In addition to this we received a ‘Ladybird I’m Ready for Phonics’ book, a ‘Topsy and Tim Our Day’ book and some activity sheets.
Inside the book children are encouraged to move the hands on the clock so that the time shown matches the time in the picture.
The story follows Topsy and Tim’s day. The first page explains how Topsy and Tim wake up at 7 o’clock, brush their teeth, get dressed and go to the kitchen for breakfast.
I love the pictures in the book as the characters are easily recognisable. As we continue through the book, we’re told what Topsy and Tim do at different times of the day and again children are encouraged to move the clock hands to match the time in the picture.
The last page in the book shows that Topsy and Tim do lots of different things at the weekend and children are asked to move the clock hands to show the times.
R and M really enjoyed reading, listening and moving the clock hands in this book. I think it’s a great introduction to time.
Moving on and the next book is the ‘I’m Ready for Phonics!’ book. Our twins started school a few weeks ago so I’m sure this one will really come in handy.
Each page has a different activity on with easy to follow instructions. My favourite activity, pictured below, asks children to finish the sentence by identifying the word that begins with the correct letter sound. Not only does this encourage children to listen and think, it also helps with their letter writing skills.
Not only do children have the chance to write in the book, they can also stick the stickers in the corresponding place too as this book comes with 80 stickers!
Next up is a reading book. Every night we read a bedtime story to our twins and this one has been added to the list of favourites!
Much like the clock book above, the pictures are clear to see and the characters are easily recognisable. This book follows the story of Topsy and Tim starting school.
As they enter school they recognise some of their friends from nursery and say hello. The teacher then shows them where to hang their bag and coats on their pegs before going into their new classroom.
Throughout the story Topsy and Tim take part in various activities such as completing jigsaws and looking at books. This book also covers play time, lunch time and home time.
Much like the TV show at the end of the book are some puzzles that children can help solve.
Overall, this is a lovely book that shows what school life is like. It doesn’t go into the emotions that children can often face when starting school, but overall we did enjoy reading this book.
Next up are the First Spellings and First Sums books. These are wipe clean activity books, that come with a pen. These books support Key Stage 1 learning.
Children can complete various activities such as filling in the gaps of the words. I like that there are pictures to help the children along too.
One of my personal favourite pages are the pages where children can practise their letter formation. I find these pages to be great for helping with pencil control and pencil grip.
The first sums book has pages with different activities on. As you can see in the picture below, one page has ‘adding up to 5’ and then the next has ‘adding up to 6’, so it’s a natural progression throughout the book.
I was also pleased to see some shapes in the book too! In this activity children are asked to write the correct number in the boxes to complete the sums.
These are great books to help support the work children do in school, but they’re also lots of fun.
Lastly, we have the Peppa Pig Going Swimming Book. This is a level one reading book so is perfect for new readers.
The story is easy to follow and I like that each page is accompanied with bright pictures of the characters from Peppa Pig.
Overall, we think these books are fantastic and we’d definitely recommend them! All Topsy and Tim books can be found online here.
For the purpose of this review, I was gifted the above books. All views and opinions are 100% my own.