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Alphabet Matcher

Twisterz Toys

221 King Street #343
San Francisco, CA 94107

Alphabet Matcher ($19.99), by Twisterz Toys, is a non-electric, no batteries required, fun and educational toy for children ages 3 and up. It includes a cylinder that holds one letter ring and five picture rings at a time. There are four different sets of letter and picture rings, covering 24 letters (not including q and x). One end of the cylinder screws off so the rings can be easily switched out as needed. The idea is simple: line up the letter ring with the arrow on the cylinder, and then line up each of the picture rings with the picture that matches that letter. For example, for the Violet Set, the letter "k" matches the pictures for kiwi, kangaroo, key, kettle, and kite. The included instruction sheet has some additional great ideas, such as mixing up the sets and making groups of animals, food, shapes, etc., or making up a story from the pictures.

I can see why Alphabet Matcher by Twisterz Toys was selected as one of the 100 Best Children's Products for 2010 by Dr. Toy! The concept is very simple but easy for children to use immediately and successfully. My kids enjoyed matching the pictures with the letters, although there were a few pictures that they couldn't figure out, such as the vase (they thought it was flowers), and the vulture (they thought it represented the word "bird"). We used a large zip lock bag to hold the letter and picture rings that we weren't currently using, as it would be easy to lose some along the way. It's nice that the product can be used at home or on the go, and can be used in several different ways with a little creativity. If your kids are learning their letters or phonics, I recommend Alphabet Matcher as a great learning tool!

Product review by Dr. Anne Margaret Wright, Senior Product Reviewer, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, June 2011

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