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Tiny Polka Dot is an ideal tool for school use. Many of the 16 games included with the deck work perfectly to teach and play with math in a pre-K, Kindergarten, or lower elementary classroom.
To make implementation easier, we’ve included a booklet of lesson plans for some of our favorite games. These lesson plans include:
- Common Core and other math topic tags
- Tips for Launching and Wrapping up the lesson
- Useful prompts and questions
- Tips especially for the classroom
You can download the booklet for free right here: Tiny Polka Dot Booklet of Games for Teachers.
Here’s what Tiny Polka Dot looks like:
Tiny Polka Dot is absolutely fantastic. It gives J a structure that he enjoys exploring, and when he tires of the Match 7 game, we will move on to Match 8, Match 9, or any of the dozens of games and iterations we can create from these cards.
These cards are going to be part of our playtime for years to come.
I love that the game plays well with even the youngest of children, but some of the included game types scale up to match skills available to slightly older players. I also love that the game includes a brief guide for grownups on how to help kids enjoy and learn as they play. Tiny Polka Dot makes this list for its fun factor, not [just] because of its educational elements.
Then, in a moment out of a sitcom, [my daughter] cheered and cried, “Yay! I can do tough things!” Then gave me a hug.
This… doesn’t happen often in my math classroom..