Word Builder Twisterz is a colorful education toy used to combine
play and early learning skills to help young children learn to
build simple words. This toy also builds hand-eye coordination
and small motor skills. This product is made of solid plastic and
comes with a cylindrical tube featuring six removable rings printed
with various letters of the alphabet. It is intended for use as
a supplemental activity to your current language arts curriculum.
Word Builder Twisterz is for children ages 3-9 and is great for
the kinesthetic and/or visual learner. To use this product, the
parent or an older child removes the end cap from the cylindrical
tube and places 2-6 rings onto the tube in any combination he chooses.
Each ring contains both consonants and vowels. The child then twists
the rings around the tube, arranging the letters in such a way
as to create words.
While the toy itself and the premise of use are simple, I did
not find this product as easy to use as I expected. It took quite
a bit of time for me to arrange the rings in such a way that my
child could create words that were familiar to her before trying
to create new words, as the letters on the rings are not in any
particular order. In addition, it is possible to put the rings
on backwards, which makes some of the letters appear upside down
and makes creating any word impossible.
What I did enjoy about this toy was that it does not require the
use of batteries or other source of electricity. It is great to
take along in the car to keep hands busy, and my daughter did enjoy
playing around with it. We were able to get the rings on correctly
through trial and error, and then she was able to use this toy
to create words she had already been learning, as well as to build
some new words.
At $12.99, this product is a decent value for what you get, and
it seems to be a very durable product. Once we made it through
the learning curve of figuring it all out, we found it to be practical,
educational, and fun! I would recommend this product if you are
looking a word-building tool that is easily mobile and self-contained,
does not require any electricity, and will keep your child entertained