Amanita Stacking TowerRaduga Grez £25.50
The pyramid has a rare combination of natural unpainted wood and bright color. It is not heavy, but it is stable, it is pleasant to touch, it smells of fresh wood shavings. At first, the child will be trying to put the pieces one on top of the other, and later will be able to make unusual structures out of them. You can look for the Amanita in the “woods” playing “cold-hot.” You can fantasize about what its shape looks like – a rocket, a house, a pencil? Or you can create a fairy tale where it will act as one of the characters.
And many years later the pyramid will remain as an element of decor in the room of a teenager and will be a reminder of childhood.
How to play:
- Disassemble and assemble in different ways
- Play that Amanita is a house for a magical creature. What is its name, what does it look like, and what does it eat?
- Lay out the pieces on a plane and assemble a picture from them
- Play a caterpillar that gradually "bites off" parts of the mushroom
Why we love blocks
Like puzzle pieces, blocks fit together. Unlike puzzle pieces, they can do so in a variety of ways. Learning to predict what fits where is the work of many years. Which pieces will I need? Do I have enough? The expert can see simply by turning the blocks over in her mind.
Small world play
Is your castle missing a section of wall? Does your railway need a tunnel? Never fear! Here is your humble set of blocks to the rescue. Infinitely versatile, blocks provide the canvas upon which to paint your stories.
Red, blue, red, blue; big, small, big, small. So much of early mathematical thinking is about making patterns. Can you see how it's a small skip from here to odds and evens or the two-times table? A set of blocks like the one above can even illustrate a number's relative size and how it can be combined to make ten.