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Learning Resources – Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run {Review}

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The Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run is useful learning tool for at home or in the classroom. I enjoy having my kids play with this set because I know that they are practicing their engineering and problem solving skills in a fun hands-on way. The brightly colored set offers enough pieces to get really creative. My kids think it’s really cool seeing that when adjusting the parts in certain ways they control not only the direction in which the marbles fall but also the speed the marble goes when reaching the intended destination! Continue reading

Learning Resources – Create-a-Maze {Review & Giveaway!}

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My children ages 7 and 4 enjoy mazes quite a bit. I like mazes too because I know in solving or creating our own that we are challenging our mind in new ways and boosting critical thinking skills. My children’s experience with mazes has mainly been with those strictly found in activity books and in games on the computer. Though recently, they were given a hands on approach to mazes. Many thanks to Learning Resources for the opportunity to share our experiences with their latest educational game Create-a Maze.   Continue reading

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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Learning Resources: Word Construction {Review & Giveaway}

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Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It’s definitely a unique and different option than what I’ve seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it’s appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he’s been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we’ve been practicing this school year.

P1160006This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren’t too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.

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The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It’s not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I’ve used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They’ve also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!

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After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it’s a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!

Want it? Word Construction  can be purchased on the  Learning Resources website for $24.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on Amazon.com as well.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.