We’re really into imaginative play here, but as you know this often revolves around building sites, construction in all forms and diggers and tractors normally feature quite heavily! But with Monkey now being at school we’ve often seen him teach me phonics and go through literacy classes. It’s lovely to watch him bring his daily school routine into his pretend play. Something from Learning Resources caught my eye recently and we been having International School Set imaginative play.
With teachers in the family, and us spending time talking about the world at large I could see lots of potential for International School Set imaginative play sessions. This set is wonderful, aimed at children aged 3 years and over, it comes with lots of accessories to assist with pretend play.
A great bonus for parents is that the tri-fold board that makes up the ‘school’ also doubles up as a storage case.
We’ve been talking a lot about the world since Monkey got a Globe and Atlas last December. With his grandparents living in Spain, and my obsession with maps, Monkey is beginning to grasp that the world really is a large and varied place.
What would he make of this set? Well it comes with a school bell and that was an instant hit! Mummy, sit down!
The set comes with a whole host of accessories – along with the school bell, there are numbers, letters and flags worksheets, a clock (with velcro attachments), a double-sided map and calendar, a hand pointer (another big hit with Monkey!), a white board, marker and board rubber, pencils and notepad, a register and homework record and reward stickers. Really, everything you could possibly need for pretend play with a school theme to it.
We’ve had fun looking at the map of Europe and introducing flags for the first time. Monkey knows what the Union Jack looks like and we’ve pointed out the Spanish flag to him when we’ve visited his grandparents. But now he can learn about the rest of the European flags. Another obsession from my childhood to share.
He has a world map up in his bedroom along with his globe and, with the International School Set we can test his memory of the different countries in the years ahead.
The wipe clean board is great to help him with him improve his letter formations, which is one of his targets following his recent teacher consultation. The letter worksheets are also going to help with this in a fun way.
We have found that the hands on the clock are really quite hard to turn and I can see them getting damaged fairly quickly as they are made from stiff card.
This set is going to provide Monkey with hours of fun and as his writing improves I can see him really enjoying the worksheets, registers as well as the flag worksheets. The reward stickers are already going down well!
Priced at £29.95 I think this in an excellent idea for young school children to play out their daily routine and actually pretend to be the teacher. In our household I think I’ll be the one given homework!
We give this set a big thumbs up, it has longevity, can be used by one child or within a group setting. When the school bell rings for the end of the lessons, the set can be neatly packed away. What more can you ask for!
Learning Resources offer a whole host of educational games with a heavy emphasis on fun.
disclaimer: we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review