“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Reading / Writing / Age: 3 Years+ „
When my children were younger I brought a tub of ELC magnetic letters that I put on the front of my refrigerator, after nearly ten years the letters are still on the front of my refrigerator. A few are missing and the refrigerator has changed but there are still enough for my teenage children and I to leave silly little messages for each other.
The set of 68 upper case (capital) letters come in a large screw top jar. The jar is great for storing the letters in but my jar is long gone as I never used it for storing the letters in. The letters are made of brightly coloured plastic. The colours are Orange, Red, Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue and Yellow. Each letter has a few magnets on the back which will attach it to a metal surface in my case the refrigerator.
The letters are great for helping to teach younger children letter and word recognition. I found that mixing the upper case letters with a set of lower case letters helped my children learn when a capital letter was needed at the start of a sentence or when writing a name.
The fact that I have owned and used these letters for more than ten years is a testament to how well made they are. All the magnets have stayed in place and the letters are still as magnetic as they were when I purchased them many years ago. The plastic is still bright and eye catching and I have regularly washed the letters to keep them clean.
Child visitors to my house are drawn to the letters and they will spend ages sat in front of my refrigerator making words. Even adults are drawn to the letters but the words they leave behind are a lot less wholesome than what the children write.
I now have a granddaughter (Born on the 11.12.13) who I am looking forward to playing with these letters as she grows.
Obviously the letters can be brought from ELC for £6 a tub which I feel is great value for such a well made item that has lasted me more than ten years and are still played with now.
Thank you for reading.
I already own a couple of sets of magnetic letters in upper and lower case for school, however some of them seem to have got mislaid along the way, and I don't have the full sets that I once had. Although I could order a new set through school, I wanted to have my own set for my daughter in the future, and I thought if I invested in my own set now, I could use them in school but have them for my daughter when the time comes.
I find magnetic letters quite difficult to source in my local area, so when I saw the early learning centre had their range of stock on amazon with free delivery, and within this they had a box of magnetic lower case letters I jumped at them. Our nearest early learning centre within a mothercare branch is about half and hour away and with very limited stock, so I had never seen them in there.
A box of 105 lower case magnetic letters from the ELC costs £6 which may seen quite expensive, but I look at it like a long term investment as they can obviously be used time and time again.
I like the fact that the tub itself is a great way of storing these letters as it has a screw top lid, keeping them free from dust etc when not being used, and less chance of being lost. All these letters have magnetic strips along the back so they can be used on the fridge or in my case in school, I use them on magnetic boards. Even though they are magnetic you don't have to have a magnetic surface to be able to use and let a child enjoy these. They can simply be used on a table surface, albeit they won't stay in place.
All the letters in the set are of different bright colours which does attract a child's attention, and I know in school when I use them, they are a big hit with the children.
If I had one negative comment to make, it would be that the number of each letter in the pot that I got varies, you don't get the same amount of each letter, which in some cases is good, as there is little point in having 6 z's, however this could have been a better product if there had been a few more vowels as well as a few other commonly used letters. However, in the meantime because I am using them as extra for the letters I already have in school, there is no problem, but I do think I may need to invest in another pack for my daughter when she will be able to use them, as I do think the amount of each letter is limiting.
All in all, these are a great item and perfect for any school age child, as they can be used for so many literacy activities both in school and out of school to practice. The fact that they can be stuck to the fridge is also good so a child can see these letters all the time. Although at £6 it isn't the cheapest product, the letters are of good quality, and it is the kind of item that will last and last, especially if you store it in the tub provided. Just a pity there weren't a better number of letters.
Did you have a set of magnetic letters as a child, letters that you could use to make spell your name or write messages on the fridge? I know I did and I loved them even before I could spell and I want two year old Freddy to similarly enjoy this fun way of becoming familiar with letters even though he has a developmental delay meaning he really doesn't understand what they are. On looking for a set of magnetic letters I discovered they are nowhere nearly as widely available as they used to be, there were none in my local toy shop, or Tesco, or Argos or even Wilkinsons. In fact the only places I could find them were on Amazon (where they were rather expensive) or in The Early Learning Centre, where they are frequently out of stock. The ELC sell three different tubs of letters/numbers, upper case, lower case and numbers, with each tub having a standard price of £6. I picked up two out of three of these tubs recently during a 20% off promotion, so they cost me a far more reasonable £4.80 each. The remainder of this review will now focus of the Lower Case Magnetic Letters.
