We got sucked into buying our son a mini iPad, but have since stashed it on top of the fridge and replaced it with tangible manipulatives. It is so great watching him move the pieces around and watching the wheels in his head turn. Children need to know how to use scissors, put together puzzles, and get dirty!
He is 5 now and has completed k4 but he still play's with this, he lost the y and that is our only regret but if you hold your hand over it and block the light it will still make the sound when you move your hand.
I watched my one-year-old grandson grasp the knobs and move the pieces in, out, and around ! Great 'first puzzle' - and I've purchased many puzzles over the years.
I could kiss Melissa and Doug for the joy this toy brought to my little guy this Christmas season. My son has poor finger, arm mobility and at age 3 sits only in a seating system. He has had so much fun catching his fish and pulling them off of the line. He then progressed to choosing which fish, and using his pincer grasp to remove it. Awesome, my little guy has typical cognition but trapped in a body that doesn't move. This toy lets him continue to develop cognitively without being held back due to his physical limitations!
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