Product Type: ELC Child Development
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Alphabet Spaghetti Fridge!
ELC Magnetic Letters
Member Name: loulou22
ELC Magnetic Letters
Advantages: Bright and colourful. Interactive and fun way to learn.
Disadvantages: Small parts
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! :)
Summary: Alphabet Spaghetti Fridge!
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