Product Type: Living & Learning Child Development
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Living & Learning WriteStart
Member Name: cloud99
Living & Learning WriteStart
Advantages: Encourages my son to practise drawing
My son is the sort of boy who put him with any other children and all he wants to do are the typical boy things play with the vehicles and construction toys at nursery. I was one of the smaller groups of parents who didn't come home with piles of art work he had created. I actually spoke to the nursery one day about his comments he wasn't good enough to join in group painting and while they did encourage him his hand grips and writing skill seemed to be a little behind his peers. This did not concern me but I did look for activities to encourage him to practise his writing skills in preparation for starting school.
I spotted a write start kit on a Car boot for 20p despite it been brand new and in its original packaging.
What is included?
It comes with
A 24 page wipe able book
A wipe clean pen
A triangular pen grip
A small brown cloth
10 dinosaur stickers.
The book is on a spiral pad and it is double sided and starts with skills 1 - 12 on one side and the remaining 12 exercises are in the reverse of the book. Inside the front cover are tips for parents, what I found particularly helpful was positioning of pen and paper to help Left handed children. My son has always shown a preference for writing with his Left hand and as a right handed person I can find it difficult to demonstrate things which are backwards to my mind. The exercises do all have a dinosaur theme which runs though the book. It starts at the level which was very appropriate for my son's stage of writing. The first picture of rain drops with dotted lines dropping vertical for the child to draw. The book follows a pattern of getting increasingly difficult but through fun games such as mazes, joining dots on dinosaur's scales and son practise of drawing shapes which will eventually turn into words. The final exercises in part one start to draw letters C and O. Part two is much more word orientated and actually practises letter and words.
As soon as we returned home my son wanted to try the writing sheet. He was instantly drawn to the dinosaurs. He really did not have the control to follow the lines closely but he did have fun trying. He didn't follow the exercises in order but I was not concerned about this. I considered it to be about an opportunity to do something that helped develop his fine motor skills. He does tend to enjoy wiping the lines away as much as drawing which is quite effective. My son did however leave the top off the pen so it dried out. I replaced it with a wipe able pen off another board we owned and I make sure he now keeps the top on when he puts it away. I found this has been a great tool that we have used at home but also has been great for occupying him on long car journeys. The stickers got separated from the toy as I didn't want him having a sticker till he could actually do what was expected of him.However he forgot about them and they still remain tucked away in a draw 8 months later. The set does come in a sturdy box which is more like a carry case. It has a small dot Velcro handle and a string handle for transporting around.
My son has used this now for about 8 months. He now can follow the lines and do the words but he does still prefer to follow the lines of the Dinosaurs rather than writing letters. I have no problems with this as he is still developing his hand control skills and his actually writing has developed rapidly since starting school.
This is suggested for children aged 3-6. I would expect most children would have grown out of this by the time they have completed their first year in reception but overall this is an excellent product to encourage your little one to draw. I do think the designs on the page do tend to lean more towards boys than girls but would be equally beneficial for both.
I cannot find this to be widely available but if you do come across one then I strongly recommend it for your young child.
Summary: A great item if you can find one