While surfing online for digital encyclopedias, I came across some interesting products on the Grolier website – the logico series (click on the demo link to see how the product works), and the fun thinker. I had a bad experience with their sales representative, but after complaining about it to their office, I’m glad to say that they were quick to address the issue.
The Logico series comes in three levels – Primo (2-5 years), Piccolo (4-7 years) and Maximo (5-9 years). The puzzle comes with a board and several card series. The board is tailored for each age group. The Primo comes with bigger buttons, and the Maximo has even smaller buttons. The movement of the button helps to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Logico program was designed to develop skills in visual discrimination, pattern awareness, sorting & classifying, sequencing, number sense, and letter recognition. There are three categories covered – Math, English and Brain Development (each with different levels):
Each series (Primo, Piccolo, Maximo) has its own cards. These are the card series for the Piccolo.
- watch and think
- watch, discover and speak
- space position
- geometry 1
- geometry 2
- me and my family
- my home
- at school
- my town
- counting and addition to 10
- addition and subtraction to 10
- addition to 20
- addition and subtraction to 20
- introducing multiplication
- multiplication by 2 to 10
- introducing division
- division by 2 to 10
Each card has an activity side and an answer side. To play, insert the card into the board and match the coloured buttons to the right question.
The picture above is fairly self-explanatory. Once your child has answered all the questions, you flip the card over and check that all the coloured buttons match:
I like the Logico puzzle because it’s easy to carry around and there are no loose bits that can go missing. All you need is the board and a few cards and your child can be entertained in an educational way. It’s a great game to take out when you’re waiting for food at a restaurant or trying to break the monotony of a long car ride.