Reh Box Activity Guide (From 15 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

Stair Toy

Baby will love this toy! First, the shape of the climbing man is explored by the little ones. Then it goes quickly to the ladder, because this is where the real passion of the climber lies: By placing it on the upper rung, he chooses a direction of fall and begins his elegant descent down.

What is it for

  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Strengthening coordination
  • Practice the sequence of causes and effects
  • Introduction to the concept of gravity

How to use it

  • Introduce the game, give it a name and assign it a seat.
  • Show the child how to put the little person on the stair's top. When you have the child's attention, let go of it and drop it down until the end.
  • Offer the child to do it themselves. If it wants to, let it play and explore freely.
  • You can teach him how to assemble the toy so it can be stored flat.
  • Use a small basket or tray to put it back on a low shelf once the baby is done with the activity.

Pincer Puzzle 3 Figures

Building on the single shape puzzle, this set helps develop spatial thinking and the ability to differentiate between sizes. There is a big size here for the toddler and still with buttons that support the pincer handle, with cute animals in their correct proportions.

What is it for

  • To strengthen the baby's hands and fingers
  • Develop coordination
  • Support the development of fine motor skills

How to use it  

  • Introduce the game, give it a name and assign it a seat.
  • Present the activity to the baby.
  • Show the baby how to use it.
  • Let the baby try by itself.
  • Use a small basket or tray to put the puzzle back on a low shelf once the baby is done with the activity.

    Snapping Frame

    The snap frame is an important material in the Montessori: Practical Living field 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

    • Show the child how to properly carry the frame to the table, grasp each side. Introduce it with the heading, "This is the snapping frame."
    • Near the top snap, grasp the top flap between the thumb and forefinger of your right hand.
    • Pull right and notice the push button. Continue down with all the snaps.
    • Open the fabric to show it is completely loosened. Close the fabric.
    • Use the right pliers to grasp the right flap near the top snap. Fold it back a little to reveal the snap fastener.
    • Center the hole in the snap over the stem, then press the snap with your index finger. Listen to the snap. Further down the frame.
    • When you're done, offer the child the opportunity to do it themselves
    • Ask the baby to put the materials on a low shelf so they can work with them again if they choose to.

      Magnetic drawing Pad

      Drawing on a magnetic board is a great way to practice drawing and improve hand-eye coordination. It's also great for self-expression and can help get the creative juices flowing. Hours of fun and games with the magnet pad and pen

      What is it for

      • Practice drawing.
      • Improve hand-eye coordination.
      • Develop self-expression.
      • Motivate yourself, creativity.
      • Build coordination.
      • Develop fine motor skills

      How to use it

      • Introduce the activity, name the board and assign it a place.
      • Simply press the pen against the surface of the board to start drawing.
      • The children can only erase their drawing with their finger and always create something new.
      • To add a new challenge, you can draw simple shapes (square, triangle, etc.) with a regular pen and paper and show the baby how to do the same on the board.
      • When you are finished using it, invite the baby to put it in an assigned location that you can reach when you are ready to use it again.

        Horizontal Dowel II

        Working with this material strengthens the wrist, which is vital in controlling the baby's hand movements in future tasks such as writing. This Montessori toy has the peculiarity of introducing the concept of horizontality.

        What is it for

        • To promote precision
        • To strengthen fine motor skills
        • To strengthen the coordination of the eye and hand
        • To develop concentration

        How to use it

        • Present and name the activity to the baby.
        • Place the toy in front of the baby and show how to use it: slowly remove the disc from the dowel
        • Let the baby try it by theirself.
        • If the baby is using the right hand, encourage them to try the left hand and vice versa
        • Once the baby is finished, place the materials on a low shelf

          Sort & Count Trees

          Let's practice sorting and counting! Stack each tree to your best ability and watch as seasonal colors come to life in a beautiful range. Develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination; and practice counting and stacking while developing color recognition. This set comes with 4 rods and 10 crowns in seasonal colors.

