Hase Box Activity Guide (from 21 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 development plus, some bonus activities you will both enjoy.

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

Push Pull Toy

The push toy is an additional challenge for hikers and promotes coordination, strength, muscle control and body awareness.

What is it for 

  • Practice coordination.
  • Develop strength.
  • Develop muscle control.
  • Build body awareness

How to use it 

  • Introduce the activity, give the game a name and assign it a place.
  • If the baby is not yet walking, present the toy while sitting and show him how to move it back and forth.
  • If the baby is already walking, pass the band in his hand while standing.
  • Let it move freely with it, ideally in a level room, free of obstacles.
  • When it's no longer in use, invite the baby to leave them in the assigned place that you can reach if you want to use them again.

Sort & Play

 

Sorting is an activity toddlers begin to enjoy when they step into the sensitive period. In such a big world, order gives them a sense of control and security. One way for toddlers to keep things tidy is by sorting. We see this playfully, of course, when toddlers sort things. There are different types of categories, with color being an obvious one.

What is it for 

  • To learn early math skills like matching,
  • Sort by,
  • Lay pattern
  • Categorize
  • Practice counting
  • Improvement of color recognition

How to use it 

  • Introduce the activity, give the game a name and assign it a storage location.
  • Start with just two colors and two coins of each color.
  • To set this up, place the blue and red bowls on a tray with the thalers in a bowl, or simply on the tray. Place the two bowls with space between them and take a thaler. Name it with a word, e.g. "red" then pause and say "red" again. Slowly put the red thaler in the red bowl. Repeat for the rest of the chips, naming and sorting accordingly.
  • It's okay if he puts the talers in bowls and doesn't pay attention to the color.
  • We don't want to correct the child right now. That tells us that it's not ready for this yet, or that we need to show it again. So we wait until an appropriate time for it to be introduced and then give it a few more opportunities to explore.
  • As soon as our toddler masters this simple sorting task, we can introduce several colors and coins.
  • Use a small basket or tray to put the items back on a low shelf once the baby is done with the activity. Learning the whole process takes time, good induction, and perseverance.

    Clip Frame

    The clip frame is an important material for the area of Montessori practical life. It helps children develop independence and self-care. As they learn to fasten or connect different things together, we prepare them to open and close their own clothes.

    What is it for 

    • Developing the child's independence.
    • Satisfy the child's need for order.
    • Development of hand-eye coordination in the child
    • Development of fine motor skills in the child
    • Develop the child's concentration

    How to use it 

    • Show the child how to properly carry the frame to the table. Introduce the frame by saying, "This is the clip frame"
    • Tell the child that you will show them how to unclip and unclip them.
    • Loosen the first one slowly. Make it clear to the child that you are using the pincer grip.
    • Continue down with all of the clips.
    • Open the fabric to show it is completely loosened. Close the fabric.
    • Carefully attach the first clip with both hands.
    • When you're done, offer the child the opportunity to do it themselves.
    • Ask the child to put the materials on a low shelf so they can work with them again if they so choose.

      Puzzle - multiple pieces

      Here come the real puzzles! A new level of difficulty for our little ones. This game helps develop spatial thinking and the ability to distinguish size and shape.

      What is it for 

      • To strengthen the baby's hands and fingers
      • Develop coordination.
      • Support the development of fine motor skills
      • Learning to use materials
      • Refine movement
      • Complete a cycle of activity
      • Carry out logical steps in sequence
      • Solve problems. There is a built-in error control in the puzzle so that the child can judge for themselves.

      How to use it 

      • Introduce the activity, give the game a name and assign it a seat.
      • Show the baby how to use it.
      • First show him the assembled puzzle and remove the pieces one by one.
      • Put it back together slowly.
      • Let the child try it on their own.
      • Use a small basket or tray to put the game back on a low shelf once the baby is done with the activity.

        Button Frame

        The button frame is an important game in the Montessori area of practical life that helps children develop independence and self-care. As the child learns to attach various devices, they are preparing to open and close their own clothes.

        What is it for 

        • Developing the child's independence
        • Satisfy the child's need for order
        • Development of hand-eye coordination
        • Development of fine motor skills
        • Develop the child's concentration

        How to use it 

        • Show the child how to properly carry the game to the table. Give him the frame by saying: This is a button game! "
        • Tell the child, "I'll show you how to unbutton and button."
        • Line up the button and hole.
        • Tilt the button on its side and push the button halfway through the hole. Repeat this with all button points.
        • Take the bottom of the button in one hand, the fabric in the other, and slide the button through the hole. Do this step for all spots.
        • Open the frame like opening a shirt
        • Bring the fabric back together with the button side. Line up the button spots with the holes.
        • Tilt the button on the side, pull it halfway through the fabric, grab the button and slide it through the hole while pressing down on the fabric on the other side.
        • Process all button options. Turn to the child and ask, "Do we want to turn it over again?"

