Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up

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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up - Venture over the crocodile shortcut and through the swamp to the finish by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice. Includes 17" x 12" game board, four swamp creature game pieces, two number dice and an operation die. For 2 to 4 players.

  • Reinforces addition and subtraction skills.
  • For 2 to 4 players.
  • Fun game play.
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Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up
 
4.3

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (4)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (22)
  • Educational (14)
  • Entertaining (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Interactive (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family (10)
  • Children (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (10), Educator (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Building Set that Kids will Love!

My four year old daughter loves to build with anything and everything she can get her hands on. You can bet when I presented her with this set, that she was extremely overjoyed and...Read complete review

My four year old daughter loves to build with anything and everything she can get her hands on. You can bet when I presented her with this set, that she was extremely overjoyed and bubbling with happiness.

This Candy Set is ideal for building all sorts of candy structures that develop skills in your child such as challenging them to to follow instruction. I like that there are full color illustrated instructions in the included manual that demonstrate what pieces they'll need from the set to make things like a car, swing, and a house to name a few. But this set isn't limited to just those things, children can then be encouraged to think up and create their own personal masterpieces!

Ninety-two pieces of various candy are included in this set. There's plenty to go around and would be fun for more than one child to share and use at the same time. I found the pieces to be quiet durable and are sized perfectly with their chunky weight and colorfully sweet shades of red, green, orange, yellow, purple, and chocolate!

My daughter could easily put pieces together and take them apart with no trouble. The set is really durable and that something I appreciate in any sort of product made for children to play with. She loves playing with this set and discovering what interesting new things she can make up to show everyone! I asked her thoughts and she said it was really fun to play with and that she loves having something other than just blocks to use to build things.

Overall, we all really adore the Candy Building set. It's great for developing fine motor skills as well as thinking up new things in a fun exploratory way! If you have a child that loves to build as much as mine, you'll most definitely want to think about purchasing this really neat set for them too!

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Won't stay together. Waste of money

Would never recommend this product. Maybe kids may have enjoyed it at age 2-3 for the colour but if you think your kids could actually build anything forget it. The pieces don't stick...Read complete review

Would never recommend this product. Maybe kids may have enjoyed it at age 2-3 for the colour but if you think your kids could actually build anything forget it. The pieces don't stick together at all. Unless you use glue all you have is a big box of colourful plastic and disappointed kids.

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1.0

Disappointing, frustrating toy for all!!

By 

from Hartland, NB

About Me Child Care Provider, Educator

Pros

    Cons

    • Pieces do NOT stay together
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

      The children were excited to see the bright colours of this building set but that is where the excitement ended. The pieces do not stay together when attempting to construct the toys in the booklet. The green and blue connectors, the chocolate panels and the bendy twists do not snap/hold together which makes building frustrating and a HUGE disappointment.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      My son loves it!

      By 

      from St. Augustine, Florida

      About Me Education Oriented, Stay At Home Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Entertaining
      • Fun
      • Interactive
      • Realistic

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Time

        Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

        My almost 5 year old plays this game at least 3-5 times a day. He plays with myself, my husband, and even will play by himself. When we first got the game, we used his fingers, and our fingers to show him how to add and subtract, but didn't talk at all about the evens and odds stones.

        Now that he's comfortable with the addition and subtraction, and is starting to know some of the answers without having to count, we've introduced evens and odds to him. He doesn't even know he's learning!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Won't stay together. Waste of money

        By 

        from Calgary

        About Me Parent

        Pros

          Cons

          • Won't stay together

          Best Uses

          • Children

          Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

          Would never recommend this product. Maybe kids may have enjoyed it at age 2-3 for the colour but if you think your kids could actually build anything forget it. The pieces don't stick together at all. Unless you use glue all you have is a big box of colourful plastic and disappointed kids.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          I will be buying another one this year!

