This is like nothing you’ve used before…
Explore a wide range of topics, including social and emotional learning (SEL), design thinking, communication, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and problem solving to name a few!
Creative, engaging, and sure to get students talking and thinking, this kit allows you to create lessons that stick for a lifetime.
A hands-on, interactive toy for facilitating learning. The Empathy Toy® Teacher’s Kit makes learning empathy fun, easy and enjoyable for teachers and students.
Introducing the Empathy Toy® Teacher’s Kit
Designed for students and educators who work with young people across the K-12 age range, this kit supports the development of empathic leaders by practicing an array of universal learning skills, including active listening, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. With materials to engage between 3-20 players at a time, the Empathy Toy® Teacher's Kit is a perfect fit for classrooms, libraries, and extra-curricular programs.
The Educators Guidebook includes games and discussion frameworks for Creative Dialogue, Teamwork & Collaboration, Autonomous Learning, and Making Real-World Connections. The Educator's Guidebook and Ways to Play Map in this kit help you integrate the Empathy Toy® into your lessons and current work, helping you to connect empathy to a wide variety of subjects and themes.
Hear it from others like you
“I really love how The Empathy Toy brings in this visual aid of the different structures of engagement with the toy. Our students have had a lot of really incredible ‘aha!’ moments around constructive communication.”
“We need to teach empathy, or unlock the empathy within – not from a textbook – but from experience, nurturing, and leading by example.”
“There's a large movement in education to help students learn through play. Play teaches children how to problem-solve, build social connections, communicate with each other and enjoy the world around them.”
Inspired by thought leaders like Sir Ken Robinson who claimed that schools kill creativity,
Twenty One Toys Founder, Ilana Ben-Ari, believed that toys could bring creativity back to life in students. She believed that toys could be the new textbooks. Because toys can teach what textbooks can’t: creativity, collaboration, and most importantly, empathy.
Empathy Toy® Teacher's Kit
Designed for educators who work with young people across the K-12 age range, this kit supports the development of empathic leaders by practicing an array of universal learning skills, including active listening, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. With materials to engage between 3-20 players at a time, the Empathy Toy® Teacher's Kit is a perfect fit for classrooms, libraries, and extra-curricular programs.
IIf you are an educator working with K-12 aged children, you’re eligible for discounts off Empathy Toy Teacher’s Kits! Just fill out this form and our team will be in touch to learn more about your school, and how you're hoping to use the toys.
One Empathy Toy Teacher’s Kit is good for up to 20 players. Many of our schools and school districts purchase 2-3 kits that can be shared between classrooms, which also allows for smaller group sizes.
We do! Just fill out our contact form and someone from our team will be in touch to process your order!
We ship our toys once a week from Ontario, Canada.
We can ship almost anywhere in the world, and we ship using UPS or Canada Post. Once your order has shipped, you’ll be provided with a tracking number of so that you can follow your toy on its journey!
If you’re ordering toys from outside of Canada, please note that your order may be subject to import duties and taxes, which vary by country. You will be responsible for paying any of these fees, which will be billed to you by UPS.
If you have questions about shipping, please fill out this form and a member of our team will be in touch.
The Empathy Toy is player powered, which means that every game is different. You can also vary the difficulty of the pattern that they are building, or the rules of the game. Our team has played the Empathy Toy many times and we still learn new things about the toy and each other every time we play. Previous experience with the Empathy Toy also allows players to practice skills that they developed.
The Empathy Toy is used every day in schools as part of programs including:
- International Baccalaureate
- Advanced Placement
- Specialist High Skills Majors
- And many more!
The Empathy Toy can be connected to a variety of topics, themes, and educational methods. Many of these broader topics are outlined in our guidebook, along with tips about which versions of the game might fit best with your desired outcomes.
Our Empathy Toys are made of maple and walnut wood, with elements made of foam and metal. They are designed for players between the ages of 6-99.
If you need to submit a purchase order or pay by a method other than credit card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch to figure something out.
Every Empathy Toy Teacher’s Kit comes with a guidebook that has everything you need to start playing right out of the box! We’re currently updating our training offerings but in the meantime, you can get playing as soon as your toy is delivered.
We’re here to help! Our toys ship from Ontario, Canada and we ship once a week - however, depending on where you’re located, your toy can be delivered anywhere between 2 to 10 business days at our fastest shipping tier. Contact our team through our contact form or call us at (416) 642-8468 and we can let you know what shipping magic we can work!
Not yet, but the Empathy Toy is language agnostic! As long as the person running the workshop knows the rules of the game, the players can use any language to communicate.
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