Share Learning games: the Treasure Box
We talked a few days ago about how it is possible to prepare young children for a creative learning of mathematics . The first activity will, logically, be pure free discovery. It is very creative and fun for them to start with the game of the Treasure Box .
The ideal age to start it is between 6 and 12 months, which is when they acquire enough mobility to enjoy sitting and get excited with any novelty they can explore with their senses and especially with their hands or mouth. On the one hand, the pure discovery of objects, textures and sizes provides the basis for children to be able to create categories and organize the different elements as we will see in successive themes. This game not only stimulates your intelligence but also your psychomotricity.
To carry out the activity of the Treasure Box, the materials are extremely simple and available to everyone. You need a basket or a box big enough to fit enough things. It must be shallow and free of hard edges or anything that may harm small children. Inside you have to put many treasures.
And for a child of this age, anything new is a treasure. Therefore we will not need objects that we buy, but simple things that we have at home with only one condition: they should not be a danger to the child. You can spend half an hour quietly searching, sucking, touching and shaking the things that we have introduced every day for your enjoyment.
We will use any everyday object . To choose them we should only think of those that would be more stimulating to provide new experiences for children. They will use their five senses, they will move and exercise eye-hand-mouth coordination to get them and investigate them. We must bear in mind that at this age they will be sitting and that the mouth is still an exploratory organ, so we must opt for objects that can suck. The idea is not to be prohibiting or directing your free exploration.
The child will take each time a thing and will give a hundred laps, will smell, suck, touch, shake and throw. It is discovering itself. He is learning while wondering what this object is. The adult should be close, but without interfering or guiding the choice of the child, simply be available and attentive to give security with their eyes and presence.
We must change the objects and we can do it according to the interests of the child, being attentive to their preferences. Obviously you have to clean them and take care that they are in good condition.
Inside we can put many things, from stones to stories, from cloth balls to spoons. My son loved the colanders of different sizes, the handkerchiefs and the big keys. A purse, a piece of wood, a pineapple, a notebook, some boxes, a rattle, pieces of cloth, a flute, a rug, a string, shells, apples, lemons, shells, boats...
anything goes and everything will be a novelty to discover and enjoy with the five senses. The ideal is to use natural materials and everyday objects that are not the usual toys.
The world is a new place and full of fascinating things for our little explorers. With the Treasure Box we can give them the opportunity to play and learn at the same time.
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