Tanabata star dominoes are jam packed with fun, making them the ultimate girls and boys building toys
Boys building toys are often talked about, but what about construction toys for girls? Kiko have designed the perfect educational toy for all kids-even the big ones, with Tanabata Star Domino set. Tanabata dominoes consist of 7 coloured stars (10 of each) and 30 natural beech stars numbered 0-9 incased in a funky gold bag. The activities you can do with these small wooden toys are only limited by your imagination, but we thought we would kick start your creative juices by mentioning a few.
Tanabata educational games for kids
-Domino tracks: improve balance, observation skills of cause and effect, spatial awareness, problem solving and creativity.
-Counting: use the number stars and place the correct number of coloured stars vertically or horizontally next to it.
-Skip counting/number pattern:place the numbered stars in a number line and turn over the numbers not required for counting for instance when counting by 2s from 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 etc are turned over leaving 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 etc remaining. When counting by 3s by from the same number 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 etc are turned over. This activity is a clear visual for children to recognise they are skipping numbers to count.
-Patterns: build patterns for instance 2 blue, 1 pink, 2 blue, 1 pink or star lays down, stand star up, star lays down. Pattern building assists with problem solving, observation and skip counting.
-order numbers: using the natural number stars roll and 2 die and make the largest/smallest you can from the 2 numbers. Compete with a friend.
-Addition and subtraction: select 2 or more numbered stars and match the number stars with coloured stars to assist with addition and subtraction.
-Multiplication: select number stars and make rows of groups to learn multiplication.
-Division: Divide the stars into groups to explore division.
-Stacking/building: assists creativity and problem solving.
-Writing numbers/letters/words: make numbers and letters with the stars to assist with letter formation, recognition, spelling words.
-Discovering constellations: copy constellations and star patterns.
Where does the inspiration for these magnificent girls and boys building toys come from?
Tanabata is a star festival celebrated in Japan on the seventh day of July. During the festival children wish on a star. Kaz Shiomi designed the girls and boys building toys based on the festival so that children could wish on stars and aspire to their dreams every single day.