Chances are if you have a visual or tactile learner in your family, then you already know reading about a subject doesn’t necessarily help your child grasp it. Our youngest son learns best when he can get up, move about, and touch things. We were excited to hear about the Peel, Play & Learn sets from Mona Melisa designs – reusable decals designed to help educate about all kinds of topics (educational science, habitats, healthy eating, human body, and the solar system). We were sent the Peel, Play & Learn – Solar System from Educents and the timing couldn’t have been better! Gabe is very interested in space at the moment and I hardly had the box open before he wanted to play with them.
About Peel, Play & Learn
Unlike other decals, Peel, Play & Learn wall play sets are made of a fabric material that do not rip or tear – a huge bonus when you have a child with minimal fine motor skills. They do not damage your walls or wall paper (we only have painted walls, so I couldn’t try that out) and they stick to textured walls. They are removable, reusable and the backing can be cleaned – perfect for when your kids drop them on the floor every five minutes! They also re-adhere well to the backing and re-roll for easy storage, so if you have multiple aged home schooled children, or if you want to use them in the class room, they will be good year after year.
The educational solar system play set teaches the following skills:
- Planet Recognition
- Solar System Configuration
- Phases of the Earth’s Moon
- Seasons of the Year
- Earth’s Axis and Rotation Around the Sun
Additional resources can be integrated to teach about the characteristics of different planets. Gravity, space travel, and the history of space exploration can also be addressed using this set, and Educents will even send you free helpful teaching guides.
What We Thought of Peel, Play & Learn
As I already mentioned – Gabe was desperate to use this set as soon as he saw them, and together with his younger sister Evey, we decided to map out the Milky Way Galaxy on the dining room wall. We talked about each sticker and I prompted the kiddos to try and remember the correct order of the planets. Then, when they knew the correct planet to choose next, I prompted them to choose the correct sticker, either by visual recognition or by sounding out the name on the label. Between the two of them, and with a little prompting, they placed all of the planets in the correct place – remembering to leave a gap for the asteroid belt of course!
The decals were easy to peel off the backing and it was a useful exercise for Gabe, who needs extra help developing his fine motor skills. Each decal was also easy to place on the wall and when Evey was a bit quick with her placement and made lots of wrinkles, they were easy to remove from the wall and straighten. Not once did they stick to themselves or prove a problem to apply. They are also just detailed enough. As you can see, Saturn has all of itS moons & rings but it is simple & clear!
When Gabe became over enthusiastic and started sticking the phases of the moon decals around Jupiter, it was quick and easy to remove them and place them onto the backing again. They stuck to the backing well and stayed in place, even when the sheet was rolled up for storage. I even took the time to repeatedly apply & remove a few of the decals to different surfaces around the house. Windows, walls, tiles, whiteboards, and blackboards – the decals stuck and came away clean every time. They even stuck well to the backing after repeated use!
Of course the true test of any educational product is, “Does it teach what it’s supposed to?” And for us this was a resounding, “Yes!” In the past Evey had tried memorizing the planet’s order for sometime and was always unsuccessful. But the day we put up the decals together – she got it! That evening, while we were preparing dinner, I asked her to name them. She rolled off the first three then faltered, but I told her to close her eyes and think of the picture we had made on the wall. With her eyes scrunched up, she slowly but surely named the other five planets and threw in dwarf planet Pluto for good measure! When I asked her about the asteroid belt, she correctly placed it between Mars & Jupiter, and by the end of our conversation, she was bouncing up and down, so pleased that she had finally learned them at last! That seems like success to me.
About the All-Star Blogger
Patti Barnes is a homeschooling mother of five doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos. She writes about family life, homeschooling, autism and a whole lot more on Red Headed Patti. Her greatest ambition is to drink a whole cup of tea, without interruption, while it is still hot.
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