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When it comes to math and our kids, hubby and I joke that we hope that they take after me and not him. The man can write like no one else’s business and has beautiful, amazing grammar – but give him a word problem about trains and speed and he will tell you that he grabbed a taxi by Union Station. With that in mind, we both find that math is an important skill that needs to be continually used or like any muscle, it will lose the ability to work properly. Learning Resources, my favorite educational toy and resource destination has hit yet another homerun when it comes to blending education and fun with their new “Under the Sea” Shells word problem activity set. I received this activity set in exchange for my honest opinion.
What did I think?
This word problem activity set is intended for ages 6 and older, however, we found that with a little more guided help, Miss LadyBug was able to fully participate and enjoy this as well. Just be cautious that the little crabs and sea stars are on the smaller side and younger children may try to put them in their mouths. With that in mind, we got down to some math word problem business! I was sure that the girls would “know” this was a “school” activity and shut me down right away – but I was wrong! They enjoyed receiving their portion of multicolored sea stars and crabs and immediately set to work sorting and counting to make sure they each had the right amount. Once they were set up, they were eager to find out what to do. I read the word problem to them slowly and clearly and they are quickly trying to set up their sea creatures into the arrangement that matches the context of the problem. For my girls, it became a bit competitive – seeing who could get it set up and blurt out the answer the quickest – it also became full of the sillies as they would add personality to the sea creatures and invent reasons for the crabs to be visiting the clam (what’s that, Mr. Clam? You’re having a Creature Feature Party? Sure! We’ll come and bring three yellow star fish!).
The set of cards is great too, as the problems are easily read by a budding reader so they can self-play, too. The deck comes with 40 double-sided cards for a total of 80 word problems that vary in difficulty to continually challenge the kiddos.
Following the Common Core standard for math in the first grade target, this set is perfect for building math confidence, skill and a love for this oft-hated subject. I could also see this being a great demonstration tool for teachers and for self-paced learning in the home school arena. If you are looking for ways to build math skills for the future with your kiddos, I highly recommend you check out Under The Sea Shells word problem activity set from Learning Resources. Don’t forget to visit Learning Resources on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest and Instagram for updates on new products, specials and more!