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Gakken Workbooks Play Smart Educational Early Learning, Skill Builders, And Brain Boosters
Gakken Play Smart Workbooks fun adorable books created to build preschool skills in a fun and engaging way… meaning the art is SUPER adorable and interesting and the activities are uniquely creative. Each book is filled with a variety of activities from puzzles to tracing to matching to scissor skill practice. Something else also pretty interesting about this collection of books is that each book has a different dry erase page at the back with a fun age appropriate creative activity on it.
There are three age selection collections, 2+, 3+, and 4+. The 2+ books are aimed at basic skills and early early learning.
I LOVE the simple adorable art that goes with each book. The bright colors and wide range of activities make them a nice collection of workbooks to add to your school day from two years old and up. There are so many fun different activities that they will likely not get bored. They make learning fun for the kids!
Lou really likes the bright colors and fun pages. Her favorite activities were the dry erase pages but she also really loves the mazes, puzzles, and cutting practice pages. The older kids even thought they were simply adorable and were interested in helping her complete some of the puzzles. The open ended creative activities are so much fun.
They learn so many different things in these books like learning about their bodies and animal tracks. The instructions are written simple and to the point. The pages aren’t cluttered and are easy for the kids to stay on task.
The books are made with thicker paper to keep the pencils from going through them. They also take into account the cutting activities. The back sides conform so they can still do the back side even after they cut what needs to be cut. I really like that. A lot of books make you choose which side you are going to do because both sides are full page. I like that these take into account that the kids will be cutting certain areas off.
Oh the mazes! We love puzzles and mazes so this was like icing on the cake. There were so many fun colorful mazes and simple puzzles that Lou couldn’t help but smile with glee. I so wish I had videoed her going through the pages and telling me all the different pages she claimed as “her’s”. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t any book left.
These would be a great supplemental add to your curriculum for more practice or fun quiet time activities. They would also be fun for trips or rainy days to encourage kids to practice the skills they will need to do well in school.