I was gifted this product for review, however my review is 100% honest. Please see my disclosure for more info.
As you may have seen, I recently reviewed a different Timberdoodle product, which you can find here.
However, I was blessed enough to be chosen to review their Tiny Polka Dots as well.
This is a learning ‘game’ for children 3-8 years old. So let’s just dive right in.
I don’t usually put this in my reviews, but my first impression differs from how I feel now, so I think it’s important for those who have the same first impression.
Upon opening the box and taking out the cards, I was overwhelmed. Maybe seeing so many cards cued a small anxiety attack by the thought of having to sort through them and figure out how to utilize them for Alexis.
My first impression was to message them and ask them what the heck they were thinking packing so many cards into a tiny box.
Glad I didn’t!
After my mini anxiety attack
I looked through the cards with game ideas on it. At first glance I didn’t see any that would be easy enough for my 3-year-old. A lot of the ideas were math based & that’s cool and all if you have a 6/7 year old. So I looked a little more and seen a “hungry numbers” game – it was perfect! The purple cards only eat the cards with the same number of dots!
How we used it
I laid out all the purple cards with numbers and picked a set with dots and laid those out as well. I told her to only “eat” the cards with the same number of dots as the purple card.
What does this build?
By having her count the dots, it’s teaching her to actually count (slowly) and not just say her numbers really fast while pretending to count the objects, which is apparently something she likes to do… It is also helping her recognize her numbers 1-10 because she was really struggling recognizing them with our original methods.
Now, I’m happy to announce that after about 5-6 times of playing, she has pretty much mastered her numbers 1-10!
I am glad I didn’t just get overwhelmed and ask them what they were thinking with all the cards!
Of course all the cards (except the number cards) have dots on the. “Tiny dots” 😉 However, I like that they have different looks to them because Alexis would do fine with one set and when I threw in the cards that look like the dots are in orbit around the circle she would get a little confused. So it helps with seeing the same number of dots placed differently. (If that makes sense) 😂
All in all, I love this game. Especially since it made it SO easy for my 3-year-old to learn how to recognize her numbers 1-10!
So far I have loved both Timberdoodle learning materials I have received, so if you are into teaching your preschoooler at home, make sure you check out their PreK Curriculum! (The Tiny Dots is also part of that!) 😉