"Look, Mama! A moose!" Big Sis exclaimed with the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning.
No, it wasn't a real moose, as we haven't had the cool experience of seeing a moose in nature since we left our beloved Maine.
It was, however, a very cool moose indeed. It was a realistic miniature replica of a bull moose, made by Schleich toys. Having seen a bull moose "in person" only 10-15 feet from our car while driving down the road in Maine, I can say with authority that the Schleich figurine is a very accurate representation. In fact, all of the Schleich toys are accurate, scale models. They are hand-painted and made from a PVC-type sturdy plastic. We received several other animals to review: hedgehog, deer, fox, rabbit, squirrel, polar bear, black bear cub, and gnu. Big Sis was quick to add the animals to Noah's Ark at first. She later set up a zoo for them.
There are many ways to incorporate them into homeschooling. Here are a few ideas I thought of:
- models for art time
- visual aids for study
- creative play for little ones
- create dioramas for unit studies, etc.
- choose animals/figures to match your favorite books to bring the story to life
Schleich has many different animals to choose from -- from farm to wild to forest animals. They also offer Smurf characters and playsets (Big Sis has a few of these, courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa for Christmas, and the quality is also great); knight characters and playsets; fairies; pioneer; and more.
These are high-quality products, suitable for collecting, yet tough enough to stand up to play. Check them out at your nearest Tractor Supply Company, Toys 'R Us, Target, or online here. They would make great Easter basket gifts!
As always, read what the Crew has to say for more information.