==a,b,c,d,e,f,g.....An Adult's View==
Within a squat, see through, screw lid tub there are a total of 105 plastic letters each backed with a pair of magnets. Each of the letters is formed of a shiny plastic and there are at least three of each letter on the English alphabet, with in some cases up to eight of a particular letter. For obvious reasons there are more of the more commonly used letters, so there are more of each of the vowels, "r", "s","t" etc. What really surprised me though is how many "m"s there are, a total of eight. I'm not sure if the mix of letters you receive is random though. The letters are all different colours, ranging from yellow to cream to orange to green to red to blue and what I particularly like about these colours are that they are bright without being garish. What I think is particularly impressive about these letters, especially when compared with other brands, is that they have been moulded in the semi-cursive style that your child will most likely be taught when they first learn to write at school rather than the more common printed style. This means the letters have the little tails that are the first stage towards "joined-up" writing and they are far better for a child to copy when starting to write. The mix of letters is also good, there is enough variety to allow most words and even short sentences to be spelled out.
Each of the letters is a good size and even though the recommended age is 3-6 years, even the smallest of them is slightly too large to swallow and cause a choking hazard. The magnets are extremely securely housed in the rear of the letters, as part of my testing for the Freddy-proof test, I have attempted to prise some free and been completely unsuccessful. The magnets are also a good strength, they securely hold the letters to the surface of a magnetic metal (steel/iron, they won't work on aluminium as it's not magnetic) such as a fridge door, radiator or magnetic board, but not so securely that the child cannot remove them. (I wouldn't actually recommend using them on a radiator though as it's best to teach children radiators shouldn't be touched in case they're hot).
The tub the letters comes in follows a classic ELC design which has been used to house many different products over the years. The transparent plastic makes it easy to see what is inside and the tubs themselves can easily be stacked for storage. The screw top lid is easy for even little hands to open and then do back up again and does not easily come loose. The tub is also very sturdy, although we've not had this particular one for long, I do still have tubs from twenty years ago that are going strong and now stuffed with art equipment long after the original contents have been lost. On opening the lid, the tub is surprisingly full, which does make picking out particular letters quite difficult especially as being magnetic the letters do tend to stick together. I did try the approach of tipping all the letters out to make it a little easier to find the ones I wanted, but they take up a surprising amount of space and got everywhere. It could be considered an advantage that if a child tips these out they will literally spread all over the floor, but as they are so brightly coloured they are easy to pick out even among other toys.
Purely taking the construction and presentation aspects into account, I would say that this tub of letters appears to be an excellent buy. The tub is durable enough to hold them for years to come and fits in well with several other ELC products and the magnets themselves simply exude quality. But looks aren't everything...
==Now I Know My a,b,c - The Magnets in Use==
Although Freddy is under the minimum recommended age and has a developmental delay that puts him even lower than this, I see no reason why I should not encourage him to participate in fun using tools such as these letters. In fact I believe that be surrounding him with toys such this I am helping him learn the all important pre-reading and writing skills without him even knowing it. Although he would love to be allowed free access to these magnets, they are something that he is only allowed when strictly supervised, partly because he is the kind of child who tries to eat anything, but mostly so that they are a treat and we make the most of their learning potential.
We use these magnets in various ways, depending on Freddy's mood and how long we have to play, but one thing we don't do is use a fridge as our surface. Freddy has an easel with a magnetic whiteboard which we will use though, and the magnets do an admirable job at sticking to this. One of our favourite activities using the whiteboard is that I pick out the letters in his name and then help him put them in order, sounding out each letter as I go. This is a great way for Freddy to start learning the letters and sounds that make up his name and with a little (well lot of) work and repetition I think we are finally starting to see some progress. There are also some times when I help him draw round the letters on the board, which helps with his hand-eye coordination. Freddy also loves to move the letters round on the board, remove them, put them back and feels very proud of himself when he lines them up, no matter what order they are in.
