Product Type: ELC Child Development
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Bright and fun
ELC Magnetic Letters
Member Name: xmum2threex
ELC Magnetic Letters
Advantages: Bright educational fun
Disadvantages: Letters could be shared out a little more
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.
Summary: A great way to introduce little one to letters