Bär Box Activity Guide (From 9 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. This guide is crafted to assist baby's rapidly developing memory, cognitive, linguistic, motor and social skills at this specific 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


Pincer Puzzle

This set of 4 puzzles provides the perfect level of challenge for baby. The pincer grasp needed for this activity, represents the coordination of brain and muscles that's necessary to help them gain increasing independence.

what it is for

  • To strengthen the hand and fingers
  • To develop coordination
  • To aid fine motor skill development
how to use it
  • Present the activity to baby.
  • Start with the the small circle. Show baby how to use it.
  • Let them try it by themselves
  • Let them try the rest of the puzzles in the following order: big circle > square > triangle
  • Use a small basket or tray to put the puzzles back into a low shelf, once baby is done with the activity.


Ball & square Puzzle

Baby's coordination will be highly needed to use this play asset. Putting a ball in a cup is a new and challenging experience. Putting a cube in a box is even more challenging because it is necessary to line up the corners of the box and the cube for success.

what it is for

  • To enhance hand-eye coordination
  • To give the infant an opportunity for their two hands to work together in a meaningful way
  • To aid fine motricity and stimulate their mathematical sense.

how to use it

  • Present the activity to baby in steps
  • Introduce only the ball first, and then add the base to the equation.
  • Show baby how the ball fits in the base and encourage them to try it for themselves until they master it.
  • Introduce the square and its base in the same sequence you did with the ball.
  • Present the activity as a whole once baby has mastered both figures and their bases.

Book of Emotions


Babies love to look at pictures of faces — they innately know that this is where they learn the most about the world. They are primed to want to study faces. Building emotional intelligence begins with talking about feelings

what it is for

  • To help your baby identify emotions
  • To set the foundation for emotional expressions.
  • To aid detail perception
  • To help focus and concentration

how to use it

  • Name emotions. When there is a picture of a happy baby, say, “Happy!”
  • Name emotions in other situations as well. When you are overwhelmed say, “I feel stressed right now.” When your baby is upset about something to name it, “Wow you are really uncomfortable in that dirty diaper! You feel mad!”
  • Happy, mad, sad, frustrated, stressed, surprised, glad, silly, proud — name them all. Your baby won’t understand the difference between mad and frustrated, but once they are a toddler, they might!!
  • Pay attention to baby's reactions, you might be surprised by their willingness to show an emotion at a specific moment.

Push Box

Building on object permanence awareness, this toy strengthens your baby's hands and arms muscles. Plus, it is a perfect showcase of cause and effect.

what it is for

  • To help improve baby's manipulative skills
  • To help understand object permanence.
  • To aid hand eye co-ordination
  • To strengthen baby's hands and arms muscles
  • To demonstrate cause and effect.

how to use it

  • Present and name the activity to baby
  • Present only the box and one ball at first, show baby with words and actions how the ball is supposed to go inside the box with a bit of force
  • Show them the different ways to push the ball inside. Just with your fingers, with the whole palm, etc.
  • Let baby explore this activity until they master it
  • Introduce the second and the third ball to the equation and let baby have fun
  • Return the materials to a low shelf once baby is done playing with them

Stable Stacker

This colourful stacker comes with rings in different sizes, requiring baby's fine motor skills to grasp and thread.

what it is for

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

how to use it

  • Present the toy to baby, use the biggest ring first
  • Let them practice and explore
  • Introduce the second biggest ring as soon as baby masters stacking the first ring, same procedure for the third ring and so on.
  • Introduce the size of the rings, order and colours once they've mastered stacking. "First the big one", "third the green one", etc.

Rolling Drum

This toy rolls just a bit and then stops, tempting your baby to pursue it and building strength and perseverance.

what it is for

  • To develop curiosity and awareness
  • To promote motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • To develop body coordination and core stability

how to use it

  • Present and name the activity to the baby
  • Use it as a large rattle first. Shake it! The rich tones amplify and attract attention
  • Then let the rattle roll across the floor. Ask baby to chase it around the room - crawl, walk, or "run". Everything goes!
  • Once the baby is done with it, put it back on a low shelf in a vertical position

II. Fun & educational activities

Is it suddenly feeling like time is speeding up? Sure, the first months felt slow but as baby approaches the 1 year mark, you may start to feel like everything is happening so fast. They are so curious at this stage that you might feel like you are in a constant game of chase.  

