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Until the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® was adopted by the New York School District we hadn’t often been asked for recommendations for children as young as three.  If you are in New York with a child with a 2005 birthday being tested for kindergarten placement (assuming that New York follows the same procedure that they did in 2008) they will be taking the OLSAT® Level A individually with a proctor.  They will only be given the first 40 questions (the full test has 60 questions).  It is a multiple-choice test.  The children indicate their answers by shading a bubble underneath the picture they choose on the question paper (they don't fill in a scantron form).  The test proctor reads the instructions, questions and answers once only.  Listening is very important.

While your child will take the same test as all the other children born in 2005 their performance will be compared with that of children in a three month band.  A child born in December 2005 will have the opportunity to answer questions of the same difficulty as those presented to a child born in January 2005 but won't need to get as many right to get the percentile ranking required to be identified as gifted.  
 
A difficulty we have in making recommendations is that we don't know at which point in the year you're reading this.  The recommendations on this page are intended for parents of three year old children looking ahead to OLSAT® testing this year.  If you're starting early in the year your child will probably be ready to move on to our higher level recommendations prior to testing but the suggestions here are a good place to start. 
 
You know your own child best.  If anything looks too easy (or too difficult) browse other titles in the same series at higher (or lower) levels.  Click on "more info" at the end of each brief product description and view the sample activities.  If they look really easy you may prefer to browse our OLSAT® Pre K recommendations.   Start at your child's level and don't push them past the point where it's fun and they're learning.
 
For the OLSAT® you want to expose your children to verbal, aural, arithmetic, pictorial and figural reasoning activities.  The Building Thinking Skills series is a great place to start for verbal and figural reasoning.  Add to that Can You Find Me? for pictorial and aural reasoning and Mathematical Reasoning for arithmetic reasoning and you're well placed.  The LUK Learning System adds another dimension introducing independent learning and concentration building activities.
 
First Step to Building Thinking Skills is a kit containing manipulatives and a book of spatial analysis and phonemic awareness activiites at a level suitable for the typical 3-4 year old.  The variety of hands on learning opportunities provided by the kit make it a good choice for a young child.
 
Building Thinking Skills Beginning is at a similar level with a different focus.  It teaches figural and verbal analysis.  Manipulative blocks are not required for Building Thinking Skills Beginning but are a recommended extra.  Young children learn through play and the manipulative blocks provide tools or learning about shape, size, color, thickness, orientation, sequencing, pattern completion and much more.
 
You don't need both First Step to Building Thinking Skills and Building Thinking Skills Beginning.  It depends on your child.  Are they ready to sit with a book or would they learn more effectively with a variety of activities using cards and shapes and a geoboard?
 
Can You Find Me? Pre K is a great choice to use for listening and reasoning.  For testing it will be important that your child stays focused and listens to the instructions, questions and answer options.  
 
While there is no math per se in the OLSAT® questions on arithmetic reasoning are included at this level.  As an illustration a question might ask the child to identify the picture of flower with two more flowers than the first picture.  The Mathematical Reasoning series has more math that you'll need but it develops this type of reasoning skill.  Your child may need to start with Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1  (numbers up to 5)or may be ready for Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2.  Again we recommend looking at the sample pages and trying the activites with your child to help you make a decision as to level.
 
The LUK Learning System is a recent addition to our product line.  Developed in Germany the LUK system systematically teaches children core thinking skills like visual discrimination,  memory training, concentration,  association, vocabulary, visual-spatial awareness, differentiation, logical thinking, comparison, correlation and so much more.  The Bambino level would be the place to start.
 
If you have some time we offer book bundles containing the titles recommended and others utilizing the skills in different contexts.  The Pre K Book Bundle and Manipulative Block Set are good choices for a three year old.
 
If you are in New York your child will be taking the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA) in addition to the OLSAT®.  Mathematical Reasoning Beginning  and Can You Find Me? Pre K are great choices for this.  If you read more about the BSRA you'll see that our recommendations there are very similar to those for the OLSAT®.  The range of products sold here was chosen because of their ability to build thinking skills.  The fundamental concepts that the BSRA tests for are integrated into the thinking skills activities included in the various products. 
 
OLSAT® and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® are registered trademarks of NCS Pearson (previously Harcourt Assessment Services).  The recommendations made here are those of Think Tonight and are not endorsed by NCS Pearson.
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Baby's Very First Playbook Farm Words Baby's Very First Playbook Farm Words

Age: infant and up
Pages: 10

Babies and toddlers will love looking at the bright pictures and running their fingers over the touchy-feely patches in this delightful book. Sit your baby on your lap and guide their hands over the different shapes and textures. Helps very young children develop language and sensory skills.

