The TangleTube™ is designed to facilitate bilateral coordination and
visual tracking skills by maneuvering a group of colorful beads from
one end of a clear flexible tube to the other. The TangleTube™ is
constructed of a clear plastic flexible tube (approximately 6’ long)
with colorful beads inside, captivated by non-removable end plugs. The
TangleTube™ can be configured as a straight tube, a simple coil, a
spiral, or other 3 dimensional shapes. One arrangement is coiled into
a spherical shape in which the user must visually track the beads in
different orientations and directions.
The TangleTube™ may be tied, tangled or twisted into any desired
shape. An easy way to begin is by forming a loose knot, or pretzel
shape, about 6-8” in diameter in the middle of the tube. Then begin to
feed the ends of the tube through spaces formed where two tube
surfaces meet. A more intricate shape will produce a more challenging
arrangement. One trick is to form a loop in the opposite direction
(against the TangleTube’s normal resting loop). This will require the
user to work the beads from right to left and also from left to right
to reach the end of the tube. When tangling the tube please avoid
kinks and/or flat spots as this will impede the beads from rolling
smoothly. Be creative and let your imagination go.
Suggested methods of use:
Using a two handed grasp requires the user to continuously
reposition both hands.
- Using a fixed two handed grasp requires the user to shift their
weight and body position.
- Using a fixed one hand grasp facilitates wrist rotation and
- For a more challenging configuration, intertwine 2 or more