|Joanne Garross - Retired Elementary |
School Teacher & Gifted Coordinator
Q: Why did you choose the Lock and Latches Board by Melissa and Doug as your "Teacher's Pick of the Month"?
A: This toy has multi-dimensional learning aspects to it. As children develop, the activities associated with this toy can increase and become more complex - extending the learning value of it over time.
|Melissa & Doug Lock and Latches Board|
A: It helps with the mental processing of how to solve a problem. It also enhances:
- Eye-hand coordination
- Finger dexterity, especially for kids with lax thumb muscles or weak hand strength
- Left to right sequencing activities involving numbers and colors
- Pattern, shape and animal identification
- Line recognition (perpendicular, horizontal, parallel, vertical)
- Math skills (counting, addition and subtraction, could create math story problems using this board)
- Life skills for opening different types of locks and latches
Q: Can the Lock and Latches board enhance language skills?
A: Yes, an adult can help children build language and vocabulary in addition to using their imagination skills to create stories about what is behind the locks and latches, how they got there and how they were rescued. Creative story-telling skills are important for kids. Size concepts, such as "biggest" and "smallest" can be taught using the size of the windows and spacial relationships, such as "top", "bottom", "side by side" and "next to", can also be taught.
Q: Are there additional reasons why parents, grandparents or teachers should purchase this toy?
A: It's a good interactive toy for adults and children. I really like the inclusion of parent activities on the back for easy reference. It's also made of sturdy wood and all in one piece, making cleanup a breeze and making it a good travel toy for the car. I also like that it has rounded edges instead of sharp edges at the corners. I wish I were still in my classroom to use it.