          Language development set


          Das Sprachset, a classic Montessori game that introduces new words. The idea of language cards is that the child begins to see that a 3D object can be represented by a 2D image. You have an object and assign it to the corresponding card.

          What is it for 

          • Build vocabulary
          • concentration
          • Visual discrimination
          • promote cognitive development

          How to use it 

          • Introduce the activity, give the game a name and assign it a place.
          • For this activity, we recommend doing it together with the child.
          • Put the cards on the table and let the child do the comparison.
          • To expand the child's vocabulary, speak as much as you can while showing the cards and figures: say names, imitate sounds the animals make, tell where they live, etc. Try to speak in full sentences.
          • Use a small basket or tray to put the game back on a low shelf once the child is done with the activity. Learning the entire process including packing and unpacking takes some time, good role play, and focus.
          • The appropriate activity may need to be presented a few times for the child to understand and adopt. If you find that the child is not ready, put the game aside and wait a few weeks.

          II. Fun & educational activities

          • Button up and down: Do you have some clothes with buttons? Put them in a basket and show your toddler how you button and unbutton, encourage them to do the same. This activity helps your little one to develop fine motor and practical life skills.

          • Laundry fun: When you are folding laundry, let your toddler help you. As you fold, ask your child to bring you different articles of clothing. Say "please bring me a sock?" Helps baby learn to follow directions and the importance of participating in home chores.

          • DIY Book: Make a DIY book by gluing different textures onto some pages. Add feathers, buttons, or sandpaper, to name a few, so your toddler can feel the difference between rough and smooth, and hard and soft. Helps baby develop sense of touch and play skills.

          • New Words: Say some new words and let your toddler imitate you, trying to repeat what you said. Make a game out of it. Every time they say a word clap, cheer, and repeat the word back. Helps with copying, expressive language, eye contact, and play

          • Bowling: Set up empty water bottles to make bowling pins. Show your toddler how to roll the ball to knock down the pins. Helps baby build hand-eye coordination and practice balance.

          • Play Chef: Play chef and have your toddler fill measuring cups with e.g. cereal. Then let them serve you the snack. Helps baby develop executive function, fine motor, and play skills.

          • Tossing: Let your toddler throw balls into a laundry basket. Use different sized balls with varying levels of bounce to help them learn the proper amount of force to use while tossing. Helps baby develop visual-motor and body awareness skills.

          • Read with Sound Effects: Bring new life to stories by making sound effects. Someone’s stamping their feet in the story? Pound your feet on the floor. A wolf is howling? Give it your best howl. Helps baby develop language skills and keeps their attention.

          • Search Out: Get brightly colored toddler-safe objects and place them around the living room. Don’t make them too hard to find though. Let your toddler walk around and try to find them. Your toddler can count them out as they find them. Helps baby develop visual and language skills.

          • Rampin’ Up: Create a ramp with e.g. a wooden cutting board. Let your toddler roll different objects down it to learn about how gravity works. Helps baby develop ability to use eyes to track objects.

          • Dining Table Tent: Create a new living space underneath a dining room table. Add some pillows and their favourite toys to make it like their own house. Helps baby build play skills.

          • Dancing: Have a dance party with your toddler. Put on some upbeat music and dance around the house or outside. Help baby's coordination, balance, and increases creativity.

          • Teddy party: Find a few stuffed animals and set them on a blanket on the floor. Have a “birthday party” with some DIY decoration. Activities like this encourage your little one to use their imagination to create a pretend story.

          • I am Puzzled: Create a homemade puzzle for your child by cutting a magazine photo of a person, pet, or place into 3 pieces. See if your kid can put the pieces together again. (If this activity is difficult for them, you can provide a copy of the image to use as a guide.)

          • My favourites: Ask your toddler to show you their favourite toy, food, book, stuffed animal, etc. Snap a picture of them with each object, then glue each photo to an index card. Write on each card, “This is [child’s name]’s favourite book, toy, etc.” Tie the cards. together to make a book. As you read the book together, point to your little one's name on each page. This helps them make the link between the look of his name in print and the sound of his name when spoken.

          • Head, shoulder, knees and toes: Associate each body part with its name e.g. head, arms, etc. Once your toddler has nailed this, go more specific e.g. shin, calf, etc. This activity develops language skills.