The Curious Dragons: Making maths fun!

As a parent all I want for my children is to give them the very best start in life but in all honesty, with four children, it can be tough! Some days I struggle to find just ten minutes to get down on the floor to play a game, read Eva’s school book, do Megan’s phonics or prepare Harry for school next year. When I was introduced to The Curious Dragons I was intrigued how I could combine both playing games with learning, and couldn’t wait to try it for myself!

The Curious Dragons provides a fun set of learning games for children aged 3-5 to nurture and develop their numerical and reasoning abilities. It gives parents an interactive learning system at their fingertips and helps children to learn maths and also instil a love of maths which may last a lifetime.

I love that the system was developed by a maths teacher herself, Lisa Minshull, and uses the ‘touch, visual and symbol’ approach employed with great success in Singapore. I had no idea but Singapore is routinely ranked at or near the top in global comparisons of mathematical ability and boasts one of the most admired education systems in the world!

As well as being a teacher, Lisa is a mother, and create The Curious Dragons after she discovered that maths games and activities for pre-schoolers already available on the market focused on learning numbers rather than developing an understanding of numbers and reasoning.

The product itself is amazing. For just £29.99 you can purchase Box 1 ‘Counting with understanding’ and learn maths the fun way with Tan, Deci and Poly. It provides fun learning games for children aged 3-5 years and helps them nurture and develop their numerical and reasoning abilities through play and fun.

The games contain everything from counting cards, dragon eggs, game boards to a egg spinner for endless educational fun and learning!

The games have been designed to build on each other to provide progressive learning for your child and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in and do something together which was fun, but also reassured me as a parent that I am helping Harry especially to grasp the basic concepts of maths before starting school next year. 

There are five games in each box –

  • Collect the Eggs
  • Fill the Nest
  • Number Match
  • Matching Pairs
  • Three in a Row

The children’s favourite game was definitely matching pairs and all three of them really enjoyed playing it and brushing up on their maths skills.

I love that I can combine play and learning with the children, even if we can only fit in a couple of games each day after breakfast or between clubs. It’s definitely something that we continue to do and I’m hopeful that it will give the children a real head start in life.

I am offering ten of my readers a 10% discount on The Curious Dragons using the code FLD10 at the checkout!

 

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114 Comments

  1. November 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I strongly believe thatthe best way to teach kids to learn is through activity and play and these books look like a great learning tool.

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:14 am

      I agree, learning should be fun! xx

  2. November 13, 2017 / 5:22 am

    Where were you during 2000s? I would have loved Maths then but I still love some Math. If you were I was more attentive than I was. But Children are lucky that they are getting this treatment.

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Hah I know, we had nothing like this growing up! xx

  3. November 13, 2017 / 8:13 am

    What a fantastic way for kids to learn math! I wish I had something like this when I was growing up!

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:06 am

      I agree, way more fun than standard maths practice! xx

  4. November 13, 2017 / 10:00 am

    What a fun way to teach math. I can see how this would easily engage a child.

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Yes it doesn’t even feel like learning, it’s just such fun! xx

  5. November 13, 2017 / 10:26 am

    This game sounds really good! I’ve sent your post to my sister-in-law, I think my nephew would love this

  6. November 13, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Sounds great, especially for kids who struggle with Maths. T used to struggle with it a bit, but lucky for us, she has a really good teacher 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      I hated maths in school but it was just so boring back then! xx

  7. November 13, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I have always been a believer that they will learn so much more through play as they are having fun and not really realising that they are learning. This looks great fun for them x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      I totally agree Samantha. xx

  8. Hannah
    November 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    This looks like a really good way for kids to learn as its fun too

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      So much fun Hannah, my children love to play games. xx

  9. Jess
    November 13, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Oh this is brilliant! I’ve always felt that kids find it easier to take everything in when there’s an element of fun involved.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      I agree Jess, it’s a great way to learn! xx

  10. November 13, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    This is such a fun way of learning and teaching maths! My daughter loves playing games and her counting has certainly improved since doing so 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Yes I think there are so many fun ways to instil basic maths skills in our children! xx

  11. November 13, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I think toys that aid learning like this are fantastic! They make wonderful gifts or stocking fillers too. These characters look super cute too.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      I agree and it’s a great price! xx

