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Lakeland Limited Magnetic Activity Calendar

Submitted by on November 1, 2010 – 7:34 pmNo Comment

I think the Magnetic Activity Advent Calendar is a lovely way to count down to Christmas and definitely gets the thumbs up from us

Buy online: Lakeland Limited

£9.99

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Initial Thoughts: This Lakeland Limited Magnetic Advent Calendar is a lovely and unique take on the traditional-style Advent calendar. It is a really colourful item and came packaged in it’s own colourful cardboard sleeve. Being a fan of the Christmas story I couldn’t wait to retell it again with the use of the calendar and it’s 24 magnetic pieces, including baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, the three Kings and the shepherds and animals.

We liked: We appreciated that the magnets were fleixible, and stick very well to the foldable chart, which can, using the tiny holes, be placed on the wall or it can be stood on a fireplace or countertop. My children prefer to fold it then re-use everytime. I loved the idea of following the Christmas story and each day putting a new character in the scene. The story is retold in a simple and easy to follow way on the back of the chart and guides the person as to which character to place on the next star, of which there are 24. We liked that it was compact and that it could be folded away easily, it has a very charming appeal, encourages child’s imaginations and communication skills, and hopefully also teaches them that there doesn’t always have to be a chocolate, much healthier.

We weren’t keen: I would be careful who you choose to pop out of the flexible magnets from their boards that they come attached to, this item has an age range of 3-10 year olds, and I would certainly get the older childen to help to help pop them out. Having let my 4 year old help me with popping these little figures out, we lost two camels’ legs and the head of a donkey, the magnetic characters are very delicate.

I perhaps would have prefered the instructions and the simple Christmas story to follow, to be displayed either on the packaging of the item it came in, or perhaps a separate instruction type leaflet.  As the story is retold on the back of the chart, and if the item is displayed on the wall, one would have to keep taking it off, turn it over, read the story, put it back on, take it off etc, but this is only a minor inconvenience.

Overall: I think the Magnetic Activity Calendar is a lovely way to count down to Christmas and definitely gets the thumbs up from us,  in my opinion is a little more expensive that the usual advent calenders one can buy, but can be used, enjoyed and loved for many years to come. A really sweet, fun and informative way to count down to Christmas!

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