IKOS is a three-dimensional puzzle unlike many others. Fully assembled, the IKOS pieces come together to form a sphere, but that is just the start of its endless number of creations. The puzzle allows children to employ their creativity to make new and unique creations with the three-dimensional puzzle pieces without explicit instructions. The pieces are paintable and interchangeable for many adaptations through play for people of all ages and abilities.
- An understanding of directionality is developed as children rotate and flip the pieces to fit together.
- IKOS enables children to understand part-to-whole relationships as they see how each piece individually contributes to the end product created.
- Strategic thinking is involved in the puzzle as children think through the entire assembly sequence of the many different IKOS creations.
- The instructions do not provide step-by-step instructions for construction. This allows kids to explore their own creativity and sequential thought processing to build something from start to finish independently.
- Use the puzzle pieces to recreate things around the house or from a picture book.
- Kids can write or draw out their own instruction manuals for designs they have built with their IKOS set. This way their creations can be remembered or shared with others to build.
- Find a number or color die from a game around the house or make one! Roll the die to find out what color or how many pieces you get to add onto your creation.
- Use dry erase markers to label the pieces. For example, write numbers to create a die or list exercises like jumping jacks or run in place to create an activity.
- As children pick up and manipulate the individual puzzle pieces to create, fine motor skills such as finger control and hand dexterity are being activated and exercised.
- Hand-eye coordination is engaged as children relay the information they see to what they do with their hands when building their 3D creations.
- Precision and bilateral coordination is involved in play as clicking two pieces together requires the use of both hands simultaneously.
- After you build a sphere, set up targets out of things around the house like empty cereal or cracker boxes. Try and roll the ball to hit all of the targets on the course like in a game of bowling.
- Try and get the assembled ball from point A to point B without using your hands or feet. Elbows, knees and heads are all fair game in this race.
- Take turns placing books and other weights on top of the finished sphere to see how much weight it can take before it comes apart.
- Because there are no step-by-step instructions, this 3D puzzle promotes trial and error along with determination to create.
- The endless possibilities of construction allow children to exercise creativity as they decide what they want to build.
- With the ability to combine sets, this toy can be used to promote cooperative play as children work together to create.
- Caregiver and child can alternate connecting pieces to build a creation. Take turns adding pieces to IKOS until it is finished!
- Add other items to play with IKOS creations like small figures to prompt children to create buildings such as houses and cars to promote imaginative play.