Islington Village has purchased several Manimo animals!
These weighted lizards, snakes and frogs are a comforting companion for children at the centre. The benefits of introducing such sensory tools and resources into our program include; helping children pay attention and focus, and calming excess energy.
The Manimo animals come in various shapes likes lizards, frogs, snakes and even dolphins. Each animal is used in a different way, to meet the different needs of children. They're all colourful, a little shimmering and definitely eye-catching. By soothing and comforting, they help children reach their full potential with emotional regulation. Even a big tight hug is a release of energy, positive or negative, as the Manimo’s have a squishy beaded inside.
At Islington Village, we use the Manimo's to comfort and calm children both in times of stress and body busyness. The weighted lizard is usually placed around the neck or on thighs. The large paws envelop the child, providing a sense of comfort and security.
We have found that the Manimo frogs are great to use during circle time, placed on a child's lap; it seems as though they help children focus and be more attentive.
Slightly lighter than the others, the weighted snake is usually placed around the neck and or on the shoulders. This Manimo twists and wriggles, to adjust to the childs’ busy body.
Based on the Manimo web page “Early childhood professionals, parents and teachers have long requested such a tool”. At Islington Village, while working alongside The George Hull Centre for Children and Families we have found that children of all ages have to become "centered" to do their best. The weighted animals guide this centering by allowing children to become aware of their bodies, and the space around them. When children become spatially aware of their bodies and people around, they are able to regulate behaviour and emotions, in a positive way.
For more information or to purchase these soothing, cuddly resources visit https://manimo.ca/en/