This is a sponsored post. I was given the featured product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Spielgaben, a company that originated in Australia, will soon be making its way to the US! The name of this product could easily be called “the best set of manipulatives ever created”. I use the word “manipulatives” instead of “toy” because it is more than just a toy and can easily be transformed into about a thousand different mini-lessons on color recognition, sizing, ordering, geometry, and fractions…just to name a few. Or it can simply be used as several diffferent open-ended toys all while letting your child’s creativity come to life!
When the package first arrived, the boys first had some free play with all of the contents of the package. Honestly, they played uninterrupted for over an hour! Spielgaben is the perfect open-ended product for preschoolers and elementary students (make sure you keep it away from kids younger than three, though, because a lot of the pieces are pretty tiny).
That is a house on the top left with a sidewalk to Grandma’s house. :)
Although this product is wonderful for unstructured play, it is also great for more structured activities as well. Here are just a few of the ways that we have utilized this amazing set…
One of Little Brother’s favorites was the box of wooden beads. He used fine motor skills to place the beads on the shoestring all while creating patterns with the beads.
With the tiny wooden circles, we used them to form the letters of the boys names (which involved using precise fine motor control). We also made groups of ten beads (and put them inside the larger circles) and then counted by tens.
We used the rods and various sizes of circles to order according to size, make parts of a whole, and create designs!
When I brought out the pattern blocks, Big Brother immediately began creating “ice cream cones” using the triangles and half-circles. We also created a chain reaction by
Here are a few other manipulatives included in the set:
These blocks are a great way to introduce fractions!
These 3-dimensional shapes are lots of fun…
…especially when you make them into a pendulum!
Finally, these crocheted balls are excellent for teaching color recognition. Each ball has a strap that creates even more possibilities!
Overall, this set is an amazing product for parents and teachers of preschool and elementary children. Not only does it offer hours of free and unstructured play, Spielgaben also has the potential to be used for invaluable lessons on an assortment of cognitive development and mathematic
Spielgaben has been extremely popular in Australia and will soon be available in the US with a new and improved version! To find out how you can be one of the first to own this new and improved version of the Spielgaben set with a big discount, go here and click on “Register Your Interest” in the yellow box.
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Once again, this was a sponsored review. Go here to read my full disclosure policy.