A friend of mine was telling me about an educational game called Mini Arco. It has two parts:
1. The case with the numbers and the code on the back that allows you to check your answers. 2. The books with the problems to solve.
It's very versatile: there are books that work on problem solving, logic, maths, reading, time and dates...
Today, after work, I'm heading to a store where they're sold to check them out and get the case plus a few books. The only downside (for me) is that they're in Spanish (our ML), but this would be an upside for those of you with Spanish as your ml.
There are 2 other versions for younger (Bambino Arco: 2-6yo) and older children (Arco: 6-13yo). Mini Arco is aimed at children aged 4-10.
My daughter's teacher said they would be using the Mini one in class, so I think she'll enjoy having it at home too. Personally, I consider my son (2.5) to be too small for this, which is why I won't be getting the Bambino version.
Edited to add: I just found THIS webpage, in Spanish, where they explain how it works.
They exist in German too, my daughter has a set and a few books which she takes out every once in a while, and I think her ml teacher used them in class at some point. The German name is mini LÜK. Maybe they exist in other languages too but with different names?
Posts: 56 Country (residing now): US Country (originally from): Spain Children, Ages: Girl, born in March 2016 Majority Language: English Minority Language(s): Spanish, German, and hopefully French some day!
Raquel, I just looked this up, and at least in the US, it's called "miniLUK" (I looked for the ones that might be useful for my daughter's age). Like Mayken pointed out, it's a matter of changing the name, depending on the country. I typed "miniLUK" on amazon.es, and I mainly got the German version of it. When I tried the same name on Amazon UK, I got most of the titles in English.
Thanks for that, Mayken and Marisa !! I couldn't find it in English!! After Mayken's post, I could only find one in English that was only sold in Australia (Nellie , *wink, wink*), but shipping was much more expensive than the books themselves. I'll look on Amazon UK, Marisa; thank you!!
Edited to add: I've been looking into it. The books in English hardly have any text, and they're sold as a pack, not individually. They also have fewer books. Amazon US doesn't ship these books to Spain. Amazon Spain has some, but they're over 100€ for a 6-book pack (each book in Spanish is 3-5€). Amazon UK is even more expensive. I guess we're stuck with the ones in Spanish, which I'm okay with.
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