Ente Box Activity Guide (From 12 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

Multi-size Pincer Puzzle

Building on the single shape puzzles, this set helps develop spatial reasoning and the ability to discriminate size.

What is it for

  • To strengthen baby's hands and fingers
  • To develop coordination
  • To aid fine motor skill development

How to use it

  • Present the activity to baby
  • Start with the the big circle. Show baby how to use it
  • Let them try it by themselves
  • Let them try the rest of the puzzles in ascending order
  • Use a small basket or tray to put the puzzles back into a low shelf, once baby is done with the activity.

Mail Box

This beautiful wooden set allows your child to focus on the progressing challenge of fitting each shape through its slot.

What is it for

  • To help baby develop their sense of object permanence.
  • To develop focus and concentration
  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To recognise different shapes
  • To encourage problem-solving skills

How to use it

  • Present and name the activity to baby
  • We start with the circle lid
  • Show how the ball goes into the hole
  • Give baby a second to recognise that the cylinder has disappeared from their sight
  • Open the little door and show baby that the ball is in fact, still in the box
  • Give the ball to baby to try it for themselves until they master it
  • Then try the square, triangle and 3 figures together.
  • Place the activity on a low shelf when baby's done with the activity

Pop-up Bus

Guaranteed fun! With this little wooden bus, the child gets to know the colors by letting the little colorful wooden sticks pop up. When their let the bus drive, they train their motor skills.

What is it for

  • To strengthen fine motor skills
  • To practice cause and effect exercises
  • To introduce the concept of gravity

How to use it

  • Present and name the wooden bus to the baby. It is advisable to assign a specific location so that the child can find it again at any time.
  • This game is intuitive in itself, but the first time we present it we get the child to associate it with a specific name, and we also practice the ritual of getting it out of its place of storage and putting it back in its place , when we are ready.
  • Show him the "assembled" toy with the little people in place. Then let them jump off the bus slowly one after the other, you have to (push down and let go).
  • Now let the child explore everything for themselves.
  • If the game is successful and we want to introduce a new level of difficulty, we pay attention to the color match. To do this, we put the little people in a small separate basket, name each figure aloud with the color and assign them to the corresponding place on the bus.
  • Once the baby has finished, put the bus back on a low shelf in a vertical position.

Horizontal Dowel

Working with this material strengthens the wrist, which is vital for controlling baby's hand movements during future tasks, like writing. This Montessori toy has the particularity of introducing the concept of horizontality.

What is it for 

  • To encourage precision
  • To strengthen fine motor skills
  • To reinforce eye / hand coordination
  • To develop concentration

How to use it 

  • Present and name the activity to baby
  • Put the toy in front of baby and show how to use it: one by one remove the discs from the rod.
  • Let them try it by themselves
  • If baby's using the right hand, encourage them to give it a try with left hand and viceversa
  • Return the materials to a low shelf once baby is done playing with them

    Velcro Frame

    The Dressing 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.
    • To 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

    • Ask the child to work with you.
    • Bring the frame to a table and insert the frame by
    • You say: "This is the Velcro frame!"
    • Show the child how to open the first Velcro and repeat the process for the next.
    • Fold back the two flaps to make it clear to the child that the Velcro is holding two pieces of fabric together.
    • When all the Velcro fasteners are undone, show the child how to close the Velcro fasteners again and bring the flaps together.
    • When we're done, we give 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.

      Coin Box

      This toy builds an understanding of geometry and the relationship between mathematically proportional shapes.

      What is it for

      • To develop refined movements (hand wrist and finger control)
      • To develop the concept of object permanence – knowing that an object exists even though it can no longer be seen.
      • hand-to-eye coordination.
      • To exercise thinking skills which will initiate the recognition of the objects persistence and stability.
      • Independency and Prediction. The child will see the outcome and recognize the practice.

      How to use it

      • Present and name the activity to baby. Ideally in a tray: the box and a little basket with the coins.
      • Show how the coins goes into the hole
      • Open the little door and show baby that the coins are in fact, still in the box
      • Give the coins to baby to try it for themselves until they master it
      • Return it to a low shelf in a vertical position once baby is done playing with it

           

          II. Fun & educational activities 

          • Squeak squeak: Squeeze a squeaky toy to let baby 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.

          • Bubbles all around: Blow some nice bubbles for baby and let baby pop them when they land. Helps baby learn cause and effect by watching bubbles pop when they land on other things and people.

          • Time to connect: Name the items baby points to and ask questions. For example, if baby points to a toy, ask, "Would you like that toy?" Helps baby learn that gestures have meaning.

          • Spooning: Work with baby to help them eat with a spoon independently, if you haven't already. Place plastic, baby sized utensils on tray so baby can practice scooping food. Helps baby try new tastes and textures while improving motor skills.

          • Balloon Time: Let baby chase a balloon around the room. Baby may be able to sit and catch the balloon if tossed directly to them.

          • Always stay with baby in case the balloon pops. Helps with movement coordination.

          • Toy Offering: Offer toys for baby to hold while they are standing so they have to practice balancing without using their hands.

          • Sponge Bob: Drop some sponges when it's time to bathe baby. Let baby squeeze and soak the sponges to help them strengthen their hands.

          • Pudding/Yogurt Painting: Instead of using regular paint, swap it out with pudding or yogurt. Let your toddler draw with these foods on a paper washable plate. Helps baby build fine motor skills, sense of touch and totally safe to eat.

          • Big Kid Cup: Is baby drinking from an open cup yet? Be patient and give baby a lot of time to practice learning new skills. Helps baby meet feeding milestones.

          • My Purse: Fill a purse with items similar to those you usually carry. Include a toy cell phone, mirror, fake keys, and a wallet. Watch as baby takes items out of the purse and plays with them just like you! Helps baby develop fine motor skills and pretend play.

          • Photo Album: Take photos of family and friends close to baby. Place photos in a small photo album and go through the book with baby. Point to every photo and say family members' names. Helps baby build language skills.

          • Stack Town: Give baby stackable items e.g. cups. Baby will enjoy playing with the different sized toys and creating a tall tower. Helps baby develop spatial reasoning skills by learning how different sized items can fit together.

          • Here and there: Instead of using babble or baby words, speak simply to baby. They should understand simple directions like “Pick that toy up” or “No, don’t touch that.” Helps baby develop communication skills.

          • Let's Jam: Give baby two safe objects to smash together e.g. a plastic cup and a wooden spoon and let them discover the sounds they make. Try tapping a simple rhythm and have baby copy you. Helps baby learn how to interact with others.

          • Scent-sation: Keep baby in the kitchen while you cook to let them experience new types of smells. Place a small bit of food, baby lotion, or a flower in different small containers and let baby smell (without inhaling) it. Helps baby develop sense of smell, discover and enjoy new smells.

          • Shoe time: Is baby walking? If they are, get them used to shoes by presenting them as toys. Show them how you put your own shoes and baby will tend to imitate and want to get their shoes on too.