Animal Puzzles Preschool Activity Kit (Montessori Method)
This box is filled with animal puzzle fun that teaches children about some favorite creatures"including deer, owls, foxes, and seals"and their habitats. Jigsaw-style activities help children master basic concepts, while an accompanying booklet explains how the process works. It not only stimulates learning through play: it enhances the child's cognitive development. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child's learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.
The box contains:
- 24 tiles, corresponding to as many animals
- A colorful poster depicting four habitats: savanna, jungle, forest, and the polar regions
- 4 panels with 24 removable animals to decorate the poster
- A manual explaining the activity, as well as useful tips to help you further your knowledge of the Montessori educational approach and apply it to your everyday life
These are great manipulative and activity items for toddlers and preschoolers. They come with a parent activity guide that takes parents through the basic Montessori discovery method of learning and how to present the material. Kids can then work mostly independently. The puzzles are made from heavy cardstock, yet are colorful and unique in design. They work best on a table or flat surface to assemble them. (Does not work so well on carpet.) Number Puzzles are 2-piece puzzles that fit together with a simple innie outie fit. One card piece shows the number and youngsters match to a card showing that many of an object. They see the word, 6 of something, and the digit – but also, the card colors/patterns match up (soft green, aqua, cream, yellow). Includes 15 cards. Shape Puzzles seem a little more difficult to me. Each card has punch-out shapes in a contrasting color. The child puts the shapes back into the card. The trick is, there may be 4 circles on a card, all of different sizes. Some cards have the shapes formed as a house or sailboat, all with the same soft color palette. Includes 18 Cards. Each comes in a cute storage box with a lid. It’s an inexpensive way to try out the Montessori Method at home. Also available: Animal Puzzles and Color Puzzles. Boxes measure 6.75” x 5.5” x 1.5” ~Sara