Here’s a few play ideas using this great toy. Remember with young tots, EXPOSURE is the key word, not MASTRY. Don’t feel like you need to drill facts into your little one, just have fun exploring together!
The most obvious way to play, is to let your tot freely explore how the pegs fit into the holes…
Encourage your tot to build them as high as s/he can! Use language like tall, big, high, top, etc while building. Some tots will get very upset when it falls, this is a good lesson in “try-try-again”!
Sorting by color is a wonderful activity, although some tots who are younger will reject sorting until they are truly ready. This was the case with Krash, I tried many times with him before he would gladly sort ;-).
Making stairs and bringing in another toy (we used Little People) is fun. Expose vocabulary, counting, colors and more!
- “The man is going up, up, up, down, down, down..”
- “The man is standing on the green tower, can you put him on the yellow tower?”
- “Oooh the man is on the shortest tower, can you move him to the tallest tower?”
- “Let’s count with the man, 1-2-3-4-5…” (as he moves up and down the stairs).
Make a mini zoo, with cages for animals…
One of the boys’ favorite activities is to make a birthday cake out of it, with candles that are taller. Then they take the “cake” to the birthday boy/girl and sing Happy Birthday and have him/her blow out the candles!
- Show your tot how to put the pegs onto his/her fingers.
- Lay the pegs in a straight line and practice counting.
- Make different letters using the pegs laid out on the floor.
The opportunities are truly endless and this is by far one of the most popular toys we have in our home. Krash is now almost 4 and has loved this toy since he was 2. My oldest son is almost 8 and still LOVES to play with it.
You can see this and other toys we feature here on our website all on one page. We will add all of the toys we feature with links back to the blog posts!