Good quality, fun and educational gifts for small children. That’s what Gifts for Little Hands are all about, so when they got in touch to see if we would like to review a few items, of course I said yes.
They kindly sent L a fab parcel of goodies and boy was he excited. A great magnetic shape puzzle, some number cards and a fab magic phonics card. L got to playing immediately.
I’ll start with the phonics card as it was L’s least favourite but the thing that impressed me most. It is a simple idea. A double sided, wipe clean card, that covers the alphabet, writing, basic words and phonics. Each box has a picture of something, a space above it with the first letter in both upper and lower case, with gaps for you to trace the letter and write it yourself. Underneath the picture is then a space for you to write down what the picture is of.
The most impressive part is that there is a heat activated box underneath all of that which when you rub it reveals the word so they can check for themselves if they get it right. Genius.
L was less than impressed as it is still a bit old for him. He just liked wobbling it to make sounds in the back of the car, joy! When he’s concentrating a bit he likes to point out what everything is, so it is still nice for us. But as it is just a sheet of card it is so easily stored. Honestly if your kids are a bit older than L, this will be the best £4 you have ever spent.
L’s favourite toy was by far and away the Goula Magnetic Puzzle with Shapes and Figures. Inside the lovely little wooden box are a variety of magnetised wooden shapes, all brightly coloured and very appealing to kids. There are also loads of printed acetate cards with a picture on one half and then the template of how to make it with the shapes on the the other half.
The lid to the wooden box is also magnetic. So you pop the card onto the lid, then make up the picture using the wooden shapes.
L literally got this straight away. One of those really proud mummy moments. But I won’t gush about my clearly genius child. It was just nice to see him getting excited about using the shapes to make a train or a motorbike and being constructive in his play. He also started using the other shapes to make bigger pictures and just had fun free styling his creations.
Because the whole thing is self contained within it’s wooden box it is really easy to store and being magnetic it’s a fun one for the back of the car during long journeys. Trust me. At £34.99 it’s a bit more expensive than some other items, but it is very well made and will last him a long time, so I think it is a good investment.
His final game was a number matching game, Let’s Learn Number Pairs Puzzle. Another simple idea, and they are always the best. One half of the cards has the numbers 1 to printed on them. The other half has the corresponding amount of items printed onto each card. One train or four dogs for example.
So we can lay them all out and count how many of that particular item are on a card, then find the matching number card. We also just use the numbers as flash cards so that he can start to recognise them. When he gets bigger we can play it is a standard pairs game.
The game is certainly helping with his counting. Left to his own devices he gets excited and his counting goes something like this. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 16, 16, 16, 16!!! But when we are sat down playing with the cards he’s getting on really well. This is another bargain product at £2.50.
Gifts for Little Hands is filled with amazing educational toys for all ages. We were sent toys I had never even seen before (and trust me I get to see a lot) and the value of them is amazing. We shall certainly be going back as L gets older and comes across different things he needs a little extra learning help with.
Disclosure – we were sent our products in return for an honest review.