9/2/11

Super Sorting Pie: Review and Giveaway

Early learning should never be boring, never be tedious, and never be forced. Instead it's better to provide learning materials that instantly draw a child in, peaking their curiosity and and encouraging them through discovery. The Super Sorting Pie from Learning Resources is one of the most engaging toys I've seen in a while.
There isn't a child I know that wouldn't want to get their hands on this toy. There was one child left here yesterday when I opened the box and she played with this for an hour. That's right, an hour. How's that for engaging?
The Super Sorting Pie is so well-designed! If you look at the pie bottom, you'll see a five section sorting piece inside. Well, that lifts out so that one of three discs can be put in the bottom of the pie. The discs are over to the left of the above photo. They are printed on both sides, giving the child six obvious ways to begin sorting. Sorting by color and shape and characteristic are all pre-math skills that preschoolers absolutely need.
Her first choice was to sort the fruit by color and shape. She quickly realized there are two different fruits in each color. This helps her to observe each fruit even more closely because although they are the same color, they are not the same shape. Additionally some are the same shape and not the same color. These types of differences help children to begin to recognize more compex and less obvious differences, which is a pre-reading skill (think about how difficult it can be for a child to learn lowercase b and d).
It also comes with two pair of giant tweezers (using them to pick up the fruits strengthens their finger muscles which is important for beginning to write). Since there are two, I can easily make up some sorting games that include two of the children at a time. Building the social skills of cooperating and sharing should be part of every preschooler's learning!
After chasing the rolling oranges around the table for a while, we discovered the pie top (the lid) is a perfect spot for all the pieces of the fruit salad. She put the number disc in the bottom of the pie plate, impressing me with her number recognition and counting. The fruits are a perfect size for little hands. Learning Resources built so many developmental benefits into this toy!
She switched out the pie disc, to sort by color only so that she could sort everything from the pie lid into the pie bottom. It was really neat to watch her choose the sorting task for herself, because decision making is a lifelong skill and children need to be presented with appropriate opportunities to make choices.
When her mother arrived to take her home, clean up was so quick and easy. All the discs fit in the bottom, all the fruits fit in the pie, and the lid is curved enough to even allow for both pair of tweezers to fit in the pie when it's closed. I am so absolutely thrilled with the Super Sorting Pie. It's already won two awards and I'll bet it wins many more! Plus, check out Learning Resources on YouTube!

WANT TO WIN ONE? Of course you do!
Learning Resources is letting me give one away to one of my fabulous readers! You can enter using the rafflecopter form below until midnight on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. You must be at least 18 years old to enter and win, and as always must be a Planet Weidknecht follower via email, GFC or RSS. Good luck!


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28 comments:

  1. Too cute! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Another toy my child would love is the Smart Splash Shape Shell Turtles!

    mail @ organic-mama.ca

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  3. He loves money so the Teaching Cash Register.

    jandplee at att.net

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  4. Their Color Mixing Glasses look so Fun! I should get a pair for me too!
    Thanks, Becky Jane
    riseaboveyourlimits at gmail dot com

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  5. I visited and looked at Easi-Speak™ USB Recorder. happygirl074@hotmail.com julie stone miller

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  6. I actually fantsize about all the resources Learning Resources has that would be great for my kindergarten students- the colour mixing glasses, the gears, gears, gears, set, the pretend and play pro chef set, the ice cream shop, the pizza mania game, the alphabet soup sorters...ahhh....

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  7. My kids would like the Pretend & Play® Schoolhouse

    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  8. Little Bit would love the teaching telephone.

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  9. I am a teacher so I really love the Pretend and Play School Set up! It is really cute and my little girl would love it!

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  10. I love the Time Tracker® Visual Timer & Clock

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  11. My son would like the alphabet soup sorter.
    shmilgah at yahoo.com

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  12. wed love the estimation station. heinzmom at hotmail dot com

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  13. I also like the Math Mat Challenge™ Game

    anna

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  14. I would like the jumbo farm counters!
    sabrina radke
    sradke1024 at gmial dot com

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  15. Teaching Cash Register

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  16. Learning Resources has a lot of great stuff for parent to use at home. My daughter would enjoy the pointing sticks for when we play "teacher" at home

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Amy B.
    adennispac@yahoo.com

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  17. We already have a lot of Learning Resources products, but I would really LOVE to have every single one of their play food sets! They are so awesome!

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  18. My kids would want to own and play with the teaching cash register!

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  19. I would love to win this.
    Fingers are crossed.

    Debra

    hangerlady28150@yahoo.com

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  20. My kids would love the Flipped4Science Magnets :)

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  21. Alphabet soup sorter sounds like fun! Thank you!
    Laurie Adams
    adamsfamily@peak.org

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  22. I like the math mat challenge game [=

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  23. My kids would like the Caught in the Web™ An Insect Game, thanks.

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  24. The Math Mat Challenge™ Game looks fun!
    janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

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  25. I like the splash shape turtles!
    shmilgah at yahoo.com

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  26. My son would love the Smart Splash® Shape Shell Turtles

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  27. Gears! Gears! Gears! Building machine is another toy my little guy would really love.

    farrah_jo@yahoo.com

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  28. He loves money so the Teaching Cash Register.

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