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HN-LRE094 Learning Resources

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

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Learning Resources
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Other Learning Activities
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Boys, Girls

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  • Make math an adventure for your child
  • Includes game board, 4 game pieces, 2 number dice, operation die
  • Perfect for 2 to 4 players
  • Recommended for ages 5 years and up
  • Game board measures 12W x 17H in.
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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (20)
  • Educational (13)
  • Durable (10)
  • Entertaining (10)
  • Easy to play (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family (9)
  • Children (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (9), Educator (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Building Set that Kids will Love!

My four year old daughter loves to build with anything and everything she can get her hands on. You can bet when I presented her with this set, that she was extremely overjoyed and...Read complete review

My four year old daughter loves to build with anything and everything she can get her hands on. You can bet when I presented her with this set, that she was extremely overjoyed and bubbling with happiness.

This Candy Set is ideal for building all sorts of candy structures that develop skills in your child such as challenging them to to follow instruction. I like that there are full color illustrated instructions in the included manual that demonstrate what pieces they'll need from the set to make things like a car, swing, and a house to name a few. But this set isn't limited to just those things, children can then be encouraged to think up and create their own personal masterpieces!

Ninety-two pieces of various candy are included in this set. There's plenty to go around and would be fun for more than one child to share and use at the same time. I found the pieces to be quiet durable and are sized perfectly with their chunky weight and colorfully sweet shades of red, green, orange, yellow, purple, and chocolate!

My daughter could easily put pieces together and take them apart with no trouble. The set is really durable and that something I appreciate in any sort of product made for children to play with. She loves playing with this set and discovering what interesting new things she can make up to show everyone! I asked her thoughts and she said it was really fun to play with and that she loves having something other than just blocks to use to build things.

Overall, we all really adore the Candy Building set. It's great for developing fine motor skills as well as thinking up new things in a fun exploratory way! If you have a child that loves to build as much as mine, you'll most definitely want to think about purchasing this really neat set for them too!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pieces keep falling apart. Very frustrating

I usually am a big fan of Learning Resources, but not this time. It is very appealing visually but that stops there. All the pieces keep falling apart and it is very very...Read complete review

I usually am a big fan of Learning Resources, but not this time. It is very appealing visually but that stops there. All the pieces keep falling apart and it is very very frustrating, even for me. I do not recommend at all this set. It is kind of useless as you cannot build what you want because it comes undone every time you add a piece.

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5.0

Great way to teach and reinforce addition and subtraction!

By Mom of 2

from Chicago, IL

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Educational
  • Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Children
    • Family

    Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

    This game was gifted to my 5 year old. He loves games, and this was no exception! He took to the bright colors and the fun animals pieces. The game is easy to play and the math concepts he is practicing is embedded into the game play. He doesn't even realize he is "learning" while he is playing. A great game for any child ready to take on some addition and subtraction skills!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    1.0

    Pieces keep falling apart. Very frustrating

    By Caroline

    from Bothell, WA

    Pros

    • Visually attractive

    Cons

    • Difficult to use
    • Fall Apart All The Time

    Best Uses

      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

      I usually am a big fan of Learning Resources, but not this time. It is very appealing visually but that stops there. All the pieces keep falling apart and it is very very frustrating, even for me. I do not recommend at all this set. It is kind of useless as you cannot build what you want because it comes undone every time you add a piece.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      frustrating toy

      By K teacher

      from Vancouver, BC

      Pros

      • Cute And Creative

      Cons

      • Falls apart

      Best Uses

        Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

        My 5 yr old was excited to use this toy, and built some wonderful things. He became extremely frustrated as the pieces kept falling apart. Nothing held together tightly so his amazing creations kept getting spoiled. I will not use this toy with my kindergarten class, and am returning it to the store.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By Mummyof3

        from Manchester

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Play
        • Educational
        • Entertaining
        • Fun
        • Interactive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Children
          • Family

          Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

          My little boy loves playing this game. He is 4yrs old. We play this nearly everyday after school. It is wonderful for improving his understanding of addition and subtraction, plus understanding odd and even numbers. It is also aiding him from jumping from using his fingers to count on to mental arithmetic.
          It's fun too! He doesn't realise he is learning as he plays the game as its lots of fun. Have recommended it to lots of friends.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Candy Construction considered a favorite

          By The Teacher

          from Summit, NJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • A Hit With Preschoolers

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Collaborative Play
            • Following A Visual Model

            Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

            I use this product in my Inclusion Preschool Classroom. Children may select it independently during Free Choice time (which they do almost daily), or I will use it to work on specific targeted objectives during Learning Centers, such as sorting, counting, adding groups, etc. The fine motor components and embedded math/problem solving opportunities make this a great classroom choice.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Constructing Word Fun!

            By Erin Lowmaster

            from Oregon City, OR

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy Assembly
            • Fun
            • Great Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

                Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It's definitely a unique and different option than what I've seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it's appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he's been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we've been practicing this school year.

                This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren't too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.

                The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It's not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I've used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They've also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!

                After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I've come to the conclusion that it's totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it's a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!

                 
                5.0

                Super Frugal Stephanie Approved!

