Open-ended play gives a child freedom to explore, discover, and learn at his own pace. Tactile Search and Match invites such play. When allowed to explore without being told what to do or how, the child begins looking at possibilities. He begins by inspecting the toy and thinking about ways to use it. The thick, round, wooden blocks initially attract attention with their bright colors and distinctive textures. The child both sees and feels the similarities and differences among the blocks. This develops visual and tactile discrimination skills. He’s likely to begin playing with the blocks separate from the board. Perhaps he’ll stack or arrange and rearrange into patterns. He may even incorporate the blocks into other activities.
Matching one to one, as the designer of Tactile Search and Match intended, comes later. Once matching makes sense to the child. Even then, he’s likely to match and mis-match repeatedly before successfully placing each block in its corresponding space on the board.
How children achieve success varies. Engaged in a self-directed activity, a child not only enjoys freedom to explore but also develops skills. Think fine motor and eye-hand coordination. Matching and patterning. Critical thinking and problem solving.
Built to last, the sturdy wooden board measures 14″L x 12″W x 2″H.