Wildschwein Box Activity Guide (From 18 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

Auto/Ball Tracker

Watching each ball roll down the ramp builds visual observation skills that are important for future writing and reading. This marble run has parts of different sizes with different shapes that can be easily put together.

What is it for 

  • Build visual tracking skills and strengthen eye muscles
  • Train coordination and concentration
  • Learn problem-solving skills and basic concepts of gravity
  • Develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Developing logical thinking and bilateral integration skills

How to use it

  • Introduce the activity, give the game a name and assign it a place.
  • Create a trail like in the previous photo.
  • Drop the ball on top and let it zigzag as it rolls. Have the baby collect the ball from below and start over.
  • The baby reaches for the ball, squats, moves up and down, and reaches out his hand repeatedly until he has mastered the game.
  • If the ball falls off the path, or if the ball doesn't fit, the baby begins to solve the problem.
  • Ask the baby to put the materials on a low shelf so they can work with them again if they choose to.

Screw Toy 

Now let's let our little builders do the work! Children can learn early math skills like matching, sorting, creating patterns, and categorizing. These skills form the basis for further learning in math. It strengthens the wrist while increasing your child's confidence and desire to work and play independently.

What is it for 

  • Solve problems.
  • Learn how we use tools.
  • Strengthen the muscles of the hands and wrist.
  • Learn early math skills like matching and categorization.
  • Practice counting.
  • Train color recognition.

How to use it

  • Show the child how to carry the materials on a tray to the table.
  • You then show the child how to work with the nuts and bolts. First we just use the nuts and bolts (without the red screwdriver).
  • From left to right, hold the nut and screw with your left hand.
  • Bring the mother and screw very close and in front of the child. Slowly loosen the screw counterclockwise with your right hand almost to the end.
  • Place the almost completely unscrewed nut and screw on the felt cloth.
  • Do the same for the others.
  • When all the bolts and nuts are done, we screw them back on and turn the bolt clockwise this time, starting from left to right.
  • When the child has mastered the activity, we can introduce the screwdriver. First disassemble the parts and then screw them back in.
  • Return the toy to the designated location

    Threading Toy

    A favourite pastime among children in the Montessori classroom is threading pearls. It is part of practical life and helps children develop fine motor skills and focus which will aid them in all other classroom activities. Here the child practices precision and coordinates with two hands as the pearls advance in difficulty.

    What is it for 

    • Develop concentration
    • Practice coordination
    • Develop fine motor skills
    • To strengthen the muscles in the fingers and hand
    • By practicing the little pincer grip, you prepare your hand for writing.
    • Develop patience
    • Strengthen dexterity

    How to use it

    • Introduce the game, give it a name and assign it a place.
    • Show the child how to hold the "needle" in one hand and thread a bead with the other (most likely their dominant) hand.
    • New words to be introduced and repeated throughout the activity are pearl and thread.
    • Make it a math exercise by counting the beads as you thread them.
    • Sorts and threads the beads by color, shape, etc.
    • Return the toy to a safe place.

      Zipper Frame

      The zipper frame is an important Montessori practical life material that helps children develop independence and self-care as they learn to attach various devices to prepare the child 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

      • Get the frame together with the child.
      • Name the frame: "This is a zipper".
      • Lay the frame in front of you so that the opening is on the upper side.
      • Hold the fabric with your left hand and pull the sled down with your right hand.
      • Open the left piece of fabric, then the right one.
      • Notice that the zipper is open.
      • Flip the left piece of fabric, then the right.
      • Insert the slide with the plug-in part into the box part.
      • Hold the bottom piece of fabric with your left hand and pull the sled up with your right hand.
      • Encourage the child to do the same.
      • Put the frame on the shelf together with the child.

        Locker Toy

        The wooden board allows the child to master the special skills of opening and closing various locks and locks without additional distractions. It gives him the opportunity to practice his dexterity and to find out how things work through practical application. Provide a few small items that children can "hide" temporarily until the latch is unlocked - an exciting opening and closing challenge.

        What is it for 

        • Develop hand control
        • Develop muscle strength
        • Improve manual dexterity
        • strengthen memory
        • promote a sense of order
        • use the pincer grip
        • Strengthening of the wrist

        How to use it

        • Introduce the game, give it a name and assign it a place.
        • With hidden objects in each of the drawers in the box, the child is encouraged to complete the challenge of manipulating the locks. It has the opportunity to follow its curiosity and develop the mind of an engineer.
        • Once the child has mastered the locker, they can enjoy the added thrill of opening latches, which can be attached to closet doors throughout the home for a greater sense of independence and self-sufficiency. You can encourage that curiosity if you're willing!
        • Return the toy to a safe place.