                By Stephanie

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy Assembly
                • Entertaining
                • Fun
                • Great Value
                • Interactive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Creative Development
                  • Family Time
                  • Group Activity
                  • Imaginative Play
                  • Indoor

                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

                  Learning Resources has become a big part of our home this year with our daughter starting preschool, learning word recognition, and so much more. Learning Resources allows us to keep the fun and learning going at home not just at school. Our 4 year old is full of energy and motivation to learn new things and get down to business when she receives a new Learning Resources toy. What i love most about Learning Resources is they have allowed children to continue to enjoy themselves while learning. She never gets bored and thoroughly enjoys sitting and trying out these new tasks. Learning Resources sent us their new Word Constructionnofollow set. It involved putting together words in a creative "construction" themed way. She learned quite a few new words and had many questions and kept her mind going figuring out new words to create. This is definitely a new favorite to add to our list.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Word Construction Set is so fun!

                  By Kristina from Toddler Approved

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

                  The Word Construction set from Learning Resources is geared for kids ages 5+ but my littler kids loved playing with these as well.

                  Here's what we liked about this Word Construction set...

                  The colors are vibrant and we liked how the vowels were all green
                  The nuts & bolts design really was intriguing to my kids
                  The storage tub was large and could fit all of the materials easily so the kids could clean up quickly!
                  Once the nuts were on the bolts they were easy to turn so that kids could read several different words
                  The materials were really durable and my 18 month old dumped them out again and again and everything stayed intact!
                  The nuts and bolts were large, perfect for little hands to manipulate!

                  Here's what we'd change about this set...

                  We'd love all alphabet letters to be included. There were a few missing when we tried to spell some of our favorite words.
                  We'd love the nuts & bolts pieces to be a little bit easier to manipulate. Even I had a hard time getting the pieces onto the bolts the first few times until I discovered the little grooves and taught the kids how they worked.

                  Disclosure: I was given a free set from Learning Resources in exchange for an honest review.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for my Kindergarten Students!

                  By The Bragging Mommy

                  from Salt Lake City, UT

                  Pros

                  • Educational
                  • fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

                      My students love the time of the school day that we do small group centers. I am always on the look out for fun activities that my students can do during this time to practice important literacy and reading skills.

                      My students loved the Learning Resources Word Construction set, especially the boys. They were excited to be using tools to build different words. My students have really taken off now with their letter recognition and sound knowledge. They loved that with this activity that they could make and read words by themselves. They did not need help.

                      In my class, I put picture cards into the activity so they could sound out and make the different words with the nuts. After, they sounded out the word, I had them spin and turn the nuts on the bolts to read the different real and nonsense words that the letters made. Children need to be able to read and blend simple words regardless if they are a real word or not. This activity really help them with both of these skills.

                      I liked how big the nuts and bolts are in this set. They are easy for my students to manipulate. I also really like the font they used for the letters. Some other activities use fonts that my students are not familiar with, but this one was easy for them to recognize the letters. I liked how colorful the different pieces are as well. My only complaint is the students sometimes struggled with getting the nuts off of the bolts. You have to twist and pull the nuts to get them off the bolt. Sometimes they could get stuck and it was even hard for me.

                      My students are always asking for the Learning Resources Word Construction to use in centers. My students and I both love it! It would be great to have for children to practice important literacy skills.

                      I received this from Learning Resources for my review.

                       
                      4.0

                      Fun for Spelling practice

                      By Nancy @ Arizona Mama

                      from Glendale, AZ

                      Pros

                      • Chunky
                      • Colorful Color Coded
                      • Durable
                      • Educational
                      • fun
                      • Hands On

                      Cons

                      • Missing letters
                      • Takes practice to use

                      Best Uses

                      • Reading practice
                      • Spelling Practice

                      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game:

                      The Word Construction is made up of large plastic nuts and bolts. The nuts have different letters on them and screw onto the bolts. You can start with the first letter and add up to 4 letters to make words. The nuts are colorful making it fun to make patters, same colors, or different. There are 6 bolts and 30 nuts. Each nut has 6 letters on them. Each bolt has either consonants or vowels. The vowels are all on green and the consonants are either purple, blue, or orange.

                      I really like that there are multiple ways to make words. At first the nuts were hard to get on, but then I realized there is a little notch that needs to be in the right spot. Then once the nut is on the bolt you can twist it around to line up the letters the way you want. The little notch makes it so the nut does not just fall off. This took some practice for my son, but he got it. The pieces are chunky and perfect for little hands. The pieces are well made and look like they will last a while. As we worked on some of my son's spelling words we noticed that some letters are missing. I was disappointed that there are some letters over and over like s and we could not find the letter j, v, w, x, or z. This made it hard when he had the words jump and zoo as spelling words. I'm not sure why they would leave out these letters. I know that the ones I see on the different colored nuts more then once are very common letters, but the other letters are needed too. I'd love to see them add some bolts with the other letters. Overall we really like word construction and will continue to use it for spelling practice as we can.

                      I received these in order to provide an honest review on my blog. You can read more here: http://www.arizonamamablog.com/2014/03/learning-resources-word-construction.html#hjZM4ukZDPxzYJ2Y.99 All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.

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