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Brand: ELC / Age: 2 Years+

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      08.09.2011 21:58
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      A good little buy for children aged 3-4 +

      My eldest daughter received these cards for her second Christmas when she was only 17 months old. The age recommendation on the box was 2-6 years, and after taking a look inside the box at the product I decided to put them away until she was older. The reasons being that apart from it looking too complicated and tricky for a 17 month old to do, I wasn't happy for her to have the laces, which in my opinion are a strangulation hazard for such a young child.

      It was only in the last few months that I discovered the unused sew and lace cards hidden away in a cupboard. My daughter, now aged 4, and her 2 ½ year old sister loved getting a new toy and have spent a good amount of time since then playing with them.

      There are 8 cards provided, plus 8 laces. Each card is made from thick, sturdy cardboard, and has a brightly coloured picture printed on. There's a police car, rabbit, train, snail, crab, lion, teddy and ball. Around the outline of each picture are punched holes. The idea is to thread the laces through the holes, from front to back, back to front, weaving in and out. The laces are rainbow dyed, and have a sealed end to make it easier for them to be pushed through the holes.

      Some of the pictures are easier to do than the others, and I'd recommend starting your child off on one of the easier ones such as the ball, which is simply a round shape, or the crab which is an oval shape. The trickiest is probably the lion, which has zig-zags around his mane, and my daughter sometimes threads the lace through the wrong hole on this part. It took her a few gos to master how to thread the lace through, and she would often thread it from front to back, then front to back again, getting it in a tangle. My two year old still does this, and it also takes her a while to get the thread through the hole in the first place, but she has improved since first getting them.

      The threads are more than long enough to go through all of the holes and still have enough left at each end, so if you leave quite a bit trailing when you start, you'll have a good chance of having enough lace to complete the shape. As the laces are rainbow dyed, it creates a nice colourful effect once the picture is completed.

      Sadly, the ends of the laces have become frayed and I'm going to have to use some PVA glue to seal them again, as they will no longer go through the holes.

      The cards came in a smallish box which we have always used to store them in. The box is now falling apart after just a few months, and it's also a squeeze trying to fit the cards and laces back in the box. They won't fit back in if any of the cards are laced up, so you need to take the laces out of each card before putting them back inside the box, which can be a pain if you're trying to tidy in a hurry. The cards themselves have lasted well and haven't bent or got creased at all.

      The sew and lace cards are really good for encouraging hand to eye coordination, and developing fine motor skills in your child. Teaching them to put the lace through one hole, then turn it over to put through the other hole, and so on, and to follow the holes in order. It's a good introduction to sewing in a way which they'll enjoy. I'd recommend parental supervision, especially for younger children, not only because of the laces, but young ones will need help and guidance to get started and show them what to do.
      Despite having a recommended age range of 2 - 6 years, the ELC website states "Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts," which is a complete contradiction!

      At £5 they're a good buy and my girls have certainly enjoyed playing with them and I'm sure will continue to do so - so long as Mummy glues the ends of the laces!

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      04.12.2010 11:13
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      5 out of 5 stars!

      When I worked in a school, one of the regular toys that would come out for the Reception children were sew and lace cards and they always seemed to be extremely popular with them so it was something I was always on the lookout for my daughter. Recently on a visit to the local schools fundraising car boot sale I saw a brand new box of the ELC Sew and Lace Cards so I got my mum to grab them before anyone else could! To our absolute shock the stall holder was asking for just 50 pence for them which is clearly a mega bargain!

      In the box you will find eight cards with various pictures and holes for the child to sew the laces through. The pictures are a rabbit, a policman in his police car, a lion, a train driver driving his train, a snail, a ball, a teddy bear and a crab. All of the pictures are very well drawn and are extremely cute as well as being brightly coloured. The laces that come with the cards are various colours - blue, purple, green, yellow, orange and pink. On the rabbit card there are 34 holes for the lace to go through and this can be done any way the child likes for example from hole to hole in a kind of straight line or zig zag, and many more.

      When I first gave my daughter the cards and laces she wasn't really sure what to do with them and initially thought the laces were small skipping ropes!! After a few minutes of showing her what to do and helping her start she soon got the hang of it and really enjoyed playing with them. I really like seeing the concentration on her little face when she is threading the lace through the hole and also seeing the frustration when it pops back out!! I do think my daughter had good hand/eye co-ordination anyway, but these cards have helped improve it further.

      The sew and lace cards are aimed at children aged two years+ and I think this is quite a good age as at that age they are learning more fine motor skills and this is a toy that certainly helps enhance those skills. It is also a good toy for teaching children new words as things like crabs and snails aren't really such a common thing in childrens toys. The sew and lace cards are sold for £5.00 at the Early Learning Centre and that is a decent price I think for a good quality toy.

      My little girl has really enjoyed playing with these cards and I "think" it is teaching her a little about patience as she can be very impatient but I think she is realising that some things take time and care to do so that aspect of this I really like.

      I highly recommend this toy!

      Thank you for reading my review :)

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        17.11.2010 09:31
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        sewing for little ones

        Many years ago I was a child and remember having sewing cards so when I saw these in the Early learning centre I just had to have them for old time's sake!

        What are they?
        Sew and lace cards consist of 8 pictures with punched holes and lots of coloured threads you then sew in the holes and make the picture.

        Cost and Stockist
        These particular ones are from the early learning centre but you can also get from Galt and other leading toy makers.

        I paid £5 for these and my daughter loved making the pictures and doing sewing like her Gran (only person in our family who can sew!)

        You can get these from early learning centre shops or on line www.elc.co.uk or indeed from mothercare or Boots.

