A small toy box
How many games can you built from a small toys box?
Actually I have not any intention to prepare a post like this. We made very nice activity and I wanted to share with you to give some inspration to you. The creator of a few games are my daughter. As you see, sometimes, you do not need to set up a game. They just need to guide to build a nice and longlasting game. I want to repeat, my daugther is 4-year-old.
Some of games below, are improved while playing, and the others are created when I said “what else can we play?”
I gave a used watch box to my daugter to play. And then, she came to my near and said “happy birthday, can you find, what is there inside the box?” The game started. Firstly, I think this is a rol playing, drama game. We give reaction such as joy, sadness, surprise or crying. And then the drama outweighed and we start to a new game according to our dreams. We developed new type of birthday parties and other games. My daughter really like this type of games because of her art skills. Sometimes, we said what we will give reactions to each other. For example, worry for this present, and now you have to happy. Her face changed easily according to directions.
After two minutes, we have finished the game, she focused the toys again. She put in them order while counting to tenç In this duration, I asked her to show me the 6th or which one is the 3th toy. We played this game in Turkish and in English. At the same game, after 2-3 hours later, we played with the same box again. She loved this method. We played again and again until the box tore. Now we played same type of games with other toys boxes. Choosing diffrent toys for each game makes more fun. Generally, I support her to choose the toys by herself. I think you will like this game. It is good game to play at home with different aged kids.
Now, want to share what can we play with this box. Actually, I don’t want to ignore another side of this games. Which intelligent types the games support?
*If you raise a bilingual child, you can play the same games both of the languages.
*You can change all the materials up to your child age. Like bigger box, soft toys…
What can we play?
- Toy name riddle. Take the toys out of the boxes one by one and tell them what they are. Linguistic
- Toy color riddle. Saying the colors on the toy. Spatial– Linguistic
- You can also play the opposite of the first game. You can tell the name of an object and find it out of the box. Linguistic – logical
- Saying a color and finding a toy in that color. Exp. Find a toy with blue and green color on it. Spatial
- Counting while removing toys. (You can change the number of toys by turning your child’s back after each count.) Logical-mathematical
- Find the number order of sorted toys. Which is the 5. toy -7. toy . You can also say their names and ask them in what is its order. Logical-mathematical
- Support him to start with a small number of toys and give them names and remember them. This will reinforce more easily. Ask him to jump the object you’re calling his name, and as his game moves, your child will have more fun. You can gradually increase the number of toys.Linguistic
- Find 3-4 toys from the box and find a new game using his/her imagination. You can call it “what can we play”. Encourage and support him/her to find multiple options.Spatial
- Role-playing and drama. We celebrated a birthday party that we dreamed of at our own game. We opened the gifts and gave different reactions. We expressed ourselves in different words. They developed as improvisations. But I think it’s very effective. You can diversify your role-playing game with different fictions. You can expect the cook, doctor, engineer to use the toys in the box as tools. It is a well-known fact that people can be more creative in more limited places. We can evaluate this for the development of children. Spatial – Linguistic
- If you have animals that are small enough to fit in the box, you can also enrich your game using just these. Or memory cards made for children will be enough.Ask them the animals’ names, voice, big or small?, how many legs they have?, where do they live? In fact, this time you can say “animals come on the forest, let’s play this game together,” and all of these questions above can be ask in this game. This type of games can also help to understand the relationship in the forest in a very simple way. Naturalist – Linguistic – Logical- mathematical
- Speaking of memory cards, I would like to add a different method. The memory cards have special shapes for different areas. Like animals, fruits, vehicles. You can play riddles with the cards that belong to a group you randomly put inside. Smaller age groups can be much more interesting to come out of a box. Spatial – Logical- mathematical
- A different analogy game can be as follows. You collected different toys. We could choose one and say, “What do you think this animal would look like?” For example, we can expect a truck to look like an elephent or hippo. This will allow your child to combine data and think differently. Linguistic
- Again our young children love hiding. He can turn the box upside down and hide a toy underneath. You can support find and remove. Spatial
- By placing different color blocks in the box, you can make different sounds and notes for each color. You can ask her/him to repeat the voices after. However, I recommend that you remove these objects one by one from the box. Because if the child cannot learn the first two voices, she/he will slowly lose his attention when you take the other voice out of the box. There are two points to consider here. The toys come out of the box in turn and the child chooses the toys. You must decide how the toy should sound before the games. In this way you can ensure that your child is paying attention to the sounds of the specified order. Musical – Linguistic
- Dream together before opening the box. According to this dream, you can go for a stroll, a visit, a museum trip. Open the box according to the game of your dreams and turn the objects inside into those you need. You can direct your child while imagining your game. According to this game setup, it is better to choose the toys to be put in the box before the game. Let me try to explain more clearly with an example. For example, you will go camping in the forest. You have added a red wrapped piece of lego pieces in the box. You can direct the child by saying that we can do this campfire. And in the continuation of the game you can warm up together at the campfire. Moreover, in our experience, my daughter was very excited with the fiction I prepared without knowing my daughter. It is also a multiple intelligence game that supports more than two types of intelligence. Spatial – Linguistic- Bodily-kinesthetic
- When I think a little more with this group of toys, I see that these are so suitable to develop a game to make our children recognize themselves, understand their feelings and express themselves. Playing card can help us. If not, you can find cartoon frames or animation drawings from the internet showing different situations and print them out and put them in the box. Don’t forget to add moments that your child will laugh at so that it will be more fun.
Actually this game similar with a communication between you and your kid while reading book. For example, in the book we read, we have a bear character who runs away from bees. She’s scared, she’s tired. How would you feel, where you’d hide. Or why she might be running away from bees, what would you rather do … instead of her. Bodily-kinesthetic – Intra-personel – Naturalist
- In the box, you can put shapes or cards showing various movements and animate these movements. Anyone can choose what the other will do. For example, applause, or bridging.Bodily-kinesthetic -Interpersonal
- For young children, you can play matching by placing two of the same object in the box and taking them one at a time. You can also put more detailed and smaller objects for older children. Logical- mathematical
As I metioned, you can change the toys up to your planned game. The important point is attract your child’s attention and make a game up yo her level. A game that requires very deep concentration could not be proper for 3-year-old kid. Of course, you can easily understand and directed the game belongs to her/his intelligence.
Please, share with us if you generate a new game about this box. We can add assets to our children’s imporovement all together.