A few weeks ago, I was at Toys R Us, and I saw this on clearance:
I figured the pieces were a little small for Lucy, but maybe Ayub would play with it. It seemed like it would have some math potential for him, so why not? As it turns out, everyone loves this thing. Eleanor has even been playing with Ayub.
It comes with tongs. Perfect for those of us who are working on fine motor skills and hand strength. They are pretty sturdy, too…not too easy to clamp down. And the fruit is a cool rubberized texture. It’s soft, but sturdy.
It has matching colors and shapes, so that you can sort them endless ways. We’ve used them for sorting by shape, by color, and counting. In addition, we’ve done some patterns and talked about what comes next and why.
And lastly, it’s fun. I mean, I really didn’t expect this to hold his attention for too long, but he loves using the tongs and he’ll fill up the pie several times at a sitting. It’s a quiet activity that actually holds my kid’s attention for longer than five minutes. What’s not to love? (Note, I did not ask him to smile or bribe him in any way for this photo.)
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