Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alphabet Flash Cards (from Educational Toys Planet)



Disclosure: I received a sample product from Tomoson and Educational Toys Planet to help facilitate this review. No other form of compensation took place. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Educational Toys Planet, founded in 2002, began as a company trying to bridge the gap between what manufacturers were commonly offering to children, and what it was parents were actually looking for, in terms of making learning very real, but also fun. They have an excellent motto of "being glad to be a part of the solution." I love that, and know that those of you who are parents/caregivers, love it too.

They have many items to choose from (I've got my eye on a cool looking world map puzzle I saw while browsing through), and they have a very user-friendly website. Able to search through the site using tools such as 'age,' 'category,' and 'skills,' I found it fun instead of tedious to navigate, when browsing through their large inventory.

Many of you know that I have a 5-yr. old. He's still on summer vacation, and though we have been working with on keeping his skills fresh, and learning new things (and reading...we're always reading!), I wanted to get some flash cards to keep him on his toes with his sounds. He knew all of them like the back of his hand before school let out for the seasonal break, but has started to forget his vowel sounds a little bit, particularly mixing up 'i' and 'e' sounds, and he keeps using the 'y' sound for 'u.'  What's a mom to do? Alphabet flash cards to the rescue!


Alphabet flash cards from Educational Toys are nice because they come with 26 capital letters, and 26 lowercase letters, all with a colorful picture on the back that illustrates the sound (like 'A' for 'alligator).

I like that they are singular and not the traditional kind of flash card where you have a capital letter on one side, and a lowercase on the other. Having just one letter per card makes them better for sorting, creating games, and the like.

They're made of a nice card stock, have a rounded edge for fast sorting, and have colorful characters and pictures on the front that are drawn with major kid-appeal. And of course, they're extremely portable. You can toss these in your purse and take them on the go. We have used them in the car and while waiting for our dinner to be served at a restaurant.

You can find them on the website by searching the age category. These cards are listed as toys for ages 3, 4, and 5.

To learn more about the website, visit them here: http://www.educationaltoysplanet.com
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66 comments:

  1. We love flash cards. They are so portable. : )

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    1. I like that too because there's lots of times when you could utilize them for learning when the kids would otherwise be bored.

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  2. This is great for teaching kids the alphabet.

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    1. Agreed. It's great for reiterating the letters they struggle with a bit too.

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  3. I remember using flash cards with my kids and even WAY back when, when I was in school.

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    1. I remember making some out of posterboard, lol. That was way back when and it took a lot of time to make them pretty. ;)

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  4. This would be perfect for my Grandson!! He is going to be 4 in October and loves for us to quiz him.

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    1. 4 is the perfect age for these, Terry!

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  5. Love Flash Cards.. I had abunch of them when my son was younger.. My 8 year old uses them in school still for math.

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    1. I saw they had these for Math too. I wonder if they have any for Calculus (not that I know an adult who would need that, *cough...my husband...cough*). Thanks for the visit!

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  6. I remember using them too, they worked well

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    1. I used them all the way through undergrad school. :)

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  7. How sweet do those look - I used to love flash cards as a kid :) x

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  8. I have these for my son. He takes off to K next week :-( We have been practicing!

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    1. Then you already know these cards rock. :) Thanks for visiting and good luck to your son next week!

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  9. I used these for my youngest son. They are the best.

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    1. Woot, another positive testimony for the cards. :)

      I saw a lot of great things on the Educational Toys website. I've bookmarked it for Christmas. ;)

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  10. Flash cards are such a great tool for helping the little one's learn! They have become standard on the school supply list for the past few years here.

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    1. What a great idea!! They haven't put them on ours, but I think it would be a great idea if they did.

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  11. I love the flashcards. Wish they were laminated. Serve longer.

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    1. My son's teacher laminated hers, and you're right that makes them last a lot longer.

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  12. Oooh Nice. I love flashcards and so does my son. I think he feels all super important carrying them around like they are a secret password to something. lol.

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    1. Ha! I totally laughed! That is most excellent and that connection to the cards probably makes them even more fun. :)

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  13. I could definitely use these! Little guy is doing preschool at home right now :D

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    1. Yep, they're perfect for reiterating what they're learning in preschool.

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  14. We've been considering flash cards! Your review has been very helpful, thank you!

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  15. we love flashcards too.
    i have a review of a different kind coming soon :)

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    1. Looking forward to reading it, Noelle!

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  16. I love using flash cards, and good flash cards are a must! I love that they are singular! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I like that too... for us it's better because my son processes the info. better right now when it's not complicated.

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  17. flash cards are great tools for kids to learn their alphabets and numbers :) my daughter has this too.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I'm on my way over to your place.

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  18. Flash cards are great because they can be taken anywhere to use with children to practice academic strategies. Practicing letters and numbers helps them to excel in school.

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    1. It does help make the letters and sounds second nature, I agree.

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  19. I have always liked flashcards when my kids were younger. They are really helpful. My little grandson just started school and I was thinking about getting him some to practice with. I will have to find them the next time I am at the store.

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    1. He'll like that one-on-one time too, I'm sure. :)

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  20. These sound like great cards. Glad they are keeping your little guy on the ball for the start of school. Smart idea keeping them in your bag while waiting for dinner at a restaurant!

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    1. That down time can be very lengthy if there's not something constructive to do ;)

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  21. Wow, that web store seems gret. Now I wish I still were a kid learning with these alphabet flashcards, although I had great tools myself. My mothe rused to make my first books herself because I needed very large print.

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    1. That website is chock FULL of great things, isn't it!! Thanks for visiting. :)

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  22. I'm always on the lookout for educational toys so these are great! :)

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  23. We are flash card fanatics. For some reason, all of my kids like learning things this way (sight words, addition, multiplication, etc). Even my teenagers make their own flash cards to study new vocabulary or facts for history. For toddlers through grade school though, skill set flash cards were used so frequently, it is nice to have a sturdy flash card like these. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for being a fellow(ette) flash card fanatic. :)

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  24. I love flash cards for teaching. I like high quality flash cards that last through lots of children. These sound great. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Colette mentioned laminating them above and I think that's a great idea! Thanks for the visit.

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  25. I love flash cards! They are such a great educational tool.

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  26. My daughter is at the perfect age for this. Will check it out.

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  27. We love to have flash cards in the car and make games with them - so fun!

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  28. I homeschooled my daughter and I love flash cards! M baby created flash cards through college.

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    1. I used them when I was grown and in school too. :)

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  29. this is perfect product for my preschooler

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  30. We had a large assortment of different flash cards when the kids were little, they are such a fun tool to help them learn!

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    1. I think they're fun too, and you can put aside the ones they have difficulty with and focus on those more. :)

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  31. They look well made and designed to appeal to kids, simple and bright colored.

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    1. I like the colorful pictures on these too.

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  32. I did get this! My son loves flash cards and loves just naming things out. These are really helpful!

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  33. This is great because I am the auntie of 4 and they are all young, so this is perfect for me....Thank you for sharing!

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