I spend a lot of time researching and shopping for learning tools for our homeschool preschool. One of my favorite stores is Learning Resources because they carry a huge variety of toys, manipulatives, and tools for kids of all ages. I love that I can shop by grade, category, subject, or brand. We recently received the Real World Folding Geometric Shapes to review.
Real World Folding 3D Geometric Shapes
In the box, you’ll find 24 inserts with play designs and 8 common shapes- cone, cube, cylinder, hexagonal prism, rectangular prism, triangular prism, square pyramid and triangular pyramid. Each shape measure 3″ high. You’ll also find an activity guide with ideas for learning and play.
These Real World Folding 3D Geometric Shapes are geared toward grades K+. Since Bryson already knows the basic shapes, I decided this would be a good time to introduce him to geometric shapes too. The “real world” aspect of these shapes give him something to relate each one too- paint cans (cylinder), Christmas trees (cone), hay bales (rectangular prism), etc.
Bryson enjoyed stacking the blocks and the knocking them over. As he played, I took the time to explain what each shape was and then we talked about others items that were the same shape. The bottom snaps off so you can easily and quickly change the inserts inside. They come with tape to help secure the bottoms so they will stay in place. I’ll probably take some clear tape and add for extra durability later on.
Overall, I really like these shapes and I think we’ll get a lot of use out of them in the years to come. They offer a fun way to introduce geometric shapes and are easy for kids to understand! With so many different inserts, they won’t get old because you can always switch them out to something new.
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We received the Real World Folding 3D Geometric Shapes for our review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.