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Inchworm Shape Sorter
Learn how your child can make use of this toy to have fun and learn at the same time.
Inchworm Shape Sorter - KA10604
10.5cm(W) x 9cm(H) x 35cm(D)

This inchworm isn't just an inchworm. It's also a shape sorter that comes with a teether, mirror, rattle, squeaker, and crinkle paper. Children can train their fine motor skills by snapping the right shapes together. The soft body parts are perfect for squeezing, throwing and rolling across the floor.

Objective: To train children's listening skills and attention

Method: Parents should squeeze the inchworm's body, making crinkling sounds, to the right and left side of the child's head. Parents should see if the child moves her head or gaze to follow the crinkling sounds.

Objective: To stimulate senses

Method: Parents can encourage children to touch and feel the different textures of the inchworm and to chew on the apple teether.

Objective: To train fine motor muscles in children's hands

Method: Parents can encourage children to squeeze the inchworm (with both their right and left hands) to make crinkling sounds.

Objective: To train gross motor skills

Method: Parents can encourage children to shake the inchworm's head (with both their right and left hands) to make rattling sounds. Children can also practice rolling the inchworm's body pieces across the floor like a wheel.

Objective: To recognize different body parts and objects

Method: Parents can use the inchworm as a teaching aid to teach children to recognize things such as the head, eyes, nose, apple, leaf, mirror and ladybug etc.

Objective: To teach children to point out specific facial features

Method: As parents say out loud specific facial features, such as “head”, “eyes”, “nose”, and “mouth”, they can encourage children to point to the corresponding facial feature on the inchworm's head.

Objective: To develop self awareness

Method: Parents can hold the mirror (on the blue inchworm piece) up to their child's face so she can observe and recognize her own image in the mirror.

Objective: To recognize and identify colors

Method: Parents can use the inchworm to teach children to recognize colors such as red, yellow, blue, green etc.

Objective: To recognize and identify shapes

Method: Parents can use the plastic connecting parts of the inchworm to teach children to recognize shapes such as circles, triangles and squares etc.

Objective: To differentiate between a protrusion and a cavity

Method: Parents can use the linking sections of the inchworm pieces to teach children to differentiate between a protrusion and a cavity.

Objective: To point out specific body parts and objects

Method: Parents can name a body part or object, then encourage the child to point to it on the toy. Some words that can be taught are: apple, leaf, mirror and ladybug etc.

Objective: To identify colors and shapes

Method: Parents should disassemble the inchworm and place the pieces on the floor in front of them. They should then name a color or shape and ask the child to hand them the correct piece.

Objective: To practice fitting two pieces together, according to their shape

Method: Parents should let the child practice fitting the two square pieces together. Then repeat with the two circle parts and two triangle parts.

Objective: To assemble the inchworm

Method: Using concepts learn from activity 2.5 and 2.6, children should assemble and stack the inchworm by matching shapes.

Objective: To identify shapes by touch

Method: Parents can place one inchworm piece under a small blanket. Allow the child to reach under the blanket to touch the piece, then guess what shape it is.

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