Early childhood tools for investigation and discovery.

Swiss Cheese Towers

Item# 100125

Designed for a multitude of uses, the Swiss Cheese Towers are sure to get your children thinking, hypothesizing and experiencing through child directed PLAY!


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Children’s play with ramps can be very complex. Not only do children like to build long and winding ramp paths, they like to build tall ones as well. Swiss Cheese Stands are perfect for play with ramps. This unique ramp accessory set is a tool for adding height, dimension, and multiple pathways to children’s play with ramps. Anytime a means of elevation is added to work with ramps children get to tinker with design. Their play becomes more complex as both creative and critical thinking skills are flexed.

Kodo’s Discovery Ramps, Rubber Ramp and the small ramp sections from our Outdoor Ramps can be used with the Swiss Cheese.

Includes 6 pieces, which come together to create three towers in different sizes.
From the Kodo Classroom

You’ll notice that several of the cheese holes have little rubber stoppers. This is to help provide friction needed to stop the ramps from slipping too much. We purposefully left many holes without the rubber stoppers in order to challenge children to devise their own ways for keeping the ramps in place. Some adults like to place baskets of kitchen sponges, tiny carpet tiles, and mini sandbags near the towers. All of these items can support children to think creatively and solve the problem of keeping the ramps in place. No need for teachers or parents to say a word, just place the materials nearby and see what happens. It could take moments, hours, or even days for children to figure this out, but the point is for them to do the thinking!

Key Areas:
Engineering/Physics – Structure, Height, Gravity, Momentum
Mathematics - Size, Spatial Relationships, Quantity, Direction
Physical Development - Fine Motor
Social Skills - Negotiation, Collaboration, Communication
Logic and Reasoning – Perseverance, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking

Children’s Books to Share:
Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting
Bridges Are To Cross by Philomen Sturges
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada
Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds
Motion: Push, Pull, Fast And Slow by Darlene R. Stille

Tip: If the rain is keeping you indoors, use the towers for games. Invite children to toss soft balls or bean bags through the holes. Use the smallest tower for jumping over. Incorporate all three into an obstacle course.

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