        Why Buy
        I was initially surprised by how much my daughters liked theses they really kept them entertained and although at the beginning found it a little difficult soon got the hand of how to do it and this activity is very good for developing their fine motor skills I always think will aid them when it comes to doing shoelaces!

        Recommendation
        I really think this is a classic little toy it is beginning to help children with skills that they will need in later life it doesn't contain batteries and should you lose any strings easy to get more a brilliant toy that both my girls love.
        The age range given is from 2 years but my youngest was playing with this from about 18 months .

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          07.09.2009 20:16
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          Early Learning Centre Is The Best For Baby Toys

          I brought these Early Learning Centre sewing cards for my baby sister for her second birthday and she loved them.

          You get 8 cards in the pack and loads of different coloured threads. The pictures on the cards have holes punched around the outlines of the pictures so the child can use the threads to sew the shape of the character on the picture.

          Our ones are slightly different to the picture Dooyoo have got but they are just as colourful but some of the pictures are different. We have got the rabbit one but the rabbit looks fluffier and cuter than the one above.

          My sister can do it easily now but she had trouble to start with because the holes aren't that big and she hadn't got the coordination to push the thread through. She has learned this quickly though and now can do it with no problem and gets the outline of the picture loads quicker than I thought she would.

          She like it because she can unthread it and start all over again when she has done one picture but because there are 8 in there she never gets bored because she can just choose another one to do.

          It's nice watching her sitting doing her sewing with these cards because she looks so sweet and it's good to find little kids a quiet activity to do because it gets their brains working. My mum said shes noticed that my sister's coordination is loads better since she's been concentrating with these cards and she has also learnt some new words because she doesn't just want to name the character on the card but she wants to talk about the whole scene and sometimes we've made up stories involving all the different cards.

          Most of the cards are all suitable for beginners in this kind of activity but there is one in our pack that is more difficult than the rest of them and that is the fire engine because there are lots of gaps in the ladders and around the engine where my sister has to remember not to put her thread.

          I paid about £5.00 for this set and am glad I went for this instead of a set of bricks for her because she loves doing her sewing and it's taught her how to be patient and how to create such a lovely picture all by herself.

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          06.02.2009 01:47

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          A good parent and child together quiet activity

          These are brightly coloured card with pictures of rabbits, snails, lions and other animals and toys. the outline of the picture is punctured with holes. There are long strands of multi coloured lace, and the object for the child is to thread the lace around the picture in a sewing action.
          I bought these for my daughter when she was 2 year old, as thats the age suitability stated. However I think perhaps it was a bit difficult for a 2 year old and mummy ended up sitting one after another...... however by the age of 3 these were wonderfully entertaining for my daughter who would concentrate for long periods of time to complete a picture. Apart from teaching simple sewing skills they encourage hand to eye co-ordination and concentration skills. And a very worthwwhile feeling of 'i made that' for the child. The card is thick and durable, after over a year its still in excellent condition. The thread is thick and like a shoe lace, so theres no issue with it fraying. However they are quite long wich could be a safety issue , and adult supervision should be given at all times.

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          13.01.2009 02:39

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          There are 8 brightly coloured cards included in this activity with a selection of coloured threads to choose from. I bought this for my children for their Christmas and most days it is taken out to play with. It helps develop hand eye coordination skills and I have also found it helped my eldest grasp the concept of dot to dot pictures also.

          The cards are large so easy for small hands to hold. It is an activity I can bring out for my two toddlers to play with happily whilst I feed the baby. It comes with its own little plastic carry case to keep it altogether. Very hard wearing and continuous fun, once you are finished just undo it all and start again.

          At a retail price to date of £6.00 I think its an absolute bargain, I have far more expensive toys that rarely get a look in. A great little gift for the creative child.

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          20.10.2008 17:06

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          Worth the money

          You get 8 cardboard pictures - a bear, a rabbit, a lion, a snail, a police car, a ball, a train and a crab. Then you get 8 laces.

          The laces don't have ends on so you need to wrap sellotape around one end to make a "needle" and stop it fraying. Then tie a knot in the other end and thread it through the first whole in the card.

          The ball one is the easiest for them to start on - just to go around in a circle. Once they've got the idea then they get quite a lot of fun out of it, from about age four.

          Its a good toy to have in your bag, to bring out in queues and waiting rooms and the like.

          It costs £6, and since you can usually get a 20% off voucher these days, that's £4.80 which makes this toy good value.

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          20.10.2008 16:22
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          Overall I think these are great to improve your childs skills.

          Early Learning sew and lace cards suitable from age 2 years. They cost £6 pound to buy. The directions for use are: Thread the laces through the brightly coloured cards.

          It comes complete with 8 cards which have these designs on: A snail, lion, car, crab, teddy bear, ball, train and a rabbit. You also get 8 brightly coloured laces.

          We brought these for our girls on there second birthday. They did attempt to do them then, but they struggled to get the laces through the holes. They also didn't understand what we were telling them to do. So I put them away for a few months. Then the other day I got them out again as there nearly turning three so I thought they would probably understand them better, and they did and they really enjoyed doing them.

          I think these cards are great as there not messy, easy to store in the cardboard box that they came in, they help your child with there creative skills and they will improve your child's hand to eye coordination.

          I'm definitely glad that I brought these for my girls as they enjoy doing them and there learning new colours by me teaching them the colours of the laces. There also learning new pictures by looking at the cards and improving there fine motor skills by tthreading the laces through the holes..

          In my opinion I think that the ages they say the cards are suitable for are correct. But I would say there better for if your child is just turning three rather then if they have just turned two.

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          Picture cards with holes for threading laces around the pictures. Create and dress up your own unique pet. Assists in development of fine motor skills.