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Ready2Learn (TM) Upper & Lower Case Lacing Letters Combo (52 letters and 16 laces)

Ready2Learn (TM) Upper & Lower Case Lacing Letters Combo (52 letters and 16 laces)

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Center Enterprises
Price: $24.99

The Ready2Learn Giant Alphabet Lacing Letter Sets (Upper and Lower Cases) are both educational and entertaining. Children learn and practice their letter recognition and early phonic awareness while honing other essential developmental skills such as pattern and color recognition, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor function. Having both upper and lower case letters available also allows adults to introduce older children to those concepts and the reasoning behind them.

The included "Activities Guide" offers a variety of alternative uses for the kit, such as stenciling, tracing, and creating word families (bat, cat, hat, etc.) in addition to the traditional lacing activities. Another helpful feature is that while consonants are red, blue, and green, vowels are yellow, thus highlighting the difference between the two categories. Although younger children may not be ready for this concept, recognizing the difference between them early will ease mastery of it. The letters themselves are made of sturdy plastic and the laces are of a high quality as well.

For their educational and entertainment value, versatility of play, and longevity, our testers would gladly recommend this product to other families.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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