        Puzzle 3 pieces

        A new level of difficulty for your child. This kit helps develop spatial thinking and the ability to distinguish size and shape. Here come the real puzzles, where you take a picture with different pieces.

        What is it for 

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

        How to use it 

        • Introduce the game, give it a name and assign it a place.
        • Show the child how to use it.
        • First show him the assembled puzzle and remove the pieces one by one.
        • Put it back together piece by piece.
        • Let the child try for themselves.
        • Use a small basket or tray to put the puzzle back on a low shelf once the child is finished playing.

        II. Fun & educational activities

        • My Cabinet: Let your toddler help you unload the dishwasher and if space allows, give them a cabinet for their own plates and cutlery. Explain that this is their cabinet and they can place their stuff in there as well as take it out when needed. This activity teaches your toddler independence, self-reliance and practical daily-life skills.
        • The little helper: At this age, your toddler is developing a desire to be involved in the family activities such as cooking. Let them be part of it by preparing a toddler-safe working station and encourage them to do simple tasks e.g. wash a potato, mash a banana.
        • MESS!: Every time a mess has been caused e.g. wax crayons are everywhere on the floor, say ''MESS!'' or any other word to communicate that this needs to be tidied up. Start by doing this yourself and encourage your toddler to follow your lead. This activity teaches your toddler independence, self-reliance and practical daily-life skills.
        • Hand washing: Set up a simple hand washing station using two bowls and a hand towel. Start the activity by washing your own hands and ask your toddler to follow the same steps. It might not be perfect at first but they'll get there.

        • Plants are my friends: Germinating seeds is a great activity to introduce the care of a plant. Your toddler can watch the seed grow into a seedling, then a plant. There are many ways to germinate a plant but one of our favourites are beans on cotton balls in egg-shells. Spritz the seeds every-day with your little one, they'll be fascinated at the growth.

        • Family pictures: Grab a bunch of family and friend's pictures of people close to your little one. Point to each and say their names, encourage your toddler to repeat their names, as you progress, you can even make a family and friend's quiz. Plus, your family and friends will be impressed when your kid is calling them by their name.

        • Sorting in the kitchen: You might have already realised that your toddler's concentration when sorting items is pretty high, they are developing visual and mathematical skills as they do so. A simple task for this is right there in your kitchen. Take two bowls and two ingredients e.g. peas and diced carrots. Ask them to sort them in the two bowls, in order to help you make the family a meal. They'll love to be of help!
        • Nature exploration: Head to your closest park/forest/beach and bring some baskets with you. Start collecting something specifically e.g. dried leaves in autumm or shells at the beach and ask your toddler to put them in the basket. They'll be so concentrated doing this activity and they'll love the challenge.

        • Water the plants: After your toddler has seen a seed grow from seed to plant by daily watering, they start to understand the needs of plants. Encourage your toddler to help you wanter the rest fo the plants in the house. You can give them a small container, something that they can easily manoeuvre.

        • Sort containers: A lot of entertainment and challenges are already available at home. Do you use food containers? If you do, grab 3 of different sizes and encourage your toddler to match each of them with their lid, developing spacial and mathematical skills.

        • Coats and sweaters: Grab a basket and two or three coats/sweaters of your child. These items must have zippers this activity to work. Present the items to your toddler completely unzipped and show them how to zip it and unzip it, encourage them to do it themselves. This activity develops sensory and fine motor skills.

        • Freeze: Get the family to dance. The moment the music stops, you shout “Freeze!” and everyone freezes at their place. The idea of having your partner/family dance with them is to provide a visual cue to your toddler in case they get confused. This activity develops social play and muscle coordination.
        • Walk the line: Stick a piece of tape in a straight line on the floor for a length of around 2m. Ask your toddler to place their feet along the line and walk from one end to another. Do it first and let them follow your lead. You can also hold their hand for extra support. This supports body balance and fine muscle control

        • Pass the ball: Sit down on the floor and make your toddler sit opposite you at a distance of about 60cm. Give them a ball while you hold one yourself. Ask them to pass the ball and the moment they do, you slide your ball towards them. Repeat multiple times to aid the understanding of cause and effect and pre-decided event.

        • Hide and Seek: You can play this with your toddler while your partner can keep an eye on them. You can play it indoors or outdoors. This is a great way of spending quality time with your baby, while developing social bonding and curiosity.

        • Let's count: This is a great time to introduce your toddler to basic numbers through fingers. You can start with numbers from 1 to 5, and if the little one shows interest, you can teach him up to 10. The best way to start is to show him a finger and say “one” then show them two fingers and say “two”, and so forth. This exercise is great to develop basic number-quantity association