Panida Tancharoen, from the School of Architecture and Design at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi created ''Sound Story'', a toy for visually impaired children or blind children aged between three and five years old whose hand-eye coordination cannot be improved further.
Dubbed ‘‘Sound Story’’, this is a toy for visually impaired or blind children.
''Hand-eye coordination that cannot be developed is naturally replaced with hand-ear coordination by children, which should be encouraged for further development, especially during their formative years. I decided to create this toy encourage their imagination and muscle development,'' Panida said.
She invented two collections of the toys _ City and Sea. Each set comprises five to seven toys. City, for example, encompass' a sky train, a temple, a car, a tuk-tuk and a house. When kids hold the sky train and shake it, they can listen to the sky train environment.
The temple has the sound of a bell and if they shake it hard, it will make the sound of people praying. The Sea collection will have the sound of rolling waves, sand, and the picking up of shells. Each collection represents different places children can visit and explore.
During testing of the toys with visually impaired children, it was proven that Sound Story helps to encourage imagination and social skills.
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