Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BBB - Octagon Week

Brain Building Boxes

 Xander is 20 Months

 These are the boxes from last week, so they happened during our Octagon Week and our Traffic Sign 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.

Traffic Sign Shadow Match
Like the majority of the boxes this week, this activity came from my Traffic Sign Printables.  Xander loves the traffic signs, but I really wanted him to focus on their shapes.  He did a great job matching, but couldn't be bothered liming up the cutouts.

Traffic Sign Match
This was Xander's favorite box, even though he wasn't very good at it.  It had half of the wooden signs from his traffic set, and then little cards to match them to.  He was really good at some of them, like the stop sign, but can't read the other cards, which is really my fault.  I had intended to make a LR lesson to go with this unit but never got around to finishing it.  He still loved it and was able to match things if I read the cards he didn't know.

Sign Shape Match
This box had a sheet another sheet from the Traffic Sign Printables.  Xander can read his a lot of his shapes, but still needs practice with a few. This page had signs with the name of a word and then sign cutouts to go with. He enjoyed it and did pretty well, but it was another activity that required me pointing out the shape of the sign because he would get so caught up in the sign itself.

Clothespins and Cup
Pretty self explanatory.  Xander really struggled with pinching the clothespins, so I was excited to find some easier plastic clothespins at the dollar store part way through the week.  He is so much better with them and can do the activity as intended.

Boggle Jr
Boggle Jr has been sitting in our basement for a while.  I got out just one card and the letters that went with it to see if Xander could match.  He did ok matching if I set the blocks up for him, but he really struggled if he knocked them over or picked them up and set them down on a different side.  I think we need to stick to activities with only one letter per object.  Oh well, how would I know if I hadn't tried.  He still really liked it.

One of our shelves had Cariboo on it.  It was a game that my step daughter had had and loved, so when I saw it at a garage sale for $2, I had to pick it up for Xander.  He is still technically too young to really play, but I got it out to see how he would do.  He aboslultely LOVED using the little key to find the balls and open the treasure chest.  We quickly gave up playing by taking turns choosing cards.  In fact, I ended up just putting the cards away and letting him open the compartments with the "key."  He loved it and I figured it was good fine motor work.

Puzzle of the Week
This Melissa and Doug Traffic Sign puzzle was PERFECT for this week's theme (of course I can't find the link to it anymore, but here is a similar puzzle).  Actually, I got it for Xander for Easter thinking we may end up doing a traffic sign theme.  Even though the slots where the pieces go, he did a good job putting it together when I reminded him about the shapes of the pieces, not just what signs they were.

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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