No, this is not a song you remember from your dance band days. This a new remarkable teaching tool and toy that has kept my 7 year old entertained for months now. I first heard of Twist & Shout at an education convention. When my son was stumbling over some of his math addition facts I thought this might help him with memorizing them.
Recommend this product?
Twist and Shout addition is available at most discount stores and Toys R Us. The price is around 20.00 though I have seen it in catalogues for more. It is manufactured by LeapFrog who also makes other fabulous educational games and toys. It is recommended for children ages 4-9. I personally feel a 4 year old will enjoy the manipulating of the dials and may benefit from hearing the facts repeated, but will be frustrated by the quiz function. I have a 4 year old who will fiddle with it on a limited basis but will not engage for a long time with this toy. My 7 year old however will play with it for extended periods of time.
What it is:
It is a plastic rod shaped electronic toy. The middle section contains colored dials with raised numbers which you can move to make different equations. You simply twist them into place. A digital read out will give you the sum of the equation. An electronic voice raps to a beat. It sings you possible number fact sentences and it is up to you to twist
the correct numbers into place.
There are three different ways to play.
If you set the game onto the lightening setting you can even work subtraction facts. What number plus 7 gives you 10? You then must come up with the correct addend which helps you practice your subtraction facts. I found this setting to be a remarkable tool for introducing the concept of subtraction.
Another setting will give you the two addends and then you must choose the appropriate sum by hitting the end of the rod when you hear the correct number. If you do not answer the questions correctly it will buzz and give you the correct answers. If you answer the equations correctly the voice will congratulate you and encourage you on the
more practice. There are two skill levels to choose from and it will even keep score.
It also has a “teaching” feature which simply raps you equations. It will run through the addition tables in order from 0 - 12: for example 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 1+3=4, and so on. It is an excellent memory feature.
The rod has a loop handle so it is easy to take along almost anywhere. We mostly will keep ours in the car and the children cannot resist picking it up to play. If you have played the electronic game BOP IT this will remind you somewhat of that game. It has the same rythmic beat and if the sound of that game annoys you, this one may also. I am not bothered by it and the benefit of what my child learns far outweighs the repetitive sounds. There is no volume control so beware. It has an automatic shut off button to help you conserve the life of the 3AA batteries that it requires.
What is there not to love about this toy? I highly recommend it for all children who are currently learning and memorizing their addition facts. Once they have learned these facts they are ready to move on to TWIST AND SHOUT MULTIPLICATION...but that is a whole other review...coming soon!!!
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