One of the coolest parts of summer is that parents find more time to get their kids outside. Bringing children to farmer’s markets, petting zoos and local farms can be incredibly educational opportunities. Extend your child’s learning with a toy from John Deere called Kernel Shucks. To improve kids’ motor skills and spatial reasoning, Kernel Shucks comes apart in different pieces. Kids can reassemble him in different ways to create a character with a lot of personality.
John Deere Kernel Shucks Review
For several weeks, I tried the toy out with my children. The product came with a John Deere hat, a caterpillar, sunglasses, a wrench, and interchangeable mouth and arm parts. Initially, my older daughter Samantha needed some help getting the arms to stay on. When you put the accessories on, it can make the arms a little heavier. I showed Samantha how she could put the accessories on first, before connecting the arms to the body.
In the picture below, you can see how she assembled the toy when she worked on it independently. The arm with the thumb is facing the wrong way, and the arm isn’t connected tightly to the body, but giving her a chance to work independently was valuable to her. The more kids learn how to improve their own work, the more they can learn to face any challenges that come their way. Working to create different combinations was educational. As a certified teacher, I liked that the toy helped my daughter grow.
Another reasons the toy had educational value was that it provided a chance to talk to my daughter about farming. So many kids eat food every day and can’t imagine where it comes from. Since corn fields are hard to find in the suburbs, I used the opportunity to pull up photos on the internet of corn fields. Looking at the photos wasn’t the exploration activity I was hoping for, so I searched for local corn fields. I ended up finding a 10 acre, local corn field to visit this summer.
While the toy offered excellent educational value, it also taught my daughter some valuable skills. Both of my kids enjoyed playing with the toys. I had fun being part of playtime and helping my children come up with different combinations for the pieces. The product had great character, so it was fun to play make believe with it. In the future, I will look forward to keeping the pieces in an organized place so my kids can easily play with it without losing any of the parts.
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