Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™

Item # LER 7345
Ages 2+
$19.99
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Pop together these frozen treats to match uppercase and lowercase letters. Each pop is double sided so all letters of the alphabet are included. Pops are self checking by color. They are also great for fine motor practice and imaginative play!

Includes:

     • 26 Alpha Pops

Each pop measures 4”L x 1.25”W

Grades: Toddler +

Common Core State Standards Alignment: Reading Foundational Skills

Learning Styles: Tactile, Visual

Skill Development:

Basic Concepts- Students explore and differentiate a rainbow of colors with the varied shades of pops (e.g. dark and light blue, dark and light orange).

Language- Reinforces uppercase and lowercase letter recognition through matching. Expressive and receptive language skills can be engaged by quizzing the student to find specific color matches and naming the letter aloud.

Fine Motor- Promotes two finger isolation with thumb and forefinger by holding the base of the Alpha Pops™ stick to pull the pops apart or connect them together. This strengthens hand muscles needed for daily living activities like buttoning clothes or brushing teeth.
  • 2012 Parent’s Choice Approved
  • 2013 Canadian Toy Testing Council’s 3 Star Seal
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    Learning ResourcesSmart Snacks® Alpha Pops™
     
    3.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (9)
    • Interactive (9)
    • Educational (8)
    • Engaging (7)
    • Fun (5)

    Cons

    • Poor design (4)

    Best Uses

    • Young children (5)
    • Indoor (4)
    • Entertainment (3)
    • School (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Education oriented (7), Parent of two or more children (5), Stay at home parent (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Your Child Will LOVE These!

    The sound of the ice cream truck is a sound that even a two year old knows. Even a teething toddler loves a popsicle. Learning Resources took this love of frozen delights and turned...Read complete review

    The sound of the ice cream truck is a sound that even a two year old knows. Even a teething toddler loves a popsicle. Learning Resources took this love of frozen delights and turned it into a love of learning. Smart Snacks Alpha Pops is a brand new addition to their 2012 line of educational toys. These soft plastic popsicles each come with two sticks, just like the treats from the olden days! Made for little hands, they come apart easily and go back together just as easily: an excellent toy with which to practice their fine motor skills. Each popsicle set has the capital and lowercase letter to match together. There are 13 popsicle sets, with different letters on the flip side to include all 26 letters. These bright colors and familiar shape instantly draw children into play, learning, and using their imagination. It was really nice to see that when the kids starting playing with these, the first thing they did was offer to share..."Who wants a popsicle?" The older children began naming the letters and the younger children began naming the colors. Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Major Learning Design Flaw

    This would be a great product except there are only 13 sets of pops, rather than 26. Differing letters are printed on the back and front. For instance the red set has A...Read complete review

    This would be a great product except there are only 13 sets of pops, rather than 26. Differing letters are printed on the back and front. For instance the red set has A and a on the front and N and n on the back. Very confusing for kids trying to learn letters. Visually its tough for them to locate a letter or figure out that they might have to turn over pops to locate the right letter match. They just scan and scan and scan the pile until they give up. Also, without the complete alphabet on 26 sets, I can't use this toy to teach children the order of the alphabet.

    I am considering ordering a second set so I can have the whole alphabet, but only if I can figure out a way to remove the letters on one side of the pop. Maybe Nail Polish remover? Also, it feels just wrong to do this. It's like rewarding bad design....

    If this product was complete, I would LOVE this toy and probably be buying a ton more of the smart snacks brand, but now I am afraid of what I might get.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointed in packaging

    By C. Davison

    from Texas

    About Me Casual Driver

    Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

    No where on the packaging does it say that this set is reversible. Packaging is misleading....you think that you're getting the entire alphabet on 26 popsicles not 13 popsicles.

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    5.0

    Multiple use

    By Mommy Gayle

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Child Care Provider, Educator, Foster Care, God Mother, Thrifty

    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Easy To Play
    • Educational
    • Entertaining
    • Fun
    • Interactive
    • Multiple Use
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Children
      • Daycare

      Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

      I purchased Smart Snacks Number Pops and Smart Snacks Alpha Pops. Then I use a large colorful box to separate the Ice-cream numbers and the alpha Popsicle. Next, I set-up a starting line for the kids at one end of the room and the box at the other. The kids race to the box to match either the dots and cover on the ice-cream or the capitol and small letters on the Popsicle, then race back to a table and place their matched item in their small bin. The child with the most correct matching items win! This is great for large and small motor skills, hand and eye coordination, visual, language skills, and it also promotes sharing and unity working together if someone else has your match. I love these toys and so do the kids. Thanks!!!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Major Learning Design Flaw

      By Early Childhood Director

      from York, PA

      About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy Assembly
      • Fun
      • Interactive

      Cons

      • Cheaply Made
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Imaginative Play

      Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

      This would be a great product except there are only 13 sets of pops, rather than 26. Differing letters are printed on the back and front. For instance the red set has A and a on the front and N and n on the back. Very confusing for kids trying to learn letters. Visually its tough for them to locate a letter or figure out that they might have to turn over pops to locate the right letter match. They just scan and scan and scan the pile until they give up. Also, without the complete alphabet on 26 sets, I can't use this toy to teach children the order of the alphabet.

      I am considering ordering a second set so I can have the whole alphabet, but only if I can figure out a way to remove the letters on one side of the pop. Maybe Nail Polish remover? Also, it feels just wrong to do this. It's like rewarding bad design....

      If this product was complete, I would LOVE this toy and probably be buying a ton more of the smart snacks brand, but now I am afraid of what I might get.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very Disappointed

      By preschool owner

      from Washington

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design
        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

          Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

          This product would be absolutely amazing except it was designed poorly. There is only 13 sets with half the alphabet on the front and half on the back. Plus an image showing more that two can be snapped together to form words which they can not do. I now have to purchase a second set just to be able to complete the alphabet.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super Fun!

          By Whitney the wise

          from South Carolina

          About Me Education Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Assembly
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Interactive
          • Realistic

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Creative Development
            • Imaginative Play

            Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

            Terrific for learning alphabet while "playing"

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Amazing Product

            By Turtleluv09

            from Bakersfield CA

            About Me Education Oriented

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Travel

              Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

              my two year old niece loves these! She pulls them out after dinner and we play together. great product

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Alphabet Popsicles

              By Mrs Bagel

              from Northern CA

              About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

              Pros

              • Interactive

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Packing Information

              Best Uses

              • Young Children

              Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

              Disappointed with this item from Learning Resources, have always been pleased with products from this company and own many. Item was purchased at a store. Packaging does not describe that Popsicles are double sided with letters or how many items were in the package. Letter Q is printed upside down on our set. Definitely would not recommend this product to others. It is a shame because it is a great idea just poorly done, should have separate Popsicles for each letter and not be double sided. Had I read the website information I would not have purchased since they are double sided.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's always chosen first

              By Sara

              from Iowa City

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Engaging
              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

                  I like the color coding for scaffolded support.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful toy

                  By LFWErika

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Stay At Home Parent

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Educational
                  • Engaging
                  • Interactive
                  • Lots of Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment
                    • Indoor
                    • Travel
                    • Young Children

                    Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

                    This toy was perfect for our twins.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect learning tool

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                    By Alesha @ Full Time Mama

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Educational
                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Young Children

                      Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™:

                      Awesome for my toddler for fine motor skills and early learning. Equally awesome for my Kindergartener for reinforcement of letter sound and recognition. This has been a perfect addition to our homeschool education.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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