ChildUp sent me a set of their Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Math & Logic #1 and Teach Your Child to Count to 20 – Math & Logic #2 for review. They’re also giving away both sets on my dad blog. And for a change, this giveaway is open to international readers too. At first glance, the ChildUp cards look like fancy flash cards, but they’re not flash cards. According to the company, the goal of their cards is to teach children to count the animals on the cards instead of memorizing pictures on flashcards. The ChildUp Teach Your Child to Count card sets retail for $11.99. They are intended for children one to five years old.
There are 64 cards in each Math & Logic set: 16 cards for parents and 48 cards for kids. The parent’s cards contain material to help parents teach their children to count. I found the cards for parents helpful, but wish they would have organized the parental material into a little booklet instead of a bunch of cards. In my experience, the parent’s cards tend to get mixed up with the kid’s cards — especially when you have a toddler who insists on helping put away the cards.
The 48 child’s card are designed so that the two sides complement each other. On the front side are pictures of animals for kids to count. On the back side of the card is a smaller picture of the animals on the front side, and the number (symbol) that corresponds to the total quantity of animals on the front side. When you first start your kid out on the cards, you show him the the front side and then count out the number of animals on the card. Then you show your child the back of the card and repeat the number. The goals here are to teach your kid how to count up to the number of the card and also to recognize the symbol for that number. The goal over time is to have your child read the number on the back of card, and then count up to the number without actually counting the animals on the front.
We just got the cards last week so it’s too early for me to say how effective this system is. I can tell you the cards requires patience. In the case of our toddler, we can only do this for a few minutes at a time before he needs a break. Even though we’ve only use the cards a few times, I can see how the cards can teach my toddler to count up to ten (Math & Logic #1) or twenty (Math & Logic #2). In addition, the cards are indirectly teaching my son how to add by using more than one different type of animals on the cards (6 monkeys plus 1 giraffe equals 7 animals).
BTW, ChildUp also has a couple of iOS and Android apps you might be interested in:
- EarlyMath – Raise a Math Genius
This iPhone/iPad app helps children learn the first steps in addition, as well as the names and real sounds of 80 popular animals.
- EarlyZoo – 80 Animals to Learn for Preschoolers (Android | iPhone/iPad)
This app was created to help parents and caregivers teach preschoolers the basics of zoology and biology through the discovery of 80 different animals classified in 8 different categories.
Thanks to ChildUp, a reader of my dad blog will win one set each of Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Math & Logic #1 and Teach Your Child to Count to 20 – Math & Logic #2 Game Cards. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Monday, June 4th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers on the planet Earth. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by ChildUp, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my blog. I am not liable for the prize. I received some products for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]