Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Learning with Curiosity Pack: Letters

As all of you may know, I am a stay at home mom. With that being said I always try to find ways to teach Kiddo the numbers, letter, and other basic things he should know by his age. All this because I want him to be ready when he starts preschool next year.

Curiosity Pack is exactly what every parents needs to teach their kids right at home and in a fun way. 

But what exactly Curiosity Pack is? 

Curiosity Pack is love, dedication, and learning in one box. Yes, these are only some of the words that can describe the amazing job that Lily (its creator) put into this amazing idea. Lily is a mom and dedicated teacher that understands how important is to know how kids learn. Curiosity Pack helps kids to learn while having fun. 

So, what's inside our Curiosity Pack: Letters?

- Activity book with exercises to learn the alphabet
- Poster with the Curiosity Pack monster alphabet
- Laminated hide-and-seek picture with alphabet hidden in the drawing
- Washable dry erase marker to use with laminated picture
- Alphabet cards 

When we started, we went to the Hide-and-Seek game. For this one you use the laminated picture and let your little one circle all the letters he can find in the photo. All 26 letters of the alphabet are hidden somewhere in the image. I started with this one because, even though I know he still doesn't know the name or sounds of the letters of the alphabet, I wanted to know if he could identify them and actually circle them. He found every single one of them (even some I couldn't find the first time I tried it lol)

This game is a great activity for vision and motor skills. I helps Kiddo to control the marker to make big or smaller circles depending the size of the letter he finds. When you are done with the activity you just wipe it clean with a wet rag.

After knowing that he can identify letters we have started with the monster alphabet poster. How this alphabet works is: for each letter there is a monster, and that monster is accompanied by an object which name starts with the correspondent letter of the alphabet. 

For example: for letter "Y" there is a monster wrapped in some Yarn. 

I know some kids age 3 can name all the letters of the alphabet, but Kiddo still doesn't. He knows the name of some letter but can't identify which is the letter he is telling. It has been a bit of a challenge for us because we are bilingual and he mixes the languages still. But with these monsters I see how Kiddo will be more interested to know more about what object they are accompanied by and at the same time learn how the first letter sounds and then the name of the letter.

(In just the first day he learned letter "M" from Magnifying Glass, and letter "S" from Slide)

Just like the alphabet, the cards that come with this set contains the same monsters. There is a total of 52 cards: 26 with each letter of the alphabet and 26 with each monster that correspond to each letter. With these cards you can play two different games:

Matching Cards & Memory

For the matching game you just lay all the cards facing up and match monsters with letters. For the memory game you face them down and turn them 2 by 2 to see if the are a match, if not turn them facing down  and try again (or wait for your turn again).

The Curiosity Pack: Letters, also comes with a book with activities such as writing and drawing to help with the process of learning the alphabet. It is definitely a well made book, with clear images, instructions and clean lines. It teaches the little ones about the letters by relating their sounds, shapes, sizes and it also includes sections asking them to freely express whatever is in their minds…. We aren't ready for the book yet, but we will soon be :)

Bottom line, I am pretty impress and grateful to have had the opportunity of trying the Curiosity Pack: Letters. Lily truly knows what she is doing. I have tried and tried to teach Kiddo the letters and numbers, and it had been super hard before Curiosity Pack. He would only be engaged for 3 minutes, then get bored and just not present emotionally. It was so bad that I would tell him "this is the color blue", pass the page, point out something blue asking him: "what color is this?" and he would just stare at me and the image quietly saying "I don't know". 

With Curiosity Pack HE WANTS he wants to get to know the monsters so much that he wants to learn (and know their names because, I may or may not have told him that their names were the names of the letters lol). With curiosity pack he is interested, attentive, engaged… He asks questions, answers mine, and can stay entertained while learning for more than 10 minutes. His attention span is a bit short, so we have do shorter sessions, but more frequent so he get sit. 

The colors are vibrant, but don't exhaust our vision, the images are clear, lines are clean and perfect, the amount of activities possible with this pack are enough to go from one to another and still be able to stay within the same group of letters that you are working on. 

This is a high quality product. In the quality is where you notice the dedication and love that Lily has for teaching young children and helping us, the parents (just like her), to be part of their early development and get to know the way our kids learn, because to me that's the point, not all kids learn the same way and Curiosity Pack lets you explore and learn about your own kids' learning methods. 

We will update in a few weeks to see how much progress Kiddo has made. I already have noticed some, but let's see how much more he can improve in about a month! :) 

*I received the product for testing purposes in exchange of my honest review. Although the product was free opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Children are NEVER too young to start learning! I commend you for taking the time to educate your child early on! Curiosity Pack seems to be a wonderful educational tool!

    1. That is true! It is never to young (or even old) when it comes to learning! Thank you!

  2. This is awesome. I used to do this with flash cards before she started prek. My daughter does this currently with her PreK teacher now with the Letter N and has to pick all the N words.

    1. That's great! Lily (the creator) is a teacher, so that's probably how she did things in school too, just like your daughter's teacher. :)

  3. Awww.. this is so cool, i never knew these curiosity packs existed! I liked your video, very informative and clear! This is such a creative way to start learning process in kids, without giving them the actual pressure! Thanks for sharing!

  4. The curiosity pack seems helpful. I need this to help my son. He's in kindergarten and having problems spelling words. I didn't know about curiosity pack before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I think these are so neat! They would be perfect for little ones just starting out and working on sounds and words!

  6. Those are so cute. I love the bright colors and illustrations. They look like great educational toys too!

  7. Very clever! I found it hard to teach ABC's for the first time to my girls. Wish games like these were available at that time.

  8. I need to check this out for my daughter, she's just learning her letters and this would be perfect for her.

  9. How great! I homeschool my kiddos until they start pre-k so this would be perfect for us!