In the box: 12 blocks, 6 monkeys, 30 puzzles
The goal is to build the different 3D structures based on the 2D models in the book. The yellow blocks are weighted on one end and the green blocks are weighted in the middle. The blue blocks are not weighted. The individual must figure out where the weight goes or he will topple the structure. The monkeys are all doing something different, and the pattern is specific as to which monkey to place where. Some puzzles may require that you place 2 blocks simultaneously (one in each hand) to keep the structure balanced.
- Play with the blocks before you start the pattern book so that the kids can get a feel of the weighted pieces and how they respond when stacked this way or that.
- Kids who have trouble setting two things down at the same time have had trouble with this. Practice beforehand by placing one block horizontal on the table. Then, with a block in each hand, simultaneously stack/balance 2 blocks horizontally and then 2 blocks vertically. That way the child can practice without the disappointment of toppling the whole structure each time.
- Once the structure is built, can the individual take it apart, one piece at a time, without toppling it?
- If looking at the book is too much, or the individual does not know where to focus, I cover all but the pieces they are suppose to be adding plus anything underneath it.