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12 Incredible Things to do with Connetix™

Approved by kids, Connetix Award winning creative and educational toys feature a unique bevel design are durable and non-toxic materials and by far the best feature is that Connetix offer endless play.

There are a few magnetic tile brands on the market however what sets Connetix apart is their super strength, offering various ball run, motion packs and geo shapes. Connetix tiles are also clearer.

Children learn best through play, Connetix are a wonderful resource. Here are some of the ways you can use Connetix to create puzzle games for an educational fun time.

Mazes

Maze building is an excellent STEM activity that develops critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Use a baking tray or any flat surface to create a maze design that doesn't take a lot of tiles but it great for indoor activities whilst using those gross motor and logical thinking skills. Image Credit @jen.ma.bu

                                                                                                   

Dominoes

Show me a child who doesn't like to knock things down! As an adult, I’m still fascinated watching how one piece can cause such a large chain reaction.

Dominoes are a great learning resources and an excellent manipulative for developing number sense and maths skills. Image credit @playroomstories.

Site Words Crossword Puzzle

Sight words games give children opportunities to practice and build toward mastery while also keeping them engaged and having fun. In general, we recommend using a mix of recently introduced words and some older words for review. 
So many fun sight words games can be made using Connetix - fishing, bingo, crossword puzzles or word bingo. Image credit @_simply_bea

                                           

                                                                                                           

Numerical Puzzles

Who says math can't be fun? and its a lot easier to engage children when we are creative. There is no easier way than have our numbers be represented as pictures, dots or anything for that matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Compound Words

Compound words are made up of 2 or more smaller words that are joined together to create a new word with a new meaning.  Here are some examples of compound words for kids.

Use a dry erase marker to add smaller words and watch your kids word build. 

  • moon + light = moonlight
  • butter + fly = butterfly
  • gold + fish = goldfish

 

Sudoku

Sudoku is a classic numbers-based puzzle to challenge your brain and build concentration and mathematics skills. Enjoy sudoku puzzles of all levels including easy, medium, hard and challenging. Use 9 x 9 tile set up for harder puzzles that will really test your skill with numbers or start simple with 4 x puzzles. Solve the mathematical puzzle by drawing the numbers on the tiles using a dry erase marker to make the equations true. Image credit @lovefourlearning

                                                                                                 

 Pattern Match and Sequencing

Pattern Match is an engaging pattern matching exercise for pre-schoolers. It is designed to enable children to learn and grasp the concepts of patterns and sequencing in a fun way. In this simple exercise, kids study the given pattern and identify the missing shape or symbol, to complete the sequence. This exercise will help to lay the foundation for logical thinking as well as teach kids the names of some basic colours, shapes and symbols.

It will help to reinforce the child's understanding of the basic concepts of maths. Image credit @happytotshelf and @cleanlivingdaily.

Number and letter recognition

Letter recognition is the foundation of early literacy.  It makes sense the curiosity of how to teach the letters to your child is such a hot topic! Learning the alphabet unlocks so many new doors. 

Letter recognition is also the ability to identify letter names, recognize what a letter looks like, letter sounds, and how notes come together to make blended sounds. 

The alphabet does not need to be taught in a specific order; however, many believe it should be acquainted with the most common letters. For example, T, L, and M will be taught before X and Q.

Best place to begin is with your child’s name. 

Image credit @the.everyday.learning.space.

Colour sorting

Sorting and grouping things together is an important cognitive skill. It teaches your toddler to notice similarities and differences, learn to categorise, and develops early literacy and numeracy skills.

Use description words to talk about how things are the same and different i.e. colour, size, shape, what it is used for, made out of, or what category it belongs to.

                                                                                               

Fractions

When it comes to introducing fractions to kids, it should be more done practically rather than classroom theoretical knowledge. As is evident, the scope of fractions extends from the measurements in the kitchen to calculations at shops and everywhere. No activity is complete without the intrusion of fractions. Hence it is a good idea to make kids aware of this important concept. Image credit @mamapapabubba.                                                                                                         

                                                                                           

Symmetry Puzzles

Symmetry is when an object looks the exact same on one side as the other.  Perfect puzzle to encourage kids to practice their reflecting, flipping skills and balance. Image credit @courtneymay__

                                                                                         



                                                                                                                                                                 

Gravity

Getting a marble into those small spaces is not as easy a feat as it sounds, especially for small children who are still developing their understanding of how the world works. As they play with marble runs, however, kids will learn more about spatial awareness and develop those key fine motor skills that will help them take advantage of it. Even better, they won't realise that they're learning, because it will simply feel like play. 

Image credit @birnspiel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

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