Kevin’s-Hub Writing & Number Workbooks review.

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My daughter has been doing incredibly well at her nursery school, just after Easter her hours were increased so that she is now doing THREE whole days a week. We read her a different story every night and she often borrows up to a couple of books a week from her nursery’s library. As her pictures were starting to become recognisable and her speech was rapidly improving and developing, along with her recognition for colours, numbers, shapes and every day objects – I wanted to do all I could to help her learning across all areas.

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Kevin Walker’s series of learning workbooks ‘Kevin’s-Hub’ for kids ages 3-5 seemed like a perfect way to do this. The activities seem perfect for kids in the suggested age bracket. My daughter has only just turned three and so at the moment some of the activities in the booklet are more challenging- but this doesn’t deter her from trying them.

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I LOVE that these workbooks have a handy parent guide with parent tips- that reiterate the importance of not rushing your child when they are trying to work through these pages. I also like that the workbook seems to flow in order of difficulty, meaning that you are always working towards something slightly more advanced- a little like stepping stones.

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She loves using a pencil, following the dot-to-dots to make lines. She loves identifying shapes, numbers, colours and got incredibly excited when she was pointing out everyday objects that had been included in the book. We noticed the certificate at the end and knowing that if she completes the whole book, she can have her little award seems to really drive and encourage her.

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The only area for improvement that I can possibly think of is maybe including a list of tools that could be helpful to use alongside these workbooks- like coins and colouring pencils, as when I first wanted to use them we’d only packed a pencil, which meant if we proceeded we would have gone against the request to work in the book’s learning order. Although these books are challenging for a three year old, they are not in anyway unreachable or unattainable – which makes me think that maybe this workbook may prove to be not challenging enough for all five year olds? I guess that’s the risk of a work book that covers such a wide age range, and if this is the case – I guess the ‘next level up’ workbook could be purchased.

These are fantastic fun for at home extracurricular learning – I definitely recommend using them if you feel like your child would benefit from a little extra learning every now and then! I’d even say that some of the activities in the books are suitable from about two and half if your child is demonstrating wanting to learn more – maybe if they’re used to a nursery setting? At the very least these workbooks boost pencil control confidence, at the best they’re helping your child to develop and learn additional aspects from an early age.

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My D.I.Y. fun toddler games part 1

As you will see from my other blogs, I’m a big fan of ‘make do and mend’ and ‘do-it-yourself’ crafts, to save some pennies. I did buy my daughter some flashcards from an online shop, with a number of different pictures and words on, (which she really likes), but I thought I could make my own card games and I could add new words she is learning, as she learns them.
This card game is an animal game. My daughter knows some of them but I wanted to help her differentiate between them. Her favourite thing to do now that she’s hit 17 months is to point and say “what’s that?” So I thought this would be fun way of learning, and it’s been snowing, so I have no intention of wandering around a cold farm on a day like this!
If you like this idea and wanted to know how easy it was for me to do, I used:
For my version of the game I have 4 pictures of different cows, 4 of pigs, 4 of rabbits, 4 of cats, 4 of dogs and 4 of chickens. If/once she learns these words, I can add some other animals to the game.
How to play:
This game is simple and involves putting the cards down face up, mixed up. I ask my daughter if she can find the “pigs” or the “cows” etc and the game is to pick them out from all the different animals. Showing her that the same animal can look different, but be the same, depending on its colours or breeds. The game is also to help with word association and to encourage her to pay attention. You could also play this game with the cards turned over, so that your toddler has to find the animals. Another way of playing this game would be to have buckets with another picture of the animal on/ or the word, (if they are older), and asking for your child to sort them into the right buckets.
Hope you enjoy playing this card game with your little ones!
Have fun! 😊
I’ll be coming up with some other toddler games soon.