Recently I’ve spoken about helping the Bear prepare for reception class at school. Things like building literacy and word games into our summer to help develop the skills that she’s going to need over the coming year. Nothing too taxing and certainly nothing that feels too much like work. Just little things that we can add into a summer of fun.
Well, the good news is that you don’t need to think of those activities yourself as My Busy Bots have done that for you with their new School Starter Toolkit. They recently asked us to take a closer look and let them know what we thought.
WHO ARE MY BUSY BOTS?
I’ve already introduced these guys as they are the ones behind the Busy Bags that I reviewed a few months ago. My Busy Bots are actually Candice and Leanne, who are both busy mums, wives and most importantly friends. Between them they have backgrounds in teaching and design and My Busy Bots is the product of that creative partnership.
When I heard about their School Starter Kit, I knew it was something we would want to take a closer look at.
WHAT’S INSIDE THE SCHOOL STARTER KIT?
Basically, there are 33 flashcards in a handy, portable kit which address some of the key areas that your children will be looking at in school. These include not only literacy and mathematics which I’ve already spoken about on the blog, but also understanding the world as well as expressive arts and design.
Within each of these 4 categories are activities which are designed to get you talking. The idea is to simply sit together for just a few minutes at a time and chat through a handful of the cards. It may be things that they already know such as shapes which will let you revisit those topics, or it may be opening them up to a new topic that they’ve not really encountered much of yet such as estimating.
The idea is simply to start talking about these topics in a fun way.
WHAT DID THE BEAR THINK?
Do you know what. She really did love this. So much more than I thought she would.
I thought she’d enjoy dipping in and out of this over the summer as and when we got 5 minutes to spare, whereas what happened is that she systematically worked her way through the entire book. She now revisits her favourites time and time again.
Those include the emotion monsters, anything to do with counting and identifying 3D shapes in everyday life. The ones on materials stumped her a little and to be honest, the flashcard on how things work had me reaching for Google to be able to answer some of her questions!
WIN YOUR OWN SCHOOL STARTER KIT – THE GIVEAWAY
I am pleased to confirm that the My Busy Bots team will be giving away a School Starter Kit to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 8th September 2019 at midnight. The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. Please note this competition is hosted by the Tippytupps blog but the prize is being provided by My Busy Bots who will be responsible for posting your prize out to you. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
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DISCLOSURE: I was sent this item for inclusion within this review. However – as always – all thoughts and opinions remain my own.