Work on manual dexterity, motor planning, body awareness, tactile perception, visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, spatial relations, figure ground, eye-hand coordination, attention, recognition of shapes and shape names, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 5 pattern boards (10 scenes), 30 shape pieces
This activity is simpler than many other pattern block activity kits and may be a good place to introduce pattern piece activities. This is why I say that:
- The bigger pieces may be easier to handle than the smaller pieces.
- The pieces are laid directly onto a picture without having to follow a pattern card.
- The pieces are laid into a slightly hollowed out hole the same shape as the piece, less chance of moving around.
- There are very few pieces per picture.
|Holes where pieces go.|
- Play with the different pieces before making the pictures and point out the similarities and differences. Call pieces by their geometric shape name.
- Give the individual one piece at a time and name the parts of the picture, such as this is the tail, this is the wing, this is the window etc.
- Use consistent directional language as you work, such as this fin is on top of the fish.
- Hand the individual a piece that is not in the correct orientation so that he will have to adjust it.
- Place only the pieces for the picture in front of the beginner. As skills improve, ask the individual to find all the needed pieces from a group of pieces.