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Baby's Very First Playbook Animal Words Baby's Very First Playbook Animal Words

Age: infant and up
Pages: 10

Babies will love looking at the bright, textured pictures and following the winding fingertrails on the pages of this delightful word book. There are animals on a farm, under the sea, in a garden and in the woods, with animal names and sounds to learn on every page, from deer to dolphins, caterpillars to crocodiles and turtles to tigers.

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Baby's Very First Playbook Body Words Baby's Very First Playbook Body Words

Ages: infant +
Pages: 10

A colorful word book illustrated with delightful animal characters and busy scenes. There are new words to learn on every page, from body parts and actions to senses and emotions. Babies and toddlers will love following the fingertrails, peeping through the holes and exploring the cut-out shapes on every page.

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Very First Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes, Very First Words

Age: 9 months and up
Pages: 18

A charming collection of nursery rhymes ideal for a baby or young child. Rhymes include “Humpty Dumpty”, “Little Bo Peep”, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”, “Jack and Jill” and “Little Miss Muffet”. Helps with language development.

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My First Word Book My First Word Book

Age: 9 months and up
Pages: 20

There are over 270 familiar words for children to spot and learn in this delightfully illustrated book. Each word is brought to life with a friendly illustration, and grouped into themes including ‘Animals’, ‘At home’, ‘My body’, ‘Bedtime’ and lots more. With sturdy board pages designed to withstand being read time and time again.

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Teach Your Kids to Think Teach Your Kids to Think

For parents of children of all ages
Pages: 108
Author: Maria Fisk

Suggestions and tools to help parents teach their children how to think wisely and well during the time they already spend together.

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Mathematical Reasoning, Beginning 1 Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1

Grade(s): PreK (age 3)
Pages: 240

Age appropriate problem solving and computation build the math reasoning skills necessary for success in higher level math and math assessments. All the math you need for a typical 3 year old presented in full color with illustrations designed to appeal to young children.

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Alphabet Picture Book Alphabet Picture Book

Age: 2 and up
Pages: 26

Young children will love naming the familiar things in this appealing picture book. Has both upper and lower case letters.

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Dice Set Dice Set - 12

Age: 3 and up (choking hazard for young children)

Dice set contains 12 dice in a variety of colors. All dice are 16mm. Four have the conventional dots on the faces. Four have the numerals from one to six written out as words. The final four dice show numerals.

Remember the fun you had with dice games as a child? Did you realize how much you were learning as you matched the dots on the dice with a numerical quantity and counted on a play board. Add to the learning by using this dice set with our Snakes and Ladders or your favorite game.

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Dice Set Dice Set - 6

Age: 3 and up (choking hazard for young children)

Dice set contains 6 dice. All dice are 20mm. Two have the conventional dots on the faces. Two have the numerals from one to six written out as words. The final two dice show numerals.

Remember the fun you had with dice games as a child? Did you realize how much you were learning as you matched the dots on the dice with a numerical quantity and counted on a play board. Add to the learning by using this dice set with our Snakes and Ladders or your favorite game.

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Peek Inside Space Peek Inside Space

Age: 3 and up
Pages: 14

If you peep into the night sky and see the Moon and twinkling stars, you’re peeping right out into space! Lift the flaps and peep through the holes in the pages to discover the planets in our solar system, see astronauts on the International Space Station and find out what else is in space in this beautifully illustrated book for little children.

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Grade Pre K Book Bundle 2017 Gr Pre K Book Bundle (Critical Thinking Company)

The Critical Thinking Company publishes award winning products to help students of all abilities improve their critical thinking abilities and achieve higher test scores.   This collection contains their most popular Pre K titles and is offered at a 10% discount.

Publisher Price $195.92
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Can You Find Me  PreK Can You Find Me PreK

Grade(s): PreK
Pages: 101

Can You Find Me? develops skills in reading readiness, science, math, and social studies using five basic thinking skills: similarities and differences, sequences, classifications, analogies, and logic. Each riddle requires identification of two or more clues to deduce the answer. Activities may be enhanced by teaching additional information about the animals, objects, shapes, letters, and numbers used in the riddles.

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Building Thinking Skills Beginning Building Thinking Skills Beginning

Grade(s): Pre K
Pages: 224

Building Thinking Skills® Beginning provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve child?s vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as their visual and auditory processing. This book is designed to be used as a hands on program utilizing attribute blocks sold separately.

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Mathematical Reasoning, Beginning 2 Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2

Grade(s): PreK (age 4)
Pages: 288

Age appropriate problem solving and computation build the math reasoning skills necessary for success in higher level math and math assessments. All the math you need for a typical 4 year old presented in full color with illustrations designed to appeal to young children.

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Thinking Skills for Tests Thinking Skills for Tests Set

Grade(s): Pre K-2
Pages: 120 (two books with 60 pages each)

Nine core thinking skills form the base of verbal and non-verbal reasoning and logic and are commonly tested in primary level testing for school and gifted program placement. This title presents questions in a format similar to that of many commonly used tests. The Workbook presents the questions without words just as a student will see them during a test. The Instructor/Answer book provides a script for presenting the questions and additional information for building on the skills.

