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Islamic educational wooden puzzles November 1, 2012

What is it?

Islamic educational wooden puzzles – assorted

What’s the price?

RM35.00 each

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • 5 types of puzzles: Hijaiyah alphabets; Solat – girl; Wudu’ – Girl; Solat – Boy; Wudu’ – Boy
  • Made of lightweight wood
  • A great first introduction to the Arabic language and to perform wudu and on to solat via play

Review

I love puzzles, especially wooden ones. You can read more about the benefit of playing with puzzles here. But these puzzles are even more special, giving not only the benefits of puzzles, but also teaching young children the Hijaiyah alphabet, the key pillars in perfoming wudu’ and solat.

The Hijaiyah alphabets are essential to early learning of the Arabic language, and ultimately, the words of the Holy Quran. Kids normally memorize the ABC’s quickly, so why not teach them the Hijaiyah alphabets too? Don’t forget to teach them the correct pronunciation of each letter.

The wudu & solat puzzles are separate for boys and girls, mainly to show that even though the mannerisms are the same, the dress-up are different – this shows that the aurat for a girl and a boy is totally different. The boy covers up modestly, while the girl covers up her aurat completely, as dictated in Islamic teachings.

What I like about it

I think, as parents, we should emphasize the importance of learning the Hijaiyah alphabet with the same priority as the ABC’s and 123’s. I also think that it’s never too early to start teaching our young the basics of performing wudu’ and solat. And what better way to teach, other than by playing with your kids?

Also, you can read more the benefits of wooden puzzles here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

Not only it’s fun and cute, easy on the parent’s pocket, with basics of Islamic teachings, these puzzles sure pack in a lot of punch in one toy. Get one before they run out, mommies!

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Fancy having a Castle of Dreams for yourself? August 14, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 12:00 AM
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What is it?

Castle of Dreams – wooden blocks IQ game

What’s the price?

RM35

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

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What are the special features?

  • The game consists of 4 blocks and 3 towers in different lengths, with holes so you can slide the towers into, but at different locations.
  • It teaches problem solving skills, logical thinking and fine motor skills.
  • The game has 3 difficulty levels according to age: Starter for 3 years onwards, Junior for 4 years onwards, Expert for 5 years onwards and Master for 6 years onwards.

Review

Puzzles are always good family games and encourage social interaction. You can read about the benefits of puzzles here, but this game takes puzzles to a whole new level.

I do prefer wooden puzzles as they feel nicer to hold, more solid in your hands. The game comes with a booklet of challenges that range from very easy to very difficult, with solutions at the back of every challenge.

All the blocks have different coloured prints on each side, with holes in different locations. You have to follow the picture exactly or you may not be able to slide in the towers. The smallest block has the same red print on either side, but different orientation to the hole – take a look at the pictures to see this clearly.

The challenge is not too hard for an adult, but it could be quite a problem for little kids. There are hints for parents in the booklet, such as how to suggest or encourage your child to solve the challenge. The Master challenges, however, are very difficult, as the picture shows a blank shape and no prints to help you figure it out.

What I like about it

I like that the game looks simple, but has many variations to it, so it could be played as your child grows up and gets better at it. Also, the game needs parents’ involvement as to help your child, at least in the beginning. Any game that promotes family bonding time is always a winner.

What I don’t like about it

Can’t find anything to dislike.

Conclusion

Considering the versatility of the game, this block wooden puzzle is a great investment. Go get it!

 

Clock wooden puzzle July 10, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 9:25 AM
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What is it?

Clock wooden puzzle

What’s the price?

RM15.00

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

What are the special features?

  • Large pieces with knobs for easy handling for a toddler’s fingers
  • Movable clown hands to teach a child to tell time
  • Painted with non-toxic ink
  • Measures about 25cm in diameter

Review

This is such a cute and irresistible looking clock! The coloured number pieces and the smiling clown with movable hands is a huge hit with my kids.

For my younger, not yet 3-year-old son, this puzzle teaches him to recognize the numbers and colours. For my 4-year-old daughter, it teaches her the ordering and position of the numbers on the clock, which is helped by the specific shape of the puzzle piece. So if she forgets where to put number 5, she could just test match the piece into the right slot to find which one that fits.

And of course, teaching to tell the time. You can move the hands to show your child what time is it, which would take some time, but fun, nonetheless.

You can read more about the benefit of puzzles for kids here.

What I like about it

I really like wooden puzzles as they are more durable than cardboard ones, and easier for a toddler to hold in their little fingers. You can read more about this here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

An affordable toy that teaches the time, numbers and colours. A sweet deal, if you ask me.

 

Counting Animals wooden puzzle May 7, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 12:00 AM
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What is it?

Counting Animals wooden puzzle

What’s the price?

RM22.00

Where to buy it?

What are the special features?

  • Raised, large puzzle pieces
  • Size: 29.5 x 21 x 0.8 cm
  • Weight: 300 gram
  • Painted with non-toxic ink

Review

Wooden puzzles are perfect for a toddler’s little hand; they’re solid & nice to hold in the hand instead of cardboard puzzles. The whole puzzle is lightweight enough to be taken during travels; I’ve taken them on long journeys in the car. The base of the puzzle has no sharp edges – another plus.

Each of the puzzle pieces has pictures of animals on them, the coloured number on the base indicates which puzzle to be put there. The child will need to count the number of animals in the puzzle piece in order to be able to put in the correct piece into the correct slot. This teaches the child hand-eye coordination in addition to the ability to count correctly.

Older toddlers like my 4 year old daughter might be able to recognize the shape of the puzzle by sight, and will be able to put in the correct slot without needing to count the number of animals.

What I like about it

It’s a really simple and affordable toy, but with lots of benefits. Puzzles are a fun tool for bonding time. Parents are expected to sit down with their children and teach them how to put the puzzle together, meaning, spend some quality time together. In this case, I can teach them to count the animals in the puzzle piece and correctly match each piece to its slot. Unlike cardboard puzzles, a wooden puzzle won’t get mangled up when chewed on by a toddler, which sounds icky, I know, but inevitable when dealing with toddlers.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing much about the puzzle itself, really. It’s just the fact that the puzzle pieces can get lost easily, like other small toys around the house. Unless you’ve trained your toddlers to properly clean up after playing, you’ll have to be there yourself during cleanup time to ensure that the pieces won’t get thrown someplace it can’t be found later. It’s quite frustrating to find incomplete pieces the next time your child wants to play. (The child won’t really care, actually. It’s the mom that will be rather upset, believe me.)

Conclusion

A great investment. It’s not only easy on the pocket, but encourages bonding and cuddling with your child. Best friend with benefits indeed.