Playing is an important part of a child’s day. Playing with toys not only promotes mathematical or language skills but also life skills such as sharing and turn taking. The New Age Parents reviewed four products that are suitable for children of various age groups.
Alphabet Suitcase – S$37.90
Suitable for 3 years old onwards
This sturdy suitcase comes with activities to scaffold a child’s learning about alphabet and phonemic awareness, letter sounds, handwriting and alphabetical order. It comes with 52 die-cut alphabet and picture cards, labeled on the reverse side with the initial letter of each item, and also 15 write and clean activity cards for tracing. The colorful illustration makes it appealing to young children and is easy to keep and convenient to bring around.
Minute Math Electronic Flash Card – S$27.90
Suitable for 6 years old onwards
A gadget for both individual and shared fun
The electronic flash card encourages your child to do quick mental sum while developing mathematical fluency. It comes with a 60-second timed mode, an untimed mode and 3 different levels of difficulty. To make it more interesting, you can challenge with your child to solve the most number of sums in one minute.
Pizza Fraction Fun – S$36.90
Suitable for 5 years old onwards
A game for 2-6 players
There are so many different ways to play this game, making it suitable for children from 5 onwards. It comes with instructions for 7 different games to not only understand the concept of fraction but also practice addition, subtraction, estimation and problem solving. Game includes 13 double-sided pizzas, with one side shows numerical fractions, and three double-sided spinners providing different levels of learning. With these concrete materials, it helps children to understand the difference between 1/6 and 1/9 and other concepts in a fun and interesting way.
This game makes understanding fraction equivalence, a concept which can be rather abstract for young learners, easy to comprehend. The pizza brings home the fact that there are fractions in our everyday life and children compete with each other to get a complete pizza by exchanging pieces of equivalent fractions.
3D Pentomino Puzzle – $32.90
Suitable for 7 years old onwards
A game for both individual and shared fun
Pentominos is a challenging activity for the young and old. It is a game that has existed centuries ago. The game tetris was reputed to have been derived from this interesting mathematical game. As the name “Pento” suggest, each piece consists of 5 cubic blocks joined together. Each set consists of 12 unique pieces and a guide with more than 50 puzzles to keep you and your child entertained. Go beyond the 50 puzzles by coming up with your own guide book by capturing photographs of you and your child’s puzzles and compile them together. Younger siblings can get involved by using this puzzle as blocks to create animals and vehicles. Teachers and parents can use this game effectively to build on the 3-Dimensional and spatial reasoning in the child. The puzzles are graded from basic to advanced and the advanced puzzles are challenging even for the adults.
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