1 Wooden base, 3 Geometric 3D pieces, 6 circles with centers cut out in geometric patterns, 3 geometric gears, 1 detailed instruction manual, all packed in a Skola box
This simple sensorial toy uses rotating gears to enhance awareness of geometry. Sorting and stacking, while also practically introducing principles of gear mechanics.
ACTIVITY 1- GEAR ROTATION
Show the child how to hold the board with the left hand to stop it from moving. Use the 3 pencil fingers of the right hand to grip any one of the gears at one end and turn it.
ACTIVITY 2- SORT AND STACK
Remove all the pieces. Place the 3D holders one on each of the rods, then stack back the pieces depending on the shape of the holder. Point out that the gears are in a straight horizontal line, connected
ACTIVITY 3- MEMORY GAMES
Place all the 2D shapes on a tray in another room. Place a shell/ marker next to one 3D solid and ask the child to bring the corresponding 2D shape. Children love memory games. They can continue to play by placing the shell themselves. Variations can be played with shapes in different locations
As children stack, there is geometric awareness that each shape only fits in its correct holder. Watching one gear trigger the motion in the other two triggers thinking. Stacking based on one property introduces partial pairing. As children twist & turn the gears, their hand movements aid in writing.