What It Is
Learning Resources' Smart Snacks line combines pretend food play with educational content. One of the new activity sets in the line is Count 'Em Up Popcorn, which is designed to introduce preschoolers to counting, number identification, and number sets. Count 'Em Up Popcorn comes with 15 jumbo-sized popcorn pieces to count into five different-sized bowls. Each bowl has a number on it, 1–5. Place one popcorn piece in the bowl that says "1" on it. Place five popcorn pieces in the bowl that says "5" on it. Or place the bowls in sequence from largest to smallest. The large popcorn pieces are easy for small hands to grasp, which helps children develop fine motor skills, especially as they pick up the popcorn pieces and place them in the bowls. The bowls nest for easy storage.
Why It’s Fun
This is a simple and fun way to engage kids in imaginative play while also introducing them to basic math concepts. There are no rules or instructions so we recommend that parents or caregivers play Count 'Em Up Popcorn with their kids at least the first time to expose children to the learning opportunities with the set. From there, kids can play with this set however they want, be it counting and sorting or just open-ended pretend food play.
Who It’s For
Smart Snacks Count 'Em Up Popcorn is for ages 2 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Wash the pieces in this set thoroughly before you use them the first time. Do not submerge them in water.