Every afternoon, when the kids and I snuggle in for a good Read Aloud together, I allow them to choose a handcraft to work on...there are MANY benefits to handcrafts during reading time, but that is for another post. Last summer at his 6th birthday party, Super Boy was given the Orb Factory Pirate Sticky Mosaic kit. I was thrilled because I had been meaning to buy one of the Sticky Mosaic Kits for quite some time, but just never got around to it.
Well, long story short...he LOVED it! Everyday, he anxiously awaited our read aloud time. I'd like to say it was because of my wonderful narration, but alas...it was the Pirate kit!
In fact, it was such a huge hit with all the Littles that The Unlikely Nana and Papa picked up My First Picture Maker Magnetic Mosaic, a more preschool-friendly version, for Blonde Warrior's birthday a few months later.
You can imagine how excited I was when the fine folks of the Orb Factory sent one of their newest editions, VeggieTales™ My First Sticky Mosaics Fun Friends to our doorstep!
Not only are these mosaic kits great for color and shape review, they also provide ample small-motor and dexterity practice necessary to promote good handwriting skills.
This latest kit was just one of four in a line of Orb Factory VeggieTales™ products and came with the following items:
• 6 well-known VeggieTales™ character cards including Larry Boy and Bob the Tomato
• 6 self-adhesive cardboard stands
• 400+ sticky foam and jeweled pieces
• a corresponding key card that indicates the color and shape of the foam pieces
What we liked:
If getting to create replicas of the characters they love was NOT enough, the Littles also enjoyed the addition of jeweled stickers that added sparkle to their creations.
Since the VeggieTales™ My First Sticky Mosaics Fun Friends is in the preschool (3+) line of Orb Factory products, the simple color/shape matching process was just perfect for Greased Lightening and Blonde Warrior. Although Greased Lightening, not quite 3, needed a little help removing the foam stickers from the sticker packs, he did an excellent job matching up the shape/color and placing the sticker in the correct spot. He's always been my "fine motor" boy and was insistent upon getting each triangle edge to line up with its corresponding location.
I might mention that the Original Sticky Mosaic Line for kids 5+, is a bit more challenging. The shape/color cues are replaced with simple squares with numbers on them. A child has to look at a key card and match the number with the corresponding colored foam sticker. (Sort of like the old Paint by Number kits of yesteryear.)
I save our Orb Factory kits for read aloud time, but they would also be perfect for visits to grandmas house, long car rides, doctor's office waiting rooms...any where that you need to whip out a fun activity to keep little hands busy for an extended period of time.
The Nitty Gritty:
The VeggieTales™ My First Sticky Mosaics Fun Friends costs $9.99, but Orb Factory has a full line of products ranging in price from $4.99 to $19.99.
To learn more about Orb Factory, be sure to visit them at:
Want to try it out for yourself?
Orb Factory is giving away one FREE VeggieTales™ kit of your choosing to one of the fine readers of The Unlikely Homeschool.
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