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My three year old daughter has been 'writing' over my dots for a couple of months now and has just learnt to write her name without having to write over my dots. As she likes me making dotty words quite often I thought I'd look around for books that might help her along the way. Whilst browsing I Amazon I came across this Usborne book.
This First Letters Usborne wipe clean book is available to buy from Amazon or Early Learning Centre and has a RRP of £4.99. Usborne sell a variety of these wipe clean books including numbers and dot to dot.
The book is a standard size of most work style type books at approximately 20cm x 28cm. It comes with a pen encased in a plastic sleeve attached to the front of the book. This has to be ripped off so you can't store it with the book which is a pain as it normally gets lost! It doesn't matter too much though as any type of board marker pen works on it also.
There are eleven double page spreads in total included in the book, these are illustrated so the whole spread is one huge picture. These spreads are of different locations, a desert island and a space scene are a couple of examples, they are covered in bright colours and strong cartoons. There are various different objects on each page and these feature different letters in dots so children can write over the dots to make the letters. In the top right hand corner of each spread there are the letters that are used on that page. One of the spreads is of a cat and some mice at the golf course and these pages use the letters d, b, p and q. I'm not really sure why the letters are in a random order, I would have preferred if it went in the order of the alphabet. Some of the dotted letters are hard to notice as they usually are used to make up the picture, there is a golf cart that uses the letter d as the back of it and b as the front but it's quite hard to notice due to the colours used.
My favourite part of the book is the last two spreads as instead of using a scene and random letters, it is a simple copying task where each letter of the alphabet is listed down the side, then the dotted letters run across the row giving children the ability to copy it numerous times. There are a couple of small cartoon pictures on these pages just to break it up a little but they don't overtake the pages in the slightest.
This book is easy to wipe clean and my daughter usually arms herself with a small bit of toilet paper and cleans as she goes. After doing one page she will rub out what she has done and goes on to the next page. At three and a half years old, she enjoys completing this book and it holds her attention well. I believe it is helping her learn how to write different letters but I think it could have been designed a little better in respect to the random letter order.
I think this wipe clean book from Usborne is an ok way of teaching children to write different letters. It stops me from having to spend ages dotting away random words for my daughter to spend seconds writing over the top of. It can be reused again and again as it's wipe clean and it comes off easily without leaving any traces behind. The letters are poorly organised and I think that's the only negative.
At a Glance This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn how to read and write. Features and benefits for ELC Wipe Clean First Letters Book This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn how to read and write. Children are encouraged to draw over the dotted lines to finish the letters in each brightly-illustrated scene. Each page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again. Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard. Ink from pen may not be washable.