Fuchs Box Activity Guide (from 6 months)

This guide has been carefully and lovingly crafted for you and your little one. Here you can find how to use each of the toys in your Tribu Box, how they help baby's brain development plus, some bonus activities you will both enjoy. It has been designed to aid communication, problem-solving skills, gross and fine motor skills, among other important skills at this developmental stage. 

This guide is merely a proposal. You are the expert when it comes to your baby, so feel free to adapt each toy and/or activity as you feel appropriate. 

All summarised and crystal clear for busy you.

I. Your Tribu Toys

Wooden Book

This little book is the perfect tool for early language and literacy learning. Small and sturdy enough for those gorgeous little hands.

what is it for

  • To practice hand control
  • To develop social and thinking skills.
  • To improve language skills by copying sounds, recognising pictures, and learning words.
  • To encourage to look, point, touch, and answer questions.

how to use it

  • Show it to baby until they focus, one page at a time.
  • Bring it close to baby's hands until they are able to grab it themselves
  • Feel free to help them, turning the pages for example, but let them explore!
  • Say the animals's names out loud or the sound they make

Egg puzzle

This is a great toy for whole-hand grip and fine motor practice. Perfect to introduce different shapes, the concept of in and out and to aid coordination.

what it is for

  • To practice fine motor skills
  • To aid hand-eye coordination
  • To help focus and concentration

how to use it

  • Introduce it when baby is starting to become interested in the concept of in and out.
  • Present it simply removing and replacing the egg a couple of times.
  • Let them freely explore: At first they will be more interested in the egg than the concept itself. That's totally okay. The egg shape cannot roll very far, so they can get back at it, should they drop it.

Musical Eggs

Made of natural, organic and consciously sourced wood, these eggs are perfect to develop your baby's grip and musical sense

what it is for

  • To build fine and gross motor skills
  • To support sensory development
  • To enhance hand-eye coordination
  • To teach patience and perseverance.
  • To accelerate brain development

how to use it

  • Present the toy slowly while making sounds
  • Try different sounds and melodies – fast, slow, soft, loud, behind your back, under your legs, above your heads, or bang them together to produce a totally different sound.
  • Offer one of the eggs to baby and keep one for yourself.
  • Put both in front of baby and let them explore

Baby's First Blocks

These baby-sized blocks build math and spatial skills that will be used for years to come. Mix and match the different shapes to explore more advanced physical concepts.

what it is for

  • To foster baby's creativity
  • To teach them about organising, balancing and stacking
  • To develop hand-eye coordination
  • To help build fine-motor skills such as grasping

how to use it

  • Present the toy
  • Holding and mouthing blocks are about all you can expect in the beginning
  • Get creative and show baby some fun activities as soon as they first start playing with blocks. E.g. dropping the blocks into a plastic bowl and then pouring them out.
  • Create a tower of blocks, baby might get a kick out of watching you and then knocking it down themselves.
  • Be patient, eventually they'll attempt their own construction projects.

Object Permanence Box

In baby's mind, if something is gone from sight, it simply no longer exists. This box and ball play asset develops their sense of object permanence. The ball exists even if they can't see it for a second.

what it is for

  • To help children develop their sense of object permanence.
  • To develop focus and concentration
  • To develop fine motor skills through whole-hand grasp.

how to use it 

  • Introduce it when they are able to sit up unassisted.
  • Put the object permanence box in front of baby.
  • Name the box and the ball: “This is the box. This is the ball.”
  • Place the ball in the hole, do it slowly.
  • Pick it up as soon as the it rolls to a stop in the tray /or open the draw and pick it up. Repeat.
  • Invite baby to place the ball in the hole
  • Leave baby to the game as soon as they got the gist of it.
  • Invite baby to put the materials away on a low shelf so they may work with them again when they wish.

Nesting Stacking Bowls

5 beautiful wooden bowls to refine your child's fine motor skills while learning key concepts: nesting and stacking

what it is for

  • To develop eye-hand coordination
  • To refine motor skills
  • To encourage problem-solving skills
  • To teach size sequencing

how to use it

  • Present the toy to baby, use the 2 biggest bowls first
  • We'll start with nesting.
  • Let them practice and explore
  • Introduce another bowl as soon as baby masters nesting the first two and so on.
  • Present the second activity: "now we're gonna use the same toy to stacking/build" Start with the 2 biggest bowls.
  • Invite baby to put the materials away on a low shelf so they may work with them again when they wish.

