By In The Playroom in Book Reviews 10 Comments Tags: books about cats and dogs, books about the arctic, challenging books for 5 year olds, childrens book reviews, childrens literacy, early chapter books, early readers
We were recently sent 2 early reader books to review from Orion Books. These are: Poppy the Pirate Dog’s New Shipmate and Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic.
My oldest boy is just about to turn 5 and these books are marked 5+ so I thought they would be perfect to try out. He is currently in reception year at school and his reading is coming along quite nicely, I would say he is at about an average level for his age. Below is an example of the kind of simple reading scheme books he gets from school and he is able to read these quite easily now, so I am interested in seeing if he can push himself a little further with his reading now that he has picked up all the basics.
To contrast, this is a page from one of the Orion early reader books – Poppy the Pirate Dog’s New Shipmate:
As you can see, It is quite a big jump from what he is currently reading, so at the moment he is not at all able to read that all by himself. I think seeing such a long book and more sentences on the page daunted him a little so he did want me to read a lot of it to him. There are still plenty of pictures so it is not a full page of black and white text, but compared to other Early Reader books we have at home, such as Ladybird, these are that bit more advanced and challenging. I would say they are basically a first stage chapter book for children who are newly free readers, rather than still working through reading schemes. Some of the vocabulary is a little more challenging too for example pounced, bounded – whereas in the more simple books it would have been just jumped, ran. This is good for stretching the children though!
For a slightly more confident reader or a child of 5 and a half+ I think they would probably be able to read it quite well. So in 6 months or so I would think my little boy will get on with it much better as a book to read himself, and I can see him getting so much more out of the books as his reading progresses.
Meanwhile though, I did read the stories to him and he thoroughly enjoyed them. They held his attention really well. The stories have a bit more depth to them as they are that bit longer than some of the basic books. They have humour in them and are well written.
Poppy the Pirate Dog’s New Shipmate is about a family dog who gets lonely at home while the family are out at school or work, so they decide to bring her a companion to keep her company, but rather than the little dalmation she is hoping for – they come home with a kitten! The story then tells about how the kitten gets on her nerves but eventually she warms to him and accepts him as his new shipmate. This is a good message and one most children can probably relate to, especially in the context of younger siblings but maybe even school classmates they may not have warmed to straight away. Being the oldest I think my son could relate to Poppy the dogs point of view where the little ones do bother him at times, but then if they are not there he would miss them! The little kitten George is very cute and based on a real kitten shown at the front of the book.
Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic actually has a similar message, where a boy (Algy) thinks that younger children are always annoying and just cause trouble, but by including his friend’s little brother Brad, he finds out that sometimes they can be fun and he could get along with them. They all go into a magic shed which turns into different adventures every time, and this time it has turned into a snowy arctic adventure. We read about the children building snowmen, and little Brad gets lost and ends up being found nearby to where he has been meeting a yeti who took his carrot.
The pictures are all bright and engaging to help keep the child’s interest in the story, and my son enjoyed both of these.
There are loads and loads of books in this early reader series, so there is a great variety and plenty to choose for any child’s taste. You can see some of them here. I also noticed written on the back of the book, that there is a blue level available for the early readers which may be slightly easier. I will have a look for those for my son to try out as it may be more suitable for his level at the moment and hopefully they will help to build his confidence so that he could return to these red level books in a few months and feel more able to read them unsupported. Once he is a little stronger in his reading I am sure he would love reading all of these early reader books and they would be ideal for us to collect.
Recently we were sent the Robots BluRay from Zavvi to watch and review. This is a family friendly movie so we all settled down together to have a family film evening. This is something we all really enjoy as a great way to have some relaxed quality time after a busy weekend!
I had been told by some other Mums that their boys of a similar age had enjoyed Robots, so I was quite hopeful that it would go down well (and it did)
Robots is the story of a young robot from a humble background, with a dream to become a successful inventor. When he grows a little older, he finally decides to he has to pursue this dream and he makes his way to the big city to ‘Big Weld Industries’. He thought he would be welcomed, as he had been firmly clinging onto the Big Weld motto “You can shine no matter what you’re made of.” Unfortunately he finds out life is never so simple, and Big Weld Industries had been taken over by a new evil boss, who was only interested in making more money at the expense of treating other robots kindly. The new leader had changed the motto to “Why be you when you can be new!” and was promoting a much more superficial society and a message of just treading on others to get more for yourself.
Of course the little robot Rodney is not happy to accept this, so he sets out to find the original Big Weld and put things right. To find out what then happens along the way, you will have to watch for your self!
