Preschoolers build puzzles. And play games. 3D Feel & Find combines these traditional early childhood learning experiences. And the result is a versatile activity that encourages inclusive play. The object is matching shapes to corresponding textured wooden tiles. Of course, the number of shapes involved determines the level of difficulty. What also matters is the way the matching happens.
3D Feel & Find comes with 20 different wooden shapes. Ten are geometric shapes. Some basic: triangle, square, rectangle. Others more complex: H, T, and cross. The other 10 are objects. Think figures of people, animals, trees. Now imagine what happens if the objects are inside a canvas bag. And players have to reach into the bag to “feel and find” the corresponding wooden shape. Here’s where inclusion comes into play. This is an ideal game for the sighted, visually impaired, and blind to play together. Ruff’s House, a tactile matching game, is another.
One way to play is to put only geometric shapes or objects in the bag. For beginners, 10 might be too many. Three pieces will be challenging for some. Encourage success by varying the number of pieces to the abilities of the players. Shapes and tiles can also be used as one-piece puzzles. Again starting slowly and gradually giving more choices builds success.
Develops spatial memory, cognitive, and language skills. Children develop fine motor skills as they reach into the bag, feel the objects, grasp and pull out the desired piece. Placing the shape in its tile requires eye-hand coordination. Children also build spatial memory and vocabulary as they feel, find, and learn to identify the shapes and objects by name.