During the first months of a baby's life, games and activities are an important factor in his intellectual and psychomotor development. As soon as the baby is able to grasp objects voluntarily and consciously, it would be wiser to think of offering him a cube of awakening and activities.
This type of awakening game acts on several levels, but which one to choose? That's what we will see in this article.
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What is an activity cube?
The activity cube is a kind of construction game that can help the child to develop different skills. In principle, this consists of placing objects of different sizes in a large cube dedicated to this purpose.
This type of game is part of the Early learning activities for babies, it intervenes on various aspects in the development of the child. These are:
- From the development of motor skills;
- On the coordination between vision and touch;
- The development of autonomy and initiative;
- To understand the consequences of the actions initiated;
- From the development of imagination and creativity.
At what age can babies be introduced to the activity cube?
The activities of the awakening cube are recommended from the moment the child can grasp and manipulate the objects consciously, i.e. from the age of 3 to 4 months. The awakening cube is a game that develops the child's intelligence, helping them to better understand and assimilate the most fundamental mental actions.
Alongside other types of games such as books of awakening for babythe activity cube helps children develop their sense ofobservation and understanding of what surrounds him. It is also a game to help the baby learn to act and implement what he has understood.
What are the types of activity cubes?
There are various types of activity cubes. Some even offer several activities in each of the five apparent faces of the cube. Indeed, on the same activity cube toy, you can find construction activities, sounds (piano and other instruments), alphabet letters, etc.
Some more sophisticated models offer more complex activities. For example, the baby places letters of the alphabet on the giant cube that recognizes each letter by emitting the appropriate sound. On the other side, some piano keys help the baby explore the sounds of music.
Other types of cubes offer the child the opportunity to discover shapes, colors and numbers, all with fun sounds and lights.
Depending on the type of game or objective, a distinction is made between:
- Shield cubes;
- From labyrinth cubes ;
- Discovery cubes;
- Cubes dedicated to learning numbers and letters;
- From musical cubesand many others
In general, the games of cubes of awakening are designed in wood with dimensions of 50 cm3.