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Louis Lobster Claw Catcher


R210.00

Louis Lobster Claw Catcher

  • item code: M&D-6669

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Squeeze the handle and - SNAP! - Louie Lobster's claws clamp shut. Colourful, easy to use and so much fun to squeeze, this Louie Lobster play set comes with three fishy sinkers to grab, plus lots of game ideas to inspire playtime in and out of the pool or even at bathtime.

This fun sea creature promotes many key developmental skills including fine motor (especially finger strength and control), social & emotional, sensory and perceptual.

Suitable for ages 5 years and older.

IMPORTANT NOTE Children should be supervised at all times whilst swimming or enjoying water games.


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This product can assist in developing the following key skills...

This product helps to develop Sensory Skills which are key building blocks in a child’s development and influence every activity that a child does. Opportunities to engage in sensory activities help a child’s brain to process all the information it is receiving from their senses, and respond in an appropriate way. Our senses include: smell (olfactory); taste (gustatory); sound (auditory); touch (tactile); seeing (visual); movement (vestibular) and joint position / deep pressure (proprioception).

Children develop sensory skills as early as in utero and continue to refine these skills well into their childhood years. Exploration and exposure to a variety of different sensations and sensory experiences is very important for a person’s overall development.

This product can help develop Gross Motor Skills by improving co-ordination and muscle strength to assist a child with gross motor tasks such as walking, running, jumping and climbing. The large muscles of our bodies in our arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (hamstrings and quadriceps) are responsible for helping us perform these actions successfully, and therefore these muscles need to be strong. An important factor in developing gross motor skills is good postural control. A strong and stable core (stomach and back muscles) helps one achieve successful movement of the limbs.

Gross motor skills begin developing from a very early age and continue to develop all through childhood, culminating in a person being able to ride a bike without training wheels and swing themselves independently on a swing.

This product can develop a child’s Fine Motor Skills by improving the strength and co-ordination of small muscle groups to achieve a task. The small muscles around the mouth (lips, tongue etc.) are important for speech and eating, and those in a child’s hands help them to perform different grips such as tripod (the correct pencil grip) and pincer (thumb and index finger grip) to achieve tasks. Fine motor skills of the hand develop fully later on in childhood, but start with full, open hand grasping of toys as babies and culminate in a perfect tripod pencil grip when they are writing neatly at school.

Finally, scissor skills are also important fine motor skills that require the co-ordination of fingers on one hand to open and close the scissors while the other hand holds the material being cut. Using both hands together in this way to achieve a task is known as bilateral-coordination.

This product helps children develop their independence by focussing on aspects of Self Care. Getting dressed in the morning and doing up zips, buttons and laces requires good gross and fine motor skills. Brushing teeth and hair as well as toileting skills all require good body and self awareness which is promoted by encouraging self care skills.

Learning to feed oneself using cutlery (spoon, knife and fork) is a large step towards finding independence. In order to assist children to become independent, self confident little people, developing self care skills are very important.

This product can assist in developing a child’s Perceptual Skills which determine how a child’s brain receives, organises and interprets what they are seeing (visual sensory information). Perceptual skills are the ones we use for activities such as completing a puzzle and writing, as well as understanding concepts such as colour, size and number recognition.

More complex concepts such as knowing one’s left from right side of their body (right-left discrimination), being able to recognise complete objects from incomplete ones (visual closure) and remembering visual stimuli over a short and long term period (visual memory), all fall under the category of perceptual skills.

This product can facilitate the development of Cognitive Skills which include how a child’s brain develops, stores, recalls and reacts to their environment. Concentration, attention and listening skills all impact on a child’s cognitive and learning ability, and this product encourages children to develop those key areas.

Problem solving, memory skills and sequencing (the order in which things happen) of tasks are very important cognitive skills to develop as a child grows up.

  • Gross Motor / Swimming Skills - Try to pick up one fish at a time from the bottom of the pool, and carry it to the edge of the pool using only the Claw Catcher (No hands!). Try picking up one fish first. Then try catching two fish at a time. Final challenge: Pick up all three fish in the same try, and carry them up to the edge of the pool in the Claw Catcher.
  • Have a friend drop a fish into the water. Try to catch it with your Claw Catcher before it reaches the bottom.
  • Fine Motor Co-ordination - Use the bottom claw to scoop up water, with the Claw Catcher above the pool and on its side to keep the water inside. With the claws closed, quickly flip over the Claw Catcher so the water drops into the opposite claw. Check to see how much water is left. Keep closing and flipping the claws until all the water has fallen out. You get one point for every flip!
  • Fine Motor Skills - In the house, use the Claw Catcher to grab toys: Can you pick up a block? A puzzle piece? Who can pick up the smallest object?
  • Learning Numbers and Time Concept - Make any of these activities above into a contest by timing each player as he / she completes the task. Whoever finishes the challenge fastest is the winner!
  • Social Skills - Turn-taking, sharing of Louis and learning how to deal with success as well as failure are all very important skills that can be learnt whilst playing this game with family members or friends.

Most orders take 3-5 days to deliver and are dependent on where we are delivering to. Outlying areas can take longer than city centres. Please allow up to 10 working days for delivery.

For more information about how delivery works please read our delivery options page.

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