Carter’s activity board.

June 9, 2016
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Carter has become increasingly interested in how things work. Toys are often turned upside down to see where the batteries fit, locks have been unlocked and locked many, many times and Daddy’s tool box is the latest obsession and he could spend hours exploring its contents…

His Grandpa got creative this week and made him his own activity board and it’s a hit. Bunnings themed of course because that’s Carter’s favourite place to hang out šŸ™‚

The board includes:

  • A ruler which is placed on a hook-great for introductory measurement activities;
  • a padlock which when unlocked opens a small square door;
  • lots of different sized hooks to fit certain shaped chains-Carter is also learning to hang one chain between two hooks-the chains are different lengths though so he has to work out which one will be the best fit, which ones don’t reach etc-encouraging problem solving skills;
  • cylinder shaped lids which he can unscrew and inside he will find more tools (great for revising which way we open and close);
  • a padlock with a key-teaching him about spatial awareness;
  • a ramp so he can have car races (of course);
  • a tap;
  • Bunnings stickers-an engaging way to encourage reading and letter identification;
  • a flashing light…

The list goes on!

There are many benefits to activity boards. They keep children engaged through a variety of sensory activities and the boardĀ encouragesĀ them to use their imagination to create their own play whilst also problem solving in a ‘hands on’ learning environment. They encourage discussion and therefore develop vocabulary and communication skills whilst also promptingĀ a child to manipulate objects and use their fine motor skills in order to achieve a desired result (e.g: unlock a padlock by fitting the key).

 

1 Comment

  • Reply Nina June 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I just love this idea! We have tried a few minor versions of this, but nothing this big or cool! Real world materials are almost always of more interest to children and often provide better skill practice than toys. I’m really so excited that we might have to get to work on one of these!

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