Recently we received a HappyCalc Elementary Maths Puzzle aimed at 4-6 year olds. It retails at £49.00 but it’s currently on sale for £39.99. When our package arrived Molly dived in and there were pieces everywhere (138 pieces to be exact!).
In a way it was good to start off with a pile of pieces, because we spent time organising the numbers and pieces. George is now 7, so for him this was easy, but it was a nice little task for Molly and she was definitely in the spotlight for this task!
Once we had all the pieces laid out, I suggested George and Molly pick a number and see which numbers make the number. The pieces are great, for example five number 1’s fit the same space as a number 5. George whizzed through his, but Molly took her time and really thought about it.
She really focused on the maths, but it was also fun and not forced; it’s a jigsaw after all!
We worked through several numbers, each one producing different results so we could talk about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Even though George didn’t struggle with the maths, he embraced the game side of things and loved creating the mathematically correct space ships!
Molly loved working out the maths, she is less of a number lover than George, so it was great to see her embrace numbers and puzzles.
When they got bored with numbers (which was quite a while after we began!) they worked together to create a larger scale image, connecting pieces to make an amazing outer space puzzle picture!
I was pleasantly surprised with this Space themed puzzle. It inspired both children to work to build and create, working out sums and fixing the pieces together as well as creating fun and interactive pictures.
I would definitely recommend this product for 4-6 year old mini-mathematicians as well as those (like Molly) who aren’t as keen on numbers, because it will inspire them!
Disclosure: I received this game in exchange for review. My opinions are 100% honest and my own.