constructions. Psychosocially, children develop skills as they share ideas and talk about their play goal."
Elizabeth Paskar, Occupational Therapist, Missouri. Endorsed by Classroom Teachers: "The open-ended nature of Dado Cubes, their unique groove-connecting assembly, and the challenge of achieving the highly desired perfect balance draw children in. As my students are busy building, talking through their plans and making adjustments, I am amazed by their critical thinking and problem solving skills." Stacy Coulter, Kindergarten Educator, Kansas
Valuable in Ongoing Visual Spatial Research: "In my work with visual-spatial children in various corners of the world, I have found that one distinguishing feature is their ability to visualize in multiple dimensions. Many visual-spatial learners speak of 4- and 5-dimensional mental images! Dado Cubes would offer these individuals, young and old, a hands-on way of demonstrating what their incredible minds are able to see and create. For children who lack such ability, this wonderful new toy may help them to expand their understanding of dimensionality, viewing their world from a unique perspective!"
Alexandra Shires Golon, Director, Visual-Spatial Resource Author, Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids; If You Could See the Way I Think; The Visual-Spatial Classroom
TOY SAFETY INFORMATION: In response to recent toy safety concerns, we're providing the following documentation that demonstrates that Dado Cubes meets or exceeds the following safety specifications: The mechanical hazards requirements of 16 CFR 1500, "Federal Hazardous Substances Act Regulations". The mechanical hazards requirements of ASTM F963-03, "Standard consumer safety specification for toy safety".