Product Type: Orchard Toys Child Development
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Flashcards to help your child on their way.
Orchard Toys Flashcards
Member Name: claireylulu
Orchard Toys Flashcards
Advantages: very large, simple pictures, bold lettering
Disadvantages: card quite thin
We bought ours last year and the box has changed since the picture above was added it looks a bit more modern and fun. But the contents are the same. It contains fifty extra large cards which measure roughly 17cms by 12cms and are made from thin card. So it is an idea to keep them away safe when they are not in use as they will bend easily if small hands get hold of them alone.
There are ten number cards which I have begun using with my eldest son who is four years old but not yet with my youngest. They are one to ten and consist of a picture and then the number written in word form underneath. For example on the three card there are three teddy bears so you child can count the items in the picture to help them. On the back of the card is just the word written in the middle in big black bold writing.
The rest of the forty cards are of familiar objects and this is why I bought them. The picture on the card is very large and simple and takes up two thirds of the card. Underneath is the name of the object again like the numbers it is written in black bold lettering, in lowercase. There are a lovely range of different objects which your child will come across in everyday life. Too name a few there is apple, cat, dress, toothbrush, tree, milk, teddy, bed, hat, car, cup, hand and the list goes on! On the back of each card is again just the word written in the middle of the card.
*****Using the cards with my two and a half year old*****
I have been using these cards with my youngest son for a good six months now and they have really helped him on. He has also being having extra help from portage the last two months and they are impressed with the effort I put in. The lady who comes once a week loves the cards and has even started using them in his hour session rather than her own she brings.
I lay a few of them out at a time and ask my son to listen and then bring me a particular card back. To begin with I would only lay two cards out at a time but now we can managed a large selection. He is able to retrieve all forty cards and now we are moving onto him trying to say what the picture is. It is a very slow process but he loves these cards. The pictures are fantastic for him. They are quite simple and lovely and bright to attract small eyes. I love the fact they are very up to date with a plastic carton of milk like most of us buy from the supermarket rather than a glass bottle or cardboard carton. As the cards are on the large size my son has no problems picking them up off the floor and holds them well in his hands. The size of them makes it ideal to be laid out on the floor and as they are large the picture is a great size too. These are going to move on with my child for a good length of time yet.
*****Using these cards with my four year old*****
I haven't tended to use these cards as much with my eldest as he already has some alphabet flash cards which he uses but recently we have started using them. But now he is getting to grips with his letters we are slowly moving onto breaking down single words. I am trying to get him familiar with some basic everyday words and I am hoping the more he sees them the easier he will find it. I love the fact the word is also written on its own on the back so you can break the word down with your child without them seeing the picture to help them.
On the back of the box the flash cards come in there are some helpful pointers in how to use these cards. I have found them useful and I also like the little note they have written at the bottom. 'Remember that this should be an enjoyable activity for everyone.' I always try to make it fun for both my boys but there comes a point when you know they have had enough.
I really do love these cards and as a fan of many orchard toys products I would give these a big thumbs up as well. I love the size of the cards, the pictures and the text they make a great package. And better than that my sons love them too. They are both eager to use them. They can be used to help develop early reading and counting. I have found them extremely useful with my youngest son.
As I have mentioned I came across these cards in a local toy shop which has a large selection of orchard toys products. They can also be found on Amazon and are currently priced at (March 2012) £7.50. The quality of this product is fantastic and I feel the price is very fair. Especially as I have started using these cards with my youngest at two years old and will be using them for a few years yet.
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Summary: fantastic flashcards for my two boys
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