My youngest son Charlie is 5 years old and is in Reception. Learning through play is such an important time in a child’s life so I really love toys that enhance learning opportunities and make it fun!
Learning Resources are the place to go for just that! With a huge range of toys that help children’s understanding and skills and help children love to learn!Charlie was sent two toys to put to the test. He is very confident in maths so I thought something that could challenge him would be good, I chose the MathLink® Cubes Maths Fluency Set. Charlie loves phonics and is a keen learner but he is finding blending sounds a little challenging so I chose the Goodie Games™ ABC Cookies to support his learning.
MathLink® Cubes Maths Fluency Set
These cubes are fantastic, they were a regular part of my teaching when I was a Year 1 primary school teacher and they are often used in maths lessons across all year groups. These cubes be used in a variety of ways to aid children’s learning in Addition and subtraction, Statistics, Multiplication and division, Fractions, Measurement, Properties of shapes and Roman numerals. This set is targeted at children aged 6+ so this will be a little advanced for Charlie but it is easy to adapt them to suit his learning.
There is also a set for children aged 4+. The Mathlink® Cubes Activity Set helps to develop basic numeracy skills such as Patterning and sequencing, Sorting and grouping, Early arithmetic: addition, subtraction and multiplication, Size recognition, Colour recognition, Ordering and Measurement.
Of course I can adapt the set Charlie has to support his learning in any of these areas.
In the set there are 100 MathLink cubes in 10 different colours, 15 double sided activity cards and a multilingual activity guide. There are so many fun activities featured on the cards which can be done independently or as a group.
As you can see Charlie and Maisie really enjoyed playing with these. Charlie enjoyed creating patterns and Maisie enjoyed using the challenge cards to do her times tables.
Goodie Games™ ABC Cookies
This game is so much fun! Charlie loves the presentation of the letters shaped as cookies in a cookie jar! They add an element of fun meaning Charlie has no idea he’s actually learning!
Included in the cookie jar are 42 lowercase letter cookies, 45 game cards, four fun games, two spinners and an activity guide. The games are suitable for 2-4 players but Charlie also enjoys making words on his own.
This toy will reinforce the alphabet, lowercase letter recognition, beginning sounds, Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) word building and early vocabulary.
We have focusing on sounding out and blending CVC words as this is something Charlie is finding tricky at the moment. These cookies makes it fun for him and he really enjoys learning through play.
These are perfect for children 3+!
Thank you so much to Learning Resources for sending us these toys to try out. They have been a hit with Charlie.
Thank you for reading,
*These toys were gifted for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.