  12. November 13, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    These look great. Anything that can combine maths and fun is a winner for me! Alice is so keen to learn, she would love them x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      I agree, I never knew maths could be fun! xx

  13. November 13, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I always struggled with maths growing up so I love the sound of the Curious Dragons and how it is catered to ages 3-5. I love the sound of making maths fun!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Me too Ana, I think targeting pre-schoolers is a great way of giving them a step up ready for school. xx

  14. Joanna
    November 13, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    This is such a great idea! I know it is everyone’s child nightmare to start learning math. Presenting math in a fun way makes is easier to learn and stops children hating it so much. 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      I totally agree, maths needs to be way more fun! xx

  15. November 13, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    The cheetah and I are waiting for the movie “The Curious Dragons Meet The Dinosaur who Pooped Christmas”.
    We’re hoping you’ll send us a copy,Laura!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Hahaha it’s in the mail as we speak! xx

  16. November 13, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I love this fun way to learn math! The colors are so beautiful too – bright and exciting! I love how there are so many amazing math games in one package! Thanks for the discount code! yay!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Yes I love how colourful they are too! xx

  17. November 13, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    These activity books look like such great progressive learning tools for children. I believe all toys should have some amount of learning. Definitely a fun way to learn math.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      I totally agree Georgia, they are a fab way to learn! xx

  18. November 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Now this sounds like a fun way to teach kids maths, who wouldn’t want to learn with dragons!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Haha I know right? xx

  19. November 13, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    These look great, we currently use reading eggs online which is also great to help with their learning

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Oh we love them too Mary! I love that The Curious Dragons don’t require a computer or ipad though. xx

  20. November 13, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    This looks like such a great product. I think these games would be great for using at school too x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      I agree, they would be such a great resource. xx

  21. November 13, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    I found maths quite challenging as a child and I think these would’ve been really helpful for me.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      I agree, I love how much they have for kids these days! xx

  22. Joline
    November 14, 2017 / 12:34 am

    This is so much fun! And my nephew is the perfect age too. Certainly a great addition to the epic Christmas box his favourite aunt is preparing for him 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Ahh yes that would be a great addition! xx

  23. November 14, 2017 / 1:13 am

    I’d have absolutely LOVED this set as a child. I was always so into maths- I think its because theres a definitive answer xxx

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Yes I think you either love it or hate it, I really want my kids to love it! xx

  24. November 14, 2017 / 1:51 am

    This is a fun idea and is perfect to share with your child because it provides active and engaged learning activities

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      I agree, it’s so important to make learning fun for children! xx

  25. November 14, 2017 / 10:00 am

    This sounds great, my little boy will be off to school next year too and something like this will be great as he is the youngest in his year. x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Definitely! Harry is a younger one so I want to really give him a head start. xx

  26. November 14, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Anything which can make learning feeling fun is a great thing x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I agree, they are a great idea! xx

  27. November 14, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Looks like a fun way to learn, my daughter would love these as she is 4 and loves dragons

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Perfect! My kids love them! xx

  28. November 14, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    This sounds really good. It’s great there are so many ways to support kids learning now in a way that is fun for them.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      I agree, if it’s not fun children are quick to switch off! xx

  29. November 14, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    These guys looks fun! I used something similar when I was younger except there were monkeys instead of dragons 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Ahh there are some amazing resources out there these days! xx

  30. November 14, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    This is a brillaint and fun way of teaching children Maths as it can be very hard and complex to understand. I love the dragon theme as that would be so engaging. I must tell my sister about these games for my niece x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I’m sure she would love them Kirsty! xx

  31. November 14, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    What a fab idea, this set is interactive, educational and fun. Exactly how I learnt as a child x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I think education should be fun, times have really changed and the focus is definitely more on making learning interactive. xx

  32. November 14, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    This looks amazing. I’ve clicked your link and I’m adding that to our sons xmas present list for sure!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      I’m sure he will love it! xx

  33. November 14, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    This looks like great fun, I’m sure my son would love it. He is into his maths at the moment and is frantically trying to earn enough points at school so he can get a certificate lol.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Ahh that’s lovely that he is so keen to get his points! xx

  34. November 14, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I will have to give this a try! My little one just turned five and I believe that learning should be a fun and enjoyable process. I never want him to dread learning something new.

