It had to be fun, coming out of a tin can!
Colorful, easy to hold and many of them is a preschooler’s definition of fun cards. Housed in a tin box, there are about half a dozen different ‘types’ of the 50 cards to correspond to various degrees of literacy as illustrated in the picture.
My 3 1/2 year old beginner enjoys figuring out the easier cards (which letter is not like the others, which letters are missing from alphabet (I read them to her now; the cards can be used on her own as she gets comfortable with sight recognition). She also really likes the rhyming pairs, in which she must match pictures (Tanne/Kanne, Haus/Maus). I particularly like the cards which feature 5 letters to which the child is to match drawings (Mit welchem Buchstaben beginnen die Bilder?)
As she progresses, other cards have you combine words with pictures to make new words (the word Wasser followed by an illustration of a rooster for Wasserhahn). Cards ask “Welches Wort passt zum Bild?” and show a picture (such as Fenster) with two like words underneath (Fenster, Fernseher). Answers to each card on are printed on the back.
I find this tin quite a bargain when you realize these cards can be with your child as they begin learning the alphabet, as they begin to read words, and to write and compose sentences. I’ve also found myself grabbing a few cards to keep in my purse to pull out when my daughter and I have a few minutes as we go about our day. And there is something fun and magical about cards for little hands which makes this tangible learning tool a step up from book learning!
Skill recommendation: Beginner and up
Age recommendation: The box says 4 and up, but a number of these cards (in particularly finding rhyming pictures) can be used as soon as your child expresses interest in words and letters.
By Veronica Dzugan