U-Star have personalised educational products aimed at introducing children to the words that they will be taught once they start school. Each activity page is designed to focus on name recognition together with one very important phonetic keyword. They can learn these keywords whilst writing and colouring. There are girl and boy themed word pads and they are available for reception and year one aged children. My nephew has been trying out his own personalised one!
He really enjoyed using it. The pages are all really bright and engaging and perfect for his age. He enjoyed tracing around the letters, learning the words, colouring in and looking at the pictures. It was great to do with him and talk about each word and to give examples of each word, so there is more recognition for the words. As there are 20 pages, you can do a word a day, and then go back and revisit.
The pads are £12.99 and available from: http://www.ustarnovels.co.uk/gifts-for-kids/personalised-word-pads/. I think that the Word Pad is good and really like that it is personalised, however, I do think it is quite pricey for what it is. I also think it would be good to offer an non-personalised option that could be available in retail stores, as I think this is the type of thing that I would buy when I was at the supermarket, for example. Only having an offering online is a bit limiting, in my opinion, as it obviously requires you to search it out and wait for delivery, which you may not want to do for an item like this.
I think it is great for its target audience though and really does the job it says. Thumbs up!
*The item was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.