I found the film really good at spanning the different age groups. There are jokes which the parents will get and keep them entertained, rather than just being one of those movies which is purely for the children and you just sit through it. The whole family can be entertained by this and enjoy a good night in together. As soon as it started I felt this would be the case, as they opened by showing the new robot baby being delivered and made and this is quite cleverly done and funny.
All the boys (aged almost 2 to almost 5) were happy to watch this and enjoyed it. My oldest gets scared easily when watching new movies. There is quite a bit of “mild peril” in this with the evil new boss of Big Weld, and also his mother is another “baddy” and a bit scary looking, so he did say he was scared but he was still fine to watch. (My younger two were not bothered!) I would just say that if your children are on the younger side and easily scared then do watch it together as a family rather than it being a film for them to watch on their own.
Robots was out in cinemas in 2005 but if you missed it at the time (as we did) or fancy seeing it again then it would be worth adding to your collection for family viewing.
Have a look at the trailer below!
Zavvi have lots of Blu-Rays as well as DVDs. It’s well worth having a look on their website if you are looking for something for a family night in. My husband always prefers Blu-Ray and when he is sitting down to watch with us he would rather insist that we do only watch the movies on Blu-Ray, for the better quality. Although I don’t mind watching DVDs sometimes too, I can notice a difference in the quality and as we have a large screen TV its good to make the most of it with the high definition Blu-Rays.
By In The Playroom in Education, Islam, Play 12 Comments Tags: getting children excited about ramadan, getting children involved in ramadan, islamic crafts, muslim children activities, ramadan, ramadan and children, ramadan crafts for children, ramadan crafts for teachers, ramadan ideas for children, ramadan ideas for home schoolers, ramadan ideas for primary schools
Ramadan is coming and it’s always good to get some ideas of themed activities or crafts to do to help get the little ones into the spirit of Ramadan and help them feel a strong connection to our special month. Here are 10 Ramadan activities for children which may come in handy!
Check out all these creative ideas for Ramadan Calendars
Inside each one you can have either a slip of paper with an activity for the day (print a set of these here) or you could have a small treat for after iftar, or a quiz question for the children, or many more ideas. This calender could be made very large and from fabric, to hang on the back of a door, or it can be made much smaller simply from cardboard. You could get the children involved in making this the week before Ramadan, to build some anticipation.
Helping to make Iftar.
Simple tasks like helping to make mango lassi or smoothies to drink can be great fun even for preschool children. Or give them jobs to do like getting the dates ready onto the plates or pouring glasses or water or milk. Remind them of the rewards for feeding a person breaking their fast, so they feel proud about what they are doing. Post here about children making roti
Make their own prayer mat activity.
Download your prayer mat colouring pages here.
You can use these as a template to decorate your own prayer mat, or for something more crafty, why not let them experiment with fabric to make and decorate their own prayer mat. It will be easier if you make it thinner than the usual prayer mats. What about with several children, allow them to have a go at making a large prayer sheet for them to use in congregational salah. It’s a good opportunity to speak about what designs are acceptable or not on a prayer mat, like no animate forms, and keeping it simple and not overly “blingy” so it does not take away the concentration or khushoo in Salah.
Printable Colouring Pages
Try these simple Ramadan printable activities to decorate their own qibla arrow, or colour traditional designs
You can buy canvases quite cheaply and make an Arabic calligraphy canvas. I have had them from the pound shop before! Then encourage the children to make a canvas with their name in arabic or any word they choose. For little ones you could trace the letters onto it yourself and they can paint it in. You could give them diamontes to decorate it or glitter paint to help make it more sparkly and exciting. We have made Arabic alphabet candles, plasticine letters, and tried out Rosetta stone for fun Arabic language learning. If your child needs to improve their Arabic language there is no better time than Ramadan, your efforts will be greatly rewarded at this time and it is important part of their identity as a Muslim. Learning Arabic through books and games helps to keep things fun.
We are crafting our way through the Arabic alphabet using simple materials like paper plates. Check out the first letters we have completed, and stay tuned for more:
Ramadan around the world
Have a look at images together on the computer, then you can talk about what do we all do the same, what do we do differently. It can be interesting to see the different foods for iftar, and different customs.
Giving food to neighbours
Helping to build community spirit and neighbourly relations, to include others in our celebrations, to show people we are friendly and approachable. It’s important to me to teach kids this, that we can have pride in our own religion, celebrations and culture without cutting ourselves off from others or shunning others! Personally we sometimes just give out chocolates to people in the street at various times of year rather than cooked food – I think it’s more the thought/guesture that’s nice to do so doesn’t matter what you give them.
