Monday, November 18, 2013

Guidecraft Educator Review/Giveaway Link: Barnyard Activity Boxes

I've really been slacking lately in the whole blogging and reviewing department... I'm making it part of my goal to get back on track, as I keep receiving lots of amazing products and books!  So, to start over...

Each month, the Guidecraft Educators share our honest feelings
about a Guidecraft product(s) and how these products would fare in an
early childhood classroom. This month's selection is from Guidecraft's Manipulatives line - Barnyard Activity Boxes.

From Guidecraft: Can you count them all? One red horse, two orange cows, three yellow sheep, four green pigs, five blue geese, and six purple chickens. But don’t forget the six barns as well. Our 28-piece set features six wooden barns and their corresponding farm animals to help with counting, sequencing, shape-sorting, color-matching and more! Each barn has the animal screened on one side; a shape-cutout on the opposite side; a barn door with child-friendly elastic hinges; and a color-coordinated Acrylic panel so children can see who lives inside each barn! A great combination of dramatic play and educational elements all wrapped up in one!

Our Thoughts: From the minute the Barnyard Activity Boxes found their way into the classroom until it was time to put them away for the day, children were mesmerized and wholly engaged in them!  In fact, the children moved so quickly to get to them, that I wasn't even able to get a picture of all of the barnyards together! 

The children used the barnyards in MANY different ways, but by far, the most popular was using the animals as puzzle pieces and inserting them through the cutouts on the sides!  This in particular, is great for increasing fine motor, eye-hand coordination and manipulating the pieces to make them fit. 

The barnyards also came in very useful in individualizing activities to meet the academic and learning needs of the children.  They foster a great deal of language usage (discussing numbers, animals, animal sounds, colors, etc).  I used the boxes with several children to practice counting (as we have many children who struggle counting past 1).  We also used our imagination and had a barnyard parade (creating patterns with the animals)! 

The Barnyard Activity Boxes are wonderful for (literally) hours of play and engagement and can be used in so many purposeful ways!  For the time being, they've found a home on our math manipulative shelf and are still being used daily!  They are well worth the investment!!!

So... what do other 'Guidecraft Educators' have to say about the Barnyard Activity Boxes?

Maureen at Simply Stacie
Andrea at MommyPR
Deborah at Teach Preschool
Carrie from Huppie Mama
Jody from Mommy Moment
Candace at Mamanista!
Vanessa from Pre-K Pages
The Giveaway

Guidecraft is generously offering ONE lucky reader of the Guidecraft Educators a chance to win one of these Barnyard Activity Boxes sets!!! To enter, head on over to MommyPR for details!

Or... if you just can't wait to win one and NEED them now, they can be purchased online at: 
Barnyard Activity Boxes: or

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