“ Manufacturer: Wilkinson / Type: Stationery „
I have two children aged 5 and 10 and they have just come back from spending a week with their grandparents at their caravan during the Easter holidays. I wasn't sure on what the weather would be like and I wanted to get a few bits and pieces for the kids to do in the event of rain. My first place to look was Wilkinsons, I think their craft and stationary range for kids is fantastic and exceptional value for money. One of the things that caught my eye was these story pads. I popped a couple in my basket and here is what I thought of it.
It is an A4 pad, it has a bright yellow front cover that lifts up rather than turns over.
Inside you get 40 sheets of story paper. This is where the top half of the paper is plain and the bottom half is lined.
The lines have quite a big gap between them which made it easier for my five year old to do his writing as he struggles to write small, but it was probably a bit to big for my daughter. The lines are in a feint blue which makes it good as a guide but once written on it is not blindingly obvious that it is lined paper.
The quality of the paper is not fantastic, it is quite thin and realistically you can only use one side of it as anything other than a HB pencil shows through. So the felt tipped pen scribblings of a five year old definitely went through, it even went through to the next page on a few occasions. So I would recommend using crayons or coloured pencils.
I asked my kids to keep a diary of what they did while they were away, they usually go for away for a week and when the come back and I ask them what they did they say 'played' or 'went on my bike'. My five year old is a very reluctant writer he struggles a lot and gets upset at the thought of doing it, but he really liked the idea of keeping a diary and I suppose the page doesn't seem too daunting when half of it is for drawing.
So off they went with their story pads in their bag, I was half expecting them to come back empty but they came back excited to show me what they had written and drawn.
My Mother in law said that each night before bed they wanted to write their diary page and both really enjoyed doing it.
The pages were filled with pictures of what they had done and it was lovely to see for the first time ever my little boys enthusiasm for writing.
You can buy these pads for the bargain price of 97p from Wilkinsons stores nationwide or online at www.wilkinsonplus.com, the catalogue number is 0253464.
The Wilko Colour Time Story Pad is a really neat little idea. It's so simple that I was surprised that I couldn't find an equivilant product available in Tesco actually. We'll just have to remember to stock up on these from Wilkinsons next time we go.
These pads are brilliant for younger children who are learning to write, or who have recently learned how to write. Each piece of paper features half of the page left blank for drawing pictures in, and half a page of wide set blue lines for writing on. The lines are nicely set apart to allow even a three year old to get their name written nicely within them, and I like that they're printed in a faint blue colour so that they're obvious but not overwhelming.
The paper is pretty decent quality considering the price range, though obviously it's nothing overly special. These are cheap pads from Wilkinsons after all! It doesn't tend to rip when a page is torn out of the pad, and it's thick enough to use on both sides if you're using pencils or crayons. If you use felt pens on this, it will bleed through to an extent, but I expected that for the price.
An A4 sized Story Time pad costs 97p in store and online, and we also found a neat little A5 size available in store for 48p a pad. The smaller pads are great for slightly older children who want to write their own stories or keep a diary. Or just for taking out an about with you along with a pack of mini crayons for when you need to provide a distraction.
These really are a handy little idea that the grandson has got a lot of use out of. He loves that the lines are easy for him to write on, and that he can put his picture on the same page without having to try to draw over lines. The paper quality is very reasonable for the price, and best of all these are cheap as chips at only 48p for the A5 sized pads. Every 3 to 7yr old should have one of these in their craft stash.