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Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 1 - 4 yrs.
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $19.95

Hucklebee is a colorful plush bee-shaped toy that comes with 25 double-sided illustrated activity cards designed to teach listening skills, following directions, colors, shapes, counting and even a little hugging or tickling. When an adult or older sibling reads an activity card, the toddler follows the direction and acts out what he/she has heard. Examples include, "Tickle Hucklebee's tummy;" "Then tickle your own tummy," or "Clap Hucklebee's square hands;" "Then clap your own hands."

After reading about half of the cards out loud to a 22 month old, we then switched things up and just showed her the illustration of what to do. We were delighted to see that she was able to mimic what the image was showing her to do. We followed this with validation and praise while reading the card to build the correlation, proving both effective and fun.

Hucklebee is a friendly and cuddly companion - who happens to be an excellent teacher.

Cassandra Bishop   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Cassandra Bishop holds a BA in Psychology and has her Master's degree in Social Work well within her grasp. The mother of two young and very energetic boys is passionate about the environment, healthy living, and education.

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