Written by: Cassie
Qualified Early Years Practitioner & Proud mother of Lily
Firstly let’s talk about the Activity books. Book 1 is all about learning to form letters. So each page has the letter A to Z in lowercase and uppercase. I was really pleased to see that it had both in as this is currently something Lily is learning. It is great for her to be able to see them side by side to be able to know what that a letter looks as a capital.
At the top, it shows the letter and also a word and picture that relates to that letter. For example h for hippo. It then has 2 lines of dotted letters which also shows you the direction you need to draw to write them. This is a great thing as Lily has started to know how to write letters but often doesn’t do them the way they are meant to be drawn. The second 2 lines down just have dots and no direction. This is so your child can practice the direction of writing without seeing an example. Then finally there are 2 lines at the bottom that your child can then practice their own letters with no dots to help. There are also some thicker letters on a line which I think are for colouring in.
At the end of each activity, there is an area where you can place stickers. This area says well done and the sticker is a reward. Lily loved gaining a sticker after she had done a full page of letters. The stickers are all super colourful and fun and for sure any child will be working hard to get one.
At the start of book 1, there is also an activity where they can follow the lines, this activity is made for pencil grip and control. Then at the back, there are numbers for your child to write. Lily did really well with this activity though at times rushed and had to be told to slow down.
We were also sent some cute little birthday cards which have dotted lines for what you need to write inside. Lily can’t wait until it is someones birthday so then she can do these.
The pencils that come in the pack are also specially designed with little hands and new writers in mind. They are shorter but wider so easier to hold and again have a softer core so then the pencil glides along the page easier. I must admit, I didn’t see Lily struggle at all when it came to writing her letters.
The rubber and pencil sharpener is really clever because it is 2 in one. I must admit I was really surprised when I pulled it in half and found the sharpeners in there. Lily was also super excited that it had both elements to it. It is great because it catches the shavings inside and so a child can do it themself without making a mess. The rubber part is also great as it comes with a lid, meaning it won’t get dirty. Lily found it really easy to rub out with this. In fact, I think she kept making mistakes on purpose just so she could use the rubber. She found it fun.