Smart Toys Puzzles

In Heguru class, there are a lot of little activities that the children do such as match the object to its shadow, match the letter to the object that begins with that letter, match the numbers with the same number of items, fix the puzzle, match the pictures that belong together (e.g. bread and bakery), and the list goes on. These are terrific little activities that help children learn various concepts.

It is easy enough to make activities like these – all you need are some images (google images is great), a program like powerpoint (that allows you to add pictures and text), a colour printer, scissors and a laminator. Unfortunately, it is also dreadfully time consuming. Thanks to a friend of mine, I discovered a series of puzzles by SmartToys that are similar to these activities and aren’t too expensive.

Here are a list of some of their products:

Locally, I’ve seen them selling at Toys ‘R’ Us, Borders Bookstore, and in the toy department of Metrojaya. Each box of puzzles costs RM18.90 (which is one of the more affordable range of products in this category that I have seen so far). The quality is not great but they function well and are better than if you were to make your own with laminated paper.

I do not know where else you can purchase their products but they offer a free catalogue of their products on their website. For those living overseas, you could try contacting them to see where they sell their products.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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