Learning Resources provided an Alphabet Acorns Activity Set and a Pretend & Play ATM at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Our summer schedule is generally relaxed. Aside from a few camps and scheduled activities, we keep things flexible and spontaneous. While I don’t want to be strict, I do believe in keeping up with basic academics to avoid that “summer slip.” I also want to always keep my children interested in learning. Thanks to a great lineup of educational toys from Learning Resources, they can have fun while also practicing math, reading, and more!
Alphabet and Reading Practice
The Alphabet Acorns Activity Set is perfect for my preschool-bound 3 year old. The set includes 26 plastic acorns, each with a capital letter on the outside and a colorful, removable cap. Each acorn cap has the corresponding lower case letter printed inside. Additionally, each acorn has a plastic object that matches its letter sound. The object is also the same color as the acorn cap, which serves as a double check for the child that they have the correct object. My daughter practices her ABCs, capital and lower case letters, and letter sounds while playing hide and seek with them!
My 6 year old enjoys helping his sister match up the acorns, which also serves as a great review of his Kindergarten learning. We empty and fill the acorns, practicing the letter sound. We also have begun to show my daughter simple words by stacking several acorns. The set provides many different options for play, which keeps them coming back.
The Alphabet Acorns Activity Set retails for $29.99 and can be purchasedon Amazon. It is recommended for ages 3+ and is a perfect fit for preschoolers!
Math Skills Through Role Play
The Pretend & Play Teaching ATM Bank is engaging for both of my children. My 3 year old loves to play store and my 6 year old is fascinated by anything math related, especially money. The ATM comes with an assortment of play money (10 bills and 20 coins,) and a plastic ATM card. As an added bonus, the ATM will recognize real coins! After touching the pretend fingerprint sensor, inserting your card and entering a pin (this step can be bypassed for younger children,) money can be deposited or withdrawn. The ATM counts the coins but the child must manually enter any bills they deposit or withdraw via the mechanical feeder. This step took a bit of explaining, but my 6 year old mastered it with a few tries. Younger children will most likely not understand this part but can still have fun pretending.
This toy allows us to practice adding, subtracting, and place value with our 6 year old. My 3 year old has mastered the fine motor skills required to deposit a bill, type in her pin number, and beginning coin identification. My son enjoys determining if we have enough money to purchase items and keeping tabs on his account after withdrawing or depositing. The best part is that the children don’t realize we are practicing skills because it is so much fun!
The Pretend & Play ATM is recommended for ages 3+ (PreK+) and retails for $39.99. It can be purchased on Amazon.
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