Look and Learn Fun
Allen & Unwin
Bloomsbury Activity Books
Christmas is coming and though these would not be a good fit for your library they would be perfect pressies for any little people in your life.
As educators we know that play and learning not only should go together but must especially in the early years. These bright attractive activity books with over 350 stickers each have all the appeal to get little ones involved and enjoying each page.
With pages dedicated to single colours as well as some that focus on the primary colours this is a great way for little ones to become expert on the colour names, have fun with drawing, colouring and tracing. Along the way there are matching ‘same’ things, counting and practising writing as well.
Of course what is super about this is that ‘Colour’ is spelled the way we do in Australia and as an English book the script used is very similar to those used in our schools.
The shapes included are not only the basic plane shapes but also some such as star, oval, octagon and two pages which look at cones and cylinders which are of course 3d shapes with which children are very familiar for one reason or another.
Again there is plenty to keep little hands and minds busy with this one with lots of everyday items for reference to the shapes used as well as those a bit more unusual.
Both books conclude with a ‘certificate’ page to recognise the prowess of little learners. The format of the ‘handle’ at the top of the book is pretty cute I have to admit. There are four others in the series: ABC, 123, Phonics and Counting. I think these are perfect for 3-5 years but of course would also be useful for children a little older who may be struggling with some of these concepts.
If you have some younger ones in your family or friends’ circles these would be very welcome gifts for sure.