Very simple to make and can be used to decorate the house. I think this is one of the easiest decorations children can help with from a young age. Sometimes I find the self adhesive ones wont last and fall apart so you can be better actually cellotaping it. You can do as little or as much as you like in decorating the chains!
The Islamic calendar is measured by the moon, but how much do your kids know about the moon? Try these 14 moon themed activities to learn about the moon, from moon phases to moon themed crafts and sensory bins. Teach your child about the way the moon is sighted for the beginning of Ramadan, and for Eid, and about the 3 “white days” (ayyam al beed) when the full moon shows and its recommended to fast them during any month.
Making a model mosque.
This can be done in 3d, junk modelling with cardboard boxes and kitchen rolls, then painted and decorated. Or 2d with a sheet of card cut to show the building outline, then scoring out holes for the windows and doors, and then decorating. This makes a sillouhette kind of effect. Check out my full list of 10 ways to make a mosque with your little ones.
Download printable mosque silhouette templates here, to use for pictures like the one above.
There are loads and loads more ideas! I will be coming back to add more as the month approaches and throughout the month, and will post up pictures of the things we get up to. Also check my Pinterest board where I have collected a few of the ideas I found
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This morning we had the chance to go to London SEALIFE with a group of Bloggers from Tots100. The last time I went was for my oldest boys 2nd birthday, which is almost 3 years ago now as he is turning 5 at the end of this month. (Times flies it does not seem that long ago!)
This time, I took my younger two boys aged 3.5 and 22 months, and travelled together with Mary from Over40andamumtoone and her 3.5 little boy aged too.
Unfortunately for my older boy he was at school and had to miss out. He is a massive Nemo fan though so we will have to go again sometime on a weekend so that we can bring him.
When we went in we were given some special cardboard diving goggles for the children to wear and a stamp book to stamp as they went around, and then we went on to see all the underwater creatures.
First we went over a shark walk way where we could see all the sharks swimming beneath us! My two boys weren’t scared at all, and they were quite fascinated by looking at the water and sharks beneath.
The above is not my own pic. We can not use flash because it scares some of the animals, so my pics did not come out the best – luckily we have been provided with some better ones! This shows you clearly how close you are to the sharks and how well you can see them – It is pretty cool!
We then moved on to the Sting Rays, which my boys loved so much. They are in an open tank, so you can see them right there at the top of the water. They are quite sociable animals, so when we came to look at them, they came straight up to the surface. My boys waved at them and they have even waved back! They are such an usual looking creature, with their big flat face – I found them quite fascinating to look at.
My youngest was not happy at all with being moved away from the Rays! But he did cheer up once he saw the starfish and had the opportunity to touch them. He loved dipping his finger in the water, and slowly built up his courage to touch. Both of them were given a sticker for being brave and touching the star fish and the guides who were in charge of the star fish were really helpful and encouraging to the children. The starfish felt quite spiky! Not exactly how I expected it to feel. They have no teeth at all so they are totally safe for even little toddlers to touch.
We then moved on to more of the fish displays.
- Clockwise from top left:
- Nemo’s World – Clownfish and Blue Tang (Like Dory)
- More Nemo’s World – in the Coral Reef
My boys loved all the different displays of fish, they would have happily spent hours looking at each tank if I did not keep moving them onto the next! I do love looking at fish myself too, its very relaxing. I would love to have a massive tank of all these tropical fish in my house if we had the space!
There are plenty of Clownfish in the coral reef, which is pretty exciting for any Nemo fans. My 4 year old is the main Nemo fan in our house but the 3 year old was also pointing at the Clownfish to show he recognised them.
There are so many tanks, with sharks, turtles, seahorses, and also a crocodile at the end. When we were at the Shark tanks, the children had the opportunity to touch a piece of shark skin and some shark teeth which had been collected from the bottom of the tank! My 3 year old loved touching the shark skin, and like the star fish it did not really feel how I expected it to.
There is also an Antarctic Penguin Experience, which we actually didn’t see today but will make sure we look at that one next time we go as it does sound good!
There is lots to see, and I would say this is one of the attractions that spans all age ranges, so is a great one for all the family and definitely something to keep in mind especially for a rainy day because it is all indoors! There are some offers at the moment on cereal for 2 for 1 for all merlin attractions, which does include the SEALIFE centres so it would be worth looking out for those if you are planning to go!