          By 

          from New Haven, CT

          About Me Educator

          Pros

          • Educational
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Interactive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

              My Special Education 7th & 8th graders love it! We added some of our own rules, they loved doing this. For example: when you land on a number, you roll only one dice & multiply the number you landed on by the number you rolled. We also keep track of how many times each one wins, comes in second & rolls zero. When you roll zero you have to go back to start.
              Excellent way for my students to learn their facts while having fun.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great way to teach and reinforce addition and subtraction!

              By 

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Educational
              • Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Children
                • Family

                Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                This game was gifted to my 5 year old. He loves games, and this was no exception! He took to the bright colors and the fun animals pieces. The game is easy to play and the math concepts he is practicing is embedded into the game play. He doesn't even realize he is "learning" while he is playing. A great game for any child ready to take on some addition and subtraction skills!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Pieces keep falling apart. Very frustrating

                By 

                from Bothell, WA

                Pros

                • Visually attractive

                Cons

                • Difficult to use
                • Fall Apart All The Time

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                  I usually am a big fan of Learning Resources, but not this time. It is very appealing visually but that stops there. All the pieces keep falling apart and it is very very frustrating, even for me. I do not recommend at all this set. It is kind of useless as you cannot build what you want because it comes undone every time you add a piece.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  frustrating toy

                  By 

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  Pros

                  • Cute And Creative

                  Cons

                  • Falls apart

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                    My 5 yr old was excited to use this toy, and built some wonderful things. He became extremely frustrated as the pieces kept falling apart. Nothing held together tightly so his amazing creations kept getting spoiled. I will not use this toy with my kindergarten class, and am returning it to the store.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By 

                    from Manchester

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Play
                    • Educational
                    • Entertaining
                    • Fun
                    • Interactive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Children
                      • Family

                      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                      My little boy loves playing this game. He is 4yrs old. We play this nearly everyday after school. It is wonderful for improving his understanding of addition and subtraction, plus understanding odd and even numbers. It is also aiding him from jumping from using his fingers to count on to mental arithmetic.
                      It's fun too! He doesn't realise he is learning as he plays the game as its lots of fun. Have recommended it to lots of friends.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Candy Construction considered a favorite

                      By 

                      from Summit, NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • A Hit With Preschoolers

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Collaborative Play
                        • Following A Visual Model

                        Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                        I use this product in my Inclusion Preschool Classroom. Children may select it independently during Free Choice time (which they do almost daily), or I will use it to work on specific targeted objectives during Learning Centers, such as sorting, counting, adding groups, etc. The fine motor components and embedded math/problem solving opportunities make this a great classroom choice.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Constructing Word Fun!

                        By 

                        from Oregon City, OR

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy Assembly
                        • Fun
                        • Great Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                            Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It's definitely a unique and different option than what I've seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it's appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he's been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we've been practicing this school year.

                            This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren't too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.

                            The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It's not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I've used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They've also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!

                            After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I've come to the conclusion that it's totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it's a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!

                             
                            5.0

                            Super Frugal Stephanie Approved!

                            By 

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy Assembly
                            • Entertaining
                            • Fun
                            • Great Value
                            • Interactive

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Creative Development
                              • Family Time
                              • Group Activity
                              • Imaginative Play
                              • Indoor

                              Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                              Learning Resources has become a big part of our home this year with our daughter starting preschool, learning word recognition, and so much more. Learning Resources allows us to keep the fun and learning going at home not just at school. Our 4 year old is full of energy and motivation to learn new things and get down to business when she receives a new Learning Resources toy. What i love most about Learning Resources is they have allowed children to continue to enjoy themselves while learning. She never gets bored and thoroughly enjoys sitting and trying out these new tasks. Learning Resources sent us their new Word Constructionnofollow set. It involved putting together words in a creative "construction" themed way. She learned quite a few new words and had many questions and kept her mind going figuring out new words to create. This is definitely a new favorite to add to our list.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Word Construction Set is so fun!

                              By 

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                              The Word Construction set from Learning Resources is geared for kids ages 5+ but my littler kids loved playing with these as well.

                              Here's what we liked about this Word Construction set...

