6 Ways to Use Picasso Tiles with Toddlers

Thursday, December 14, 2017
This post was written in exchange for a 3-D Designer Artistry Kit from Picasso Tiles; however, all opinions are my own. 

We love toys at our house that keep our little man engaged and learning time and time again. While there are certainly a variety of flashy and fun toys on the market, what I have often found is that the toys that keep him most engaged are often some of the simplest - ie. no lights, sounds, bells or whistles. We love the classics like books, blocks, and bubbles. That's why when I was presented with the opportunity to partner with Picasso Tiles  to try out their magnetic building tiles, I couldn't have been more excited to share them with my favorite toddler.

Picasso Tiles offers a variety of different magnetic building block sets that come with several different shapes and sizes. We received their 42 Piece Artistry Set for review, and after a few days of play, I quickly realized that there was a large potential for learning opportunities when using them. One of the biggest things we are currently working on with Asher is sorting and categorizing by characteristics. The Picasso Tile set has provided us with a really authentic way of going about this.

1. First, we can sort by color. With the rainbow array of colors provided, I was easily able to start a few piles of different colors and ask Asher to continue the sorting process. Each tile that is placed - we repeat the name of the color. Added bonus - Because the tiles are magnetic, they lock into place, and the piles don't end up all mixed up in the process. 

2. This particular set also comes with 6 distinct shapes, which gave us another unique opportunity for sorting fun. Sorting this way is also giving our babe skill practice that can transfer to other tasks such as putting puzzle pieces in their designated space, putting his blocks in the correctly shaped hole etc. 

3. To take the idea of distinct shapes one step further, some of the tiles actually represent letters of the alphabet or contain more shapes within them. This could certainly provide us with an opportunity to discuss letter sounds and names as we build together or actual shape names like squares and rectangles. 

4. Beyond sorting and classifying, the Picasso Tiles also provide a wonderful introduction to beginning science concepts and how magnets work. By playing with the tiles and working to connect them, our little one can see that while some pieces are attracted to one another, others, try as he might, will simply not connect. 

5. This may be the obvious use for them, but because they do connect to one another so easily, the Picasso Tiles have proved to be a wonderful building toy for our child. While we certainly love blocks, Legos, etc., Asher can become easily frustrated when things topple and/or he cannot get the pieces together the way he had hoped. These tiles have virtually eliminated that frustration component for him in building towers, etc. as the pieces snap into place so effortlessly. 

6. Finally, we have gotten a kick out of just using the tiles to be silly and imaginative as a family as well. Whether they become a hat, a megaphone or something else, the possibilities are truly endless when you let your child take the lead and open up that possibility of creative play.

What would you and your little one use your Picasso Tiles for? Here is your chance to try them out at a discounted price. When you use CODE: J9CYBPW7, you will receive 20% off or your entire order. Please be sure to use the Kickbot storefront linked here on Amazon to select your product and use the code. If you are looking for last minute gift ideas for the holidays or even to hold on to for a rainy day, this may be a great time to try them out. 

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