“ Brand: Matalan / Type: Stationery „
~Write To Santa~
This Write To Santa set is available from Matalan. Inside the plastic packaging, you will discover :
*two sheets of decorated writing paper
*a pack of three red crayons
*a sticker sheet
~Price and Availability~
This set is exclusive to Matalan and costs £2.00. It can be purchased instore or from the website www.matalan.co.uk. It is part of a 3 for 2 range across various festive products.
Whilst doing a bit of Christmas shopping in Matalan, I realised I had a few extra pounds to spend in order to get the most from a voucher I had. I spotted this writing set near the tills and decided to buy it for my five year old son. My sons writing is improving on a daily basis and I thought this would something nice for us to spend time doing on a cold evening.
The set is attractive in design. I was surprised to find two sheets of decorated paper inside as I expected there just to be one. This meant that both Boo and myself could write a letter to Santa. The issue we found is that there is only one envelope and some children may not be happy about posting their letter alongside their brother or sisters letter. Boo was more than happy to post his alongside his Mummies.
Each sheet of paper is a good size (A4 I think or possibly slightly smaller) and is of a good quality. The border has a foil design and there are some pretty festive pictures including a robin, reindeer and presents. There is a decent sized writing area featuring well spaced lines for your child to note down which gifts they would like Santa to bring them. My son chose to write his Santa list using the supplied crayons. The crayons were quite long and thin but withstood reasonable force. I personally think that small pencils would have made a better choice of writing implement for this type of set. My son found the crayons easy to use but prefers a pencil as the red colour didn't show up as well as neatly as he would have liked. I personally chose to use a pencil to write my letter as I just don't get on well with crayons. Boo has since added the crayons to his craft box to use at a later day for colouring activities.
Both Boo and I found that there was sufficient space to write our lists and tell Santa we had been very good this year. Whilst Boo is confident with his letters, we also made use of his electronic alphabet board to point out which letters he should use to form words to ensure that Santa knew exactly what he would like to find under his tree on Christmas morning. We really enjoyed writing our letters and actually writing his list down encourage Boo to have a really good think about what he really wanted and not just impulse decisions based on something he spotted in the toy section at Tesco.
Whilst our letters looked colourful and festive after writing them, we did make use of the stickers supplied. There was a nice selection on offer including Rudolph, Santa and presents. Some of the stickers were a bit fiddly for my son to remove off the backing himself but luckily Mummy was there to help. Boo used quite a few on his letter which made it a bit crowded but perfectly personalised. The final step was to place our letters inside the envelope which conveniently had the address written on it. Daddy (who is a postman) informed Boo that there was a special box at his work where letters to Santa went and this made sure they went directly to the North Pole with absolutely no chance of Royal Mail losing them. This just added to the magic of the whole process for my son. Soon enough, he will receive a video link directly from Santa mentioning those gifts that he asked for.
Whilst you can pick up writing sets for £1.00 or making your own, we enjoyed using this Write To Santa Letter Set. We spent quite some time completing our letters and I found the quality of this set to be good given the price. As I said earlier on in my review, pencils would have been a better choice to put in the set and perhaps a little more balance between the amount of sheets and envelopes supplied but aside from these small issues, this is a lovely little set and comes recommended by Boo and I.
Thanks for reading :)