When it comes to Christmas shopping for my kids, I like to find educational toys that make learning fun. Afterall, at this age kids learn the most through play...so why not incorporate it as much as possible?! That's why I love Learning Resources!

Learning Resources is the leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products for classrooms and the home. They have been a trusted source for teachers and parents for more than 25 years and continue to grow and impress with their diverse product line of now over 1300 products!
As I visited their website recently for gift ideas for my kids, as well as nieces and nephews...I was thrilled to see that on the homepage are easy to use categories that make Christmas shopping even easier! There are Holiday Favorites you can click on, or different age ranges as well. I began looking for Kaelyn in the 5-7 age range and instantly was drawn to the Word Whiz Electronic Flash Card. I couldn't have been more happy to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review it!

  • Encourages children to practice word building as they combine beginning letters and blends with word families

  • Challenges children with three skill levels

  • Features handheld size, simple operation, immediate feedback and volume control

  • Measures 5"L x 4"H

  • Requires 3 AA batteries, not included

  • Grades K+
Although this toy is geared toward kindergarten age children, Kaelyn has shown an interest in letter sounds and making words lately, and has even started to spell some simple sight words and write them down on her own. To help challenge and encourage her, I thought the Word Whiz Electronic Flash Card would be perfect for her! I was right!!

When the product arrived, Kaelyn was thrilled when I told her what it was. Out of the package, I put the batteries in (which are not included) and read through the instructions. I was thankful for the user guide, but it is pretty simple to use and could have probably figured it out on my own as well. This is something I appreciate, as I wanted it to be easy and fun to use since Kaelyn is the one using it.

To get started, we pressed the power button to turn it on. We then found the selector switch and selected a skill level. There are three, level 1, 2 and 3. Level one works on beginning letter sound with 2 letter word families. Level 2 works on beginning letter sounds and 3 letter word families. Level 3 works on blends combined with 2 and 3 letter word families.
Once we had it on Level 1 which is right where Kaelyn is right now, we pressed an answer button to start the game. The Word Whiz drill began and Kaelyn had 60 seconds to build as many words as she could. I love how simple it is, yet so educational at the same time. She has a lot of fun trying to fine the correct beginning letter and build a word with it in the center of the screen. She knows when she's gotten it correct because there's a "correct" sound and a "negative" sound.
At the end of 60 seconds the unit will display a score indicating the number of correct words built out of the number of words that appeared. She always gets so excited to show me her number - which is a great way for her to work on number recognition as well!
For those who just want to practice without a timer, there's also an untimed mode too. To disable the timer, the user simply presses and holds an answer button. This gives the child time to practice without being timed.

Overall we've really liked the Word Whiz Electronic Flash Card from Learning Resources. It's a lot of fun, and best of all it's educational, challenges Kaelyn...all while being fun at the same time! I would highly recommend it to parents with children ages 5-7. It's something that can grow with them with the different levels of difficulty and would definitely make a great Christmas gift!

Buy It: You can purchase the Word Whiz Electronic Flash Card from Learning Resources for $16.99.
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This giveaway will end 12/13 and is open to US Only.

**The products for this review/giveaway were provided for free by Learning Resources, however all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

  1. wigget November 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

    i'd love to own the Gears! Gears! Gears!® Dizzy Fun Land™ Motorized Gears Set

  2. Unknown November 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM  

    This would be great for my babies!

  3. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM  

    I know an useful learning resource. It is Superflashcard that includes great database. Besides learning by flashcard, I can relax by some Quiz and Spelling Games. It really brings for me interesting moments.I think this app is suitable for children with many diversify topics. They can study Math through number and formula,etc.

  4. Jen F November 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

    The Buy It Right™ Shopping Game looks like it would be a lot of fun!

    jenblogger7 at gmail.com

  5. debijackson November 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM  

    teaching cash register or jumbo endangered animals debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  6. Wild N Mild $$$ November 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM  

    New Sprouts™ Fix it! My very own tool set

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  7. Lina November 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM  

    I like the Time Tracker® Visual Timer & Clock

  8. Cserafini November 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM  

    I like the buy it right shopping game.

  9. Tanya M November 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM  

    I'd like Penguins on Ice™ Math Activity Set for my daughter.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. frencheire December 1, 2012 at 12:42 AM  

    My youngest would love the teaching cash register!

  11. Jennifer Rogers December 1, 2012 at 3:56 AM  

    We'd Like The Gears,Gears Lights and Action Building Set!

  12. Carrie Phelps December 1, 2012 at 6:13 AM  

    I would love to get the Pretend & Play® Play Food Set for my grandchildren.

  13. Natalie December 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM  

    Love the Design and Drill power tool workshop!

  14. Denise Taylor-Dennis December 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM  

    I like the Hots Dots Jr. learning toy.

  15. Sandra J. Strickler December 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM  


  16. aperry December 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

    New Sprouts™ Cure it! My very own doctor set

  17. lana December 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

    hot dots look awesome

  18. lana December 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

    hot dots look awesome

  19. Ashley turicik December 4, 2012 at 3:04 AM  

    Teaching cash register

  20. Laurel December 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM  

    I really like the Farmer's Market Color Sorting Set!

  21. evilredcaboose December 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM  

    Anything out of the Pretend & Play line. I especially love the options that allow dress-up

  22. Kimberly December 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM  

    I like the Jumbo Endangered Animals

  23. Kerry December 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM  

    My kids would love the Candy Construction set

  24. ReggieMann December 13, 2012 at 7:24 AM  

    I would love to have the Magnetic Apple Fractions for my niece

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