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Educational play is a fun, low-stress, alternative way to prepare for the Gifted & Talented exam.

Below are some of the products used by Altoria tutors to prepare their students for the G&T exam. Purchase links are provided, but building these aids can be another fun project!

Educational Aid Picture Words Flash Cards

Aural Picture Cards

Flash cards are an excellent tool for making multiple choice questions. Have your child draw 4 cards and arrange them on the table. Then, make up a question that describes one of the cards on the table.

For example, if your child drew pictures of a cow, a table, a clock, and a jacket, you might ask the following questions:

“Which one of these is the animal that makes milk for us to drink?”
“Which one of these is a piece of furniture?”
“Which one of these is an item that will help me know what time it is?”
“Sally wants to go play outside, but it’s cold and windy. Which item does Sally’s mother ask her to wear?”

We recommend these flash cards for their very clear pictures. While the set does not specifically test on written word associations, the accompanying text is an added bonus to begin associating the word with the image.

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Number Picture Cards

Number Picture cards are an effective means to practice addition and subtraction in the Gifted & Talented test style. Have your child draw a card (only using the numbers 1-12), and work with them to count the objects on the card.

For example, if your child draws a card with 4 turtles, you can ask:

“Bobby saw 4 turtles at the zoo, as seen here. He looked harder, and saw 2 more turtles! How many turtles does he see in all?”

You can help your child count out two objects, such as bingo chips, and place them on the card next to the turtles. Then, you can help your child count them all together, “pretending the bingo chips are the extra turtles.”

For subtraction, make up a question that involves objects hiding, getting lost, or going away somehow. Then, direct your child to cover up that many objects with their fingers, and count the remaining ones.

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Educational Aid Numbers Flash Cards
Educational Aid Numbers Flash Cards

Number Picture Cards

Number Picture cards are an effective means to practice addition and subtraction in the Gifted & Talented test style. Have your child draw a card (only using the numbers 1-12), and work with them to count the objects on the card.

For example, if your child draws a card with 4 turtles, you can ask:

“Bobby saw 4 turtles at the zoo, as seen here. He looked harder, and saw 2 more turtles! How many turtles does he see in all?”

You can help your child count out two objects, such as bingo chips, and place them on the card next to the turtles. Then, you can help your child count them all together, “pretending the bingo chips are the extra turtles.”

For subtraction, make up a question that involves objects hiding, getting lost, or going away somehow. Then, direct your child to cover up that many objects with their fingers, and count the remaining ones.

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Educational Aid Bingo Chips

Rainbow Bingo Chips

Colorful bingo chips are a classic way to practice adding objects to the number cards.

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Number/Letter/Picture Blocks

Many of the questions on the Verbal Reasoning Section ask children to visualize blocks moving and switching places. The blocks in the questions are often multi-faced, with numbers, letters, and symbols on them.

We recommend the blocks listed here, as they have numbers, letters, and pictures on the different faces. You can practice arranging the blocks with your child, asking them to “put the A on top of the number 2” and “make the 5 and the horse switch places.”

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Educational Aid Wooden ABC 123 Blocks
Educational Aid Wooden ABC 123 Blocks

Number/Letter/Picture Blocks

Many of the questions on the Verbal Reasoning Section ask children to visualize blocks moving and switching places. The blocks in the questions are often multi-faced, with numbers, letters, and symbols on them.

We recommend the blocks listed here, as they have numbers, letters, and pictures on the different faces. You can practice arranging the blocks with your child, asking them to “put the A on top of the number 2” and “make the 5 and the horse switch places.”

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Educational Aid Colorful Sparkle Stars

Rainbow Sparkle Stickers

For many children, it’s difficult to focus on paper questions. Using stickers to reward good focus and correct answers is a concrete and effective way to foster a positive attitude towards test preparation. At Altiora, we use this sticker set (kids like the sparkles).

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