Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in human body. This can be evident from physical characteristics, present in people with down syndrome, like slanting eyes, small head, fat face, thick hands, and feet (Rachandran, 2014). Apart from that, down syndrome also manifests itself as the lack of mental, cognitive, linguistic, and motor skills. This can make the learning process of children with down syndrome difficult (Dykens, 2007).
This research is based on designing tangible toys using the technique of needle felting to see whether they can be used as effective learning resource for these children. Data for this research was collected by two methods: interview and activity. An interview was conducted with a special education teacher working in one of the schools in Lahore where they cater to the learning needs of special children. A three-hour activity was also conducted to see if the created toys were able to keep children with down syndrome engaged and attentive.
These were the samples in which the needle felting technique was used.