Friday, 30 September 2011
Fun learning activity books by Galt Toys
The lovely people at Galt sent us some Early Activity books to try out.
It was perfect timing as we'd just had a very long summer break, and I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to ease Ruby back into some gentle learning before starting at her new nursery.
We were sent the Alphabet sticker book
and the Counting sticker book
Retailing at only £2.99 I think these are amazing value for money.
There's hours of activity in each book, with stickers, puzzles and drawing to keep things interesting and fun.
Aimed at pre-schoolers, I think at 3 and a half Ruby is the perfect age for these books. She already knows her numbers and can recognise most letters so this gave her confidence that she was 'getting it right'. I don't know about your child, but Ruby gets quite upset and embarrassed if she thinks she's getting something 'wrong'. So, already pretty good at the basics, what we do need to spend a little time on, is her writing. She's never attempted to accurately write down letters or numbers before, but the instructions and step-by-step guide is great for the adults to aid learning.
Ruby still tends to hold her pens in a fist, and it's difficult to encourage her to hold a pen correctly - she tends to just get frustrated and refuse to do any more. If anyone's got any tips on how to gently approach this, I'd be grateful!
The books suggest practicing 'writing' by following the lines with your finger first and she did this really well. Eventually she did have a go at writing and I think she did brilliantly!
The books are written by an experienced educational consultant, and I'm confident that they are helping me support Ruby's learning in line with Key Stage 1.
Ruby really enjoyed these books, the reward of a smiley sticker on each page is a lovely bonus and she found the puzzles fun to do.
We would definitely recommend these books to pre-schoolers, and I'll be looking to get the others in the set too - First Writing and Colours, Shapes and Sizes.
Sponsored post: I was sent two books to review free of charge. However, all views expressed are accurate and honest and are my own opinions.