I have to say, all of the SEALIFE staff who were taking us round for our tour were so good. They engaged and chatted with the children and were really lovely and helpful.
Some lunch was provided for us all, and a chance for the children to play a bit and do some colouring in, and then it was off to the tube back home! I had to stop by the gift shop on the way out, because I felt sorry for my 4 year old missing out so I wanted to get him something small. They do have quite a few things with a reasonable price range, and I got him this “grow your own aquarium”
When you put water in it, the little fish are supposed to grow bigger! He has not done it yet, so we will see how it turns out!
On the tube, we went via Westminster. The centre is located in between Westminster and Waterloo, so you could use either. I’m not sure how Waterloo is but there are quite a few steps when you come out from Westminster to get onto the bridge, so just something to bear in mind if you are travelling with a buggy. There are lifts inside the station though, so it could be worse! And the reputation people give about Londoners on the tube being unfriendly is totally untrue in my experience cos I always get offers of help every time I take the buggy on the tube.
The boys fell fast asleep on the way back! They had a great time and were totally tired out!
For more details on the SEALIFE centre (London Aquarium) have a look through their website. There’s loads to see and really the pictures can’t do it justice so you will have to go yourselves and have a visit! 🙂
It is time for our 2nd Twitter party – #CookWithPyrex. Together with my 3 co-hosts we are focusing on several areas, and I have chosen to do my feature here on entertaining. A good topic for me – with Ramadan not too far off, I always start to think about calling family round for iftars, and what to serve. Of course Eid comes shortly after, and again we think of what dishes to prepare!
Cooking when you’re entertaining – What do you do differently? Would you serve in the same dish you cooked with?
The main thing when entertaining is probably the amount and variety of dishes I would make. When we host dinners there tends to be a lot of people because even just with family it all adds up! So I rather make a variety so people can take whichever they like. This would normally be something like
- Tandoori Chicken
- Lamb Chops or a Lamb Curry (or both)
- Vegetable dishes like Chickpeas and spinach, Spicy potatoes (Batata Harra), or a Sri Lankan mushroom curry taught to me by my mother in law
- Salads, and some yoghurt things like cucumber and mint raita or one with fried aubergine
- Extras like samosas, pakoras, kebab rolls (sheekh kebab)
- Mango lassi and smoothies
- A few deserts
This all takes time, especially if I have to try and deal with the children at the same time! So anything to make life easier is always a good thing. With Pyrex the dishes look great so you can even serve the dishes in the same cookware you used to make it – That’s one less job to do! I love the stoneware items, they are really appealing and do look great as a serving dish on the table.
I also normally try to make deserts that I can do in a pyrex dish, rather than baking a cake in a cake tin and then having to take it out and serve on a plate. It is just easier for me and I know that they look nice in the Pyrex and will be ready to serve like that. I tend to go for anything like these which can be made in Pyrex Glassware
- Cookie desert. This is my husbands favourite and very very easy! I will put this recipe up one day when I next make it because it is so easy, its handy to know when you are short of time. Be aware though – very unhealthy!
- Fruit flans or Triffle
- Banoffee Pie
- Bombay Halwa
What do you make when you are entertaining? Hope to see you at our #CookWithPyrex Party to share ideas! 10.30 This morning! It’s almost time!
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My 1st week joining in with the #365 project. Okay, so there should be 7 pics here one for each day but 7 did not fit nicely in the collage, and I’m sure it’s okay to bend the rules a little?!
Clockwise from top left:
- Water play – one of the best things about summer. The boys love it!
- Pizza making workshop at our local shopping centre. Run by Pizza Express. My 4 year old loved it! It was a lovely event, and I was quite impressed with the taste of his pizza – very good mini chef 🙂
- Ice pops in the garden. Reminds me of the 90s!
- Snuggling with Dada
- [Centre] Building a tower in the backgarden, out of wood. I was intending to submit for the Britmums Blackpool tower competition but silly me forgot to read the instructions that it actually had to be blackpool tower shaped, and let the kids go wild with whatever they fancied. End result – absolutely nothing like a blackpool tower! But they did have fun.
I made my collage on Fotor
I have been using Munchkin Click Lock™ feeding cups with my 3 year old for a while now and found them very well made, so I know I can trust the good quality products from Munchkin and I was really happy to get the chance to try out the new Disney range. All of my boys love it when they have characters on their plates and bowls, to add a bit of fun to meal times! I chose a Mickey Click Lock™ Flip Straw Cup and a Winnie the Pooh Blue Toddler Dining Set for my youngest (22 months) to try out.
