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I have told you in the past, I absolutely love when I can combine learning with fun for my girls to keep them engaged. Lately I have been seeing a lot on social media about how children do not “need” math (a lot about geometry and algebra for some reason!) and how their children can use smart technology to get by. While it is certainly true that we have more and more computers at hand that can handle complex (and simple!) math for us, I think it is important that children still learn math skills, if only for furthering those pathways and learning a new way to think about things. When we learn math skills, we learn other ways to visualize concepts and think about them. The trick is getting children engaged with math so they want to tune their math skills – Learning Resources always has the answer for this! As my go-to for fun educational games and materials, I knew they would have something that would bring to the table geometry for kids and I was right! I received the Dive Into Shapes geometry build set in exchange for my honest opinion.
What did I think?
The Dive Into Shapes geometry building set comes with 114 building pieces and 15 double-sided, shape-building cards to challenge, inspire and encourage children to work on geometry skills. The cards included vary in difficulty and seemingly build on concepts learned from the other cards. My six-year-old thought this was the greatest set and set to work right away building as many shapes from the cards as she could. She really loved the three dimensional shapes and I loved watching her think through the process of how to get to the shape. Each brightly colored card tells the child the number of pieces required to build the shape, along with a clear photo. It also follows up with a post-build challenge – to change the size or think more broadly about the shape and what else you can do.
Even my four-year-old was able to get in on the building action and enjoyed exploring her creative geometry side by building cubes, prisms and attempting a sphere. We had build-off challenges where the girls were each given the same pieces and challenged to make a particular shape.
After the girls had built their shapes, this opened the door for us to talk about things like volume and depth with them and introduce the topics that they may not have understood previously. Miss Goose comes home from school and wants to play with the Dive Into Shapes set right away and work on different designs.
I love how quickly and easily the Learning Resources Dive Into Shapes geometry set introduced a new math skill to my girls. By making math fun, Learning Resources is encouraging a whole generation into looking at problems in new ways and to consider new paths in life. Our oldest daughter has started to talk about how people build buildings and who designs them. She is showing an interest in the architecture of buildings simply from drawing similarities to this game. Just think about the possibilities for our children if we were to expose them to even more math skills – how they may make the leap to new ideas! Don't forget to visit on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for updates on new products, specials and more!