This simple toy helps build multiple skills. It consists of a clear tube approximately 6 feet long with six, small beads and two large end-beads. The smaller beads a free to roll along inside the tube.
The Tangle Tube can be configured as a straight tube, a simple coil, a spiral, or other 3 dimensional shapes. A possible arrangement is to have it coiled into a spherical shape, similar to a ball, in which the user must visually track the beads in different orientations and directions. The user turns tilts and rotates the Tangle Tube to maneuver the colorful beads from one end of the clear flexible tube to the other.
The Tangle Tube may be tangled or twisted into any desired shape. An easy way to begin is by forming a loose knot, or pretzel shape, about 6-8” in diameter near the middle of the tube. Then begin to feed the ends of the tube through spaces formed where two tube surfaces touch. A more intricate shape will produce a more challenging arrangement. One trick is to form a loop in the opposite direction (against the Tangle Tubes normal resting curve). This will require the user to work the beads in alternate directions to reach the end of the tube.
Suggested grasp methods:
a. A fixed one handed grasp facilitates wrist and arm rotation and mobility.
b. A fixed two handed grasp requires the user to move their wrists, arms and body position to move the beads.
c. A two handed grasp requires the user to continuously reposition both hands.
Note: When tangling the tube please avoid kinks and/or flat spots as this will impede the beads from rolling smoothly. Be creative and let your imagination go. WARNING: This product contains small parts which could present a choking hazard. To insure the safety of the user, adequate supervision is recommended.