We had the opportunity to review The Empathy Toy from Twenty One Toys . Although we received a sample this is our honest and unbiased opinion.
I am always looking for things my boys
can do together, to help them get along
better, communicate better, and just
generally like each other on some days.
If there is an argument to be had they
will find it. I decided long ago, that I
just couldn't listen to the advice that
some of the things they should be feeling
or showing one another or the rest of the world
would come later on in their lives, I want to help
make sure these things start deep
rooted inside them from this time as boys
until they are adult men. I have been successful
there are some things they do very well
together. I am happy to add The Empathy
Toy to that hopefully growing list.
The concept of The empathy Toy is that
one player puts five blocks together, and
then has to aid a second player in putting
together their own set of blocks in the same
exact way. Did I mention-while being
Each toy set comes in a nice wooden box,
a plastic piece slides in to cover the top.
The Box will include 5 dark, and 5 light
wood puzzle pieces. A drawstring bag,
3 blindfolds, a way to play sheet, and
an Educators Guidebook for K-12.
Basic Game Play Of Empathy toy is
first choosing the roles of the guide,
builder, and the observer.
The Guide and the Builder explore how the
puzzle pieces fit together.
The Observer instructs the Guide and Builder
to put their blindfolds on.
The Observer gives the Builder the light puzzle
pieces, and then assembles a pattern of dark
pieces and gives it to the Guide.
The Builder must assemble their puzzle
pieces to match the Guides pattern.
They have only their words to describe the
The Observer watches but can not speak.
If the Guides pieces fall apart, an observer may
put them back together.
When the Builder and Guide believe they have
matching puzzle patterns they remove their
blindfolds and ask one another the following
"What was most challenging for the Observer, Guide,
"How did the players help each other?"
"What instructions worked more and less
"How your communication changed throughout
"Why did it change?"
Twenty One Toys is a toy creation company. They
design and make a new category of toys that challenge
players to hone complex and under-practiced skills
like empathy, failure, creativity, communication,
and collaboration. Their guided by the principle that play
is a unique medium to unlock human potential.
Their inspired by communities of educators who
push boundaries and show us what
s possible with
play at all ages. In short they believe toys can do
serious things-and that they are underused tools
in classrooms, workplaces, and beyond.
Our family really likes The Empathy Toy. We like
that it is challenging, that we have to work together,
and its great fun on a Friday night. We would like to
add more Twenty One Toys to our collection in the
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