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Wonderhood Corner Shops - Creative Building Set

Wonderhood Corner Shops - Creative Building Set

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonderhood LLC
Price: $34.95
Review:

The Wonderhood Corner Shops is a 38-piece building and play set comprised of sixteen double-sided plastic design panels, twenty easy-snap connectors, one staircase, one figure, and one activity journal with three key building tips and five challenges. The challenges range from building all the shops on one level, to building the shops in a tower, to positioning specific stores next to or separated from others. In doing so, children are honing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, problem-solving, and planning.

The Wonderhood building sets provide excellent opportunities for children to practice and hone their spatial awareness and planning skills. As children answer the building challenges they quickly learn that they must plan the pieces they use ahead of time. The long-term play value includes creative and pretend play, and practicing math and vocabulary skills while serving as customer or shopkeeper.

After our young testers (girls and boys) built the shops as pictured on the box and as suggested by the building challenges, they began to experiment and build the set in new ways. Lots of discussion, lots of fun, plenty of learning.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 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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