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Bear Essentials – world of numbers

Submitted by on October 25, 2010 – 5:16 pmNo Comment

I love toys that are educations as well as fun and this is a perfect example.  The numbers toles adhere to the brigtly coloured bears with velcvro and encourage children to learn their sums.  My five year old actually asked me if he could do some maths the other day, which is a first for him!

Buy online: Zoobookoo.com

£19.99

*****

Initial Thoughts: This was just what we needed to encourage my five year old with his numeracy.  You get five brightly coloured bears with 40 number and symbol tiles that you can stick on to the bears with velcro to make learning more fun.  As soon as he saw it he wanted to start doing sums!

We liked: This is a bright, fun toy that really does encourage children to learn.  It helps develop numeracy skills and both my children could play with it quite happily as children can work at their own level.  There is a leaflet included that shows you how to play 14 different games and there’s even a nice little tidy bag with it so you don’t lose any of the pieces.

We weren’t keen : The number tiles included go up to twenty which is sufficient for younger children but it would be even better if the tiles went up to a higher number so that my daughter can learn her times tables using the bears aswell.  She’s so jealous of him playing but because the numbers only go up to 20, all the sums we can make up using the numbers you get are too easy for her.

Overall : I can see that as my five year old starts to learn more numeracy at school, this will be an excellent tool for me enable to encourage and help him.  I’d recommend this to anyone with a child learning basic numeracy.
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