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Monkey Match

Monkey Match

Spring 2009 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Popular Playthings
Price: $19.99
Farewell to humdrum ways of teaching children how to match pictures and concepts. The magic of magnetism makes a delightful game of identifying which two images are related to each other. The playing tray holds two circles of pictures side by side. Each picture has a related image in the other circle. The monkey is placed in the center of one circle so the banana he holds points to the picture you want to match: a train, let's say.

If you think you recognize which picture belongs with the train, move the monkey to the center of the second circle. The hidden magnet will spin the monkey until his banana points to the train tracks, thus proving that you matched correctly. On the other hand, if the child is not sure of the answer, the monkey will still give the right answer, and the child will have learned something new.

The game comes with five large 2-sided "matching" panels with a range of topics appropriate for different ages: rhyming words, animals and their homes, opposites, occupations, seasonal pictures, colors, shapes, and letters.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2009 Parents' Choice

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