Open-ended play gives children freedom to explore, discover, and learn at their own pace. The Guidecraft Tactile Matching Maze invites such play. When allowed to explore without being told what to do or how, children begin by looking at possibilities. The base has slots that five attached round blocks easily move through. Like a maze, only different. A kid could have fun just sliding the blocks in and out, up and down the board.
A cutout across the bottom houses five square blocks. These are loose. Not only easy to rearrange into different sequences but also easily taken off the board altogether. Stood on their sides, stacked, arranged and rearranged, even incorporated into other activities. As the children play, they notice similarities and differences. The round and square blocks on this kids puzzle board have panels with vibrant colors and distinct textures. Further into play, the children notice how one of each round block matches one of the square blocks. With Tactile Matching Maze, children can both see and feel the unique textures.
Aha! Now the children begin moving circles and squares around to match color and textures. How they go about that varies. Children engaged in a self-directed activity not only enjoy their freedom to explore but also develop skills. Fine motor and eye-hand coordination. Matching and patterning. Critical thinking and problem solving. Built to last, the sturdy puzzle board measures 15″L x 9 1/2″ W x 2″H, circles 2″ diameter, and squares 2 1/4″L x 2 1/4″W.