Saturday, January 21, 2012

*Sponsor Spotlight* Learning Resources Alphabet Marks the Spot #ABE3


     Learning Resources® is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. For more than 25 years, the company has been a trusted source for educators and parents for quality, award-winning educational products.  You may remember that Learning Resources sponsored in the Holiday Gift Guide with the Big View Bug Jars and Early Science Explorers Kit

     Learning resources has so many great fun and educational products.  I was very happy when they were happy to participate in #ABE3 in the "Its All Fun and Games" package.  So then came the task of picking a great game to include.  It was a difficult task and had to send over a couple of choices.  I was happy when they decided to send the Alphabet Marks the Spot game. 

     Alphabet Marks the Spot includes a large 4.5' Vinyl mat.  On the mat are all the letters of the alphabet, some of them are on there twice.  It reminds me of a twister game, but with letters instead of colored spots.  There are 5 inflatable cubes that are illustrated with different items that begin with all the letters of the alphabet.  The game also includes place markers and an activity guide.  The activity guide features 8 different ways to use the game and the skill that is used. 

     This game was actually first opened by John and Jayden while I slept in one morning.  I came out to them tossing the cubes and finding the letters that that object began with.  I joined the fun.  Each of us would toss a cube identify the object, decide on the beginning letter and then search for the letter on the mat.  Jayden had a great time with this game and wanted to play all morning.  John and Jayden also came up with just playing with the cubes.  John would toss one to Jayden and he would kick or hit it and then identify the object.  I wasn't as excited about this use of the game as I didn't want it to break.  But they were gentle and we added in that he needed to identify the beginning letter by the sound.  He would even run over to the mat and pointed it out on the mat. 

     Jayden knew most of his letters and easily identified the objects on the cubes, but was just starting to learn letter sounds.  That is exactly what I was looking for.  Jayden will be able to work on his letter sounds in a fun, whole body way.  Additionally this mat also encourages large muscle development.  I really like that the game has many different options for play and different skills.  This game is for ages 5-8 and I can see children using this for that long with all the different ways to use it. 

Buy it: Alphabet Marks the Spot $37.99


Do you want some extra entries for the BIG A BLOGTASTIC EXTRAVAGANZA "Its All Fun And Games" Prize pack?  Visit Learning Resources and tell me your favorite item they sell that you would like in a comment below.  Then enter on the Extra Entries post.  And Don't Forget to come back to do the Mandatory entries during the event January 23 to January 28. 

Thank you to Learning Resources for sponsoring this review and giveaway.  
I was provided the above mentioned game  for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.  disclosure

37 comments:

  1. Katie is probably at just the right age to start enjoying something like this! We have a little alphabet puzzle with a similar concept, but I bet this would keep her attention a lot longer!

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    1. Forgot to also say...we would love the "Classroom Cafe" set :-)

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  2. I would love to also have the Sentence Buildings!
    janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

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  3. I would love to try Crocodile Hop™ Floor Game. thank you.

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  4. I like any kids' educational games! Much better than video games all day.

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  5. I like the Teaching Cash Register
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  6. I'd love to get the Smart Splash® Memory Match Clams for my girls!

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  7. I saw several things that interested me. The POP games look like fun as well as the Sentence Buildings and the Linkology games.

    Thanks!
    Tina 'the book lady'
    wswpub (at) gmail

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  8. i would like to win the Alphabet Marks the Spot for my Grandchildren

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  9. Math Mat Challenge™ Game looks terrific for my daughter.

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  10. Looks like a lot of fun, can't go wrong with educational indoor games for the winter

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    1. The crocodile hop looks like a lot of fun!

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  11. The Alphabet Marks the Spot likes fun

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  12. I am also starting to teach my daughter the letter sounds. She knows all her uppercase letters and most of the lowercase but only knows a handful of sounds. She has a hard time sitting down for long like most barely 5 year olds and loves to learn actively.

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  13. I love that the cubes are inflatable so that the game is nice and compact to put away.

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  14. My son wants the Crocodile Hop;;;looks fun!-Erinn Arena Sluka

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  15. I think the toss and play alphabet set looks fun too!
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

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  16. I like the crocodile hop!

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  17. They have so many really neat games! I'd love to get a ton of stuff!
    I especially also like the Goodie Games™ Counting Bears, Let's Tackle Math!™ Patterning & Sequencing Set, Ruff's House Teaching Tactile Set, Magnetic Learning Calendar, and... and... and...!!

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  18. The alphabet game looks like it would be fun for the kids.

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  19. sheila musselman askinsJanuary 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    they have so many cool things!! my daughter loves all things space and she would love the Giant Inflatable Solar System!!

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  20. I really like the pop for word families game thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  21. Teaching cash register.


    Arandamarie1992@yahoo.com

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  22. I like the Word Show™ Vocabulary Game - by Educational Insights®
    Jessica Cox

    momma62404@yahoo.com

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  23. My grandson would love the Gears! Gears! Gears!® Dizzy Fun Land™ Motorized Gears

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  24. Alphabet marks the spot looks like a fun way to learn your alphabet!

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  25. Would love the New Sprouts™ Fix it! My very own tool set for my son!
    linda hawes

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  26. I LOVE all of these, especially since they're all educational AND fun! They seem to provide fun and good time together while strengthening knowledge, motor skills, and self confidence! AWESOME!

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  27. We would enjoy Froggy Feeding Fun.

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  28. I think these learning toys are top of the line.

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