Play Toolbox

Our countdown timers, visual supports, first/then board, and playmats help structure play and teach positive behavior to create learning opportunities during playtime.

A note to caregivers:  While these play resources were designed for varying levels of ability, you are still the best judge of which is most appropriate for your child. Consider carefully which products and how much supervision your child will need during any activity, and do not modify the products in any way. 

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Countdown Timers

Download these visual tools to help guide your child through transitions during play and encourage an understanding of time passing. For example, you can use them as a cue to let your child know the activity is over by counting down the minutes or number of turns. Make sure to show your child as you fold down each number until the activity is complete.

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MR. POTATO HEAD COUNTDOWN TIMER

Help guide your child's playtime with this countdown timer featuring a fun MR. POTATO HEAD theme. 

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TRANSFORMERS COUNTDOWN TIMER

Help guide your child's playtime with this countdown timer featuring a heroic TRANSFORMERS theme. 

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CANDY LAND COUNTDOWN TIMER

Help guide your child's playtime with this countdown timer featuring a fun CANDY LAND theme. 

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CHUTES & LADDERS COUNTDOWN TIMER

Help guide your child's playtime with this countdown timer featuring a fun CHUTES & LADDERS theme. 

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MLP CASTLE PLAYSET COUNTDOWN TIMER

Help guide your child's playtime with this countdown timer featuring a fun MLP CASTLE PLAYSET theme. 

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Visual Supports

Each of these visual tools acts as a communication device to help your child express and understand different transitional moments throughout your play session. From waiting for the next activity to asking for help, choose the materials that best suit your child's needs and incorporate them into playtime whenever it's appropriate.  


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Wait Cards

From starting an activity to taking turns, use this visual cue to inform your child when it's time to wait. Reinforce waiting by showing the card and telling him or her when the waiting period starts and ends. 

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Rescue-Bots
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • My Little Pony
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Turn-Taking Cards

Use the turn-taking cards to visually communicate whose turn it is to play with a toy or game. Show the appropriate card to your child to encourage an understanding of when he or she can play. It can also be helpful to reinforce the card verbally when you hold it up.

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Rescue-Bots
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • My Little Pony
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Help Cards

If a child is struggling and their frustration is increasing, a visual help card may cue the child to seek assistance and give them a means to communicate. Make them easily available to your child during play, and reinforce by praising their use and helping them promptly.

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Rescue-Bots
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • My Little Pony
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Break Cards

If you sense that your child might be starting to get frustrated, you can show him or her the break card and reinforce verbally by telling him or her that it's time for a break.

 

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Rescue-Bots
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • My Little Pony
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First/Then Board & Sequencing Cards

This two-step play pattern can help you and your child structure playtime and understand order of events. It can help to make the "then" activity something the child enjoys – for example, "First, press the button. Then, you can play."

  • First/Then Board
  • Elefun
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Connect 4
  • Trouble
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Playmats
These play-mats were specially designed to supplement the activities featured in some of the video and print playbooks. Download and print them on card stock to create a special space for your child's play session. You can also use them to try other activities with your child!

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Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Heatwave The Fire-Bot Playmats
Help guide your child's playtime with these playmats made especially for Heatwave the Fire-Bot!
  • Download Level 2
  • Download Level 3
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Connect 4 Game Playmats
Help guide your child's playtime with these playmats made especially for the Connect 4 game!
  • Download Level 1
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Twister
Help guide your child's playtime with these support cards made especially for Twister!
  • Twister Cards
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Classic Jenga
Help guide your child's playtime with this playmat made especially for Classic Jenga!
  • Download Level 1
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Rebelle Target
Help guide your child's playtime with the Rebelle Target!
  • Rebelle Target