These are all very well made and look great. The character designs are lovely and bright. The dining set includes a plate with 3 sections on it, a small sized toddler bowl and a set of toddler sized spoon and fork. It’s really good value as you get so much! The plate and bowl have some grip on them to make them non slip, which is ideal if you have a slightly clumsy toddler. I do end up with food all over my kitchen floor from time to time but I have not so far with these. Because he likes the characters, my little one is also less likely to chuck them on the floor on purpose – which he has been known to do with his dinner on a couple of occasions! In fact he was a bit cross when I had to take his plate away once he had finished, because he was quite attached to it!
As you can see the plate with sections is ideal for separating the different foods, make it easy for your child to see what is there and easily tackle the meal. In the pic you can see my son’s lunch with a keema pastry, some cucumbers and a bit of roti. There is plenty of space on the plate for everything, and it is a nice size.
The different sections come in even more handy if they have any “wet” foods on the plate, as you can see here my son had some pasta with sauce for his lunch, along with a babybel and a few more pieces of cucumber. He won’t like it if the pasta sauce goes on the other foods, so this is ideal to keep everything in its place.
The bowl is on the smaller side. For a slightly younger toddler it will be ideal for their lunch if they are having a small portion and it is also an okay size for a small portion of porridge or cereal. I found it a great size for a portion of chopped fruit as a snack or after lunch.(Note: If you like his bib it is from Cornish Daisy and you can have a look at our review here)
The fork and spoon are a great size, very comfy for his little hands to grip and hold. He had no problems using these.
Here’s the Mickey Click Lock™ Flip Straw Cup. I was actually thinking of giving this to my 3 year old, as he loves Mickey, but then the little one wanted it and as he hasn’t tried the Flip Straw Cups before I decided to give it a go and see how he gets on with it. He knows well how to drink from a straw as he likes drinking juice boxes, and these cups are recommended from 12 months+ so they are fine for him. He managed to drink easily from it and was happy to use this cup. This is 9oz which is a fraction smaller than the other Click Lock™ Flip Straw Cups we have. This seems better for my little one as it is a more manageable size for him. It is spill proof which is a big plus for me as I don’t have to worry about him spilling his drinks all over the house. The Click Lock™ is pretty handy as it lets you hear when it has properly closed, just to give you that extra reassurance. I have had with other cups or bottles that you think you have put the lid on, but it’s a bit skew so it ends up leaking – very annoying! Luckily that won’t happen with these.
All of these products are BPA free and are fine to go in the top shelf of the dishwasher.
Now onto the giveaway!
One of you lucky people will have the chance to win a Toddler Dining Set in any character of your choice, and one of the cups in any character of your choice. That is, either Mickey, Minnie, Winnie the Pooh or Monsters inc. Have a look on the Munchkin website to browse the full range and then just enter via the rafflecopter below.
I have recently been trying out a range of products from Noroclear. These are disinfectant products for at home or out and about, which protect against a massive range of ‘Superbugs’ – Norovirus, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Human Flu, E-Coli and Salmonella to name just a few.
With 3 small children, we do seem to get quite a few bugs – especially since they started school and nursery as there is always something going around for them to pick up! Anything that reduces the likelihood of having illnesses in the house, or helps to stop it spreading from family member to family member, sounds very good to me! Like all mums, I hate seeing the kids ill.
The surface wipes have come in really handy for wiping down the highchair, or wiping the changing mat after changing nappies – which is good as I have two in nappies so its even more important to keep the changing area thoroughly disinfected as they share it!
The surface disinfecting spray can be used in any room. I have found i’m mainly using it in the kitchen to disinfect all the work surfaces after cleaning. It is a really generously sized bottle, at 750ml so I can see it lasting quite a while. The smell of the spray is quite clinical. I wouldn’t say it is unpleasant but it is quite strong at the time of spraying. However it doesn’t linger too long after use.
The travel pack comes in a handy zip up pack, and has a small hand foam as well as a smaller version of the surface wipes, and a small pack of skin wipes. It is all quite compact so easy to take out and about, it will fit easily into your changing bag, handbag or in the basket of a buggy. We have quite a few hospital appointments because of my 3 year old’s additional needs, and also use public transport a lot because I can’t drive – so this small pack is quite handy, as these are places where perhaps we could have been picking up bugs but by using these I can help to cut down the chances.