Other times we won't even use a magnetic surface to play with these, instead, I'll sit him at the table and put some in front of him to simply look at and explore, while giving a running commentary. I'll talk about which letter he is holding, what sound it makes, what words it is in and what it looks like, while Freddy just has fun exploring. While I can't outright prove it, I do believe that this is helping to imprint this into his mind, which will hopefully make things easier for him when he starts learning to read and write. During these play sessions, I'll also help him trace his finger around the letters in the direction that they'd be formed if he was writing. Again there's a good chance that some of this will sink in and make the process of learning to write easier in the future. We've also discovered that the letters are great for making imprints in play dough (well ELC Soft Stuff).
One of the little games we've played with some of these magnetic letter that proved brilliant fun (for Freddy anyway) is when we experiment to see what they will stick to. I know he is too young to actually understand the principles of magnetism, but it was a great little science project seeing whether they would stick to the wall, wood, glass etc. Once Freddy gets older I'll start to explain why the magnet sticks to some things and not others but at the moment we simply enjoy discovering what they will stick too. As he starts to develop more pre-reading and writing skills I'll probably allow him freer access to these and start encouraging him to spell out simple words and even see if he can copy words from books etc. I'll also use them to spell words on his board and encourage him to copy them with his whiteboard pens, to help him learn to form letters and that's why I think it's so great that the letters are moulded the way they are.
Both Freddy and I love using these letters as tools to learning while having fun and I think they way they are designed makes them that much better than other cheaper versions. In fact I think they are so great that I've already bought the matching numbers set and will very shortly be buying the Upper case.
==Next Time Won't You Sing With Me - Final Words==
This is a great tub of magnetic numbers that are not only durable and fun to play with but are also an invaluable tool when helping your child with develop their pre-reading and writing skills or even to help them improve their spelling. They stick well to any magnetic (or iron based) surface and are colourful enough to attract almost any child's attention. The way they're moulded is also great as even children with visual difficulties will be able to feel them and they are the "correct" shape as far as learning to write goes. So I have no hesitation giving them five stars out of five and recommending them to anyone who is looking for fun tools to assist a child to develop their literacy skills.
Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters
When my brother started school my mum decided to purchase some magnetic letters for the fridge to not only contribute to the ever growing collection of fridge magnets but also to help him when he was learning to spell.
My mum decided to buy him the Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters. She decided to buy both the upper case and lower case versions of the letters. Upper and lower case letters are sold seperately to each other.
The Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters come in a plastic round tub with a screw on lid. Due to the tub being round there are no sharp corners meaning your child can handle it safely.
The lid to the tub is really easy to unscrew and could possibly be undone by little hands so due to the letters being only around 1 inch in size and the magnet parts of them only being around 1 cm I would advise you to supervise younger children playing with the letters.
I think the size of the letters is ideal as they are easy for little hands to grab hold of and they are large enough to make them difficult to swallow, I would say impossible but I wouldn't put anything past children! So far, none of our magnetic letters have lost any of their magnets and we do check them regularly.
Each tub contains a total of 68 letters. There is at least 2 of each letter and more of the vowels. This is good as we only need one tub to be able to spell most words. The letters in the tubs are a multitude of bright colours, mainly shades of red, orange, blue, green and yellow.
So, the use of our magnetic letters...
Upon arriving home from work one day to discover a few letters stuck to the fridge to spell 'JAMES' and 'MUM' I took it upon myself to raid the cupboards to find where my mum had hidden the rest of the letters. Eventually I found them in their round plastic tub hiding cleverly behind a couple of boxes of cereal...
"Nice hiding place mum... but I know you well!"
I then proceeded to unscrew the lid of the tub and happily empty the contents onto the work surface. Shifting through the letters I eventually managed to make 'LOUISE' and took great pleasure in placing my name above theirs!
