(NOTE: I was given this product to review. However, all opinions are my own.)
We like to play games as a family.
And it’s fun to carry on that tradition with our grandchildren!
I’m always on the lookout for new games. I’m thrilled to share my latest find with you.
The newest addition to our game closet is the Magnetic Bug Toss from Lakeshore Learning. (They’ve been making high quality educational games almost as long as I’ve been alive!)
This game has a heavy duty two-sided magnetic board. One side has numbers. The other side has letters of the alphabet.
It comes with 3 sturdy, flexible, rubber bugs that have magnetic feet — a ladybug, a dragonfly, and a bee.
Don’t you love the look on the bee’s face?
The directions have several game suggestions that help children build number and alphabet skills. For one game, kids toss the bugs. The bug that landed on the highest number is their score for that turn. They record that number and continue taking turns adding their numbers as they go. The child at the end with the highest score wins. (You could also do this trying to get the lowest score.)
We played the simple word showdown alphabet game. I wrote simple three-letter words on pieces of paper. My grandkids selected a paper and tossed the bugs onto the board aiming for the letters that spelled the word. Toss away!
They were absolutely enthralled! Even the little ones who are just barely learning to talk and have no clue about letters or numbers!
This game can also reinforce the concept of taking turns. My grandkids were so excited to play that they didn’t want to share the bugs nor let their siblings or cousins take turns. (Isn’t life rough?) But sharing and taking turns are important concepts to learn!
They always wanted to get up really close to inspect where the bugs landed!
In addition to the suggestions that come with the game, I can see other ways to use it.
For the letters:
- Spell names. This is a great way for cousins to learn how to spell each other’s names, their pet’s names, city names where family members live, and friend’s names.
- School spelling words. Have your grandchild toss the bugs to make the words on his spelling list at school. (Isn’t this more fun than writing them down 1o times?)
- Interests. Is a grandchild a dinosaur enthusiast? A lover of animals? Into super heroes? See if he can toss the bugs on letters that spell those words.
For the numbers:
- Toss two or three bugs and add the numbers together.
- Toss two bugs and subtract the smaller one from the larger one.
- Toss two bugs and have your grandchild tell you if the numbers are odd or even.
- Pick a number — say 5. Toss two bugs and have your grandchild say if the numbers are bigger or smaller than the number 5.
I love this game! I am so impressed with how well-built it is. It can take rough handling from little kids. It will last through many years of play.
I am also delighted at the kid-appeal that it has.
And best of all, I like that kids can learn while having fun and playing games with grandma!
If you are like me, you are probably already thinking about what to get your grandkiddos for Christmas. Lakeshore Learning would be a fabulous place to do some Christmas shopping! It will be really easy to find something there to give!
You can get this game on the Lakeshore Learning’s website for $30.