Cupolas Building BlocksRaduga Grez £76.50
The Cupolas set is a creative space in which children can bring to life what they think is beautiful. The constructor has strict shapes and soft arcs, a rare combination that will launch the imagination to full power. It is a handy building material to create new worlds.
It does not have to be towers and castles – the building blocks constitute great walls and stadiums, bridges and garages, TV towers, schools, ice cream shops. You can build a skatepark for fingerboarding or an ecological zoo for toy animals. Thanks to the variety of shapes and harmonious colors, any construction will turn out aesthetically pleasing.
How to play:
- Build the tallest tower or the longest wall
- Find pictures of famous vaulted buildings on the Internet, such as the Hagia Sophia or St. Basil's Cathedral, and discuss why different peoples build such different architectures
- Collect incredible paintings on the plane, talk about what is the abstract art of Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, and Mark Rothko
- Put the pieces on top of each other one by one, trying not to let the construction collapse
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.