My youngest two really enjoyed using Can Do Cubes by jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC) for this review.
If you read my Jolly Phonics review you probably saw that I mentioned the Can Do Cubes! Here is the review I promised on those!
Can Do Cubes are wooden blocks, about 1 cubic inch in size. The blocks have a different letter on each side. They come in sets and are labeled with small numbers as well.
Cube 1 has letters s, a, t, i, p, n
Cube 2 has letters c, k, ck, e, h, r
Cube 3 has m, d, g, o, u, l
Cube 4 has f, b, ai, j, oa, ie
We only used the first 4 sets for this review. There are 8 sets (27 blocks) in Stage One, and Stage Two includes 32 blocks, but the setup is different than Stage One.
We used the Can Do Cubes with Jolly Phonics. I had my son sound out the letters for the words on the pages, he would slide the blocks closer together with each sound to visualize blending the sounds together.
The set comes with a booklet for each Stage of blocks, it also comes with an instruction DVD that shows you how to implement the blocks. This was very helpful! There is a sound pronunciation guide in the booklet, and also on the DVD, a good tool to have!
Additionally, it comes with a CD with printable materials and a teacher’s guide. My youngest (almost 3 yo) has wanted to use the blocks every time she has seen my 5 yo use them! The printable materials CD had some pages that were more her speed! She was so happy to use them!
The printable sheets we used had a picture of an object, and a square with a letter in it (the starting letter of the name of that object), they then matched the block with the square and said the letter name and sound, they would also say the name of the picture. There is a space to write the letter as well (we aren’t there yet).
These cubes are really great for hands on learning, especially for those kinesthetic/tactile learners! They are recommended for use by the Dyslexia Action Institute.
You could make games with them, roll some blocks and then see what words you could make! You can say words, and have them find the letters to build the word. Use them for spelling tests or other activities in place of writing or in addition to writing… build it first, then write it! They would work great with these Read, Write and Build Mats from Homeschool Creations.
I love that they also use letter combinations, not just individual letters. This helps them learn the sounds that letters make when they are together! It includes combinations like ck, or, ai, ie, nk, ng, th, qu, etc…
There is a sound pronunciation guide in the booklet, and also on the DVD, which is helpful!
Your imagination is your only limitation for these blocks!
These blocks are $95 plus tax (shipping is included). They even have grammar cubes available (at the same cost).
I would highly recommend them for the tactile learner in your family!