Wipe-clean Dinosaur Activity Book & first steps towards writing!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how much small children have ahead of them. They will learn to read and write, opening up a whole new world of communication. They will learn how gravity works, how to add numbers together. They will learn how to turn ingredients into a meal, how to play sports, how to ride a bike, how to swim. They will learn how relationships work, how to express themselves clearly, how to manage their own emotions.

My daughter is constantly learning. Her brain is like a sponge. She watches me closely to see how I do things, and then tries to do them herself. Even if she's not quite there yet. Recently she's become a bit preoccupied with writing: shopping lists, birthday cards, party invitations, names of family members and friends.

Of course, it's all scribbles and lines. But she gets the concept of writing. That she can make marks, and those marks mean things.

There are lots of ways you can support your child in their first attempts at writing: by offering lots of opportunity to draw and paint, by playing with things like playdough to strengthen their grip and threading beads to improve their fine motor skills. Children work out a lot of things in their play, without realising they're doing it. It's a natural process of growing up.

We've also started looking out for these wipe clean books. We were sent one recently by Sarah Keeler of Usborne Books. It is a particularly good one for Jellybean because she is very into dinosaurs.

I am impressed by how much they cram into this book - each page has multiple activities. Jellybean has had a go at drawing numbers, connecting the dots to complete pictures, counting, spotting and circling insects, completing mazes, and drawing footprints. There are eleven double-page spreads in this book and each one has at least four things to do.

It's teaching her pen control in a really low-key, 'let's do this fun thing' way. I'm always looking for things like this to do with her while the baby sleeps, so this is perfect.

There are lots of Usborne wipe-clean books to try:

Sarah Keeler's page has a good selection that you can find here!

I asked Jellybean what I should say about this book and she said 'say that ... we love it!'

Which sums it all up really!

I received this book from Sarah Keeler, independent Usborne book seller in exchange for an honest review. If you are interested in purchasing this or any other Usborne books, check out her page. Also, be sure to check out her VIP group, where she runs competitions and holds special offers on lots of lovely books. Thanks Sarah! :)

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  1. Our eldest starts school in September and she is really enjoying this kind of activity book now. She likes to sit with me at the table and "do her work" as she calls it. (I wonder who she's got that from haha - oops!) She loves dinosaurs too so this looks right up our street! Thanks for linking up with us for #DreamTeam x

  2. These sure do look a lot of fun. #DreamTeam


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