Play and learn are the main design principles behind the LUK
system. It is well known that children learn best when having fun.
Playing is the way children learn, especially for the younger ones.
If they play with challenging, interesting, well designed and age
appropriate contents, they learn and benefit more. This is because
their brains are stimulated, enriched, allowing them to achieve
higher level thinking skills.
Using the required controller tiles as they play with the system,
children develop fine motor skills as well as strengthen their
eye hand coordination. The contents of the system focus on the intellectual
development elements of memory, concentration, visual perception,
logical thinking, linguistic and mathematical skills. These elements
also serve as the foundations not only for learning to read, write,
and do math, but also for continued lifelong learning.
By using both hands and brain, eye-hand coordination as well as
greater thinking ability can be successfully achieved. For older
children the ability to recognize numbers
and place them in sequence is greatly enhanced. Delaying children's
gratification through the system's special design is another theory
behind LUK system. Research has shown that children who can delay
their gratification, that is to wait for their reward, will be more
successful than their peers in the future.
The LUK system originated in Germany 42 years ago. LUK comes
from “LÜK” in German which was abbreviated for Learning, Practicing and Checking.
It is designed for children to play and learn at the same time.
Back in 1968, the inventor and author Mr. Heinz Vogel originally
developed the LUK learning game with 24 small tiles for children
with learning difficulties. By popular demand, the smaller 12-tile
version was redesigned to be used in regular preschools, kindergartens
and primary schools. At the end of the 80's, a picture based miniLUK
was introduced to meet the needs of those children who could not
read numbers. In 1994 the miniLUK controller with a transparent
top was created. All tiles are placed in one handy case with no
more loose tiles. Since it was so successful and effective, the
bambinoLUK was introduced in 2002 for younger children ages 3 to
5 years old. bambinoLUK features 6 larger tiles with easily recognized
symbols along with workbooks' combining high interesting contents
and attractive illustrations.
In the last 42 years, this system has been continually improved
by updating contents as changes in society occurred. Because of
its effectiveness in children's intellectual development, LUK systems
have been translated into 16 different languages and made available
for parents and educators in 50 countries.