Since that day both the upper case and lower case letters have been emptied out of their tubs and the fridge now looks like a bowl of alphabet spaghetti! When James was learning smaller words at school I would often come home to read 'DOG' 'BOOK' 'CAT' and various attempts at spelling 'JAMES'
James is now 9 and can spell his name, he generally doesn't use the letters anymore and they have instead become a source of amusement for myself and my friends as well as being used by my mum when she cannot find a pen to add things to her shopping list!
The guidance age for the Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters is 3+. I would agree with this age, but only under supervision just in case a magnet does come out for some reason. As I said earlier, this has not happened to us but you never can be too careful!
I don't know how much my mum paid for these letters around 4 years ago but they are currently on the Early Learning website for £6 per tub. I think this is a good price for the amount of letters you get and the amount of fun that can be had from them.
I would recommend the Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters as they have helped my brother with his spelling and they have been fun for him along the way. They were good when he was younger as he could learn to spell words while he was still learning his letter formation. So, overall a great purchase by my mum and a recommendation from me.
Thanks for reading! :)
We brought these for my son who is slowly learning his alphabet and when we came across these we thought they would be a perfect stocking filler to go with his easel he received in Christmas 2010 he was 3 and a half and becoming interested in learning words.
They come in a plastic tub with a screw top lid which means they can easily be stored when not in use saying that these sit on our easel all the time so we do not use it for that we put crayons on ours which sit with the crafty stuff so the storage container does come in handy.
Inside the jar you receive 105 lower case letters there are a mixture all letters so that it is possible to write a few words out. They are brightly coloured and so hold little ones attention and there is a magnet underneath the plastic case of the letter meaning they can stick to anything metal.
They are very well made and we have had these for just over a year now without any of them breaking or the magnets coming loose despite them being used all the time by both my son now 4 and my daughter just turned 3.
They are rather small but not too small and nice and thick and chunky so little one can easily pick up the letters and move them around with ease. They stick very easily and hold well on both the easel and fridge. Saying that they are not too strong a hold to make it difficult for little one to use them independently which is good as now my son is getting older he does not like any help from mummy as he tells me he is a big boy now.
As they are all bright in colours green, red blue and yellow my youngest son likes to sort them into piles of colours s this is just another way of using them to help my children develop. My son likes to try and spell words all with the same colour but this can be difficult and only achieved with small words like cat.
My son uses them on his easel the fridge and sitting on the floor and then gets his pen and paper and writes down each letter then we suit together and spell words out. He can now independently write and spell over 20 words and this has been helped a lot by these letters as he never seems to get bored with them.
My only negative would be they could maybe swap some of the letters that are not used as much like y and z for vowels as we did have a fair few of each but for spelling words it would be handy to have more of the most used letters but saying that we did not have too many problems until both my children use them together and are spelling more than one word.
It seems to be totally random how the letters are provided as my niece received the same set from us for Christmas and she seems to have different amount of each letter than we have so really is pot luck.
You can purchase these letters in upper case but as my son already knew his alphabet in capitals that is why we purchased these also you gets nearly double the amount of letters by choosing the lower case version despite them being the same price.
These letters are recommended from 3 years plus due to small parts however me and my daughter often sit and play together with them and we have no problems although they are small they are not small enough for her to swallow and we have had no problems with the magnets coming loose so I think they can be used from an earlier age.
They only cost £6 which I thought was great for how many letters you receive and the overall quality of them I would recommend to anyone wanting to introduce little one to letters.
Now that my little girl has hit 2 I want her to start learning her letters and her numbers. We have shown these to her way before she was two, we were reading to her right from day one but I wanted to step up her learning a notch and have her start playing with letters and numbers so she can become familiar with them and start to get them into her head.
A great way to do this is with these magnetic upper case letters from The Early Learning Centre. The letters come in a big plastic tub which is great as you can use this to store them in when you are not playing with them, however, we have quite a few on our fridge that pretty much stay there permanently which is cool because this allows us to spell out words and sentences as we use them with a set of lower case letters that we have too.
The letters are made out of plastic and are about an inch high so not too big but big enough that little kids will not choke on small parts or swallow them. Each letter has a small magnetic strip on them so this enables the letters to stick to the fridge. We also have an easel with a magnetic blackboard that they will stick to as well and a small little travel blackboard so we can use them in a number of different ways. The nice thing is is that they are flat on the bottom too as the magnetic lays flush against the bottom of the letters so you can play with these on the floor and they will lay flat and enable you to spell words as well.
