My favourite bit of the threading is the ducks – JD, 4
Every child develops at a different pace and it’s always great to find games that let JD enjoy himself while stretching his limits, physically and mentally, as far as he wants to.
This month, DKL sent us a pair of ’aptitude sets’ for 3-6 years olds which do just that.
The Threadable Figures pack (RRP £7.03) contains a set of 40 different plastic shapes (a duck, a house etc) in a range of colours, each with two holes that a choice of four coloured laces can be threaded through. With these comes a set of challenge cards, which can be copied by threading particular shapes in a particular order. The first patterns are simple (eg all the ducks) and grow increasingly complex.
JD loves this and was keen to work through the cards in order, improving his dexterity as he went. Later, he found other uses for them, making shape necklaces, playing ‘hunt the duck’ and even creating ‘story threads’, where we put the shapes on the laces in a random order, and then came up with stories that featured each of the shapes in turn. Great fun.
Magnetic Capital Letters
The Magnetic Capital Letters pack (RRP £9.99) contains a set of 62 magnetic letters. We had fun spelling out words and phrases on the fridge, and JD even took them into the sandpit for a letter treasure hunt, where we had to think of a word beginning with whichever letter we found.
The great thing about these games is that they are flexible, they make learning fun in a variety of ways and we’ll definitely be getting a lot of value from them
Disclosure: we were sent to Miniland aptitude sets for the purpose of this review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.