This is activity is a MUST if your little one is in this age range. My 18 month old probably entertained herself for more than an hour.
Recently many of you guys have asked about facilitation; “how much help am I supposed to give my child? Do I show him what to do? Or do I let him figure it out? What do I do when he gets frustrated?” My goal for any activity is to make Nora feel successful bc that gives her confidence to try again and do other new things
For this setup:
I made sure that the Connect4 was always facing her (& not sideways) so that it would be easy to put the coins in (versus trying to turn the coin)
I held the game down each time she put in a coin so it would stand sturdy and not wobbly (and then let her figure that out on her own)
First time I gave her the bag of coin with the ziplock bag open (and then closed it halfway and then closed it all the way)
I LOOSELY wrapped each coin (10 coins at a time) w aluminum foil to make it easy to take out (by the end it was wrapped as tight as possible 🤣) But get the gist? I am on her side! I want her to win! And I give her as much help as she needs in the beginning (whether it’s demonstrating or assisting). By the end, my hopes is that she doesn’t need me anymore and I can still make it fun by gradually making it more and more challenging.
Oh and why the ziplock bag addition? Because I want her to be able to open and close her snacks on her own when we are out (there is always an ulterior motive). Let me end by saying that Connect4 is a fun game (that targets visual motor coordination) but not a necessity. You can wrap other toys or loose objects around the house (i.e. puzzle pieces, shape sorters, blocks, etc…)
Age range: 12-18months, 18-24 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years