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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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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.

 

Speller Junior July 3, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 10:41 AM
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What is it?

Speller Junior

What’s the price?

RM29.00

Where to buy it?

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

http://www.kids.net.my/speller-junior-iq-games-3873.html

http://www.moresales.com.my/catalog/entry/jtucjtcd.shtml

What are the special features?

  • One simple game that encourages many skills
  • Encourages bonding time with your child
  • Lightweight and portable

Review

The game contained the Speller Junior game tray, 30 picture/word cards with 3- and 4-letter words (printed on both sides, so there are 60 pictures in total) and 8 letter cubes. The plastic tray holds the card, with four slots to fill in the letter cubes to spell the word as in the picture on the specific card. Each card has a 3-letter word on one side and a 4-letter word on the other side.

Besides teaching how to spell, the Speller Junior gives a number of other skills for a child to practice with:

  • Object and word recognition – The child recognizes the object on the card and the word for that object, a preparation for reading readiness.
  • Letter recognition and matching – To spell a word, the child must be able to recognize the letter or alphabet. This would also enable the child the find the letter on the cubes to match the letters on the card.
  • Concentration and memory – The child glances at the picture and the word, then flip the Word Cover over the word. The child is no longer matching the letters, but is actually spelling the whole word from memory.
  • Taking turns, sharing and playing together – The game can be varied for 2 players or more. Children take turns spelling the words on the cards. The player who spells correctly – you can play by letter matching for young children and spelling from memory for older kids – keeps the card. The person who has more cards in the end, wins.

What I like about it

There are countless games of this nature online, some are downloadable for free. You can just download some games, hand over your laptop or Ipad to your child, and he could play it to his heart’s content and you could have some peace and quiet. That’s the beauty of a traditional game; it encourages you to sit down, spend some time together and socialize.

I also like the portability of it. It’s small and lightweight, easy to be stashed in a plastic bag or container, so you can bring it for travels.

What I don’t like about it

It would be nice if the game included a carrying case, but that would, of course, increase the price. You can easily find your own casing for it, no big deal.

Conclusion

A good tool for some family bonding time and fun learning. That’s a major benefit for RM29. Buy this and make your own family game night.