The ultimate educational + iconic South African toy combo!
The play house pieces are inspired by the iconic, symmetrical, geometric and linear qualities of Ndebele architecture, unique to South Africa. The intricate walls, buildings and hand-painted facade patterns are undoubtedly, one of the most incredible examples of human creativity, artistic expression and the perfect inspiration for free-play.
Open-ended play harnesses and encourages imagination and creativity by giving your children the opportunity to build a village or house in a variety of different combinations. Unlike close-ended activities, there is no "right" way to play and build with the pieces. There are no instructions, rules or restrictions and children are able to engage and express themselves freely, using only their intuition and ingenuity as their guide. The Ndebele play houses create problem solvers and confident decision makers.
Includes 6 birch-ply pieces, (+- 33cm x 23cm each) ready for construction and play. Gently waxed to preserve the beauty and organic feel of wood. Non-toxic.
5 chunky birch ply Nguni cows packaged in beautiful cotton drawstring bag. (8cm wide x 6.5cm high)
Perfect for stacking and imaginative play. Pairs beautifully with our birch ply Ndebele Play Houses.
See info below to make the most of your Nguni herd.
Stacking toys allow for a host of learning opportunities from about the age of 6 months onwards. Here are some important skills that you can develop with your little one and our stacking cows through quality play time.
Fine Motor Skills
Picking up items and placing them helps to develop the important skill of grasp and release as well as how to control and position fingers.
Visual and Spatial Perception
Stacking and nesting works on depth perception, hand-eye-coordination and understanding where your body is in space. As you place each piece on top of another, you have to visually gauge where you place that piece in relation to yourself and to the other pieces.
As confidence grows, so does control and pressure and soon you will be able to position the pieces on top of each other in such a way that they do not fall over.
Balance, Trunk Control and Gross Motor
From 6 months onwards, babies are practicing postural stability, sitting up on their own and co-ordinating their movements. Sitting up and stacking allows them to stabilise their core as they move about and use their hands.
Crossing The Mid Line
Practice the use of the right hand to cross over the centre of the body and function in the left hemisphere and vice versa. Place the pieces on the left side of the body, near the hip and then allow them to make use of their right hand ONLY to grasp the wooden cow. Alternate.
Language Concepts and Creative Play
Make use of every opportunity to engage in language and the learning of new words and concepts through out of the box thinking.
Our cows are great for:
- animal sound discussions
- learning prepositions
- making up games
-telling a story
Practice turn taking with your little one too, it's never too early to start.