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bambinoLUK Combo Set bambinoLUK Combo Set with Controller

Age: 3-5 years
Activities: 1980

bambinoLUK is a play and learn system to reinforce early childhood developmental skills such as visual perception, memory and concentration, critical thinking, beginning math, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, self-esteem, and everyday knowledge. We will beat any competitor price on this item by 5%.

List Price: $110.00
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bambinoLUK Complete Set bambinoLUK Complete Set with Starter Pack

Age: 3-5 years
Activities: 1980

bambinoLUK is a play and learn system to reinforce early childhood developmental skills such as visual perception, memory and concentration, critical thinking, beginning math, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, self-esteem, and everyday knowledge. We will beat any competitor price on this item by 5%.

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OLSAT A  Practice Test OLSAT®A Practice Test

Grade: Pre K - K

Practice Test in the format of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® OLSAT® with Parent Instruction and Answer Book including performance guidelines to use in interpreting results and Child Book with test questions.

Our Price: $39.00
OLSAT® A Test Prep Workbook Pre K- K OLSAT®A Test Prep Workbook Pre K- K

Grade: Pre K - K

Information for parents on the content of the test and how to prepare their child. Ample practice questions to help your child prepare for the exam. Includes Practice Test in the format of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® OLSAT® with Parent Instruction and Answer Book including performance guidelines to use in interpreting results and Child Book with test questions.

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New York City Gifted & Talented Practice Test 1 Kindergarten Entry New York City Gifted & Talented Practice Test 1 Kindergarten Entry

Grade: Pre K - K
 
This New York City Gifted & Talented Assessment Program Practice Test for Kindergarten entry will help prepare your child for this new entry test and demystify the test content.  Contains practice test questions for both the NNAT and OLSAT components of testing.

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Brain Builders: Gifted & Talented Workbook Set Brain Builders: Gifted & Talented Workbook Set

Grade: Pre K - K
Pages: 7 booklets each with 50 pages
Practice for children so they can become accustomed to the type of questions asked on kindergarten Gifted & Talented assessments.

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Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities Lollipop Logic Book 1

Grade(s): Pre K-1
Pages: 64

Seven different thinking skills—relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis—are presented in a format designed to appeal to the pre-reader.

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Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities Lollipop Logic Book 3

Grade(s): Pre K-2
Pages: 64

Seven different thinking skills—relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis—are presented in a format designed to appeal to the prereader.

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Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities Lollipop Logic Set

Grade(s): Pre K-1
Pages: 64

Seven different thinking skills—relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis—are presented in a format designed to appeal to the prereader.

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Wipe-Clean Alphabet Wipe-Clean Alphabet

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn about letters. Children are encouraged to draw over the dotted lines to finish the letters in each brightly-illustrated scene. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.

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Wipe-Clean 123 Wipe-Clean 123

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn about numbers. Children are encouraged to draw over the dotted lines to finish the shapes and numbers in each brightly-illustrated scene. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.

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Wipe-Clean Dot-to-Dot Wipe-Clean Dot-to-Dot

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn about numbers, counting and pen control. Use the wipe-clean pen provided to join each group of dots to find out what the pictures show. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can complete the dot-to-dots over and over again.

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Wipe-Clean First Words Wipe-Clean First Words

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way for young children to read and write their first words. Children can trace over the dotted letter-shapes again and again, helping them to develop important pen-control skills and practice letter formation skills. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.

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Wipe-Clean First Math Wipe-Clean First Math

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way to help young children learn how to do simple math, allowing them to practice time and time again using the special wipe-clean pen. Children will have fun learning basic math skills as they help the monsters with their sums, including counting balloons at a birthday party and adding up the monsters’ eyes and teeth! A brilliant, interactive way to introduce simple addition and subtraction, with fun illustrations to engage young minds.

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Wipe-Clean First Letters Wipe-Clean First Letters

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This fun book is a perfect way for young children to read and write their first words. Children can trace over the dotted letter-shapes again and again, helping them to develop important pen-control skills and practice letter formation skills. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.

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Wipe-Clean Ready for Writing Wipe-Clean Ready for Writing

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20


This fun book is a perfect way for young children to improve their handwriting skills and pen control. Children are encouraged to draw over the dotted lines to finish the shapes and letters in each brightly-illustrated scene.

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Wipe-Clean Mazes Wipe-Clean Mazes

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

Young children can help the animal characters find their way through 14 exciting mazes, including a pirate ship looking for treasure and a rocket zooming through space. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can complete the mazes over and over again using the special pen. An engaging and fun way for young children to learn and improve pen control.

