First things first: let them play! I have learnt this. If I want to sneak in a little structured learning I have to let exploration happen first. Here is the exploration:
What is under here mummy?
Anyone for tea? Cheers
A cap tower
New York Statue (Daisy's words)
Genuine statue (again her words- don't know where that came from!!)
I supported the sneaky learning by colouring a piece of card with crayon boxes the same colour as the shapes under the memory caps.
On the other side of the card I added a 1-12 grid.
I can then just slot the card in the box with the game, for storage.
The colour matching activity was not a hit so we ignored that and flipped over to the numbers.
This had more interest. We discovered a fun way to stack the caps. Yes I was joining in at this point.
Here is the skinny on Memory Caps:
A matching wooden manipulative toy. Mix up the geometric shapes on the routed spaces on the board and hide them with the bright, red caps. The players choose two caps each turn to reveal a match. Develops memory and matching skills. Made from Eco-friendly rubberwood and stained with low VOC aniline dyes. Measures: 11.25"W x 9.5"L x 1.5"H. Ages 3+.
- Discuss shape properties
- Sorting and making patterns
- What makes a statue? What do we like to look at statues? Those shapes go together well, why?
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