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Me too, I’m all about learning through play! xx

  35. November 14, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    This looks brilliant and would be perfect for my youngest, I love the way they’ve made learning ook like so much fun!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Me too Nichola, it’s important that maths is fun or children just switch off! xx

  36. November 14, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Oh wow I could have done with this when I was younger… I used to hate maths and thought it was the most boring thing ever!! This looks like a great way to get kids interested. x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      I agree, maths was so boring when we were kids, these days there’s so many fun resources! xx

  37. November 14, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Anything that helps with maths is good for us! We like the sound of the matching games and its often that numbers get overlooked in this household for favour of letters x

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      I agree, there seems to be more of a focus on reading and writing! Maths is SO important! xx

  38. November 14, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Learning is definitely an easier experience for everyone involved when it’s made to be fun. I would love an update of what your little one thinks of this system. It sounds amazing!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      I agree, learning is way more effective when children don’t realise they are learning! xx

  39. November 14, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Maths was always my worst subject. It’s nice to see they offer fun ways to help children learn now, maybe if I’d had something like this I wouldn’t have hated it so much!

  40. November 14, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    I think is very important to make learning fun! Mathematics is a subject that I hated growing up and my mom got me a game kinda similar to this and we “played” for hours! It really was very fun! This one seems like it would be as well!

  41. November 14, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    This looks like a great tool for math learning! Gonna check it out !

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      It really is, and such a bargain too! xx

  42. November 14, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    This’ll be great for my daughter when she’s a bit older!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      I’m sure she would enjoy it Gareth! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      I’m sure when he is old enough you’ll find it really useful! We do! xx

  43. November 14, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    These sound great for helping children to learn in a fun way – I know some children find some topics difficult when taught in quite a strict and boring way

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Yes I agree, learning should always be fun or children switch off! xx

  44. November 15, 2017 / 6:42 am

    I love games that teach at the same time – stop the little ones from getting bored! I have got to admit though , I hated maths! And still do lol x

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Haha me too Kira! My kids love it thankfully! xx

  45. November 15, 2017 / 6:52 am

    These look like a fantastic learning toy. Sebby loves alphablocks for his letters so these would be perfect for numbers

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      It’s a great set Kara and such good value! xx

  46. November 15, 2017 / 8:53 am

    This is such a good idea, I definitely think children learn best when it is fun for them x

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Me too, Harry has really improved on his maths in just a few weeks! xx

  47. Dannii
    November 15, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    This would make learning maths so much more fun. I am going to get something like this for my nephew.

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Yes it’s so much fun, we really enjoyed it! xx

  48. Jen S
    November 15, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Four kids?! My god, I could never do that. One dog is enough work for me haha. These look so cute and fun! My mom used to get my brother and I similar educational playtime materials when I was a kid.

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Hahah I know, I must be crazy! xx

  49. November 15, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I just love games like this! Not only do they combine learning with play, but kids are able to keep using it as they make progress. With the holidays coming up, it’s definitely one I’ll keep in mind for my grandsons. x

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Me too! I think it’s great when our children are learning without being aware of it. Way more goes in when you learn through play! xx

  50. November 15, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Making maths fun would have been super helpful when I was little and this looks great!

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

      I agree, I wish we had more practical ways of learning back then! xx

  51. November 15, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I think it is so important to make maths fun great ideas

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

      I agree, learning should always be fun! xx

  52. November 16, 2017 / 10:52 am

    oh this looks really interesting , my son whos just turned 2 would love these for his learning through our home education

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 11:12 am

      They would be perfect for home education! It’s a great system! xx

  53. November 16, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    When the learning is fun the children do seem to learn and retain so much more.

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      I totally agree, it’s so much better to make learning fun! xx

  54. November 16, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I may have to pick up these. I think having these for my homework help group at the library would be very useful. I know some students who would love it.

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Yeah that sounds like a really great way to use them! xx

  55. November 16, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    This looks great and super colour and engaging for little ones. We are currently learning numbers and maths obviously would be the next gradual step.

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      It’s a great set and such good value too! xx

  56. November 16, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    That is definitely one to recommend to my friend who’s a teacher 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Oh definitely! They would be great in schools! xx

  57. November 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I really like the idea of this. I’m all for making learning fun!

  58. Thena
    November 19, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I love learning and love to incorporate that with fun! I’ll have to try these out with my girls!!

    • Laura Dove
      November 19, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I definitely recommend it, it’s such great value for money! xx

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