Learning Resources Handy Scoopers

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We have a fun review and giveaway for you today, for the awesome Handy Scoopers from Learning Resources!prod4963_4_lg

I was really excited to receive these new Handy Scoopers, honestly wondering if they would be sturdy enough to survive Ladybug and Krash!  Thankfully they are and my kids LOVE them! We have played games with them, used them in sensory bins, and even as instruments!

Here we used our Froggy Feeding Fun game pieces to scoop and play a game. You can see the game we played here!

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Using the scoops in the rice bin was a BIG favorite! This is Krash burying the toy cow!Home Preschool Letter C -8688

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The Handy Scoopers are an excellent fine motor tool and wonderful for sensory bins. I wish I would have had these a year ago, when we did even more fine motor work!  I highly recommend these!  You can purchase Handy Scoopers on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

We will be reviewing the Family Counters next month and Learning Resources has a fun contest going on, read more here: http://www.learningresources.com/familycounters!

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Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

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We have a fun giveaway for you today, for Real World Folding Geometric Shapes  from Learning Resources!

Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

There are 8 shapes included ~ cube, cylinder, hexagonal prism, rectangular prism,  triangular prism, square pyramid,  triangular pyramid and cone. Each shapes comes with foldable inserts to represent real world objects.  There are a total of 24 inserts, some shapes have more options than others.

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Ladybug’s thoughts… she really enjoyed these even though they weren’t really meant for her!  She thought they were really neat and has played with them a lot!Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

As for the boys, honestly, they weren’t too impressed since they weren’t as good for building, and more for learning.  They thought they were neat, but haven’t explored them much.

My thoughts…the teacher in me really likes these. Having a hands on version of geometric shapes that represent real world objects makes for fun math learning! The plastic part used to close the shape and keep the insert inside isn’t as sturdy as I would like, I had to add a little bit of clear tape to a few of them to keep them from falling apart as we explored them, but it’s not a really big deal.  I know I will love having these when we get to geometric shape lessons in math!

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Measuring Motors #giveaway

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We have a fun giveaway for you today, for the super cool Measuring Motors Math Activity Set from Learning Resources!

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Ladybug’s thoughts… she really enjoyed these and loved finding them on her shelves to play with!  She immediately began sorting them by size on her own, and has done that several times since.Learning Resources Measuring Motors-9326

I made some patterns with her, mostly she enjoyed knocking them apart when I was done!Learning Resources Measuring Motors-9561

As for the boys, they definitely liked them, but weren’t as drawn to them as other toys.  I will be using them with Krash especially during math time.  The boys had a blast playing “cars” with them and using them creatively.  

My thoughts…the teacher in me LOVES these!  They are accurate measurements, as shown below, so can be used for measuring in a fun way.  They are great for patterns and sorting too.  A fabulous hands on tool for so many early math skills. 

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You can purchase these on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

 

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Candy Construction Building Set #giveaway

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We have a fun giveaway for you today, for the super cool Candy Construction Building Set from Learning Resources!

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Ladybug’s thoughts… my girl LOVED these!  They are a bit hard for her to build with, but that didn’t hinder her ability to have fun.  She handed me the book and asked me to build things for her!

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I made the swing, the merry-go round, and the house.

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She loved helping me and playing with them once they were built.  When we took the merry-go round apart, she showed me these and told me she “had 2 – one big and one wittle.”

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She spontaneously made a fire to roast a marshmallow, on the right she was blowing her marshmallow, she got it a bit too hot I suppose!

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As for the boys, they were VERY excited when they saw this, they knew this wasn’t just a “sister” thing!  I had it out the first day with just Ladybug while they were at VBS, when they got home, it drew them in immediately and for hours!   They have both taken the bin out on several occasions since then also.  I can tell, they are very impressed!Homeschool Learning Resources Candy Construction Building Set-8322

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This building set now has a home in our schoolroom toy storage area, with a brand new bin!  This is where we keep the most played with learning toys.  Homeschool Learning Resources Candy Construction Building Set -8533

My thoughts…this is a very high quality and unique building set.  I LOVE the colors, the variety, and amount of supplies included {92 pieces}.  The pieces go together nicely, they fit well, and stay in place.  They were a tad bit difficult for Ladybug, but I think most 3-4 year olds could build with them.  Krash is 6 and he loved them, Pac is 10 and he loved them too!  I love open ended and creative toys, and these totally fit the bill!   You can purchase these on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

If you win or you decide to purchase this set, the Candy Preschool Pack would be an awesome addition!Candy Preschool Pack

 

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Learning Resources Letter Construction Activity Set Giveaway!

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We have a fun giveaway for you today, for the awesome Letter Construction Activity Set  from Learning Resources!

Letter Construction Activity Set

You have probably already seen this on my blog as it became a fast favorite as soon as the box was opened!  I had Ladybug in mind when I chose this product to review, but the boys have played with it non stop too!

Letter Construction Kit

The set comes with large cards which tell you the pieces you need to construct each letter and how to construct both the upper and lower case.  Ladybug and I had fun going through and making tons of letters together!

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After we made them, we spread them out and I yelled out a letter for her to run to!

Jump to the Letter

Even though it’s called the “Letter Construction Set” it is definitely not limited to just letters!  We made shapes and jumped to those too!

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This set is a fabulous way to reinforce a letter of the week, if you do that like we do!  You may have seen us using these in our Letter N Tot School post!

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As for the boys, they weren’t really interested in making letters, but more in creating anything they could think of!  Here Krash was working on an umbrella…

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We made people, and he is working on a “cup for Rita’s Water Ice".  He ended up making an entire Rita’s store, with multiple cups of water ice!

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Even PacMan at age 10, has had TONS of fun with these.  They now have a home in our schoolroom toy storage area, with a brand new bin of their own!  This is where we keep the most played with learning toys. 

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My thoughts…I LOVE these!  They came in a box all “stuck” together and were a bit difficult to pry apart, but with help of a flat head screwdriver to pry a few of the difficult ones, it was fine.  The only frustration has come when a few of the designs we have created haven’t stuck together and the part where they connect seems a bit loose.  They snap together with these little circles and most of them worked perfectly, but every now and then we had some that were loose and had to be careful lifting up our creations! Overall this is a fabulous product for many reasons and for many ages of children!  You can purchase these on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

 

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