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Fat Brain Toy Co Inchimals
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- Children math puzzle block set
- Features fun animal graphics
- Offers 12 wood pieces per set
- Recommended for ages 3 and up
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Top Customer Reviews
My almost 5 year old LOVES this product. We have been extremely casual about pre-school this year, and he begs to "do school" with the Inchimals. He has been measuring toys and household items. He has also been learning to recognize the numbers he hadn't mastered yet.
They are great in that they are specific lengths and can be laid out (or stood up like stairs) to show the relationship in size. He can see that 7 is bigger than 6. He can count the marked out inches along the side or dots on the end. As we have only had this product a few days now, I can see how in the future we can use them as a tool for learning addition and subtraction. This is the best math manipulative!
-Great idea for a toy that teaches math! The idea is in the spirit on Montessori counting rods (check those out too!). There are 12 rods/blocks ranging from 1-12 inches tall; each features a different animal. My son loves to add up two animals to get the third one. At age 3, he uses included notebook with tasks independently (by himself) and even scribbles appropriate numbers in the notebook. This is one of the toys that he picks up and works with by himself:).
-Upon opening the box there was a strong smell like that of some markers, or glue?. Blocks did not smell, just the box, maybe it was the marker that was included in the box. The blocks are made in China.
-Blocks came with some small defects in paint and the edges chip off paint very fast. The paint cover is glossy like that on Thomas and Friends wooden locomotives, but chips much easier.
-On one side of the block, there are little stripes marking the inches like on the ruler, but without numbers. My son counts the stripes and there is always one two many (he does not know that you don't count the first one). It would be better if one-inch intervals were indicated with alternating colors as in Montessori counting rods.
Otherwise, perfect toy and learning material.
If you have a preschooler who is long past the preK emphasis on shapes and series and who can count past 20, then consider this product!
My son is 5 and starting kindergarten in September with some modifications for sensory and attention issues. Even with those challenges, he sits and works on the problems presented in the dry-erase book that comes with the blocks for extended periods of time. The simple mathematical equations in the book require that he transfer numerical value from the animal blocks into numbers on the page, and then back again from the page to the blocks. Plus, he writes the numbers (great practice!) and draws the animal faces in the book. Good fine motor skill building.
An added benefit I didn't consider when buying this set is that the long, thin shape also challenges his block-building skills when he decides to be a normal 5yo and just build with blocks. :)
We love these.
The paint on the blocks do come off rather easily. So beware if you have young children around. We only play with this toy when my baby is sleeping.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Package was damaged upon reciept, paint on blocks chipped with the first supervised use. They do not seem durable at all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CJ Morabito
The little girl I watch loves to use the measuring animals to draw lines. She also uses them. As the animals that they are.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great for teaching measurement and comparing length! It would have been nice to have the inches marked in different squares of color as opposed to short marks. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kate
The product concept is perfect and my daughter is enjoying them. Unfortunately, the set that arrived is missing the 11" and 12" pieces. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Katherine L.
My kindergarten son loves these! They are a big hit in our homeschool room and great addition to our math curriculum.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this! My girls attend Montessori school, so I am familiar w/ math manipulatives (concrete materials/objects used to demonstrate a math concept). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Domi
My boys are in love with math because of the fun these add to our school time. They are a good quality that hold up to some banging and a lot of handling. Read morePublished 12 months ago by 4Beavs