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Gymboree A to Z Activities for Babies

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      06.09.2010 18:26
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      A good set, worth looking out for

      Our set of Gymboree A to Z Activities for Babies Cards, was bought on the car boot sale for 75p. We often look at similar sales and fairs as they are great for picking up the odd bargain or two. The Gymboree A to Z Activities Cards are something we thought might be both useful, entertaining and enlightening for use with our child. They were a bargain purchase that proved to be very good.

      Our set of cards had all 26 alphabet letters as an individual flash card. As we have found with these types of things children soon begin to be able to recognise the letter shapes and then begin to be able to associate these with words, sounds and phrases which are included on each card.

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      The blurb on the front of the pack says that the Gymboree A to Z Cards can 'enrich a babys world of play' tall claims perhaps, but we did find our child liked these a lot. Our child soon began to be able to point at the correct letter card when faced with a choice of two at the same time and us asking ' show mummy/ daddy, the A' etc. or 'can you point to the B card now' etc. With lots of clapping and encouragement on our part if the correct answer was given.

      When we first began to use these cards we used them in a strict alphabetical order, so as to allow our child to become familier with each one. In many ways repetition really helped when using the cards. After a while we found that we were able to mix the cards up a bit and this meant that our child could not resort to using their memory of the cards having always been shown in a certain order.

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      The cards are a nice size at around 5 x 7 inches and are made from a sturdy feeling card. Each one has not just the alphabet letter on it, it also has an easy to recognise every day object on it and is made to look bright and attractive to young eyes.

      For example the letter T shows a nice little red train and our child learnt that the card was a choo choo at first, making the noise to go with that. Slowly over time, we reminded our child that the choo choo was in fact a train and we progressed like that with many of the cards.

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      Each card also has an activity on the back that you can do with your baby. To take the train card as an example again, the card suggests noise can be associated with it, although our Einstein baby had already worked that one out. So we were already on the right track.

      The card then goes on to suggest sitting your child on your lap to mimic a train ride and then going on to use blocks to make a train. Luckily as we have a vast collection of Thomas Ertl Trains, making a train wasn't ever an issue. The activity part of the Gymboree A to Z Cards was fun for everyone, not just our little one and this made the cards something better than just a simple flash card.

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      We found this set of 26 cards to be both fun and stimulating for a young child. They can help to encourage learning and bonding with mum and dad during the activity moments which we all enjoyed. We eventually passed the set on to a friend who wanted to get hold of a set but didn't want to pay the £10 or so for a new set of these activity cards. They are still proving to be great fun for mum and baby alike.

      To give these simple yet well thought out flash cards a rating I feel they ought to get 5 stars. Not only did we manage to pick these up really cheaply, but we had great fun using them with our child and they are something I would really recommend. The age range for the cards is from 0 to 12months, although I feel they can be started at around 4 to 5 months onwards for best effect.

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      24.08.2010 22:14
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      The Gymboree A-Z Activity cards were purchased for my daughter by my mum. I wanted a pack of flash cards to teach her words and objects and this is exactly what these are.

      The cards come in a nice little box with a flip up lid. The cover of the box is bright and written in a baby style font with a teddy and a ball and little circles of colour all over.

      There are 26 cards to this pack for the 26 letters of the alphabet. On the card, the letter of the alphabet will be printed in both a capital and common letter (Aa or Bb) with a picture of an object which correspondes to the letter so on the card which says Aa the picture is of an Aeroplane or Dd with a picture of a dog. The drawings are very bright and colourful and really appeal to children. My daughter used to love looking at these cards and would clap her hands in delight when we got them out and it came to a picture she particularly liked.

      On the back of each of the cards there is a little activity you can do which involves the object on the card which was always a lot of fun. My daughter's favourite was the peek-a-boo with the dog activity which was on the dog card.

      I used to really enjoy using these cards with my daughter. Not only was it great fun but it also created a nice time of bonding with my daughter. I always felt a sense of achievement when using them and she recognised something the next time we got them out and she would try and say the letter or the name of the object.

      The age on these cards is 0-12 months but they can definately be used alot longer than that to teach your baby the alphabet. I don't think a child under 3 months can fully appreciate them although you can show them to a child of this age. I continued to use these with my daughter until she was around 2 and a half even though she knew her alphabet by the time she was a year and a half as she still loved the little activites and she loved to show off what she knew to people who came in. I fully put that early knowledge of the alphabet and recognising objects down to these cards.

      The cards are well made and have a glossy sheen but they can be easily torn so do keep your eye on them with babies with a tendancy to tear things up! These cards are absolutely great and I highly recommend them. They are great for helping your child develop and if you do see them about, I would grab them.

      5 stars!

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      20.12.2009 13:50
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      A definite recommendation

      We have had this product for many months now and use it regularly, yet I have only just got round the writing the review.

      Gymboree A to Z Activities for babies was bought for our son as a gift by Grandma's husband.

      **WHAT IS IT?**
      26 activity cards are packaged in a sturdy box, along with a play guide.

      Each activity card has a letter from A through to Z, printed in both capital and lower case letters along with a picture of an appropriate image and the words printed underneath. For example, Aa Aeroplane, with a picture of an Aeroplane; Zz Zebra, with a picture of a Zebra.

      On the back of each card is a play idea for you to enjoy with your baby. For example (Dd, Dog) "Put on a dog
      and pony show for your baby with this version of peekaboo. Show him a toy dog, hide it and then sing this song, bringing the dog out at the end with a 'woof woof!'

      Oh where, oh where
      Has my little dog gone,
      Oh where, oh where can he be?
      With his ears so short
      And his tail so long,
      Oh where, oh where can he be?

      **WHAT DO WE THINK?**
      We all enjoy this activity pack. It is a fairly basic concept but works really well. We often think of new things to do with them. The packaging says that the product is suitable for age 0 - 12 months, but we still use this very regularly now than Jake is 14 months and I am sure that this will last another year or more with fun activities and to help Jake with his alphabet.

      I am also toying with the idea of putting these alphabet cards up on the wall in Jakes bedroom as a border when we have had full use of the activities out of them.

      These are great for inspiring new play themes and are totally appropriate from new born.

      They are great for boosting coordination, learning about cause and effect, discovering colour, sorting shapes and inviting sensory explanation (just as it says on the box).

      I am so glad that we were bought these as a gift and would recommend them highly.

      Bonnier Books
      ISBN 13: 978-1-905825-73-8
      Priced: £8.99
      www.gymboreeclasses.com

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