Play is important to all children, no matter who they are or where they live. PlanToys promises to support children in their learning and development through playtime and creative exploration. This promise is what prompted our involvement with the Classroom Model Project to makeover a classroom for blind children.

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The ‘Classroom Model Project’ is a CSR project initiated by Golden Land, a leading residential and commercial property development company based in Thailand. PlanToys, together with a creative agency, Mana, and a group of  architects, sound engineers, lighting designers and scent designers, worked together to build the Classroom Makeover at Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind in Chonburi province. The project officially launched in May.

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PlanToys was contacted by the agency to help design an immersive learning experience for blind children. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to get involved as we had launched a unique group of toys for children with special needs a few years ago. Our goal has always been to design toys that prioritize physical, intellectual, social and language development while using materials that are safe for children and the environment; and this partnership gave our toys a chance to do their job!

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As a result, we launched a classroom full of multisensory knots to encourage children to practice using their senses! There are four subjects taught in this classroom: sight, hearing, smell and touch. Each one provides a great and entertaining learning experience!

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“One of the problems that blind children have been facing is they do not get full support from their parents or caretakers,” said Prawes Hongthong, PlanToys’ Product Design Manager. “Some do not want to take those children to special school - this results in developmental delay.” 

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“This classroom will be most effective when children have teachers or parents to teach, play and guide them along,” he added.

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We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this project and wanted to share this touching experience with you all!