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Wipe-Clean Vacation Activities Wipe-Clean Vacation Activities

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

A wipe-clean book full of vacation-themed activities to help young children develop their counting, observation and pen control skills. Each page has a different vacation scene, with activities such as counting shells, drawing patterns on the sails of a boat and decorating suitcases.

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Wipe-Clean Pirate Activities Wipe-Clean Pirate Activities

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

This delightful wipe-clean book is a perfect way for young children to develop their counting, observation and pen control skills.

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Writing Numbers Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Writing Numbers

Age(s): 4 years and up
Pages: 22

Make learning fun with this engaging activity book. It includes colorful illustrations alongside simple instructions, and the wipe-clean pages can be used again and again - the perfect way for young children to improve their basic number recognition and counting skills.

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Action Words to Copy Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Action Words

Age(s): 4+
Pages: 22pp + wipe-clean pen

A wipe-clean activity book that encourages children to write and copy verbs as carefully as they can. Includes a wipe-clean pen so children can practice again and again, without worrying about mistakes.

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Dinosaur Activities Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Dinosaur Activities

Age(s): 4+
Pages: 22pp + wipe-clean pen

Young children need plenty of practice when it comes to pen-control - an essential skill which they need to learn before they can write. This book encourages children to solve mazes, join the dots and trace the dotted lines using the special pen provided, wipe clean and repeat; all the activities are dinosaur-themed.

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Common Words to Copy Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Common Words to Copy

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 20

A wipe-clean activity book that encourages children to familiarize themselves with high frequency words.

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Garden Activities Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Garden Activities

Age(s): 4+
Pages: 22pp + wipe-clean pen

Young children need plenty of practice when it comes to pen-control - an essential skill which they need to learn before they can write. This book encourages children to solve mazes, join the dots and trace the dotted lines using the special pen provided, wipe clean and repeat with fun garden-themed activities.

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Grammar and Punctuation Wipe-Clean Wipe-Clean Starting Grammar and Punctuation

Age(s): 4+
Pages: 22pp + wipe-clean pen

A wipe-clean activity book that encourages children to start learning about sentences and punctuation marks.

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Wipe-Clean Starting Spelling Wipe-Clean Starting Spelling

Ages: 4+
Pages: 22

A wipe-clean activity book that encourages children to start thinking about spelling: identifying patterns, learning how words are spelt as well as practice of pen control, all in a beautiful and handy package!

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Wipe-Clean Money Wipe-Clean Money

Ages: 4+
Pages: 22

Children will have fun learning about the concept of money as they exchange tokens for goods and services. They will also learn about getting change back as well as not having money after spending all of it.

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123 First Coloring Book 123 First Coloring Book

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 16 plus stickers

A coloring book with lots of activities to help young children learn to count. There are numbers and pictures to color in on every page, and colorful stickers to place on the correct pages.

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abc First Coloring Book abc First Coloring Book

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 16 plus stickers

Delightful colouring book with activities and stickers to help young children learn the alphabet. Large, clear, letter-themed pages provide opportunities for colouring, doodling and matching picture stickers to corresponding letters. Includes in a simple alphabet grid which children can place the alphabet stickers on in order.

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Colors First Coloring Book Colors First Coloring Book

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 16 plus stickers

A coloring book with lots of activities to help young children learn about colors. There are themed pictures to color in on every page, and colorful stickers to place on the correct pages.

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Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers Questions and Answers (Lift-the-Flap)

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 16

An interactive board book with over 60 flaps, exploring all kinds of questions that young children love to ask. Children will enjoy lifting the flaps to discover who, what, when, where, how, which and why.

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Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Your Body Questions and Answers about Your Body (Lift-the-Flap)

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 14

An interactive board book with over 60 flaps, exploring the answers to the many questions that curious children have about their bodies, including ‘How do I smell?’ ‘What makes me burp?’ ‘Why do I need to wash my hands?’ ‘Why is blood red?’ and many more.

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Questions and Answers about Space Questions and Answers about Space(Lift-the-Flap)

Age: 4 years and up
Pages: 14

With over 60 flaps to lift, this delightful book answers questions such as “Where have people visited in space?”, “What’s a cosmonaut?”, “Why can’t I see stars in daytime?” and lots more what, where, how, why, and yes or no questions with answers beneath the flaps. Internet links take children to carefully selected websites to find out more.

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Manipulative Block Set Manipulative Block Set

Interlocking Cubes, Attribute Blocks and Soft Pattern Blocks for use with Hands on Thinking Skills, Building Thinking Skills Primary and other titles.

Ships priority mail for the price of ground - see shipping policy.

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Lift-the-flap Times Tables Lift-the-flap Times Tables

Age: 6 years and up
Pages: 16

An innovative and interactive guide to learning times tables, with over 125 flaps to lift to discover the answers underneath. Includes tips, tricks and practice questions to help with memorization, as well as a number machine to answer any tables question.

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