I wanted my 4 year old to learn reading Hindi before writing it. At first I bought a wooden board where she learned how to identify all Hindi alphabets. Now one problem was solved but you cannot read Hindi until you identify matras. I tried some DIY solutions to my problem but they didnt work well and then I came across this fabulous game.
It has 2 sets of all Hindi alphabets and around 4 sets of each matra, sufficient to learn word building. My 4 year old and I play this game to build 10 new words every day and she loves it. In merely a month of using this games we have progressed to reading Hindi story books. The wooden alphabet board I bought earlier lays unused while this one is used everyday.
Sturdiness- 10 on 10 (every piece is made of wood, well painted, paint doesnt come up when water is spilled.
Usefulness- 10 on 10 (I couldn't have taught my 4 year old to read a book without this game)
Value for money- 10 on 10 (Rs.500 may seam a lot but believe me you wont regret it once you start using it)
Drawback- a. The wooden box doesnt come with a lid. So you have to come up with another mode for storing it. I keep one set of alphabets and 3 sets of matras in the box and keep the remaining in a separate pouch. Would have loved if the box/ crate could come with a separator for duplicate pieces and a lid.
b. The matra that you put on top of words like dard/mard/sard are not cut so basically are unusable unless you find a way to cut them yourself. I saw that in pictures posted by other reviewers as well. So it is not a problem in my box alone..
c. Sharp edges- If you have smaller kids at home, you need to be a little more careful as the edges of these pieces are not rounded. You may want to stick cello tapes. I didnt have younger kids, so didnt mind this issue.
Overall- Absolutely must buy if you wish to teach your kids how to read Hindi.