In the same fashion as the miniLUK, BambinoLUK strengthens fine motor skills, enhances eye-hand coordination, promotes self-confidence, improves memory and concentration, boosts visual perception, develops critical thinking, and builds foundations for reading, writing and math.
The controller is made of heavy clear plastic and measures 16 cm x 18 cm. There are only 6 tiles (5.5 sq cm) in this younger version of the game, each 1 cm in thickness for easier grasping with little fingers and hands. The front of each tile is printed with a simple, recognizable picture (apple, flower, duck, car, heart, house) and the back is printed with red, green, and blue half circles.
Play is easy - place the open controller on top of the workbook, position tiles in the top half of the controller to cover 6 pictures, pick up each tile to display the picture below, and place that tile on the matching picture at the lower portion of the controller. The half circles on the back form a pattern for easy checking.
The Starter Pack includes the controller with tiles, workbook, parent/teacher guide, skills chart, and free access to online resources. The workbook provides practice in a variety of skill areas, the parent guide offers suggestions for different types of play and the objective of the product, and the skill chart rates the books in this series and skill development. Online resources include templates so you can design your own BambinoLUK exercises.
Workbooks each contain 11 full-color exercises, and instructions for use are found in the front. Transportation, farm animals, and zoo animals are just a few of the themes used as children practice matching, recognizing parts and wholes, and more.
The Primary set is a series of 3 workbooks to be used with the BambinoLUK controller for children 2 and up or even for children with special needs. This series progresses in difficulty and works on development at the most basic level. Book 1 begins by using only part of the tiles, the controller, and the BambinoLUK concept. Book 2 introduces exercises using colors, simple shapes and outlines, solids, and other visual discrimination. Book 3 provides basic level exercises using more detailed pictures, with the child matching small and large, color and black/white, patterns, and different views.
This product is a lot of fun for children and takes a unique approach to learning. If you're having trouble visualizing it, you can play with a virtual sample of the BambinoLUK at beyond123.com/bam/b-play.html. - Donna