We LOVE loose parts, games and toys that are portable and versatile enough to take travelling! Last year we had fun with a Cereal Box City, Dominoes and 3D Construction Kit made on the go, as well as some easy DIY Construction Sticks. This year, we took a whole range of little activity prompts, including a simple (DIY) ‘Things That Go’ themed ‘Snap’ game, stored away in a small recycled box (the best part of the children’s paracetamol kit!). *Stay tuned for future ‘Travel Approved’ posts too!
Although a little tedious, it was super easy to put stickers on coloured circles of paper, laminate and cut them out! And the best part?… they were/are so convenient to carry around to restaurants, or even on planes for long flights!
SNAP is really easy to play, and our toddler for one, doesn’t seem to be bothered by the repetition of it! We play it by dividing the pieces between 2 players, then taking turns to put a piece down; waiting to be the first to call “Snap” when two identical pieces (or stickers) appear and claiming all the previously played pieces. Sometimes we make up new rules as we go along… why not?!
Snap is a great game to practise turn taking, noticing and waiting, and is a lovely visual perceptual exercise. However, it’s not the only game you can play with a set of loose parts like this.
Other possibilities for play with this compact DIY kit include:
– MEMORY GAMES – starting with them all turned upside down, then taking turns choosing two pieces to turn over – trying to find two that match – leaving them in place if they are not the same.
– IDENTIFYING and NAMING the pieces, and talking about them.
– CATEGORISING the pieces – sorting them into groups (Colours, type of transport…)
– STORY PROMPTS – selecting pieces randomly to create stories.
– SYMBOLIC PLAY PARTS – even they are not 3-dimensional objects that shouldn’t stop us referring to the laminated piece of paper with a bus sticker on it as the actual bus in our play adventures.
– COUNTING and number games.
– ADMIRING …and simply…
– MOVING THEM AROUND – is a great way to work on fine motor skills -bilateral coordination and pincer grasping and manipulation, which are all required for efficient handwriting!
Our 3 1/2 year old had fun with this easy DIY kit during our recent travels, particularly at restaurants, whilst waiting for the adults to finish their meals. To be honest, this tended to take a LONG time, given the number of courses in each meal (I know, poor us!), and the number of stories to catch up on with friends/family we hadn’t seen in ages!
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