I'm a firm believer that education doesn't just take place in schools and you can learn something everywhere you go. Here at home the girls are surrounded by toys that are educational from wooden clocks and alphabets to plenty of Orchard Toy Games that I've sourced from various places. Ok so they may be a little young at present to be learning letters and numbers but being familiar with them by seeing them every day can only be a good thing right?
Therefore, when I spotted this alphabet Orchard Toys Game in a charity shop a while ago I decided that it would be a lovely idea to put it on display as wall art in the girls’ room. The girls’ bedroom is ever evolving and it’s only right that the teddy bear pictures come down at some point and get replaced.
Initially I thought I would have to cut this alphabet to size but fortunately the picture frame we bought after the alphabet puzzle was measured fitted perfectly. Being a puzzle we made sure that the picture frame would show the alphabet the right way round. We started by making sure that all the puzzle pieces were in order and then filled in the picture frame with them. We then laid the original white paper insert over the back of the puzzle so that if there were any gaps at all it wouldn't show the wooden frame. When we were happy that it was all in place we secured everything using the metal bits on the frame. Et voilà one lovely piece of wall art for the girls’ room which is fun, brightly coloured and educational.
As this worked out really well I'm now considering getting a number one for the other wall in their bedroom too so that they can familiarise themselves with them too.
Of course they have a duplicate Orchard Toys alphabet puzzle so they can use the one on the wall as a reference when putting that together.
Now one question remains - do I teach them phonetically or the old fashioned alphabet?!