The skin products (skin wipes and the foaming hand rub) contain aloe vera and glycerin for skin softening benefits so they are not too harsh on your hands and you don’t have to worry about using them regularly. I found that both the foam and wipes do dry quickly so you are not left with moist or sticky hands at all after using. You do have to be careful about using them if you have broken skin, and I would not want to use them on the children but I am very happy to use them myself.
All of the wipes, the spray and the hand foam kill the super bugs within one minute, so it is really quick. The products are all alcohol and bleach free too which is good to know as this is better for you skin and better for the environment. I am not totally comfortable with using alcohol based hand disinfectants (as a Muslim) so I am much happier with this!
You can look on Noroclear’s website www.combatnorovirus.com for more info about the whole range and the science and testing behind it.
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By In The Playroom in Toy Reviews 9 Comments Tags: brainboxgames, card games for children, children's memory games, ethical toys, game reviews, green board games, letter and sound games for children, toy reviews, word cards for children
We were recently sent ABC from Brainbox games from the Green board game co. This is a ten minute brain challenge game recommended for age 4+, so it was ideal for my 4 year old to test out and he was very excited to get started.
The Brainbox ABC box contains a sand timer, 1 die and 53 cards. There is a card for every letter of the alphabet plus others for two letter combinations producing the same sound at the start of each word – like “ch” “sh” “cr” “sl”
On every card the letter or sound is written prominently and there are several pictures of things starting with that sound. You use the sand timer and look at the pictures until the time runs out, then turn over the card and roll the dice. There are six questions on the back, so if you roll 1 then ask question 1, roll 2 for question 2 etc. It is quite simple and my 4 year old very quickly and easily picked up these rules. The questions on the back test how much information has been retained from looking at the card.
As as example, the card “Dr” has pictures of a dress, a drink, a dragon and a drum. The child could be asked
- What’s the main colour of the drum?
- Does the dress have short or long sleeves?
- Is the glass less than half full?
- What colour is the straw in the glass?
- How many words beginning with “dr” are shown?
- What is the main colour of the card?
The first couple of cards my son didn’t always get the answers but he soon realised he has to pay a lot of attention when looking and he quickly managed to improve his skills with it and he did really well and retained loads of the info so he was getting most of them right (and feeling pretty pleased with himself too).
This activity helps to improve children’s concentration, memory and recall skills, as well as reinforcing the letters and sounds. I like that the cards feature the combination sounds, as that is something it took my little boy slightly longer to get than the single letters and when sounding out words which do have two consonants at the start, it is easy for them to miss out the 2nd letter – eg snake, and he would miss the ‘n’. I have been told this is quite a common problem so focusing on these combinations is brilliant. It all helps develop their phonological awareness.
I also found this game quite handy for getting my little boy to practise his reading without him really noticing and feeling that he was doing a lot of work. After he had taken quite a few turns with the cards, I suggested that we should take it in turns so I ask him a question then I will roll and he asks me a question. Of course he then has to read the question himself. Although he is progressing quite well with his reading, he can be slightly reluctant at times. At first he did say “you read it mum” but after explaining to him that if I read it then I will be cheating because it’s my question and I must not look at the card then he was more eager to make sure I don’t see it and read it himself.
This was a great game for him, and definitely ideal for his age and stage. He found it fun and I was very happy with the educational benefits of it, so a win-win situation. I also really like the box, its very compact and handy and snaps closed with a magnet in the front fold of the box.
I also found the cards good for my 3 year old. Not to play the game in a structured way as he is not at the level to do that yet, but he was quite interested in the cards and wanted to look at the cards and attempt to repeat the words. (For any readers not aware of my family, my 3 year old has very delayed speech due to Verbal Dyspraxia and Autism). Anything which encourages him to vocalise and make an attempt at more speech is a definite thumbs up from me and he was quite interested in seeing what his older brother was doing with these cards. I was able to use some of the questions with him, not using the timer or expecting him to memorise, but just using them as a prompt while looking at the card, and he was then able to point at his answer or try to say the word he wanted. I was actually very impressed with how well he did with these!
I would say the game is pretty versatile and flexible in this way. It can be used and adapted for the stage your child is at and they will still get benefit out of it. If your child is slightly older and more advanced, then they can play as a written challenge where after turning over the card they have to quickly write down the answers to all 6 questions and see how high they score.
This is the first game we have tried from BrainBoxGames, and I am very pleased with it and will definitely keep them in mind for the future. On the BrainBoxGames website you can actually play some of the games online! This is a very interesting feature to help you out if you are not sure which one to buy, so well worth having a look.