- Topic: Puzzles: Book: Taro Gomi’s Playful Puzzles for Little Hands. We’re most of the way through now, probably one circle left of puzzles.
- Topic: Logic: I printed sheets with 6 uncolored flowers on one side, and 9 on the other. There were two puzzles: For 6 flowers, “There are more red flowers than purple, and more yellow flowers than red. For 9 flowers, “There are more red flowers than purple, more blue than red, and the same number of blue and yellow.”
- Topic: Spatial Reasoning: Corey and I built a number of models out of Legos. The kids each picked a model and had to copy it exactly. They could pick it up and look at it from any angle. Each kid copied several models.
- Topic: Attributes, Games: We played a couple rounds of Set with just the solid cards.
How Did It Go?
We had four kids this week. One kid had been gone for a couple months, but now everyone is back from summer trips. This circle went well, the kids were all interested in all the activities.
We spent quite a bit of time on a puzzle with two kids at either end of a very windy path, with the question “Where will they meet?” We measured by placing coins from either end. They also enjoyed a page where you were supposed to “take a walk” with your finger by tracing a path and following various instructions along the way (e.g., “Take a rest here” or “Go around this corner really fast”). Every kid did it once.
The kids figured out the answers pretty quickly. Interestingly, different kids figured out the second one from the first.
Different kids definitely had different skill levels on this one. One kid breezed through a whole bunch, while others took quite a bit longer. The trickiest ones were the dinosaur, because it was irregular and a bit complicated internally, and an offset colored square because it was tricky to get the right pattern of blocks on the bottom row (the kid working on it initially had the colors going the inverse rotation).
We’ve played before with this circle, which the kids remembered, but not all kids remembered the rules. Our son has played a lot, so after he got a few I said he had to let other kids get sets. I was happy because all the other kids got at least one set on their own.