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We spent a lot of the summer sneakily working on math skills with the girls and now that school is in session, we will continue our sneak attack at home while reinforcing what they do at school! Our favorite educational toy shop, Learning Resources, is on the front line once again as we work with Miss LadyBug on her basic math skills like adding, subtracting and understanding the 10-count. We received a pack of Buggy Beads in exchange for my honest opinion.
What did I think of the Buggy Beads from Learning Resources?
These fun abacus style boards are a great way to engage kids with math! The boards look like leaves and the beads are little ladybugs, which of course, Miss LadyBug adores! Her first order of business was to count all of the ladybugs (20), and then to count how many of each colors (10 red, 10 yellow) and then she got to work sorting them and trying to create groups of different numbers. At one point, she had all four boards spread around her to see how many combinations of particular numbers she could come up with. All this – on her own! She had no idea that she was reinforcing the math lessons she is learning at school and the skill sets we worked on all summer!
As always, Learning Resources includes a wonderful activity guide that enhances the learning experience for little ones in a fun and interactive way. The girls have spent countless hours with these boards making up games, hosting competitions with one another and working out math problems on their homework assignments. This four pack is great for multiple children in a home, homeschool or in a classroom setting.
We absolutely adore the Buggy Beads from Learning Resources. They are wonderful at assisting with math homework, creating fun games and reinforcing math skills without making it “work”. My girls love the Buggy Beads and I know we will get a ton of use from them! Be sure to follow Learning Resources on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to learn more about their awesome educational toys and products!