In Heguru class, there are a lot of little activities that the children do such as match the object to its shadow, match the letter to the object that begins with that letter, match the numbers with the same number of items, fix the puzzle, match the pictures that belong together (e.g. bread and bakery), and the list goes on. These are terrific little activities that help children learn various concepts.
It is easy enough to make activities like these – all you need are some images (google images is great), a program like powerpoint (that allows you to add pictures and text), a colour printer, scissors and a laminator. Unfortunately, it is also dreadfully time consuming. Thanks to a friend of mine, I discovered a series of puzzles by SmartToys that are similar to these activities and aren’t too expensive.
Here are a list of some of their products:
- 4 Step Sequencing – arrange the pictures in the proper sequence
- Alphabet Bingo – match the letters to pictures and words by listening to the beginning sounds
- Alphabet Match Ups – match the pictures to their beginning letter
- Animal Shadow Match Ups – match the animals with their shadows
- How is it Different? – recognize differences between cards and build the correct sequences
- Learn to Count – match objects with objects or objects with numerals
- Learning the Shapes – match the shapes with objects of the same shape
- Learning the Colours – match the colours with objects of the same colours
- Things that go Together – match the object with what it goes with (e.g. toothbrush with toothpaste)
- Small to Big – arrange each set of objects in order of size
- What’s Missing – match picture cards with their corresponding missing object cards (e.g. the boy in the rain needs the umbrella)
- Who Needs This – match each object with the person it goes with (e.g. paint palette with the artist)
- Whose Baby? – match the animals with their babies
- Cause and Effect – match three related cards of each action and its reaction
- Compound Words – add two single words on a large card and find the corresponding compound word card they develop
- Learning the Opposites – match words with their opposites
- Learning to Classify – match each object with two other objects that have a common link (e.g. all fruits go together)
- Living and Non-Living – differentiate between living and non-living things
- Rhyming Words – match each word to what it rhymes with
- Understanding Patterns – identify and complete the patterns
- Whose Home? – match the animals with their homes
- Where Do You See? – identify &name objects in each large card and match them with their corresponding place cards
Locally, I’ve seen them selling at Toys ‘R’ Us, Borders Bookstore, and in the toy department of Metrojaya. Each box of puzzles costs RM18.90 (which is one of the more affordable range of products in this category that I have seen so far). The quality is not great but they function well and are better than if you were to make your own with laminated paper.
I do not know where else you can purchase their products but they offer a free catalogue of their products on their website. For those living overseas, you could try contacting them to see where they sell their products.