Of course, we have all seen these before, but that day it dawned on me... I can use these with my students to attach small toys and other items to their wheelchair or belt loop!! They are retractable, so the student can easily move the objects, but if they push them off their lap, they won't fall to the floor! I decided to buy them and give them a try. I think I got a pack of 6 for around $3.99.
Here is my first attempt at using them with my students. During our music/sensory time each student got to choose an instrument to play. This student picked bells. I was able to attach the instrument to the badge holder using a rubberband. I then attached the holder to the chest harness on her wheelchair. It worked perfectly! When she let go of the instrument it stayed in her lap instead of falling to the floor every time!
|Use a rubber band to attach the item to the badge reel|
|Clip the badge reel to an article of clothing or wheelchair strap|
I'm excited to use these with other materials in the classroom. I figure I can attach lots of different items to these badge holders using different sized rubberbands or ribbon. I'm going to play around with it and see what I can come up with.
If you have any other great ideas for keeping items within students reach and preventing them from throwing/dropping the items to the floor, please share!