There are 68 different letters in the tub, now I haven't actually gone through each one but I think this allows for at least two full sets of the alphabet and then there are more vowels as you need these to spell words with more than you need say an X or a Z. The letters are all upper case or capitals so it is a good way of teaching kids about capital letters and what they look like and how to form them. IF you have the lower case letters like we do then you can spell name words and place words and do this correctly, teaching your children the proper way to spell.
What I also like about the letters is that they are all different colours such as orange, blue, green and yellow so not only can you teach letters you can teach your little ons colours as well by saying phrases such as, "find me the pink A, or, find me the blue B,", etc etc so all in all these letters are a great investment and I think every house with kids should have them. A tub of letters costs £6 and are available from The Early Learning Centre.
I often visit the Early Learning Centre to buy goodies for my children, I prefer to shop online for the Early Learning Centre as I can read customer reviews so I know if the toys are worth buying. On my latest splurge I Bought my youngest daughter aged 3 the magnetic lower case letters.
They cost £6.00 but they had a sale on and managed to buy them for £4.80, I bought 2 sets so I could put one set away for my nieces Christmas present. I would have been happy to pay the full price but I am delighted with my bargains. The website address is www.elc.co.uk I paid for standard delivery which should have took four day to deliver but they arrived the next day which I was quite impressed with
The magnetic letters come in a clear round jar, the jar is made of plastic and has a screw top lid. The jar has has a label with the elc logo and other information printed on it. They are suitable for children of 3 years and over but I feel they are suitable for younger children if supervised.
You get 105 lower case letters and come in a viriaty of bright colours including red, yellow, green, orange and blue. The letters are also made from plastic and feel strong and hard wearing for bashful young toddlers and are easy for small fingers to grip. Each letter has a magnet attached inside it allowing it to stick to anything metal.
My daughter sticks hers to the fridge, I have been trying to teach my daughter to spell simple words like mum, dad, cat, dog e.t.c and the letters make it more fun. My daughter has a great interest in them, I think it is because of the bright colours hold her attention span and she enjoys figuring out how they work and stick to the fridge.
My daughter also plays on the carpet with them, she enjoys separating them them into colour groups and then counts how many colours are in each group. She is slowly learning a few letters a week from the alphabet. I like to sit and help teach her and keep her mind active
They are a fantastic learning tool and what you help to teach them lasts a life time!
My daughter had these brought for her by her grandparents and they are a constant source of entertainment for her.
She is only 22 months so is not using them to make words yet but i think they will be a great help when that time comes. She has an elc easel which is magnetic so spends hours putting them on there and then onto the fridge and even entertains herself by putting them in and out of the tub.
They are well made in lovely bright colours and seem to be very durable. We have spent alot of time teaching her what the letters are and she can now pick out certain ones when asked, and had just started to make some of the sounds.
I think they were an excellent buy for what little money ( £6) they cost and would definatly reccomend to anyone to have them in the house on the fridge. I know you will find them cheaper in discount shops but i just didn't trust the quality and as my daughter is still at an age where she likes to put things in her mouth i wanted a brand i could trust.
Early Learning Centre Magnetic Letters
My little one was given an Early Learning Centre Easel on her last birthday which has a blackboard on one side and a magnetic white board on the other, and along with the easel, she was also given two tubs of ELC magnetic letters to put onto the white board. In one pot was upper case letters, whilst in the other pot was lower case ones which I thought was a great idea as it would teach her (eventually as she is too young to spell at the moment!) the differences between upper and lower case in writing. Already she has learned how to spell her name, though, and understands that a capital letter needs to be at the beginning, and that is partially thanks to these magnetic letters!
Both pots came from the Early Learning Centre and sell at £6.00 each which is a reasonable price for the ELC. I have looked around and in other high street stores, you are pushed to find pots like this much cheaper. The upper case pot contains 68 magnets, whilst the lower case pot contains 105.
