Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BBB - Crescent Week

Brain Building Boxes

 Xander is 19.5 Months

 These are the boxes from last week, so they happened during our Crescent Week and our Space Theme.  I try to have the activities link in when I can, but don't feel constrained by making them fit.  I don't intend all of the activities to be done independently.  Most requiring scaffolding from me.

Button Shape Matching
The first box had one of the boards from his Big Button Fun set.  I have learned that it is better to present it like this in a box than to just give him the whole set of boards and shapes.  With all of them he just likes to scatter them and make the biggest mess possible.

Moon Phases Activity
This box had a moon phases activity from 2 Teaching Mommies.  Unfortunately, it was a flop.  Xander watched me put the cards around once, and was done.  Oh well.

This box definitely did not go as planned!  The idea was to put the crafting stick into the styrofoam and then string the beads onto the crafting stick.  Well it ended up being a little bit more of having fun poking the sticks into the styrofoam until it crumbles all over the floor.  Then, the rest of the week we just had sticks for the beads.  Still a good fine motor activity, I will just have to find a way to help him string the beads without them going off the other end.

Shape Connectors
This box had some shape connectors (old Tupperware toys) and some word cards.  It ended up being a favorite.  The idea was that he would put together the shapes and then match them to the cards.  He had a lot of fun matching up the shapes, although couldn't quite get them together on his own.  While he was perfectly capable of matching them to the right card, he had absolutely no interest in that, so we mostly just played with the shapes.  The idea is that he have fun while learning, so if he doesn't use a box like I intend (or use a box at all), I just go with it.

Some pattern matching.

Word Puzzles
This box had some word/picture puzzles.  I wasn't sure how he would do, but he enjoyed them.  He could read bee without my help, and only need a little help lining up the pieces.

Pizza Cutting
This box got daily use!  It had his pizza set, and while he had seen it in the past, but never really shown much interest.  I don't know if it was presenting it in a box, or what, but boy he had it out often.  He liked to pretend to eat the pizza and feed me.  He also kept cutting it apart and putting it back together.

Puzzle of the Week
This week's puzzle was this pretty wooden butterfly.  Xander is on a big butterfly kick lately, so I thought he would like it.  Since the slots are not colored and the pieces all look similar Xander had a bit of trouble.  He liked sitting in my lap and putting the wing pieces in place after I oriented them and pointed to where they went.  The body he could do on his own.

Brain Building Linky

Since I am always looking for new ideas for our boxes, I decided to start a Linky.  Have you posted about any sort of brain buidling work boxes, tot trays, busy bags, etc?  Feel free to link up!  All I ask is that you add the Brain Building Lynky button (in the sidebar) or a link back somewhere on your post.  Thanks!

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