|photo courtesy: Ohio Art (ours is light blue with chartreuse knobs)|
BUSY BOX TOOL (click for The Busy Box Idea HERE)
WHAT: Pocket Etch-A-Sketch by Ohio Art
DOES: Excellent Busy Box Tool
INVEST: $9.99 or more/less depending on the retailer.
TOOLS: Family Fix-it, My Body Needs to Move (to cater to finger fidgeting and eye wandering needs), Social Scene Helper (when you are required to wait quietly), Express Yourself
We got this Pocket Etch-A-Sketch way before it gained its newfound political celebrity status. The Pocket Etch-A-Sketch is big enough for keeping two little hands (and even big hands) busy. It can capture their attention quickly because it is a great hand-eye exercise. Making a line is easy (the hook) but making an intentional shape (the keeper) is more challenging. "More challenging" is good.
This is a good example of something that your child can keep doing if he has started something that he can't easily stop (ie. video games). No school bus driver will have a rule against pocket-etch-a-sketches like they do with handheld video games. And while it's not the size of a marble, it's doubtful that you wouldn't want your child to bring this along outside. Hey, it's still smaller than an iPad.
Grab your own today:
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