I hope you’re all doing great. If you have been following my blog you know I have written about the importance of stem education. I am trying my best to inculcate the same in my daughter’s playtime too. Recently I received a toy (GEOMETRY CAKE) from the skola team and my daughter has been obsessed ever since.
I’ve been using the toy with my daughter for around a week and here is what I honestly feel about it.
ABOUT THE TOY
Stack layers of the strawberry cake by inserting the right shape of chocolate in each layer. As children become more proficient with complementary, partial and abstract of pairing shapes, it is time to move to 2 step processes that include complex forms of pairing along with stacking.
The layered cake-shaped stacker adds a lot of excitement while also enhancing geometry. Using this toy to fit each layer with different objects in the forms of chocolates helps them to reinforce their understanding of complex shapes along with their manipulation skills. By learning how to pair complex shapes and stack, children now get ready to apply their knowledge of this distinct property.
ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THE GEOMETRY CAKE
ACTIVITY 1 – PAIR AND STACK
Ask the child to remove all pieces. Sorted in 2 groups, large pieces on one side, inner pieces on the other. Take one large piece, show the child how to find its pair from the other group by visual examination. Now show the child how to stack by first putting the inner chocolate piece and then by putting the outer cake layer around it.
This is a 2 step process and hence more complex than plain stacking.
ACTIVITY 2 – MEMORY GAME
Keep the inner pieces on a tray away. Place the outer pieces in a line. Place a shell/ marker on anyone outer piece. Ask the child to bring it pair from the tray. When the child is done with this memory game, she/he can also place the pink pieces in different parts of the room and use a marker on the inner piece and find the corresponding outer piece.
2D Geometry – When children fit the correct shapes in their respective slots, they start distinguishing clearly between 2D shapes. Sorting and the complementary pairing of geometric shapes are critical sensorial processes which improve children’s analytical and classification skills.
This exciting toy encapsulates these processes effectively thereby improving understanding of 2D geometry.
Memory – Remembering shapes, forming complementary pairs is a brilliant exercise for short-term memory and sets a foundation for reading/ other working memory.
Fine motor skills – Inserting the pieces on the rod is excellent for dexterity.
MY FINAL VERDICT ON THE GEOMETRY CAKE
This particular toy from skola is an excellent example of a learning toy. I love the fact that firstly it is age appropriate for her. Secondly, it has improved her skills with shapes. She has started to identify and sort shapes accordingly.
Also helps my little one in improving the stacking activity. Apart from being the attractive toy that it is it overall helps in improving fine motor skills of the child too.
If you too are a new parent and on the lookout for good quality educational toys, I’d suggest you check SKOLA TOYS
They have an entire collection dedicated to LEARNING TOYS that also contribute early education.
Don’t forget to check out my previous post on THE GIFT OF LEARNING