Geometiles™ are a unique set of connectable shape pieces in six shapes and
four colors. This ninety-six-piece full
set has plenty to keep kids ages six and
up (and even adults) busy with creativity! It’s available for just $85.00.
There’s so much you can do with this
set. When you open the box, step-by-step visual instructions inside the lid
get you started with building a square
prism (box shape) and a dodecahedron
(soccer ball shape) as shown on the
outer cover of the box. So right away,
users can be successful building three-dimensional figures that are familiar to
them and become acquainted with how
the pieces connect together.
Four separate bags inside separate
the shape sets by their vivid colors
of purple, green, yellow, and orange.
A printed quick start guide gives
instructions for connecting and dis-
connecting the pieces and hints for
how to create closed shapes. It also
gives examples of some of the creations
you can make and directs you to the
website for additional resources.
Those additional resources are perhaps what make this set so special!
There, you can download a full set of
corresponding workbooks: 3D Solid
Understanding, Shape Challenge (grade
four+), Get Acquainted, Building Ideas,
Mini Set Ideas, Brain Teasers, Angle
Mania, Fractions, Fractions B, and Tangrams! These workbooks contain full
lesson plans and classroom activities to
challenge students in a variety of ways.
I was initially interested in using this
set to introduce my third grader to fractions. While it was great for that, I was
also surprised to find that my seventh
grade daughter actually took the most
interest in this right from the start! She
has a very creative mind and loves to
work with hands-on materials. There
were many nights that she got them out
just to explore what kinds of three-dimensional shapes and scenes she could
build with them, whether it was a hut
with a door, a fort, a playpen for our
hamster, or a soccer ball that she and
her brother could roll around! Sometimes it’s difficult to find educational
entertainment for a middle-schooler,
so you can imagine how pleased I was
to see her getting these out all on her
own and putting her mind to work!
Geometiles™ are a great tool for stimulating the minds of the whole family!
—Product review by Kelly Burgess
The Kingdom Series Audio CDs
Perfect Praise Publishing
Wow! My children and I literally could
not get enough of these CDs! We wanted to stay in the car once reaching our
destination because we simply couldn’t
stop listening. Believe me, this doesn’t
happen with just any book we listen to
in the car. But these stories kept us on
the edge of our seats wanting to hear
more every single time we popped
them into the CD player.
Action-packed allegories of the Bible
is the best way to describe this series.
Each book focuses on a different part
of the Bible, and the main characters
go through similar experiences that the
beloved characters from the Bible have
gone through. For example, the first
book of the series, Kingdom’s Dawn,
takes you on a quick journey from the
creation of Adam and Eve through
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