Fun and Function

5strategieschewies
breakboxfoamboardOur Expert TeamActivity Finder
  • Great Tool for the Therapeutic Tool Box

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Fun and Function founder, Aviva Weiss. Aviva is an OT by trade, mom of many, and now a successful entrepraneur. Fun and Function is a great resource for therapists, teachers and consumers for sensory activities and materials. She also made it clear, that as a company, she is always looking to the consumers of the Fun and Function products to provide insight to use and feedback. So after she sent me a free package of Discovery Putty for taking the time to speak with her, I only thought it appropriate to provide a review. I have now been using Discovery PuttyAnimal Rescue daily, within my school based therapy sessions. The putty is brown, and looks like melted Tootsie Rolls. I had to stop myself (and some of my students) from putting it in the mouth because it looks so good. But after I found self control, I am finding it to be a very useful product. The putty itself is a firm, therapeutic putty. Contained with it, is a set of 15 small (choking hazard size) plastic animals. So under close supervision do I use this product. I have been able to engage students preschool through 5th grade, easily. There is something about searching for things in a firm, smooth, but sticky substance. I have incorporated basic math and language concepts into the activities to support the child's IEP goals. For example, using a number board 1-15, the students must develop 1 to 1 correspondence, counting left to right how many they found, how many are left, etc. With a visual aid, Boardmaker pictures, the children can "tell me" what they found, by either pointing only to the picture or creating a sentence "Look, I found a___." I have also photocopied the animals so the students have to work on visual matching skills. And I have made a letter sound board for students to identify first, middle or end sounds to the items they find. There is quite a variety that can be done with a container of therapy putty and a bunch of chotchkies. For $12.99, it doesn't break the bank. However, I found it disappointing that there was only another Discovery Putty Grab the Goodies with food items, which would not fit my students' needs because of mouthing tendencies. I did contact Ms. Weiss and hope that maybe we will see more varieties of theme based add-ons to the putty in the future. I know I have been putty beads and paper clips into my therapeutic putty for years, but now there is a simple grab and go product that can easily be added to your tool box.

  • My Kids Fight Over This!

    This has become a winter staple in our home. It is fabulous looking, incredibly trendy and really helps them calm down and feel good. I know I am sending my kids to school in a hug :) and that makes me feel calm too!

  • We're Winners!

    The Dog Tag chewies have been LIFE SAVERS for 2 of our kids that have different situations. Our 7 y/o chews on his shirt collar or sleeves, pencils, and even the inside of his cheeks! The dog tag has made him avoid the inappropriate things to chew and to make it even better it's stylish and his friends won't make fun of him! They actually thought it was very cool! As far as our 2 y/o, he's constantly putting toys in his mouth and putting his whole hand in his mouth to make himself gag on purpose so the dog tag necklace has been very helpful. They've worn them every day and use them almost every minute of the day! They are both aggressive chewers so the material really does last! I would suggest things to anyone looking to buy chewies! Lastly, the fact that it comes with TWO I was able to save money by giving one to each child (and just buying the chain). Two thumbs up!


New & Bestsellers

  • Sensory Sleeves

    Sensory Sleeves

    Sensory sleeves are perfect for pretend, dress up or providing additional needed forearm pressure.
  • Robot Chewy

    Robot Chewy

    Robot Chewy is tough enough to withstand your chewers and biters who need an oral motor workout.
  • Gel Pad Elements

    Gel Pad Elements

    Push, pull and move the gel with your fingers to create a mesmerizing scene!
  • Anemone Desk Fidget - Set of 3

    Anemone Desk Fidget - Set of 3

    This finger fidget adheres to just about any surface where fingers need to fidget.
  • Anemone Sensory Mittens

    Anemone Sensory Mittens

    Use these adorable, soft sensory mittens as a sensory outlet and to mimize biting!

Sale! Save 25% 

Connect With Us
Kids with special needs are awesome, and we're passionate about your child's potential. Discover our award-winning toys, therapy equipment, classroom tools for special needs and all-inclusive fun!