Creative Toyshop is a shop for products that help with learning development through intelligent, creative and stimulating activities! They are the exclusive US distributor of CALAFANT Cardboard Toys, made in Germany! They also offer Art Class in a Can, Young Learners Games, Lunchskins!, Pedal-less Bikes and more! They do have a deal of the day as well as a specials page to find some nice bargains as well as free shipping on all orders over $50! The Young Learners Games are focused on encouraging children to play together and learn how to take turns while at the same time teaching learning. The games carry different themes and focus of which they will work towards one of these skills: vocabulary, time telling, math, letter recognition, and word building skills!
Monkey Nuts focuses on teaching the alphabet, phonics, and building letter combinations! The game is played as a mix between bingo and memory/match where you try to find a peanut that matches your board and fill your board before the other player to win! I love that the rules are simple so gameplay can start right away and you can adapt the game to make it easier or harder depending on the need of the child. While we played we would talk a lot about checking his board to see if one of the letters I had flipped over was one my son might need. He has that concept down now though so I don’t even need to ask! I also think you could do some word building with this game if you needed to make it a bit harder when they have mastered the base game. My 4 year old beat me and LOVED that he got to hang his monkey from the tree!
Eat Your Words is a word building game that works to encourage early spelling and improve letter recognition. You play as a frog hopping to the finish line across the lily pads trying to make words with your letter tiles. If you can’t, you have to feed your letters to the crocodile! My 4 year old loved the crocodile so much though that he fed his completed words to him as well! While this is a little bit advanced for my son we still had a great time and I would tell him a word to build and watch him work out how the sounds of his letter tiles would work together to make the word. This was a great adaptation to make it easier for a very early speller. He’s able to hear a word and spell it much easier than see letters and create a word from them at his age. He was hilarious trying to listen to him make words though as he would just read his letters out in a row. This game got us laughing and talking and it was quite fun!
The Young Learners series of games retail from $17.99 to $24.99 per game. They incorporate great themes like fairies, pirates, nursery rhymes, race cars and more!
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Disclosure: I received Eat Your Words and Monkey Nuts Young Learners Games for free in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site. Thank you to the sponsor for allowing me to review their products!