Caution must be used to determine appropriate items to be used with any device whether homemade or purchased from LilliWorks. Do not use any items that pose a choking hazard, that are easily broken, or that have sharp edges. The builder is responsible for the safety of the child using the equipment. No child should be left unsupervised while playing with or in any Active Learning device or environment.
Because a great amount of research was done by Dr. Nielsen to design the equipment used in Active Learning, we strongly recommend that you purchase authenic equipment from LilliWorks, the authorized dealer in the United States. However, there are a number of things that you can make on your own quite easily. Plans for making these items are on individual pages linked to the list in the left-hand navigation area of this page.
Points to Consider
When making items it is important to consider these things:
- The learner's skill level - If you know what the learner can do with his/her body, especially the mouth, face, hands, arms, trunk, legs and feet, you can select materials that match the learner's developmental skill level. Completing the Functional Scheme assessment will assist in this area.
- The number of objects - An Active Learning environment must have large quantities and various types of items. You can't have too many.
- What the objects/materials are made of - In order for any learner to understand the characteristics of our world, he/she must interact with objects of various materials (e.g.different size, shape, weight, temperature, texture, flexibility, and so forth).
- What the object/environment can do - Can the object be bent, make an interesting noise when banged, or have a smell or taste? Look for objects that have multiple features that might appeal to the learner and create environments that may be used in a variety of ways.
Lilli approved a design for individuals who wanted to build their own Resonance Board. Information about the design specifications can be found in this handout from Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.