We are now into the long 6-weeks summer holidays, kids off school and having to find things for them to do and keep them entertained. While it is a school holiday I still want the boys (5-year-old twins) to be learning things, but in a way that is fun, entertaining and most of all educational!
As they are slightly behind the older children in their class we have been trying lots of different ways to help with reading, phonics, speech & language etc. and have a number of fun games ad books to help. When I was asked to review the Lights and Sounds Buzzers from Learning Resources I couldn’t see what benefit they would be to their education, but sounded like fun.
There are four buzzers supplied in the box. Each buzzer measures approximately 9cm (3.5”) in diameter and each is a different colour; blue, green, red and yellow. Each buzzer requires 2xAAA batteries to work (not supplied). Each buzzer has 4 non-slip feet so they stay firmly on the table (especially when little heavy hands are involved). When pressed each buzzer lights up in its own colour and each has its very own unique sound; buzzer, charge, laser and siren.
I said earlier that I couldn’t see the educational value of a buzzer, but it didn’t take learn to find out how, in conjunction with their learning toys and games, these buzzers couldn’t be used as a fun educational aid. As part of the boys’ speech and language therapy part of it is to listen, focus and learn to take turns while playing. These buzzers are perfect for that.
One of the games we have used the buzzers most with is Orchard Toys Shopping List, this is a game that was recommended by SALT to encourage vocabulary and turn taking. The buzzers have been great in enabling both boys to concentrate on the game (a memory game where the winner is the first to fill their shopping trolley) by pressing the buzzer when it is their turn. They love the fact the buzzer lights up and makes a loud sound so they know whose turn it is.
I have also used it with their phonics books and flashcards, they each have a buzzer and when asked a question about a sound or word from the book the first to press gets to answer, this engages them more than just asking a question.
We have been using the buzzers and home for a couple of weeks and they are fantastic. I can also see how they could be put to use in the classroom at school, they would be invaluable for tests and quizzes.
We love these buzzers. Easy to press, have their own colour and sound and can have so many uses. They do require 8xAAA batteries, which could start keeping expensive if used a lot so I would recommend investing in some rechargeable batteries and a battery charger.
The Learning Resources Lights and Sounds Buzzers are a fantastic, yet simple idea that can help liven up education, games and any other activity you can think of where to put them to use.
Recommended for ages 4-8 years, but I think they are are far longer reach than this and older children, teens and adults can find plenty of uses for them.
Available to buy from www.learningresources.co.uk.