                              The colors are vibrant and we liked how the vowels were all green
                              The nuts & bolts design really was intriguing to my kids
                              The storage tub was large and could fit all of the materials easily so the kids could clean up quickly!
                              Once the nuts were on the bolts they were easy to turn so that kids could read several different words
                              The materials were really durable and my 18 month old dumped them out again and again and everything stayed intact!
                              The nuts and bolts were large, perfect for little hands to manipulate!

                              Here's what we'd change about this set...

                              We'd love all alphabet letters to be included. There were a few missing when we tried to spell some of our favorite words.
                              We'd love the nuts & bolts pieces to be a little bit easier to manipulate. Even I had a hard time getting the pieces onto the bolts the first few times until I discovered the little grooves and taught the kids how they worked.

                              Disclosure: I was given a free set from Learning Resources in exchange for an honest review.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great for my Kindergarten Students!

                              By 

                              from Salt Lake City, UT

                              Pros

                              • Educational
                              • fun

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                  My students love the time of the school day that we do small group centers. I am always on the look out for fun activities that my students can do during this time to practice important literacy and reading skills.

                                  My students loved the Learning Resources Word Construction set, especially the boys. They were excited to be using tools to build different words. My students have really taken off now with their letter recognition and sound knowledge. They loved that with this activity that they could make and read words by themselves. They did not need help.

                                  In my class, I put picture cards into the activity so they could sound out and make the different words with the nuts. After, they sounded out the word, I had them spin and turn the nuts on the bolts to read the different real and nonsense words that the letters made. Children need to be able to read and blend simple words regardless if they are a real word or not. This activity really help them with both of these skills.

                                  I liked how big the nuts and bolts are in this set. They are easy for my students to manipulate. I also really like the font they used for the letters. Some other activities use fonts that my students are not familiar with, but this one was easy for them to recognize the letters. I liked how colorful the different pieces are as well. My only complaint is the students sometimes struggled with getting the nuts off of the bolts. You have to twist and pull the nuts to get them off the bolt. Sometimes they could get stuck and it was even hard for me.

                                  My students are always asking for the Learning Resources Word Construction to use in centers. My students and I both love it! It would be great to have for children to practice important literacy skills.

                                  I received this from Learning Resources for my review.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Fun for Spelling practice

                                  By 

                                  from Glendale, AZ

                                  Pros

                                  • Chunky
                                  • Colorful Color Coded
                                  • Durable
                                  • Educational
                                  • fun
                                  • Hands On

                                  Cons

                                  • Missing letters
                                  • Takes practice to use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Reading practice
                                  • Spelling Practice

                                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                  The Word Construction is made up of large plastic nuts and bolts. The nuts have different letters on them and screw onto the bolts. You can start with the first letter and add up to 4 letters to make words. The nuts are colorful making it fun to make patters, same colors, or different. There are 6 bolts and 30 nuts. Each nut has 6 letters on them. Each bolt has either consonants or vowels. The vowels are all on green and the consonants are either purple, blue, or orange.

                                  I really like that there are multiple ways to make words. At first the nuts were hard to get on, but then I realized there is a little notch that needs to be in the right spot. Then once the nut is on the bolt you can twist it around to line up the letters the way you want. The little notch makes it so the nut does not just fall off. This took some practice for my son, but he got it. The pieces are chunky and perfect for little hands. The pieces are well made and look like they will last a while. As we worked on some of my son's spelling words we noticed that some letters are missing. I was disappointed that there are some letters over and over like s and we could not find the letter j, v, w, x, or z. This made it hard when he had the words jump and zoo as spelling words. I'm not sure why they would leave out these letters. I know that the ones I see on the different colored nuts more then once are very common letters, but the other letters are needed too. I'd love to see them add some bolts with the other letters. Overall we really like word construction and will continue to use it for spelling practice as we can.

