I sometimes have a hard time coming up with age appropriate activities for Jack. Either the activity is too simple or too advanced for him, and both of us end up calling it quits and resorting to his cars for most of the day (which is great for imaginative play.) It’s important to me to incorporate some kind of learning activity in his day-to-day activities, yet still make them fun.
So I was so excited when I first learned about The Learning Journey International. They produce tons of educational activities and toys for kids that are actually fun. The best part is that when you go their website, you can narrow their products down by age, which really is great for people like me, who don’t always have the best judgement when it comes to that.
We had the chance to try out one of their “My First Match It” Kits — Things That Go. It is a simple activity that helps young children learn how to match, and the basics of putting a puzzle together. The series of toys have all sorts of themes, and I absolutely love the “Things That Go” because Jack is obsessed with anything that has wheels. You should have seen his face when we pulled it out of the box.
At first, he was a little frustrated, because he didn’t really understand what he was supposed to do. I found him cramming together pieces that didn’t go together because he recognize that he was supposed to put something together…he just didn’t know what! However, I decided to put together all the pieces, to show him what they were supposed to look like, and he caught on right away. He can now find almost all the matches without my help and loves coming up to me and showing me what he put together, or making the noise that the vehicle makes. It makes me so happy to see him learning, even though matching is such a simple skill. He loves
The Learning Journey International has a wide variety of products for all ages — from 0 to school age. It’s a great way to get kids away from tablets and televisions, and work on their fine motor skills and problem solving abilities. The products aren’t even that expensive, and are perfect for gifts. I can’t wait to buy some more of their products for Jack to play with.