I was so happy to find out that Ingenio, one of our long-time sponsors, has added two more learning puzzles to their already impressive list of bilingual toys. One of Mexico, which Ana Lilian wrote about last week, and the other one of Puerto Rico. While I don’t hail from either country, I’ve very strong ties to both of them. Not only did I live in Mexico as a child, but I’ve family and a lot of dear friends who are Mexican. The Puerto Rico map puzzle was of particular interest in this house because my husband is Puerto Rico and my daughter has been lucky enough to be there several times in her short life.
As with the North America Ingenio map puzzle, the Puerto Rico one has large and sturdy pieces that make it super easy for little hands to handle. The 48 pieces make a large size puzzle once it’s completed which makes the task of talking about the different cities and areas on the map much simpler. The map uses big, colorful images to identify landmarks such as the unique, Parque de Bombas, in one my favorite cities in Puerto Rico: Ponce.
When I first gave it to her, I helped her put it together. After that, she’s done a few times all on her own. That’s probably because Vanessa is addicted to puzzles and lately she’s been showing a lot of interest in maps. Since this toy combines two of her loves, I instantly knew it was going to be a hit at home.
We’ve traveled around La Isla del Encanto quiet a bit with our daughter, so as we’re putting the puzzle together, we’ll talk about the specific places we’ve visited and some of the things we did in each one. I know she doesn’t remember everything – especially since she’s been going there since she was a baby – but I like that the map allows me to talk to her in detail about her father’s homeland.
Geography is such an important part of teaching our children about our culture, our heritage, our land…and, it was always one of my favorite subjects in school. I think that any kind of learning that can be done in a fun setting is much more powerful than the straight out of a textbook kind. I plan to compliment our puzzle time with pictures from our visits to the different areas presented on the map so that Vanessa can have an even more visual aid to go with the geography lesson!
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner: Rebecca!
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