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Loose Parts: Mandala mini cones

Grapat £8.78
  • 36 small cone-shaped counters in alpine shades
  • Sorting, counting and pattern-making
  • Supports maths

These small wooden mandala counters from Grapat are great for developing mathematical thinking, especially counting and times tables especially. Children also love to explore patterns and make circular mandala-style pictures with the shapes. They can also be used in small worlds and imaginative play. Handmade from sustainable wood and stained with non-toxic colours.
Mandala mini cones measure 4.5cm high.

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Make transient art

As a child, do you remember making pictures and patterns with sticks and stones and other found materials? It was fun, easy and endlessly creative. Transient art is temporary, like a drawing in sand that's washed away by the sea, but no less rewarding for it. The pleasure is in the doing. It also teaches us about impermanence and the importance of non-attachment. Like a tower of blocks toppled by a rampaging toddler, transient art will eventually be destroyed, something we must learn to accept.

Grapat loose parts take this idea and bring it indoors. Of course you could use things you find lying around the house like buttons, matchsticks or dried pasta. But having a dedicated box full of loose parts makes this kind of play much easier. Pair them with a tray like the free-play box if you like to keep your creations intact for longer periods. Just make sure you have enough pieces to follow your imagination wherever it leads.

Create patterns with simple mandalas

When we talk about Grapat loose parts as mandalas, we mean that they can be used to make geometric patterns (usually circular). You'll see very complicated mandala designs online but for your child there's a huge amount to be gained simply from creating a basic hub and spoke arrangement.

Loose parts and small world play

Small world play is a way to explore places and ideas from the comfort and safety of the play room. Grapat's loose parts work brilliantly for this because their abstract designs allow them to stand in for almost anything. Cones can be trees, turrets or people, droplets make excellent bushes, tears or diamonds.

This is why Grapat's loose parts appeal to so many age groups. Their versatility makes them suitable for all kinds of play

Organise it all in a tinker tray

Whether you have Grapat loose parts, a collection of natural materials or a combination of the two, you'll need somewhere to store them. A tinker tray serves perfectly and doubles as a way to introduce sorting and classifying to your play.

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13 Reviews

Emese Varga

Lovely colours! My daughter is 3 so first I was affread of choking hazard but the pieces are bigger then I thought. Love it!

Amy Darchambaud

Absolutely love them, I even loved the way they came packaged!

Anonymous

Great product

Kelsi Rounds

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Anonymous

We use these as trees for amd food. The colour

Kinga Sandor-Kovacs

Erica

Another fabulous loose parts toy. My children love the size and colour of these. They can be used in so many ways. A must for all playrooms.

Miah Saleh

Victoria Seal

These a beautiful shades and we love using them as trees in our play set ups.

Viktoriya Prots

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Anonymous

Why we love loose parts

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