Work on analytical thinking, problem solving, manual dexterity, spatial relations, visual discrimination, play and leisure exploration and participation, visual closure, visual form constancy, in-hand manipulation
In the box: Wooden rabbit, 3 wooden building blocks (blue, yellow, red), 60 challenges
Ages 2+, 1 player
An awesome game for beginners to work on visual form constancy, spatial orientation, visual closure, and building a 3D model from a 2D pattern card. There are only four pieces and they are pictured in the challenges from the top, the side, the front, the back, and the bottom. You will be able to see each piece from many views and learn how one piece can look very different depending on how you turn it.
|Challenge cards show same red piece, 3 different views on 3 different cards.|
|Challenges increase in difficulty.|
UPDATE: When I lay a challenge card on the table and ask the individuals to build the model, some have tried to build the model flat against the table, not standing, as that is how the model looks in 2D. So I have started to hold the card upright while they work from it to reduce this confusion. This game has turned out to be a great investment for me. Kids of many ages have loved it and with only a few pieces, it is not intimidating to most.
|Challenge pieces are large and easy to handle.|
- Start by showing the child the red piece and challenge cards that show the piece in different orientations, like I did above. Talk about how looking at something from different directions makes it look different. Let him play with the piece and turn it to match the different cards to help understand the concept.
- Choose a challenge and build the model while the child watches. Then take it apart and give him the pieces and let him build it.
- Allow the child to identify the error if he builds it incorrectly. If he cannot correct it without help, verbally state the problem and help him walk through problem solving a solution.
- Build the models on a flat, slightly elevated surface. Some of the models are easier to "see" if you are looking straight into them from the front instead of angled down from the top.
- Use consistent directional and positional language as you work, such as on top of, behind, on the right, under.
- Hand the child each piece as it is needed to guide him as he builds if he cannot plan ahead.