"Look mom, I made a T!" This is music to my ears. My toddler munchkins (2.5 and 4) are jumping into the world or letters, and the Usborne Wipe-Clean books have hugely helped propel their interest in writing. These dry-erase books are sturdy, easily washable, and filled with content that has piqued the interest of my boys - and for that, I will be eternally grateful to Usborne.
You'll find an impressive 28 books in the Wipe-Clean series (written and illustrated by a variety of contributors) ... and a handful of activity card packs, too. Letters, drawing, numbers, puzzles, farm activities, time tables, telling time, words, mazes, etc. - with such a wide variety, you're bound to find books that fit your kiddo's engagement style. (Pirate activities, anyone?) Each book is 22 pages, made from heavy-duty card stock with a laminate covering that allows for easy cleaning. The books come with a dry erase marker, but if that one eventually goes missing, any dry erase marker will work as a replacement.
My older boy, the 4 year old, was hesitant to write in these books at first (he wanted the lines to look perfect the first time), but it wasn't long before he was tracing the letters and pictures, and now, he'll even try them on his own. He especially loves the mazes! My other boy, the 2.5 year old, jumped into the First Letters book right away and started copying the letters curiously. It was so fun to watch him do this - he isn't following the typical writing patterns yet, but he is exploring!
One of the best features of these books is the way they integrate skills with creativity. The pages each focus on a couple shapes or types of activities, and they are tied in to playful, colorful drawings. I have posted a bunch of pictures below - check them out! It's easier to see in the pictures than for me to try and explain concisely. :)
I have taken to bringing a couple of these books and markers in the diaper bag when we go out with the boys, because I know I can whip them out for engagement on the fly. And we even have mini versions of the alphabet and numbers books - but they're not available for direct purchase on the website, so contact me if you're interested in getting this special deal! I can order the mini-books for you.
It's that book that transforms a toddler into a writer and an artist in one go.
Peruse the Wipe-Clean series here ($7.99 each)
Check out the activity card packs ($9.99 each): Alphabet, Numbers, Animal Doodles, Travel Doodles, Trip Activities
Samples from First Drawing:
Samples from Wipe-Clean Alphabet:
Samples from Wipe-Clean Farm Activities: (pen removed because it's our personal copy)
Samples from Wipe-Clean First Letters: (pen removed because it's our personal copy)
Samples from Wipe-Clean 1 2 3: (pen removed because it's our personal copy)
Hi there! I'm Christine - Usborne Books & More independent consultant, kids' book fan, English teacher, mom of two boys.