Learning OR playing, why choose?
At Lingotastic we love languages and always on the lookout for resources that will help with language learning. My daughter was over the moon to be asked to review a game.
We were sent two of the products from the Pic’n Mix range, Little Fashionista and Smart Watch.
They are in good solid packaging so much less likely to get damaged than in a cardboard box. The cute carry handle lends itself to a take out toy for the times a quiet toy is needed, like parent’s evening for the older children or quiet church service. The toy is made of durable plastic pieces which stick together with velcro. A multilingual instruction booklet is included, the translations are likely not done by a native speaker, but on the whole is understandable.
Play of game
Little fashionista is a simple doll dressing game which can either be played by matching the pieces on the game card or dressing the boy or girl as you wish.
Smart Watch is a clock face with numbers, countable pictures and scenes from daily routine to match to times.
As we played together with the Little Fashionista game we talked about what we saw and named the clothing in English, we talked about the weather that the clothes were suited for and moved on to naming the items of clothing in German and French. We talked about the colours of clothes in English, German and French.
As we played the Smart Watch game we started by assembling the clock face and identifying the numbers. I put the counting pieces on the clock face in random places and my daughter swapped them for the correct numbers , we then moved them to the correct places on the clock. We played in English and German. We talked about daily routine and put the pictures on the clock to best match her routine. We used the clock handles to tell the time in English and German.
The game has many opportunities for learning together through play, whatever the language. So learning OR playing, why choose?
I asked my daughter what she thought and she said “I think they are really good and I liked to play with them.”
My thoughts as a mum and teacher are “I like their simplicity and versatility. I may have to borrow the games for my one to one classes.”
Would you like to get them for your little one?
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Let us know how you use them to learn together.
We were sent this games by Pic’n Mix to review. The opinions in this article are our own.