At first glance it may seem like our latest MakerBase® Collection addition, the Pixel Bricks, is aimed more at the seasoned building brick lover, but younger kids can join in with them too. We've created three simple invitations to create which are perfect for toddlers.
1. Add the Sprinkles
If your toddler is anything like ours then they will be all about the sprinkles! Whether they add them to their ice cream, waffles or even toast (don't judge!), sprinkles just seem to make everything better.
In this set up we made a cupcake out of Pixel Bricks using the free design guide template which you can access here. We then invited our three-year-old to come and add the sprinkles by selecting which color Pixel Bricks to push into the gaps on the frosting.
This was a great fine motor skill workout as our toddler had to carefully manipulate the 1x1 brick into place. It also led to lots of conversation about color, as well as some basic counting skills. After all the sprinkles were on, we asked some simple numeracy prompt questions like 'how many green sprinkles are there?' Such a fun way to get little ones counting and talking about numbers!
2. Ladybird Spots
Our toddler gets so excited whenever a ladybird is seen. We thought it would be fun to build a ladybird with the focus being on adding black spots.
To add to the learning, we purposefully left some small areas and some big areas to encourage our toddler to talk about size. This may seem very simple, but sizing is a great basic math concept for toddlers to become comfortable with.
3. How many Watermelon Seeds?
We couldn't resist some watermelon fun as it is summertime after all. The watermelon slice was nice and easy for us to build ready for our excited little builder. This would actually be a really fun one to do as a 'snacktivity', adding the Pixel Bricks while munching on a slice of watermelon!
Simply provide a bowl of black Pixel Bricks and ask your toddler to add them onto the watermelon slice to create the seeds. If your toddler is interested in counting, it can be really fun to add a dice to the set up. Leave six blank areas, roll the dice and ask your toddler to count the dots on the dice. Then fill that many blank spaces to create the correct number of 'seeds'.
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