As my boys get older, they’re more into books, elaborate building sets and Mama’s iPad, and have outgrown the babyish Spanish-“speaking” toys of old. That’s why I liked Ingenio’s Sounds Amazing cards. There are fifty double-sided flashcards, grouped into categories (our favorites were Transportation and Musical Instruments), which include a picture of an object (such as an ambulance), information about the object in English and in Spanish, and a bar code. Scan the bar code with the included wand, and you get a fun noise, like an ambulance siren.
Interestingly, if anything, I had a couple of minor quibbles with the English on the cards, but I absolutely loved that the Spanish text was elegant and the vocabulary very rich, which has not been my experience with this kind of toy in the past. (Quick: Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in Spanish, anyone?)
The cards are on the thinner side so I wouldn’t give them to a toddler, but older preschoolers should have a lot of fun with these. I know my kindergartners are—the novelty factor of scanning the bar code just like at the grocery store won them over. An extra bonus is that the stack of cards isn’t bulky at all. The cards and the wand fit nicely in a pencil box, and we’ll be taking these on the road with us and enjoying them over the holidays.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner: Alishia !
-The Zafari Alphabet Puzzle, winner of the Creative Child magazine’s Puzzle of the year award, allows for three different ways to play and learn the alphabet and animals in English and Spanish.
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