Use the blocks to build the different views or projections as shown on the assignment cards. Use 3 assignment cards with views: 2 side views and a view from above or use an assignment card with a projection.
Activity is appropriate:
- for children
- for people with a mild to advanced dementia
- as preventive activity
- as an independent activity, activity in a pair or activity in a group
Key product benefits:
- Strengthens the implicit memory
- Strengthens visible spatial orientation
- Strengthens fine motor skills and eye-arm coordination
- Preserves and strengthens the sense of personal ability and competence
- Strengthens mind activities: attention and concentration
Reading a newspaper, cutting vegetables, calculating costs and shopping are among the daily activities that we perform as a routine, without much effort, more or less automatically and subconsciously. When certain skills decrease with age, however, we are increasingly faced with the fact that we cannot perform certain tasks as easily as we once did.
We are confronted with a decline in cognitive abilities, related to how quickly we respond to a certain stimulus from the environment, how we focus on work, how well we remember, our ability to solve problems, thinking, logical reasoning, and planning. How to slow down the aging process or cognitive decline is a topic that many scientists today are dealing with. Research has increasingly been indicating that mental activity can slow down the cognitive decline or decline and reduce the risk for it as it supports the growth of new nerve cells and connections between nerve cells. For example, if we perform an exercise or strengthen an individual cognitive area, such as attention, the effects of training are also transferred to memory, visual and auditory perception, perseverance, etc.
Our cognitive abilities are directly related to what we percieve through our senses by seeing, listening, touching, tasting, smelling.
The 3 Dimensions activity requires exact observation, visual acuity, eye-hand coordination, spatial orientation, fine motor skills as well as attention and concentration.
It is one of the tasks that strengthens several activities simultaneously, also called multi-tasking. These tasks are difficult to perform with age, as they require the inclusion of multiple skills simultaneously, sequentially or interlaced. They require the simultaneous activation of motor skills, thinking, quick response to stimuli, attention and visual and auditory perceptions. Examples of this are driving, housekeeping, computer work, smartphone usage and so on.
We also strengthen our activities in other areas:
- Visual spatial perception and eye-hand coordination are used in assessing the position of individual elements, identifying shapes, colours, etc. and for understanding a model on paper (2D), and at the same time composing it (3D).
When classifying models by colour and form into meaningful sequences, we strengthen our procedural memory that ensures that the task is carried out gradually, in steps or in sequences.
We strengthen our visual spatial orientation with the correct positioning, by detecting the distance between objects, assessing which objects are in the foreground or the background, or on the side, etc. In dementia, orientation is often affected (getting lost in a familiar area, problems with the left-right direction and distinguishing parts of the body). Preventive activities can contribute to a better conservation of orientation if they are performed before a major cognitive decline or before dementia occurs.
- Observing and carrying out a task also depends on our focused attention, which plays a key role in almost all mental processes: when we follow conversations, perform certain activities, observe nature, listen to music, paint, taste good food, etc. If we are more motivated to do a particular task, our attention will be greater and the observation more precise. When we make a commitment, we forget about everyday worries, thus making it easier to relax.
Each activity has positive effects only when it is not too easy for the person and not too demanding, so it is important to select the appropriate complexity of the activity. The principle of three keys applies to success:
- Frequency: Activity should be performed sufficiently frequently (recommended 2-3 times a week).
- Duration: more repetitions are needed over a longer period of time (2-3 months).
- Intensity: Intensively enough means that we take an active part in the activity and insist on it for a while (15, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's ability).
wooden box (32 x 29.5 x 6 cm)
wooden lid as playing board
3 wooden pillars
24 wooden blocks
32 transparent plastic assignment cards
2 plastic drawing sheets (A-4)