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Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $24.99

The Hexactly building set includes twenty-four brightly-colored, durable, wooden hexagons in five different configurations: single hexagon, two, three and four hexagons joined linearly, and three-hexagons joined non-linearly. The set includes a full-color, illustrated building guide with twenty suggested designs, but the possibilities are truly endless. Younger children can use the Hexactly pieces to arrange two-dimensional designs, while older ones can build in three-dimensions.

The set teaches early math and geometry skills and terminology as well as shape and color recognition. The visually appealing, easy-to-handle pieces are natural tools for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. One of the most appealing characteristics of the set is its versatility; eight year old testers enjoyed it just as much as four year olds. That alone will make it a keeper for many families.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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