I’d heard of this nifty little sensory gadget called a Bilibo. Apparently kids can sit in it, spin in it, use it as a helmet….the possibilities are endless! While I was not sure if my kids would actually utilize it in so many ways, I thought the spinning at least would be appealing to my youngest two, both of whom love to spin.
We got the kids a green bilibo for Christmas. On Christmas morning, they seemed a bit perplexed by this oddly shaped green plastic thingy. They basically tossed it aside in favor of flashier presents. Yet, as Christmas break wore on, they started playing with the Bilibo more and more. Fights ensued when one sibling was taking too long of a turn with the Bilibo. They were really loving this thing! I was kind of amazed.
I made an ISO (in search of) post in the local swap groups to search for more Bilibos. I hit the jackpot when a sweet lady responded that she had a pink and a blue one she would sell me for a very reasonable price. Coincidentally, she has a child on the spectrum too. 🙂
So, now we have a Bilibo for each child: pink for Juliette (duh!), blue for Lennon, and green for Baby Roland.
They play with them – no joke – every single day. When they get home from school each day, Juliette will exclaim, “Let’s play Bilibos (which she pronounces like ‘billy-balls’)!” The novelty of these things is not wearing off – if anything, it is increasing as they come up with new ways to play with them.
The old standby is sitting in them and spinning in circles on our dining room floor – it’s good, shrieking fun! Yesterday they discovered they can each stand in a Bilibo, hold each other’s hands, and dance, almost like a “doing the twist” kind of dance together. The Bilibo has indeed been a helmet. It’s also been a giant bowl when they were “making cupcakes.” They’ve even taken them in the bath and pretended they were little, individual bathtubs.
I was skeptical, but honestly, these things are really pretty great!
Here is the Bilibo website:
We ordered our green one from amazon. It looks like this blue one is the current best price and it can be shipped free with Amazon Prime:
Here’s my babies enjoying their Bilibos together!