This truly unique learning tool has been around for many years. It is designed for learning through play and is flexible for individual learning ability. It's great logic development for younger children. The main part of this program is the controller with 12 numbered tiles. The controller is a hinged, high quality plastic case, red bottom and transparent top, divided into 12 sections which fit the 12 tiles. The Starter Pack includes the controller and tiles, "My First MiniLUK" workbook, a skills chart, and a parent guide to help you use your new system to its fullest potential.
The MiniLUK workbook is placed under the transparent panel of the case; students then place the correct number tile in the proper location. If tiles are placed correctly, children will see the symmetric pattern on the back of the tiles which matches the pattern in the book. There are 12 questions on each exercise page to be completed before the pattern can be checked. Books come in a variety of topics which can be purchased separately, and "My First MiniLUK Workbook," which accompanies the Starter Pack, includes exercises from basic to a more challenging level. The first exercises in this book are 2 sets of 12 pictures of spirals in 6 different colors, with the spiral going in two different directions. Students are then asked to match the spirals from the two different sets, placing the number tile of the matching spiral in the correct tile square. The exercises in this book provide practice in visual perception, concentration, critical thinking, knowledge reinforcement, math, and geometry. Added benefits of using the tiles are strengthening of fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Brain Challenger workbooks are for students ages 5-7 and Advance is for ages 6-8 and provides advanced exercises in visual perception ability, general learning, higher thinking skills, and spatial relationships.
I know how much fun this system can be, because we used it at our house 20 years ago. It is still in great shape today, and my twenty-something children still haul it out when they come home. In preparation for writing this description I worked through some of the exercises, and found myself wishing that they made one of these for adults. - Donna
Back to RR— I love these guys— and I ordered the Starter Set and some extra books. I spent more than I had originally planned, but it all worked out well. My grandson and his 3 yr old sister now each have a controller, and they both love using them. It’s definitely learning, but feels more like a game. Even the 3 yr old is able to work independently, and every time she completes an exercise correctly she does this little happy ta-da. Yes, I’m partial, but I think she’s adorable.
I definitely recommend the miniLUK— just be sure to also buy some books to go with it.
over 2 years ago