Open-ended play gives children freedom to explore, discover, and learn at their own pace. Tactile Search-Match invites such play. When allowed to explore without being told what to do or how, children begin by looking at possibilities. Only after a thorough inspection and careful consideration, do they decide how to play. Here the nine, round, wooden blocks invite review. They are loose. Quickly the children realize they can stand the blocks on their sides, stack, arrange and rearrange into patterns, even incorporate them into other activities. Matching one to one, as the designer of the game intended, likely comes later. And then only if matching matters to the child. Even then, the child may need time to refine tactile discrimination skills before successfully matching nine different textures.
How children achieve success 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 wooden board measures 14″L x 12″W x 2″H.