12M+: Place all the pieces in the pool and invite the child to dump them out. Then ask the child to place the pieces back inside the pool.
12M+: Help the child identify the different colors of the pieces. Say a color name aloud and guide the child's hand to point to a piece of that color.
12M+: Place the sea-creature pieces felt-side-up in the pool to make them easier to catch, and encourage the child to "go fish," by grasping the worm and sticking it to a sea creature.
18M+: Help the child place the shape pieces to match the shapes printed on the bottom of the pool.
18M+: Help the child learn the name of the shapes by saying each one aloud as you point to it on the toy.
18M+: Identify different sea creatures, such as fish, crab, octopus, and turtle. Ask the child to point to them as you name them.
24M+: Place the four large pieces on a flat play surface in front of the child. Hand the child one of the smaller pieces and ask the child to pair it with its parent.
24M+: Arrange the pieces in a straight row and help the child count to eight, pointing to the numbered pieces as you go.
24M+: Place the sea-creature pieces felt-side-up in the pool, and encourage the child to use the fishing rod to catch specific fish that you describe.
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