Being a playground which focuses on Table Top play, Busy Cards' main objective is to provide an extrinsic motivation to spark an intrinsic motivation to learn. This is Selore's second session with the Busy Cards, we are still working with our teachers to do some fine-tuning here and there at the time of writing so pardon the random scribbles you might see on the card.
Busy Cards come in 3 stages depending on the age of your child. Stage 1 for 2-3 years old, stage 2 for 3-4 years old, and stage 3 for 5 years old and above. Each card comes with a candid trivia on its cover with a space for your child to doodle or write, colour pencils are available upon request.
The first 'mission' she needed to complete was 'Knowledge of the World'.
She was quite happy with the fact that this toy came from the older kids' section. She was tasked with matching the flags to the board, which she did with relative ease. It was hilarious watching her try to pronounce the names of the African nations as phonetically correct as she could.
There was a mistake on the board with the spelling of Sudan, which I corrected. When Selore saw this, she immediately flipped all the flags over to the back where only the name is shown. I asked her how she would be able to match without looking at the flags itself, to which she replied, "I want to match them by the names." It was totally unexpected and further convinced me that kids are really curious by nature, with the right environment and resources, they are definitely capable of outdoing our expectations
Ultimately, she was 1 short of completing the last activity before she got a little restless but I still awarded her the stamp for the effort she put in. That's 3 stamps down, and 3 more to go.
She was short of 1 stamp on her tangram 'mission', so she requested to do this next. This is one of my favourite activities in Busy Tables, as it requires you to recreate many different outlines using a fixed set of pieces. It hones your logical thinking and visual-spatial skills, which is why I strongly encourage all my staff to work through the entire range of tangram puzzles as part of their job orientation.
As it was a tier 3 activity, the puzzle was relatively tough, and was a good test for Selore's patience as she had to constantly trial and error. Eventually, with some "Why not flip that piece over" and "Wanna try turning it around?" kind of prompting, we managed to earn the 4th stamp.
Keep your toys after playing!
The Rainbow blocks caught her attention while she was putting away the tangram puzzle, so we took a short break from Busy Cards. She was pleased to be able to arrange the rainbow colours in order, and started singing some rainbow song she learnt from school. Music and singing is really not my thing so I have absolutely no recollection which song it was, only that the lyrics included the word rainbow and mentioned all its colours.
Experimenting with alternative ways of stacking
I waited patiently for her to finish playing with the rainbow blocks, she kept the blocks and wanted to finish up the rest of the card, she chose shoelacing board for her next challenge.
Putting in the puzzle pieces: Easy-peasy
The 1st tier activity of this shoelacing board was simple, she had to put in the puzzle pieces, which she did with relative ease. For the 2nd tier activity she had to insert and criss-cross the shoelaces through the holes, this was a little challenging for her and I had to assist her a little.
It took a while, but we did it!
The 3rd tier activity requires her to tie a knot, but that's something for another day, so I'll leave it to her mum :)
Showing her card to the staff to redeem her token
Getting her prize from the capsule machine!
It's almost her naptime now, so we had her sanitise her hands and waved goodbye to everyone.
Well, is this it?
No way, she bugged us the entire Monday to bring her back to complete the card, so we came back on Tuesday and completed it she did. She was delighted with the mystery prize she got and got started immediately on a new card.
Guess you'll be seeing her around on your next visit!