It’s rare that you find a toy or game that’s not only entertaining but provides SUPERB educational value for preschoolers. These select few toys help teach concepts to preschoolers in a way no other toy has done before. I know that you won’t want to miss out knowing about these great learning tools, so I’ve started a series of posts called *****5 Star Educational Toys for Preschoolers***** to let you in on these great educational finds!
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Kids begin to really understand basic math ideas with this set of 12 wooden blocks decorated like their favorite animals. The blocks range in size from 1″ (ladybug) to 12″ (giraffe), inviting comparisons such as shorter, taller, longest, etc. Young kids can arrange them in order or stack them and compare. Older preschoolers will benefit from the accompanying wipe-off booklet that contains 100 math puzzles. The puzzles involve addition and subtraction problems that can be solved using the inchimals as a visual aid, so that the preschoolers can really see the math in 3D.
The blank spaces on the wipe-off cards are for writing in the corresponding numbers, allowing kids to “translate” their math problems from pictures to numerals!
You can see that both the inchimal blocks and the booklet are generously sized and inviting for little hands.
Inchimals is a *****WINNER***** of multiple awards:
- Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Awards for the Classroom
- 2010 NAPPA Winner (National Parenting Publications Award)
- 2011 Creative Child – KIDS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR Award
- 2010 Exceptional Toy Review & Gift Guide Selection
Do your kids love Inchimals? I welcome your comments (whether you agree or disagree with me) and suggestions for toys that should be featured!
Disclosure: All the opinions here are my own. I did not receive free products or other form of compensation for writing this post. I am not directly affiliated with Fat Brain Toys, though I am an Amazon Associate and earn a small commission if you decide to buy this toy from Amazon.