                                  I received these in order to provide an honest review on my blog. You can read more here: http://www.arizonamamablog.com/2014/03/learning-resources-word-construction.html#hjZM4ukZDPxzYJ2Y.99 All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  word construction

                                  By 

                                  from South Weymouth

                                  Pros

                                  • Colorful and fun
                                  • Engaging
                                  • Great Hands On Activity

                                  Cons

                                  • Confusing to use
                                  • Needs directions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Literacy center

                                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                  A great hands on activity for kindergarteners. Great tool to reinforce cvc words. However; it needs a little directions on how to slide the nuts onto the bolt. You need to line up the grooves for it to go onto the bolt easily. It took time to figure out how to use it. Now it is an amazing hands on activity. I love it and so do my kids!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Word Construction

                                  By 

                                  from Boston, Massachusetts

                                  Pros

                                  • Cute Game
                                  • Exciting
                                  • fun

                                  Cons

                                  • Bolts Don't Slide On
                                  • Difficult to use
                                  • Hard For Five Year Olds
                                  • Hard To Put The Nuts

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Classroom Centers
                                  • Great Manipulative

                                  Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                  Comments listed above.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Fun way to practice addition/subtraction

                                  By 

                                  from Stockport

                                  About Me Parent

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Can Withstand Use
                                  • Easy To Play
                                  • Educational
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Fun
                                  • Interactive

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Children
                                    • Family

                                    Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                    Great way of practising basic maths skills without them noticing!

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great for teaching to spell!

                                    By 

                                    from Olive Branch, MS

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy for little hands
                                    • Educational
                                    • fun

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Educational play
                                      • Teaching To Spell

                                      Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                      Thank you Learning Resources for providing me with Word Construction, free of charge, for review on my blog Ahh~Mazing Reviews. These are my own honest opinions.

                                      I'm always looking for fun, educational toys for my son, and Learning Resources is my favorite place to find them! They have such a wide variety of educational toys for all ages. They recently sent us their Word Construction toy for review, and this is by far one of the best toys we have gotten from them!

                                      Word Construction is a set of plastic nuts and bolts. The nuts have letters all the way around them and you can put them on the bolts to make all kinds of combinations of words! My son is learning to read, so this is a great toy for him right now. Together we made up so many words! You can set up one word on a bolt, and then turn the nuts to make other words.

                                      My son has so much fun coming up with words for me to help him spell. He can even spell some of them on his own! The Word Construction nuts and bolts are a good size for little hands, and pretty easy for little kids to put together. It did take my son a little while to get the hang of having to put the nut on the bolt in one certain way to slide it on, and then turn it to make the word. They are designed so they don't fall off, so they have to be put on in just the right way. However, after I helped him with it a few times he got the hang of it!

                                      This toy is very well made and durable, which is perfect for my wild, destructive child. That is one thing I love about Learning Resources toys — I don't have to worry about my son breaking them. All our Learning Resources toys have held up really well!

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Wonderful toy of high quality

                                      By 

                                      from Charlotte, TN

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Colorful
                                      • Quality toy
                                      • Unique
                                      • Well Designed

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Creative playtime
                                        • Thought provoking

                                        Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                        As it is a gift to our young grandson, the colors,texture and "feel" of the set provides endless possibilities for him to design. The flexible "twizzler-like" rod allows for movement and tactile differences that are not found in other building or creative sets. The colors and candy design draw him to the set, giving him another perspective of shapes and movement he can incorporate into whatever he decides to make. I would highly recommend this set to anyone who wants to engage their child/grandchild in something other than watching television or playing video games. The set allows children to use their imagination and promotes their small motor skills.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • Yes
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great game… Even for Pre-School Age!

                                        By 

                                        from West Melbourne, FL

                                        About Me Parent

                                        Pros

                                        • Educational
                                        • Entertaining
                                        • Fun
                                        • Interactive

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Children
                                          • Family

                                          Comments about Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction Game, Ages 4and Up:

                                          We started playing this game when my oldest were 3 and 5 years old. The 3 year old really loved learning to add and subtract, and my 5 year old got a lot out of the "even" and "odd". They both really liked the game, and played it both with and without adults (once they got the hang of it). Highly recommend!

                                          Once my sister-in-law saw the kids playing this game, she decided to buy this for her 1st grade class to play during their free time too!

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                                          • Yes

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