It could also be that nostalgia hits you and you miss that teeny tiny baby you had in your arms, while you look at your huge baby with eyes of disbelief. Or maybe you look at older children and think, “I can’t wait until baby can TELL ME WHAT THEY WANT” (Or both!). Both feelings are totally valid!

Regardless, each week brings new changes and just when you feel like you’ve got this parenting thing down, your baby surprises you with new behaviours and abilities. As they become more interactive, it’s increasingly fun to find new ways to amuse each other and play together.

Communication & Social

  • Wave Hi Hi: Stranger anxiety is normal, encourage them to say hello to new people they meet.
  • Wave Bye Bye: Try to teach baby a new move for their repertoire, plus baby will begin to understand that gestures have a meaning.
  • Body Reflections: In front of a mirror, ask baby to point to different body parts to help baby learn to understand receptive language.
  • Interview: Ask baby questions and encourage response with words, baby sounds, cooing, or babbling. Record it and play it back for baby to hear. Helps baby develop communication skills.
  • Round of Applause: Clap with excitement after baby does something good. Encourage them to clap with you. This way, baby learns how to use movements to express themselves.

Social & Motor

  • Toy Parade: Tie a toy to a string and encourage baby to pull it behind them while walking or crawling. This helps baby learn to lead and follow.
  • Ball Chase: Roll a soft ball across the room and tell baby they should go for the “ball” and use the words, “Ready, set, go.” This is excellent exercise for them
  • Read on Tummies: Read a book while you and baby lie on your tummies. They love the sound of your voice and the colors in a storybook. Helps baby have fun during Tummy Time and increase their vocabulary.
  • A present: Put a toy or book inside an empty cardboard box. Wrap it with colorful paper, old newspaper or magazines. Clap your hands when baby opens it, then announce what's inside. Helps with language skills, fine motor development, and executive functioning skills.
  • Chore Time: Don't stop interacting with baby just for chores. Tell them exactly what you are doing. Helps baby learn to focus their attention and to learn different activities at home.

Cognitive & Motor

  • Hide and Find: Hide objects under a blanket during playtime and let baby find it. This exercise helps teach baby about object permanence. 
  • Two Hand Throw: Give baby toys in left and right hands so they can practice throwing with both arms. Helps baby with gross motor skills.
  • Stand and Reach: if you are comfortable, let baby stand next to or behind a soft chair or piece of small furniture they can hold for support and encourage them to reach to one side for a toy. Helps baby learn to shift their weight to prepare for walking.
  • Furniture Follow: Help baby pull themselves to stand while holding on to a piece of furniture. Once they are standing, slowly move around the room. Have baby follow you using furniture to hold onto and cruise along.
  • Obstacle Crawls: Try to encourage baby to crawl over, under, and through various objects at home. Take empty boxes, remove tops and bottoms, and tape them to make a long tunnel. Helps baby better understand space around them. 
  • Kickin’ Back: Attach a foam or soft ball to a piece of string and dangle it in front of baby within their reach so they can play to catch it. Helps baby learn how to move their arms and legs in new ways and build strength.
  • Big Toy Time: Babies at this age love playing with large objects. Place pots, pans, big bowls or anything baby-safe for them to reach. Helps baby practice crawling to learn how to get from one place to another.
  • Tidy Up: Ask baby to pick up scattered toys and bring them over to you. Helps baby build strong leg muscles and begin learning how to complete simple tasks with multiple steps.

Sensorial

  • Squeaky Toy Fun: Help baby squeeze a squeaky toy to hear the sound. Next, cover it with a blanket and squeak it again. See how they react to hearing the sound this time and help them pull off the blanket. Helps baby exercise their memory and ability to locate sounds.
  • Water Bottle Fun: Put some beads, glitter, or marbles in a sealed water bottle. Give it to baby and let them shake it around. Helps baby develop their visual and auditory skills.
  • Bubble Time: Blow bubbles for baby. Watch them soar through the sky and let baby pop them when they land. Helps baby learn cause and effect by watching bubbles pop when they land on other objects and people.
  • Enjoy the Outdoors: Teach baby about the outdoors. Spread a soft blanket outside for you and baby to lie on. Ask if they see the trees or animals. Get them to hold and feel things found outside. Helps baby develop their sense of touch and smell while learning about the world around them.