The magnets themselves are brightly coloured and a good size for small hands. They are very durable and stick well to all magnetic surfaces, as we have found out with magnets not only on the easel but also on the fridge, washing machine, radiators.....!!
The magnet part is only small and occasionally, if the letter is large and the magnet is placed nearer the bottom of the letter, then when stuck on the magnetic surface, the letter will flip upside down - much to my youngster's amusement!
The pots are also quite durable in a thin plastic (so will break if not careful though are reasonably good) and act as great storage for the magnets.
I think that these magnets are great value and well worth buying for both younger and older children to help with their spelling, and for younger children - to aid them in making magnetic surfaces in the house a mess whilst having fun!!
My daughter is only 2.5 years old, but she loves books and she's already showing an interest in words....pretending she can read and write. Her grandmother therefore thought it would be a good idea for her to have a bunch of her own letters to play with which we could use to start teaching her what the individual letters are whenever she's showing interest. The tub of lower jar letters cost her £6 from the Early Learning Centre - and she also informs me that you can buy an uppercase letters jar for the same price of £6.
Within the plastic transparent jar, there are 105 lower case letters that are made of brightly coloured plastic with a magnetic backing. The colours include orange, green, blue, yellow and red and therefore they are helpful for also helping to teach a child the basic colours if they don't have them hands down. There are several of each letter and so if there is more than one letter in the word then this isn't a problem (my daughters name is Danielle and so 2 e's and 2 l's was needed at a very minimum in order to spell her name!).
The letters are big enough and chunky enough for a toddler to grip and easily pick up - and picking up the individual letters really does help develop her fine motor skills. My daughter does struggle with taking letters directly from the jar because she can't get the lid off and she finds manipulating through the opening a bit difficult, but as long as the letters are laid out before her - or placed on the magnetic board or fridge - she quite happily sits playing with the letters for 20 minutes at a time. Twenty minutes many not sound like a long time, but for a toddler that equates to an amazingly long attention span! At present she is not really learning words (she's only 2!) but she is starting to identify the names of some of the individual letters - and enjoying playing with them and so that's the main thing at this time.
The letters are magnetised and will stick to anything metal. We do have a small magnetic board (also from the ELC) and she also uses them on the fridge - as well as just spread out on the carpet as well. Although the magnet is strong enough to allow the magnet to stick to the metal without falling off, it is also not so strong as to make removal of the letter from the surface too difficult for a small child.
As they are individually handled, the letters are prone to getting a bit sticky and grubby. Because these letters are made of plastic they can easily be cleaned in the washing up bowl with a squirt of washing up liquid - and they come up good as new.
I recommend these for parents with pre-school or infant school children. They are attractive to children as they are brightly coloured - and they stick on things which is something all young children love! And its educational too....what more could you want?
When my brother finished his first year of University and it was time for him to come home for the summer, I had the wonderful job of going over and helping him pack up and move it all back! Lucky me!! Half way through packing I noticed he had a tub of magnetic letters among his things and wondered what a 20 year old was doing with them?!? He told me that I could have them for my daughter - nicely avoiding answering my question! So, that is how we acquired a set of these letters.
The tub of letters is from the Early Learning centre which is now mostly found as part of the Mothercare large stores. The cost of the tub of letters is £6.00 on the website, but my brother tells me he bought them for just £3.00 so he appears to have got a bit of a bargain there. As with most ELC toys, the magnetic letters come in a round chunky tub and this particular one has a green lid but I have since seen other coloured lids. The lid is a screw on which is a little difficult for children to open, but in this case I think that is a good thing as the letters are quite small and I wouldn't like a child to play with these unattended as there is a risk of choking. The label is wrapped all the way around the tub and it has the familiar ELC logo on, the price and a brief description of the toy.
The magnetic letters are recommended for children from three years and I think this is for a couple of reasons, one being as mentioned the choking risk, and also as children are learning letters more from about 3. The magnets on the back of the letters are quite small, and while I haven't seen any that have fallen out there is always that risk. My daughter is now coming up to turning three years old but I still supervise her closely when playing with these.
