One day I picked up a couple of random packs of 1/2 inch wooden cubes from Hobby Lobby for a few bucks each thinking we might craft with them, or paint them.
I never got a chance to do any of that.
These little cubes have turned out to be the best play item in our traveling toy box inventory!
We’ve found that the cubes don’t just add to play time, they’ve been very helpful in the development of fine motor skills and learning about math concepts of volume, cubic units and balance!
The kids have used the cubes to learn about balance in building….
We built some cubes of varying sizes…..
And they pointed out smallest to largest. When they built their own, they could see that they needed to “even out” their cubes the bigger they made them with more cubes.
They think they are playing but I won’t tell them that they are learning about volume and cubic units in the process….
But, of course- The cubes also make for excellent Monster Truck demolition material!
Some other ways my kids have found to use these cubes-
- When feeding her dolls, and lacking play food on our trip, she uses them as baby food- spooning the cubes up to her baby doll’s mouth.
- Our son uses them to transfer from dump truck to toy trailer to floor.
- They build and build and knock down.
- They use them to build pyramids with imaginary Pigs in them so that they can knock down the structure with their stuffed Angry Birds.
But, probably the funniest use of these cubes came one day when our kids took out their “learning chopsticks” (chopsticks that have special loops for kids’ fingers to make it easier to pick food up).
The kids transferred the cubes from bin to bin working on some pretty awesome fine motor skills!
After practicing with the cubes, the kids were ready to move on to bigger and better things….like COOKIES!
Who would have thought that a bunch of plain, tiny wooden cubes could bring so much fun and learning!
They have been a real help on this trip where space is limited.
WHAT SURPRISING ITEMS ARE IN YOUR “PLAY” INVENTORY THAT LEAD TO LEARNING?