What to do:
- Place all of the wooden pieces into a container. We use an old protein powder container (an empty cereal box is another good option). It is nice because B can't see which piece he is pulling out and when the lid is on he loves to shake the container (which makes lots of NOISE)!
- Have your child pull one out
- Ask he/she where the piece goes
- If they are unable to identify where the piece should go give them a hand
**Don't get discouraged if this activity does not go so well the first few times you complete it with your child. This is one that will improve with repetition and is very stimulating for their little brains. If he/she doesn't get it the first few times keep demonstrating what you want them to do while verbally sharing the steps with them.
B places the piece in the general area where it belongs, but he has not always been able to do this (obviously). This activity can be made more simple by using one puzzle board (versus three) or having them hand you the pieces while you tell them what the object is and place it in it's proper spot. Then, as the get older or learn what you want from them you can add additional boards.
I love that B still has some learning to do with this activity. At this point, he places the puzzle piece in the proper location about 90% of the time, but he still has to learn how to manipulate the piece so it will fit into it's proper location.
If all else fails, put the lid on and let them have fun playing with their new shaker!!
**I realize this activity requires you to own a few puzzles. There may be alternatives, but I think purchasing a few wooden puzzles for your toddler is an excellent purchase. You can order several varieties directly from Melissa and Doug or look at your local Marshall's and/or T.J. Maxx. You can also find several of them on Amazon (Vehicles Chunky Wooden Puzzle Farm Wooden Chunky Puzzle Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle etc.)
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