Recently I have found myself navigating my days like a nonstop spelling bee. Ever since watching the PBS Kids show Word World and becoming entirely addicted to it, my 3-year-old son has a voracious appetite for words. He wants to know how to spell just about everything that crosses our path, or that pops into his imagination, including "rhinoceros eating a peanut butter sandwich".
He keeps me on my toes which is why I was so thrilled to find out about the line of Word World toys that are now available at Target stores. These toys keep the learning going long after the television is turned off, and turn your world into Word World. My favorite items are the megablocks kits (see photo below-right) that have characters whose bodies are molded from their letters (much like the characters on the show). Bear has pieces that spell ‘bear,’ Dog spells ‘dog,’ etc. These are all words that my son is now easily recognizing and spelling on his own, which we are both very proud of.
I’ve never been a parent to push the flashcards. I believe learning should be fun and kids start to read (and spell) when they are ready. But I am amazed at how very much my son has learned, with no real pushing on my part. The way that letters and words are presented on the show and in the toys just feels natural to my son, and so he learns — effortlessly it seems. My 7-year-old enjoys watching the show with him and playing with the toys as well. It tests and reinforces her skills as an emerging reader and speller. It is truly a delight to watch them interact with these toys!
Purchase Word World toys in-person at your local Target store, or online.