MiniGeofix 2D Object Workcards - 20 Cards, Shrink-wrapped

These activities have been designed for use with pre-school to year 2 children and over. They will assist early childhood educators to stimulate pupils' patterning and visualising skills development through discovery play with MiniGeofix. They can also be utilised with its larger parent product, Geofix/Geoshapes, although the miniature shapes are closer to a 1:1 scale match.

Research on young children's development highlights play as an ideal vehicle for promoting learning as it creates opportunities for experimentation and manipulation that are essential for the construction of knowledge and understanding. MiniGeofix is an exciting, versatile manipulative which provides these vital experiences and generates a wealth of positive learning activities.

The interesting models presented will appeal to children's natural curiosity and induce them to plan, undertake and attack each task seeing it through to completion. Early childhood development studies also show that social interaction is important in stimulating a child's intellectual processes. Whether solving a task together or independently, children should be encouraged to verbalise their differing interpretations and approaches.

Each card follows a similar pattern: a drawing of the object to be constructed is provided, and components required to build the object shown as well as its level of complexity are indicated. However, there will be some pupils for whom the easiest level is not readily achieved and others for whom the highest level is within their immediate grasp! Once the 2D model is completed, a further challenge might consist in prompting the children to re-work their model in order to make it three-dimensional.