My not-so-secret obsession is with educational toys and resources. I can’t resist an excellent educational product and they really came in handy during periods of lockdown. We reviewed these fantastic games from mierEdu – here’s what the tribe thought.
Time Activity Set
Learning to tell the time on an analogue clock has been the bane of my existence lately – so when I spotted this fantastic game, I knew the tribe would love it. The difficulty with learning to tell the time could be chalked up to a number of things such as the fact the kids are growing up in a digital world, so whilst they can tell the time on a digital device with ease, the minute you show them a clock face, they’re nine-tenths of the way there, but still experiencing some confusion.
We pulled the parts out of the Time Activity set and straight away what has been a chore in the past became a fun and exciting game. The kids loved putting the owl clock together, which comes with lots of magnetic, interchangeable parts.
The kit came with a poster explaining the basics of analogue time as well as game cards with relatable routines such as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to bed. The kids were excited to move the clock hands and match the times with those shown on the cards.
One of the features I thought was brilliant with this game was the interchangeable backgrounds of the clock face. You can put a solid circular magnet that represents 60 minutes or a full hour, or you could choose to put a 30-minute section with a 15-minute section and a 10-minute and 5-minute slice. This helped the kids to physically see what the distance was between 10 minutes to the hour or 10 minutes past the hour. There was also a face that could be placed behind the hands that marked out the ‘past’ and ‘to’ sections of time. With so many different options, we could focus on explaining the time, whilst the kids could see a visual representation of what we were talking about.
Ferris Wheel Arithmetic Board
This clever game has hours of mathematical challenge worked into it. It was so simple to play and had the tribe completely engaged in what is otherwise a very boring task. The kids got to pick between a number of cute little owl characters and put their player magnet on the Ferris Wheel. They could choose which operation they wanted to use (multiplication, division, addition or subtraction) and then place a large number in the middle of the Ferris Wheel. Depending on which operation and which number you choose, the answers change.
This excellent game came with a multiplication poster for reference to support the kids whilst they’re playing. The gameboard is magnetic and had two games to play – the first is the Ferris Wheel, and the second is a train with a mixture of operations so the kids can practice all of their mathematic skills together.
mierEdu is a Melbourne-based educational toy and game company, with a fantastic range of products designed for kids from 0-8 years. The range is designed to make learning-based play affordable for families and enjoyable for kids.
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