Earth Pastel Stacking TowerRaduga Grez £24.23
The parts of the pyramid are pleasant to hold, they smell of fresh wood, they have their own weight, they are stable, dense and as if velvet to the touch. Your eyes rest and rejoice: the parts of this pyramid are painted in shades of blooming sakura, blush, spring sky, the first greenery.
The pyramid discs can be arranged flat from larger to smaller. You can make pictures and faces out of them, use them as plates for a doll's tea party or string them on a ribbon and spin them. There are no rules - let the game lead the way.
How to play:
- String the discs on a twine or a ribbon
- Make the figures on a flat surface, for example, a caterpillar or a snowman
- Imagine that the discs of the tower are stars (the way we see them from the Earth). Some of them are closer and bigger, others are further and smaller. Make constellations (existing or imaginary) with them
- Set wheels in motion. Which will roll further? In which surface: upwards, straight or downwards?
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.