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Begin Again Toys: Don’t Dump Dumpty {Game Review and Giveaway}

dumptyv2_1__09984-1430320127-1280-1280BeginAgain of Fort Collins, Colorado makes eco-friendly toys that teach through play. I had a lot of fun browsing their offerings which include puzzles, balancing games, stackers, travel games, and more! There’s something for babies all the way up to children of older ages. I like the neat hands-on offerings which are perfect for helping children learn and recognize numbers, letters, and other important skills. These eco-friendly wooden sets and games challenge both boys and girls and encourage using ones imagination. This company is a worth a look for purchasing sustainable toys for home or in the classroom! 

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Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco Game {Review and Giveaway}

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Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco Game has a lot of kid appeal! The illustrations on the box and on all the pieces are colorful, whimsical, and a whole lot fun to look at. In this game, children will practice their math skills in recognizing a number of different geometric shapes found in common foods and treats. Game play is easy to catch on to. Kids will practice patience by taking turns, develop their fine motor skills, and sharpen their critical thinking and decision making abilities.

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GPA Learn {School House Crew Review}

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My son and daughter ages 4 and 6 years old take very well to using the computer. In knowing that, I’ve typically used computer time as something fun to do. It’s a great reward for doing well in their schooling and in their daily chores. I’ve learned however, to be selective in where and how they spend their computer time. I want them to have fun but also still be learning as they play. I’ll admit that sometimes with so many choices out there it can be hard to know which on-line curriculum and games are worth pursing for this purpose.

When the opportunity to review GPALOVEMATH by GPA LEARN through the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team came up I knew I had to apply for it. As a parent, I felt it was worth pursing. The helpful info-graphic and the fun character videos pretty much sealed my decisions. I felt my children would like it for many reasons and I was right in that assumption!

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Learning Resources: Translucent Geometric Shapes {Review & Giveaway}

getransshapesI like sets I can use in my homeschooling in more than one way. For instance, the Translucent Geometric Shapes from Learning Resources we’ve been using not just for math but for art as well! Since this set is so open ended, I’ve been able to utilize it to the max for educating for both my nearly 4 year old son and six year old daughter. Which means the needs of a first grader and k4 student can be completely met with the right activities. There are many that can be exercised from sorting & classifying, identifying the shape, building, fractions, geometry, and more!

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This set includes 408 shapes pieces and a helpful activity guide. All the pieces are translucent and would work really well with a glo-Pane light panel. Of the 408 pieces there are 14 different shapes in 7 colors and several of the shapes come in different sizes and indifferent angles. Shapes include squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagon, trapezoid, rhombus, circle, half circle, and quarter circle. The different angles of certain pieces allow for introduction an introduction to right, obtuse, and acute angles! The shapes used as a whole can really open the door to teach about all sorts of math concepts.

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The shapes seem to made out of some sort of plastic. The plastic appears durable and if needing to be cleaned, it appears that no damage would come of it. The set is easily stored in the container it comes in! Major plus to not have to purchase a container separately!

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I’ve been using this set with my six year old daughter right now to teach basic fractions and the names of certain shapes. It’s been a lot of fun for the kids to take different shapes and make another. I bring this set out for play quite a bit for quiet time. My kids could spend all day creating all sorts of art and patterns! I like any way to make schooling more hands on for my kids and this set totally fits the bill. I highly recommend it!

P1160588Want it? Translucent Geometric Shapes  can be purchased on the  Learning Resources website for $34.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on Amazon.com as well.

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Ready, Set, 100th Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace {Children’s Book Review}

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In Ready, Set, 100th Day! we meet fun rabbit character named Minna. We open the story to find Minna sitting upon the living room floor amongst her family on a Sunday morning pondering what her project for the 100th day of school will be. As the story continues on, Minna explores counting to 100 in many different ways using many different types of manipulative items often used for math exercises.

This book has a story but it can be used as well for a math & counting resource book! The number groups covered to be learned in this book are 5’s, 10’s, 20’s, 25’s, and 50’s. There are many bright and cheerful illustrations displayed upon the pages that children can count along with to reach one hundred. My daughter age five really enjoyed this book! She has since begged me to pick up some of the fun items to use for her own math lessons that she saw Minna using.

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Ten-Frame Treasures™ by Learning Resources {review & giveaway}

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If you are looking for a fun way to aid in teaching your hands-on learning child math, Ten-Frame Treasures just may be the activity set you are looking for! This comprehensive math manipulative set appealed to both my son age 2 1/2 and my daughter age 5. It can help you teach base-ten number concepts and it’s great for early addition and subtraction.  Let’s be serious here too, what kid doesn’t get excited over a treasure chest?

The set as a whole comes with 85 pieces. There’s the chest, 4 Ten-Frame Trays, 40 Silver Coins, & 40 Gold coins. The coins all have the same design which is a crown on one side and on the other a ship. Both my kids liked the designs and thought it was cool that the images were raised. Each of the trays can hold ten coins each. And a bonus is that the trays and the coins fit into the treasure chest making it easy to store. I will note that there’s no latch or anything so if the treasure chest topples over or is held upside down, you’ll have pieces scattered everywhere.

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