Toddlerhood is a fun age. They’re no longer as dependent as babies, can eat pretty much everything and can sleep through the night (although whether they actually do so is another matter!). They’re also completely mobile now, and have mastered most gross and fine motor skills. But most importantly, this is also the age where their brain is developing at a rapid pace, and picking up all kinds of information from the world around them!
Experts say that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs by the age of five years – yes, 90%!! That’s no small amount, which is why this is the age when kids are quickly able to grasp concepts like shapes, colors, the names of things and much more. An important area of learning even for toddlers is math, and they are developing math skills through play, even if they may not be aware of it! According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), early math skills build a child’s confidence about math, which translates into better academic performance later in school.
But how does one teach a running, bouncing toddler math? With a Nutty Numbers box from WonderBoxx! Going by Plato and Galileo’s words, this box puts the focus on learning about numbers through games that include counting, sorting, recognition, art and cognition. The Nutty Numbers box is from WonderBoxx’s Toddlo range, meant for kids aged 1-3. We were sent the Nutty Numbers box for review, so let’s take a look at what’s in the box!
Review of WonderBoxx Nutty Numbers Toddlo Box
The Nutty Numbers box arrived in a box with the WonderBoxx signature style, featuring cute characters and pleasant colors. My 20 month old toddler couldn’t wait to open her special gift! This also gave my preschooler some peace to do his own work! He has already received his own WonderBoxx earlier, and he stills reads the space adventure book and plays with the telescope he got with it.
The box is sturdy which is a good thing. For one, we know that toddlers are very interested in playing with the box! Secondly, there are many activities that’ll last a while, and the box is easy enough to open and store the materials you’re not using right now.
Inside the box, all the materials are wrapped neatly, in individual see-through plastic bags. The resealable bags are especially useful, to hold the smaller pieces.
The Nutty Numbers box contains seven different activities, listed below:
1. Number Dice and Movements Spinwheel Activity
An activity that involves an activity wheel and counting. Though my toddler can’t read yet, we had a lot of fun playing the game with my preschooler laughing all the time.
2. Big Elephant Number Puzzle
This activity requires identifying numbers and matching skills. The toddler tried it a couple of times and gave up, but my preschooler was very interested in making the elephant!
3. DIY Number Bunting Banner
This sticking activity encourages number identification and comparison of less and more. Well this was messy! My toddler insisted on doing everything herself, which lead to a lot of tearing and other assorted destruction! However, what counted was that it was great fun and she got to learn a few numbers through this.
4. Mish Mash Numbers Spiral book
This is a cute and colorful book that promotes number recognition, along with shapes, patterns and quantities. However, my toddler was more fascinated by the different animals in the book and kept giving them imaginary names!
5. Tactile Circus Boards
This is a fun activity that requires making the circus with the right number of elements. Though we couldn’t arrange it as circus , she had so much fun sticking them into board with the Velcro stickers, especially the animals.
6. Storybook: Stack Up!
This is a lovely book about a girl who wants to reach the moon; we had a great time reading this story!
7. Parent Feed
Something for Moms! The WonderBoxx newsletter has advice and helpful tips for parents.
Our Experience with the WonderBoxx Nutty Numbers Toddlo Box
The Nutty Numbers box has been designed very well, with many math concepts very cleverly integrated into games. The quality of all the materials are top notch and can withstand some rough handling by toddlers! The pictures are large and bright but pleasing enough to catch the attention of young kids.
While the activities are simple, they offer the right amount of challenge for kids of this age group. With simple instructions, my child was able to work through the activities by herself. This is great since it gives children the confidence that they did the activity by themselves.
In a nutshell, I’d recommend this box any day! It was a little too early for my 20 month old, but should be ideal for older kids. It’s perfect for holidays and vacations, and also makes for a great gift. Besides Nutty Numbers, there are many other themes in Toddlo boxes, with each box focusing on a different set of skills. So if you want your toddler to learn and have fun at the same time, go for WonderBoxx!
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You can also check out our review of the WonderBoxx Incredible Space Expedition Kiddo Box.