My cousin reviewed the Real World Folding Geometric Shapes with her daughter, Ashlynn, and here are her thoughts.
I received Real World Folding Geometric Shapes by Learning Resources for my almost 5year old daughter. It says it's for ages 5+ so I like that these shapes will grow with her; as she gets older we can incorporate more advanced activities with the shapes. As my daughter moves on in school, we can begin having more in-depth conversations about vertices etc.
I was really excited to receive this because I love anything that makes learning fun that allows learning to occur during playtime or exploration. It comes with 8 clear shapes and 24 different inserts for example the triangular prism can be a cheese wedge or a piece of cake or a tent. My daughter loves this aspect, that she can switch out the pictures inside, and it also helps keep things fresh to prevent boredom.
You can use the flattened forms to teach symmetry and surface area with older children. There is an activity guide included that gives parents suggestions for discussion questions, such as, 'Which shapes have mostly rectangular faces?' There are many different activities in the guide, such as 'mix and match' where you remove all the 'nets' (the inserts) and lay them out next to the empty clear shapes and your child has to match up the flattened paper version of the shape to the 3dimensional plastic shapes.
Another activity they suggest is to have your child trace a flattened shape on a white paper, cut it out, and then illustrate their shape using their own imagination, and finally reconstruct it into a 3dimensional object of their choice. Even though my daughter is a little young, there are still activities at her level. Today we searched the house for household objects that match the geometric shapes in the kit. For example, my daughter discovered that a can of soup matched the cylinder. She has already started using some of the new vocabulary on the names of the geometric shapes.
These shapes encourage her to make real world connections with her environment, such as realizing that an ice cream cone and a party hat are both the same cone shape. I like that the shapes offer something tangible that she can manipulate in her own hands, versus just looking at 2dimensional drawings of shapes in a book. To me, this is much more meaningful, and therefore, more memorable.
I feel like she will have an advantage when she starts learning about geometric shapes in school. My daughter already asked me if she could bring in the geometric shapes for share day at kindergarten this week, instead of her usual choice, a toy. All in all, I feel very satisfied with this product and would definitely recommend it.
Buy It: You can purchase Real World Folding Geometric Shapes for $36.99.
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