Name: Sarah Burns from Let Them Be Small
Product Testing: Ten to the Top
Age of children: 4, 3 and 13 months
Sarah is mum to three children aged 4, 3 and 13 months. Life is busy but fun and she is home educating her eldest who would be due to start school in September. Sarah is a blogger and regularly shares posts about her favourite products, days out and home education ideas.
What were your first thoughts when the toy arrived?
I was quite intrigued and wondered what it would be like inside. The box is tall and sturdy and the children were keen to find out what was inside it.
How did you use it?
We played it as a game with the four and three year old – the four year old to practice his number bonds and counting skills and the three year old with her number recognition and early maths. We used it along side some Mathlink® Cubes to help them visualise the numbers.
What are the educational benefits?
There are lots of educational benefits with this game and I can see it is one we will use a lot. I like that it can be pitched at different ages. My four year old can already do simple sums so he was able to work out what number he needed and my three year old was able to hone her number recognition skills as well as begin to do the sums with some help.
I have found the children putting the cubes into number order. I have also laid out a sequence of numbers and used the star cube, asking them to tell me which number is missing from the sequence.
What did you like/dislike about the toy?
I love this toy. It isn’t something I would have naturally chosen myself but I am so impressed with it. The cubes are just the right size for small hands to stack and the game is a lot of fun for them. As they get older and their mathematical skills improve they will be able to play a speed game where they can race each other (rather than taking it in turns like we are now). At the moment they are playing the game with assistance from us and it’s a good way to see how they’re improving and increasing the speed at which they can complete sums.
What is the long term appeal?
I can use this with all three children. My youngest can use the cubes to find different numbers as he begins to work on number recognition and my older two can play the game on their own or against us as they get quicker with their maths.
Is it unique?
I’ve certainly not seen a game like it!
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Absolutely – it’s superb.
The final score:
Fun Factor: 5/5
Educational Benefits: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5