Monday, September 21, 2009

Pieces of Nature Matching Games

Because the box dimensions for the Pieces of Nature matching games are 5 by 5 by 1.5 inches (the website doesn't specify the dimensions, but an e-mail to customer service got me a prompt and friendly answer), it may be a tight squeeze to get them into a Christmas stocking, but they're certainly worth the trouble. Each matching game contains 24 animal pairs, and the set is made from soy-based inks on recycled materials. I've shown the polar bears set above left, but you can also choose from pandas, frogs, wolves, and a more general North American wildlife set. The pictures look vivid, and what child (or adult, for that matter!) can resist pandas and polar bears? And matching games also improve memory and visual recognition.

An extra benefit is that these cards will help make children aware of wildlife and the need to protect it before it's too late. Also, purchases go towards funding the organization's conservation activities. Pair that with the eco-friendly materials, and this is a stocking stuffer you can feel good about on all fronts.

What: Pieces of Nature Matching Games
Where: National Wildlife Federation website
How much (as of today's post): $9.99 (plus shipping)

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