Welcome to the third installment of my series: The Prop Report. In this series, I plan to share my favorite props and rewards that I use in my ESL classroom. The link to the product is an affiliate link, so if you choose to purchase the item through the link, I get a little bonus. For more info about this series of posts, you can read my overview and full disclaimers here.
6-in-1 Puzzle Sets
Recommended for ESL classroom?
Yes (for lower levels!) These are perfect for VIPKid level 2
Recommended for hands on learning?
Yes! But only for younger kids. Since there are only 5 or 6 pieces per puzzle, they are too simple for older kids.
I personally have the transportation puzzle. (That’s what you’ll see in my video below.) I love it because sometimes I teach a student several lessons in the same unit, but I can do different puzzles for variety! I love that they have fun animals and bright colors (both great extension tools.) When I purchased this, it was sold as a single puzzle. Now it’s part of a set of four, and I swear, they could have been looking at the VIPKid curriculum when they designed the puzzles!
- farm animals
- wild animals
- aquatic animals
I can easily think of lessons for each of these!
These are very easy to use in the classroom because each piece is numbered on the back. I don’t really enjoy puzzles and I certainly don’t want to figure them out on the spot with my student, so I love that they come with a small cheat piece that shows what the puzzle should look like completed.
The puzzle pieces are thick and sturdy, and they show up well on camera.
The way I choose to attach these to my whiteboard is by magnet. While it works, it can sometimes be a little bit clunky to connect the pieces. There might be a better way to use these (maybe thinner magnetic strips?) but as long as you are comfortable with the puzzles and familiar with your student, they work great!
See it in action:
You can see my unofficial product demo here: YouTube: Prop Report #3
This prop set is a yes if you teach level 2 with VIPKid. They will provide great variety in your class and plenty of extension opportunities!
If you would like to purchase it, here’s my link on Amazon.com:
For other issues of The Prop Report:
- The Prop Report #2 – Joyin Animal Friends Hand Puppets
- The Prop Report #1 -Wooden Mix & Match Magnetic Pan Pizza