 

II. Fun & educational activities

Sit, stand, scoot, roll over—repeat! You have a 7- to 9-month-old and they won't be kept down. Independence, inquisitiveness and imitation are baby's main trademarks as both mental and motor skills take off during these months.

During this stage of baby's development, they will move beyond mere babble and start to sound as if they were speaking a foreign language, gestures and facial expressions included. Sitting up, trying to or full crawling and standing, attempting to explore strange new places will also be typical activities.

Communication & Social

  • Sign Language: Use hand movements along with associated words to teach baby to communicate with gestures. Baby can't speak yet but they can learn how to sign something e.g. if they are done with an activity.

  • Pin Point: Point to your nose and say "mommy's nose." Continue to do this with other facial features and see how baby reacts.

  • Baby do do: When baby performs an action, repeat it. Helps baby develop their joint attention and social connection with you.

  • Monkey Sees, Monkey Does: Use a mirror to practice silly faces and sounds with baby, e.g. a kissy face. Be silly! Baby will laugh and respond by trying to imitate you.

  • Clap and Kiss: Baby is learning new gestures, like pointing and waving. Show something new, like blowing a kiss or clapping hands. Helps baby learn how to use movements to express themselves.

  • Story Time: Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby. Helps them develop listening and communication skills.
  • Command Excitement: Give baby a simple command like "roll the ball". Show baby how excited you are if they do it by smiling and clapping. Helps baby learn to follow directions.

Cognitive & Motor

  • Toy Grasping: When baby is holding a toy in each hand, offer a third toy. Watch as baby figures out how to grasp the new toy without letting go of the other two. Talk about problem solving, right?

  • Baby in the Middle: Put baby’s favourite toys on the floor in a large circle. Place baby in the middle – tummy down. Watch them reach and move around to play with their toys.

  • Baby Push-Ups: Encourage baby push-ups during Tummy Time by raising and lowering a rattle over baby’s head. Helps baby improve neck and head control and strengthen back, shoulder muscles and core.

  • Sitting Up to Play: If baby can sit independently, sit on the floor and roll a ball in their direction. Encourage them to roll it back using both hands so they can't use them for support.

 

Motor

  • Roll and Pull: Take a thick piece of yarn of at least 60cm long. Tie a small object or toy on one end. Show baby how they can pull yarn to bring the object towards them.

  • Horsey Horsey: Have baby sit on your knees and hold onto their hips. Move your legs up and down so it looks like baby is riding a horse. Switch the direction baby faces. Helps expose baby to new types of movement.

  • Knee Knee: Position baby so their feet are flat on the floor and knees are bent. Gently push baby down, so they start to feel weight through their legs and feet. Helps baby practice sitting balance and get their feet ready for standing.

  • Move and Crawl: Help baby get into a crawling position. Support their stomach and hips if needed. Once baby is crawling, hold a toy in front of them to get them to move.

  • Train to Crawl: Create a tunnel with your legs and encourage baby to crawl through. "Catch" them by gently squeezing your legs together as they pass. After getting caught a few times, baby will make sure to speed up to don't get ''caught''.

  • Crawl Check: If baby is crawling, make sure both arms and both legs are pulling an equal amount of weight in movement. If you feel concerned about how baby is crawling, talk to your baby's paediatrician.

  • Giant Obstacle: Lie down on the floor and get baby to crawl over you! Helps baby develop gross motor skills, build upper body strength, and bond.

  • Rise to Stand: Hold baby's hands while they're sitting on the floor and slowly raise them to standing. Let them stand this way for 8 to 10 seconds, then slowly lower them back to the ground. Helps baby strengthen their leg muscles to prepare for walking.

Sensorial

  • Textures and Temps: Allow baby to experiment with textures and temperatures. Textured toys, like teething rings or a cold wet washcloth are fun for baby to experience. Helps with sensory development.

  • Splish Splash: During bathing time, you can place floating objects like plastic cups. Let them splash and push the objects underwater, then watch them come up to float.

  • Spielplatz Fun: Let baby safely explore the nearby park. Take baby outside and let them touch the leaves and grass. Helps to expose them to new sights, smells, and sounds.

  • Finger Follies: Unwrapping a present can be more exciting than what’s inside. It’s satisfying for them to use their fingers to accomplish things. You can even use newspaper or an old magazine to wrap up a toy they've played with before. Helps baby develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 

  • Finger Follies: Unwrapping a present can be more exciting than what’s inside. It’s satisfying for them to use their fingers to accomplish things. You can even use newspaper or an old magazine to wrap up a toy they've played with before. Helps baby develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.