Purpose or Use: Increase bilateral manipulation skills
and coordination. Utilize visual tracking. Facilitate range of motion
of the wrist, elbow, shoulder & trunk.
Description: The TT is a clear tube approximately 6 feet long.
There are 6 small loose beads which roll along the inside of the tube,
and are captivated at each end by large non-removable end beads.
Materials/Construction: Clear flexible acrylic (drinking
water) tubing, and colorful beads.
Instructions: The TangleTube can be configured as a
straight tube, a simple coil, a spiral, or other 3 dimensional shapes.
One arrangement is coiled into a spherical shape, similar to a ball,
in which the user must visually track the beads in different
orientations and directions. The user turns, tilts and rotates the TT
to maneuver the colorful beads from one end of the clear flexible tube
to the other.
The TangleTube may be tangled or twisted into any desired shape. An
easy way to begin is by forming a loose knot, or pretzel shape, about
6-8” in diameter near the middle of the tube. Then begin to feed the
ends of the tube through spaces formed where two tube surfaces touch.
A more intricate shape will produce a more challenging arrangement.
One trick is to form a loop in the opposite direction (against the
TangleTubes normal resting curve). This will require the user to work
the beads in alternate directions to reach the end of the tube.
Suggested grasp methods:
a. A fixed one handed grasp facilitates wrist and arm rotation and
b. A fixed two handed grasp requires the user to move their wrists,
arms and body position to move the beads.
c. A two handed grasp requires the user to continuously reposition
Colors/Size/Packaging: Clear tubing with colored beads.
Approximately 6’ long. Sold individually.
Comments: When tangling the tube please
avoid kinks and/or flat spots as this will impede the beads from
rolling smoothly. Be creative and let your imagination go. WARNING:
This product contains small parts which could present a choking
hazard. To insure the safety of the user, adequate supervision is
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