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A to Z Activities for Kids (Gymboree) Reviews
#1074 in Misc


These appealing alphabet flash cards are designed to teach through play. Each card contains a different letter of the alphabet, a word beginning with that letter, and a fun, age-appropriate activity that expands a child’s exposure to language. Bright colors, child-friendly illustrations, and a delightful array of touch-and-feel textures encourage even very young toddlers to explore the cards on their own.

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    Recommended? You Betcha!
    September 01, 2007

    This is a box set of activity cards designed for 1-4 year old kids. Each flash card features a simple word starting with the given letter, and the backside is full of fun and educational games to help reinforce the alphabet learning goal. These activities can be adjusted for age appropriate play.

    When I first received this set, I wasn't sure what to think of it. As an adult, it didn't appeal overly to me; many of the game suggestions I might have thought of on my own. I doubted that it would engage my children and wondered who on earth would bother to spend $13 on flash cards.

    We have had this set for almost 2 weeks. My 3-year-old insists on playing with it every day, and we have already used many of the suggested activities in addition to learning letters and colors. He loves this game and has learned so much in a short time. My 1-year-old finds this less interesting as a study, but is fascinated by the colors and whimsical designs. He usually runs around the house gripping one or two of them in his chubby fists.

    A play guide is included in the set and offers suggestions for different uses, including using the cards in your playroom decor. The learning activities cover more than just ABCs; early math, science, art, and music skills complement the just-for-fun aspects of this well-rounded activity game.

    I want to include 2 examples from this set. "S" for "sand" suggests the caregiver bury small toys in the sandbox or tub and have a treasure hunt with the kids. Playing in sand also encourages artistic expression. "A" for "ant" and "L" for "ladybug" both focus on exploring nature and learning about insect communities and how they cooperate. I find I am enjoying this set more and more each time we use it.

    You could take the time to come up with similar ideas on your own, but this set is obviously well-designed with both fun and education in mind. I absolutely recommend this set to any young family, especially early homeschoolers.

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