Getting to Know the Neighborhood
All About Me Sorting Neighborhood invites imaginative play with six two-piece houses and 36 neighbors. Not only people but also dogs. Imagine the possibilities. Notice how the roofs come off? Can you stack one house on top of another? Then add a roof? And what about the play figures. You’ll find both people and dogs. With six colors, children first learn to identify, then to match colors. With figures of men and women, boys, girls, and babies as well as dogs, children learn to distinguish shapes and sizes. Sorting and counting opportunities abound. Beyond that, children can mix and match houses and roofs, expressing their color preferences.
Skill Building Memory Games
Create memory games by hiding figures inside the houses. Vary the number. Invite the child to pick up each house and guess identify the heaviest and the lightest. Then figure out where the others fit in between. Using a postal scale, weigh the houses and verify the findings. Raising the roofs, discover how many figures are hiding inside each. For another way to play, shake the houses and decide which one makes the most and the least noise. Take the next step, and line the houses up progressing from softest sound to loudest. Doing so develops auditory discrimination. As with the weight game, take off the roofs and see how many figures are inside. Guessing how many figures are inside each box based on weight or sound is another way to play. These games help children deepen their understanding of cause and effect.
While arranging and rearranging the houses and moving around the play figures, children develop fine motor skills, from grasp and release to dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Beyond that, All About Me Sorting Neighborhood develops language skills and supports emotional and social development. Children talk about themselves and their families. Often they create and act out a variety of scenarios, exercising their creativity. Houses measure 3″L x 2 3/4″W x 2 1/2″H.