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Some of our favourite ways to use Connetix tiles

As a qualified Primary and Early Childhood teacher, and an active homeschooling mom I think the collection we have of Connetix tiles is among the most beneficial educational resources we have at home.

My children love playing with them and they do it every day and every day, but they’re also educationally abundant. I’m going to describe here for you how they help my children’s development and also their education. I’ll give you a quick review of our favorite ways to make use of them too!

Benefits of development for Connetix tiles

Fine motor skills are vital for children to be able to practice exercising the small muscles of their fingers and hands. These muscles aren’t just vital for daily activities, but also to write. Strengthening these muscles improves strength, dexterity and endurance (meaning your hand muscles won’t become fatigued during the later years of schooling as children are expected to write for longer periods of time). Connetix tiles strengthen these muscles as they require precise grasping and placement in use.

Problem solving abilities – problem solving skills are essential to the future of all tasks at school and in real life. Connetix tiles encourage problem solving as they are not closed and children must think of ways they can use the tiles. This encourages children to have a desire to solve problems! A few of the questions that kids will have to ask themselves while playing with Connetix are:

What can I make/do?

What are the shapes I can choose to use?

What is the best place to put the tiles?

How can I resolve this? (when problems occur during construction or play)

Language skills – regardless of whether playing by themselves or with friends/siblings, Connetix tiles require children to explain what they are doing or how they’re doing it, share their designs, discuss their options, communicate their ideas and navigate social conflicts.

Playing independently The open-ended character of Connetix tiles makes them are ideal for promoting and practicing independence play. There isn’t a ‘right method’ of playing with them. Children must decide on what they want to play with in the future, what they’ll construct and for the length of time they play for. All of these are essential capabilities needed to to play by themselves.

Persistence and perseverance – Children are required to think of solutions each time they play with Connetix tiles. The process of encountering an issue, coming up with strategies to resolve the issue, and then successfully resolving the issue is crucial to the process of learning. This is done in a safeand secure method each time a child plays with Connetix tiles, providing them with plenty of opportunities to practice persistence and persevering in solving issues they encounter.

The educational benefits of Connetix tiles

Talking about maths and maths Talking and mathematical thinking Connetix tiles encourage incredible maths and vocabulary. Thinking mathematically is the foundation of mathematics education, as is the case when you use Connetix tiles, children are required to think about, solve problems how they think, and be creative in order to develop their mathematical thinking abilities.

2D exploration and recognition of shapes The wide range of 2D shapes in the range of Connetix tiles ensure that children are exposed and are familiar to 2D forms in a tangible way that gives them ample opportunities to explore and learn about the various characteristics of each shape and also the ways in which 2D shapes connect with 3D objects.

3D objects and exploring – the capability to design 3D structures and objects with Connetix tiles provides children with an unparalleled understanding of the characteristics and design of 3D objects. Through the creation and manipulation of the objects themselves they create significant connections that mean ever-growing, more intricate neural pathways for understanding are being created.

The manipulation of concrete materials concrete objects is the essential element of developing mathematical skills in the early years. When children use various senses during play they build more sophisticated perceptions of the world and the way things function. Connetix tiles permit a lot of manipulation that is concrete and exploration that children can build a multi-faceted knowledge of their tasks.