& Wipe & Letís Play Along
By Laura Pretto
we all are aware, teaching children takes time and often an infinite
amount of patience. Silver Dolphin Books, publisher of the My
First Write-and-Wipe Book series, the Letís Start Play
Alongs series offers some suggestions to help teach your children
while providing them with fun activities.
The Write-and-Wipe series consists of four books that focus
on alphabet, animals and numbers, while the Play & Learn
edition deals with object identification. Most of the activities
appearing in the books, which are aimed at three-to-five year
old children, require children to make use of dry-erase markers
(included with the books).
One of the best features about the Write-and-Wipe books
is that they use the age old tradition of following the dotted
line to teach children how to make letters and numbers. I learned
this way, my parents learned this way, my grandparents, and so
on; it is effective and simple.
The Letís Start Play Along series is very good, provided
that an adult will help the child read and follow directions.
The premise these books are working with is actually fairly clever;
each book has a story about an animal characterís day, and correlating
activities. When Clara goes on vacation, your child can help make
postcards; Timothy, the new mailman, needs help on his route.
Supplies are not all included, but each book comes with the basics:
glitter, glue, markers or pencils, stickers, depending on the
book. The other necessary equipment is generally found in the
common household (i.e. cardboard, paintbrushes, old boxes, etc.).
The My First Write-and-Wipe Book series and the Letís
Start Play Alongs series are good, but they seem more appropriate
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