I hope that I’m not the only one who cringes every time worksheets are suggested for preschoolers. While we work on lots of pre-writing skills, worksheets are never in the plans for preschool. Learning through play is one of the most effective ways to get preschoolers engaged in learning. Building a love for learning is essential as children are exposed to their very first academic skills. Because Life Over C’s is all about sharing hands-on learning activities with you, I was given a Bumby box to review and give you an opportunity to win your own Bumby box so that you can learn through play with your preschoolers.
With subscription boxes, it can be hard to tell if they are going to be as good as they claim. I will always give you my honest opinion even if that opinion is negative.
Bumby Box asked if I would review a preschool level box for them. The box is intended for 3-5 year old children. Because my youngest daughter has special needs, this was the correct level of box for her. She is currently near the 36-month old level in most of her skills.
Inside the box I found three toys of outstanding quality. The familiar names of Haba, Hape and Plan Toys were exciting to me even before we took them out to play. I love that these toy companies all provide high-quality toys that I know are safe for my kids and will last as long as my kids want to play with them.
I also appreciated that they didn’t include a lot of extra packaging, though my postal worker did leave the box exposed on the steps in the snow. Thankfully, we noticed it and nothing was ruined.
A full set of the Haba Butterfly Threading Game
A full set of the Hape Shish Kabob Basics
A partial set of Plan Toys Castle blocks
Plus a leaflet on suggested ways to extend learning with the toys.
Why do I want to share this box with you?
I found that the Bumby Box perfectly fit our learning through play ideals and lifestyle.
Ways that we can use toys to learn:
Fine-Motor Skills: Using the butterfly and the shish kabob sets kids work on their fine-motor skills without even noticing.
Hand-Eye Coordination: Placing the butterfly decorations, the foods on the shish kabob, putting together a castle all work on visual spatial skills.
Sizes: Kids can learn big/small with the decorations for the butterfly. If they layer a large piece on top of a small piece, they won’t be able to see it and that is a self-correcting way to learn.
Matching, Patterns and Symmetry: Decorating the butterfly gives kids the chance to find matching pieces, build patterns and discover symmetry. It’s also a great time to talk about the fact that butterfly wings are generally symmetrical.
You can build a pattern on the shish kabob stick and have your child copy that pattern. Then, let them build a pattern for you to copy.
Biology: The butterfly is a great way to introduce the parts of an insect to kids. Then get out some books and look at pictures of real butterflies. Talk about what is the same and what is different.
Language development: Building a castle is a perfect way to talk about positional words. “Put ____ on/beside/under/near.”
Engineering: How many ways can we build a castle?
For more way to learn through play check out the Bumby Box website.
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