Sunday, 16 November 2014

Gift ideas: The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 45!

For all the things which change so fast, there is so much comfort in knowing Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is turning 45 years old.
A book which meant so much in my childhood has already had so much benefit in my daughter's.
The very first school assembly which I was invited to attend included Seren's reception year bringing the book to life.
And building on it with their own hopes and aspirations, where they had been and where they want to go.

And we were lucky enough to share this learning with Seren's brothers after receiving a hamper of 45th Anniversary gifts.

Of course, the favourite items were those which they could get their hands on and get creative.
This stamper kit was such a hit, and now embellishes all of the paper I try to print my work things on!
At £9.95 this makes a perfect gift for a toddler, and with replacement ink pads available from places like Hobbycraft it means the wooden stampers can be used for years to come.

My favourite, and Seren's favourite by far, was the drinks bottle and melamine plate.
I love the bottle, and its hardwearing casing, for both accompanying Seren to school as well as her after-school activities. And I love even more that she loves it.
The melamine plate is loved even more for its dividers. We don't use divider plates regularly, they are used for 'treat' meals. The children associated them with picnics and so Seren instantly loved this one. More so she loved the illustrations and the flowers, this is now 'Seren's plate', this is a non-negotiable!

A team favourite is the 'Chunky Strawberry Chalks'. Absolutely perfect for outdoor use, bringing colour to the patio, we loved using ours in the run up to bonfire night, and showing all the fireworks on dark paper.
But  more so, Seren loved creating a rainbow, and showing the change from rain to sun.
As well as gifts which are great for 3-5 year olds, there are so many which are perfect to babies and toddlers. From cot books, to touch-and-feel books and wall decals.

Whilst we were sent these products for the purposes of this review, I would wholeheartedly recommend them, and buy them.
'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' has and remains a loved part of my children's upbringing. I can't wait for next year when I know I will get to see the boys perform their hungry caterpillar (why change a good format?) as they begin their Reception year.
And if it's worked for forty-five years?

Disclosure: We received a hamper of 45th Anniversary goodies for the purposes of this review. All opinions and views contained are our own.

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