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eeBoo 1-2-3 Puzzle Pairs

(eeBoo $16.99)

Using a classic format, these 20 two-piece puzzles contain pairs of cards of picture and numeral from 1 to 20. WE suggest that you introduce just five pairs from 1-5, rather than the whole box full. Look at the images together and be sure your child can name the objects. Turn the picture puzzle part face down. Leave the numerals face up. Take turns drawing a picture card and count the number of items on the card. Then connect the picture with the right numeral. Add five more pairs, play the same game. Before adding more pairs, give your child time use the one -ten pairs on his own. Use the cards to play a sequence game by putting 1-10 in numerical order. Play a game of listen and find by saying, “I’m going to clap (without counting out loud) so listen carefully, can you find the number I’m clapping?” Or play a number game saying, “I’m thinking of a number that is one more than four. Can you find it?” Play some more with finding numbers that are one more or one less. After your child is really at home with 1-10 you’ll want to add another five number pairs, but there’s no rush. Children need time and real experience with using numbers to hold onto what we really mean by oneness or twoness and all the others. You might want to point out that the numeral cards have a color band that matches to the background of the picture cards...or maybe wait and let your child make that discovery. You want them to make the pairs by using numbers, not colors. Remember, the fact that they can count to 20 or 200 is not nearly as important as the basic concepts that are learned by counting concrete objects...the steps they climb, the spoons for everybody’s ice cream, the dots on the dominoes. Marked 3 and up. We’d say this is a better bet for older 4s and even better for 5s and 6s.

Ages: Early School

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2021


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