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Monday, 19 June 2017

write size / correct size pencils / ages 2 - 10+

I was sent a selection of this companies pencils to try out.
The sizes range from:
ages 2- 6
ages 6-10
ages 10+
The idea is that they are all made to scale to fit the childs hand which I think is brilliant. This seems a simple idea and yet it makes such a difference.
The website makes the point that you wouldn't give a small child a full sized guitar first to learn to play or a full sized football to a toddler so why give a full size pencil to a child who is just learning to write.
I have a little girl who is 5 and a boy who is 9 and funnily enough these were more ideal for my son as he struggles a bit more with holding his pencil so this for him was a real help and really did make a marked improvement. He also said that they didn't hurt his fingers this is probably because it was easier for him to hold it right so he was putting less pressure on his fingers.
I think the price is really good at just £3.99 for 5 pencils they are really affordable and as these pencils have high graphite content they have an increased durability so less sharpening and they last longer.
They even have colouring pencils coming soon which look great so watch this space!

What I also like about this company is that they are also involved in charity work. The daughter of the managing director went out to South Africa and donated some of these pencils to the local schools. In the future for all packs sold in the UK they will donate a percentage of pencils to help children in the developing world. So this shows for me that the company takes this very seriously and wants to make a difference.
You can follow this company on twitter here
And on Facebook here


Monday, 5 June 2017

la chiva / natural fruit snacks / no added sugar / vegan

I was sent this assortment to try by lachiva snacks in their three flavours mango, pineapple and strawberry.
What first attracted me about these was that they have no added sugar because a lot of the fruit snacks you can get these days have a lot of unneeded sugar added which defeats the point of trying to eat healthily.
Particularly for my youngest who is 20 months old these are a great healthy snack instead of reaching for biscuits or crisps.
I was looking forward to trying them as these are three of my favourite fruits, particularly mango, and I was pleased that the flavour of the fruit was not lost in the drying process.
These are ideal to put on top of porridge or cereal for breakfast. They are also great to pop in your child's lunchbox for school and it is one of their five a day.
The eye catching packaging makes it fun and is also a good talking point because then other children ask what they are.
The mango and pineapple bags contain 39 calories and the strawberry bags just 23 calories.
These snacks are freeze-dried and I didn't know that freeze drying preserves all the goodness in the fruit so this was interesting to find out.
If you order 3 packets or more at the website above then you get free delivery which is great.
You can follow this company on twitter here
Or on Facebook here