There are 105 lower case letters in this tub which means there are several of each letter to enable the children to spell out words as they are learning. I am glad my brother bought the lower case letters as an alternative is available where the letters are all capitals, however my daughter knows all the alphabet in capitals (and I have to admit this has come from watching Countdown with her grandma!!!) but she doesn't know the entire alphabet in lower case as yet. I am very happy to say that these letters have helped her learn the remaining letters that she wasn't sure about and in a reasonably short time too!
When we get the tub of letters out we normally put them on the fridge to play with them, luckily I don't have many magnets on there as a rule so there is plenty of space to put them but if we take them to her grandma's she will happily just play with them on the floor. Alternatively you can purchase a magnetic board if you don't have fridge space.
I think this is a fantastic toy and something that all children should have at some point as it really helps with learning the alphabet and later spelling. I am yet to see a child yet not enjoy playing with fridge magnets - my daughter used to spend ages playing with them at her grandma's as her fridge and freezer is just full of them! The first thing I normally spell out with the letters is my daughters name as that is something that I really want her to recognise and learn to spell. We spell out the usual words like mummy, cat, and dog, that kind of thing. Sometimes if we leave the letters on the fridge I will leave my mum a little message when I am going to work and quite often I will come back to a cheeky remark in reply!!
I don't think that this is a toy that children will get bored of quickly and will last for many years, as I say even adults like to spell out messages with them!
I bought this jar of lower case letters for my daughter when she was 3 years old. They are in lots of lovely colours and there are 105 letters in the jar. These letters are £6, and they are much better quality that cheaper ones I have seen else where.
She really enjoys playing with these letters, and uses them on the fridge. They can also be used with the ELC magnetic play centre, but we do not have this. It may be something that we buy later, and I have just noticed that it is now half price at £9.
My daughter can recognise all of the letters of the alphabet, and has done since we bought this product. Playing with the letters is good a good way to expose your child to letters and word formation. Anna is not yet writing words, but does ask us to spell things for her. She is able to recognise some of the words that we spell out.
These letters are for age 3 and over. I do have to remove them after use, as they are quite small. Young visitors have put them in their mouths, and they are just the right size for choking on. Something to be aware of, if you have younger children.
Anna loves these, and spends ages playing with them, maybe because they are not always out, so she doesnt see them all the time. She has even made a lovely "bus timetable" with them!
I would recommend these, as they are good quality and we have not had any magnets falling out or breakages. They are also lovely colours, and have not been "pinkified", like alot of ELC stuff.
Also on ELC Website.
My tub and letters look different to that in the image above - the lid is pale pink and the letters are in pastel colours - two shades of pink, purple and a lovely pale yellow.
These letters are from the Early Learning Centre, but I bought them from the Mothercare website in the sale (Mothercare owns Early Learning Centre). Originally priced at £6, I was lucky enough to buy this product for £3.
The letters come in a really nice sturdy tub with a chunky screw-on lid, and my daughter enjoys shaking all the letters out, putting them back in again and closing the lid (which I then of course have to open again for her). The tub is very child-friendly - no sharp edges or poky bits - and it has a label running round the middle which I may take off as I think the tub will look quite nice if it's plain (mine is tinted pink).
The label tells me that the letters are designed for three to six year olds so I do closely supervise MissD when she plays with these. There are small magnets in each letter which would be hard to remove but do present a possible choking hazard. There are 68 letters in total and they are a good size at about 3cm high/wide. Unlike most fridge letters I've seen, these are all capitals. You can also get magnetic boards for children if you don't want your fridge to be covered with letters!
At 20 months, my daughter's spelling is in the very early (ie. non-existent) stages but she still enjoys playing around with them. We sometimes play with these on the floor but of course they are handy to use in the kitchen as well if I need a few minutes peace to try and cook! As she is still too young to get proper use from the letters, I hope we'll still be using this product for many, many months to come.
I think this is a great product and every young child should have a set of fridge letters! Most young children I've seen love playing with fridge magnets (my mum's have been well used by a string of grandchildren) and these have the added educational benefit. I think this is a great way to encourage children to learn to spell some simple early words, and their name. And of course you can use them yourselves to leave handy messages for people: "Buy milk" or "Cook dinner". The possibilities are endless!