          What is it for

          • To promote precision
          • To strengthen fine motor skills
          • To strengthen the coordination of the eye and hand
          • Development of logical and mathematical thinking
          • Reinforce colour recognition
          • To develop language & communications

          How to use it

          • Present and name the activity to the baby.
          • Place the toy in front of the baby and show how to use it: first, only "the first row" one of each colour.
          • One by one, add a level of new rows, always counting out loud
          • Let the baby try it by theirself
          • If the baby is using the right hand, encourage them to try the left hand and vice versa
          • Once the baby is finished, place the materials on a low shelf

           

            Push-Pull

            The push-pull 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

            • Assemble the 3 pieces of the toy together
            • Introduce the toy, give it a name and assign it a place.
            • If the baby is not yet walking, present the toy while sitting and show how it can be moved back and forth.
            • If the baby is already walking, hold the toy in his hand while standing.
            • It is allowed to move freely, ideally in a level room, free of obstacles.
            • When you no longer want to use it, invite the baby to leave them in an assigned place that will be accessible when you want to use them again.

                 

                II. Fun & educational activities

                • Soapy jars: For this activity you will only need an empty container, e.g an empty peanut butter jar, water, hand soap and food colouring. Put all of these ingredients in a jar and safely seal (with glue), shake it and let your toddler observe the bubbles the shaking created. Let them explore, shake, roll and watch the bubbles settle.
                • Explore some baking: warning: this might get messy but your toddler will love it. You'll only need a large tray and flour. Put the flour on the tray and let them explore it with their hands, they'll be fascinated at this powdery material, how it moves, how it sticks and how it stays, awakening their curiosity through their senses. Plus, you could even bake some cookies together!

                • Post-it fun: Train eye hand coordination and muscles in their wrist with some colorful post-its. Start sticking post-its on a wall high-enough for your little one to reach. Try doing it first and then let them do it. You can even get your toddler to rip the paper first and then stick it on.

                • Water painting: You might want to go outdoors for this one. You only need water, a clean sponge or brush and a surface like wood or water to ''paint''on. This will strengthen your little one's hand muscles.

                • Laundry basket play: You might have noticed that your toddler enjoys placing things into containers and then emptying them. Well, this is magic to strengthen their upper body and eye-hand coordination, plus you might have a little helper soon.

                • Peg Play: This activity develops fine motor skills & eye hand coordination. The main goal of the game is for your child to pull off pinned clothes pegs. You can pin them anywhere, onto edges of boxes, your toddlers toys or even their clothes.

                • Obstacle course: Get your toddler to crawl under the tables or through tunnels made from hanging sheets or open boxes. They can also climb in and out of boxes and you can become one obstacle, which then turn to a tickling monster!

                • Play Dough: It is a sensory material that can have a distinctive smell. Set up a table with a clump of play dough and present it to your little one. Toddlers tend to show a lot of concentration when at it. This activity develops sensory and cognitive skills.

                • Book fun: Try reading out while they are playing. Let your toddler explore the pictures and pages all by themselves. You may find them patting the pictures in the book, which you could name for her. This activity is great to improve language skills, cognitive skills, sensory skills 
                • My little kitchen: Put some small edible items like cereal into a container and demonstrate ways to transfer them into the other containers. Encourage them to try for themselves. This activity improves your baby’s pincer grip, fine motor skill, concentration and hand-eye coordination
                • Bubbles: Blowing and playing with bubbles is always one such fun thing to do. The activity helps your toddler concentrate and communicate. It builds curiosity as the little explorer gets fascinated when the bubbles float and burst. This activity develops sensory and cognitive skills

                • You can't catch me: This simple play idea requires no preparation at all. Your little one will have a lot of fun! Play ‘chase’ with your toddler around the house, in a garden, or any area that is safe to play. Expect lots of giggles!

                • Drawing: Get honey sticks or any vegan alternative to edible/non-toxic crayons and a big paper. Baby will practice their hand-eye coordination, experience cause and effect and have lots of fun making some art.

                • Tissue Search: Did you get some tissue paper with your last online order? Don't throw it! Tear it up into small pieces and hide small objects underneath e.g. a ball, a small toy, etc. Praise your toddler when they find the item in the jungle of tissue paper. This is a great exercise of exploration and object permanence.

                • Cardboard house: Got a giant carton box and don't know what to do with it? Cut a door and some windows and you've got a little toddler house. They'll love to put their toys there, get in and out, plus - who doesn't love some upcycling?

                • Scotch tape toys: get masking or scotch tape and use it to stick some toys on a wall or a door. Encourage your toddler to ''save'' their toys but unsticking them. This activity helps your little one's fine motor skills.