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Hearthsong sent a set of the original Connectagons which have 240 colorful octagonal wooden tiles which can be used to build up, out and around in a multitude of different shapes and designs using the 8 slits that are cut into the sides of the shapes. They also sent me the Geometry Connectagons which are made up of 240 triangles, half circles and squares in bright pretty colors. Both sets have very bright colorful pieces and the designs the kids make are very beautiful.
There are many ways these could be used within the classroom for sorting, mapping, building, science and math skills. You can work on patterning by designing rectangular cards and drawing around the pieces, an example would be: square, circle (2 semi circles), triangle, square, circle, what comes next? You can also use the original set and do the same with the various patterns on the pieces. Be sure to have the kids match the actual pieces to the card - this helps them visually understand what they are doing.
For older kids who are interested in science, you can have them "design" different chemical patterns (gotta be creative and think outside the box here). See if they can design different animals, etc.
This toy comes in a series of different themes: Heart to Heart, Butterflies and Flowers,
The Connectagons come in a wooden box which is very hard to open. There is an optional bag you can purchase if desired. I'm planning on giving these to my niece Jenna (age 3 1/2 - 4 at Christmas) and nephew Brett (age 7). I thought they would be a fun toy to play with on rainy days, sick days, times when it's necessary for a little quiet time (baby napping). But I am planning on giving a rubbermaid container with the toys to store them in, the containers are just to difficult for kids to use - and I can't see the kids lining up the pieces so they all fit in. The toy is for children 4+.
Wouldn't YOU love a set of these awesome toys for your home? These would be a great gift for birthdays, your birthday closet, as a gift from Santa or Grandma and Grandpa. There are a couple of ways you can get them!
1) Hearthsong has a great offer right now: Save $10.96! Connectagons Special includes Connectagons Set and Connectagons Geometry Set. To order, click HERE
2) Hearthsong is giving away a set of the original Connectagons and the Geometry Connectagons. Drawing will take place 9/19, US only please, 18 years and older. Here are the details:
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Disclosure: I received a set of the Connectagons and the Geometry Connectagons for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and opinions are completely my own.