The Appealing Rabbit Alphabet cards were invented by a dad trying to motivate and support his own son in developing his writing. Ben was very much the reluctant mark marker however Chloe is keen to pick up her pen and write or draw at any given opportunity. She loves her phonics lessons and likes to point out different letters in the environment all the time.
I’m impressed at how hard Chloe works to form her letters correctly and I knew she would enjoy the Alphabet Cards as another way of practising.
I didn’t introduce the element of competition to Chloe initially. I knew she would just enjoy writing on the cards and working on her letters. I was a little disappointed that the letters are actually all in upper case. At Chloe’s age she is learning to link upper case with lower case letters, learning both the letter names and the sounds which they make. As she worked through them I was impressed that she recognised the majority of the letters and made the sounds associated with them but didn’t necessarily know they names of them so this is something we will work on.
The illustrations are designed to make the shape of the letter and give your child a space to work in – rather than a line to trace. I like that this encourages a little more independence in letter formation though I must admit that not all of the letters seemed to be formed in the same way as I would normally teach them. This was of no real bother as we didn’t pay much attention to the start and end points preferring to focus on the shape of the letter and I modelled any letters which she found tricky. Whilst the illustrations are beautiful there were times where they were almost a little distracting, Chloe wouldn’t always see the path of the letter until I pointed it out to her.
Chloe worked happily through the whole alphabet, enjoying being able to rub out any mistakes with the end of her special pen. This of course encouraged her to be a bit of a perfectionist with her letter formation which is always a winner.
What we liked about them:
* They’re a handy size to keep in your bag for using out and about (eg in a restaurant)
* The dry wipe pen and rubber come in the pack
* The letters wipe clean easily so can be used over and over again
* The pictures are detailed and really attractive
What we weren’t so keen on:
* I wasn’t keen on them being upper case. It would have added an interesting element to have upper case on the front and lower case on the back allowing children to practise writing both sorts of letters and also matching upper and lower case.
* It wasn’t always clear which route should be taken on the path to form the letters, and some were different to what Chloe is taught however I just showed her first and she was fine.
* Not all of the letters showed a clear start and finish point – of course this can be modelled to start with.
Disclaimer – We were sent the cards free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*