Christmas is fast approaching so I have no doubt that like me, your thoughts are turning to kids gifts ideas. My two seem to go from wanting every single item that they see on the TV to then not being able to think of anything that they want when asked! So today I’m offering up an idea that is that little bit different, a fun and educational idea, and I also have one up for grabs…
We have received Electronic Dictionary Bookmarks from BrightMinds, one for each of the children to try out. Now I have to say first up that I was a little unsure of these. You know how I am quite old-school about paper and books, and I do encourage Boo to use her dictionary as I think it is important to know how to use one. I know, I know, Google exists, as I say, I am old-school that way. But I have been pleasantly surprised by these, so let me give you a little background.
Electronic Oxford Childrens Dictionary Bookmark
An easy-to-use ‘at hand’ electronic dictionary enabling quick look-up and understanding of the words children encounter every day. The design is beautiful, with slim fit for use on the page and a window so words can be isolated as you read. 30,000 word definitions taken from the best-selling Oxford Primary Dictionary.
For age 7+, batteries supplied. Measures 15cm. RRP £29.99
Electronic Dictionary Bookmark White
There will be no need to ask next time you read a word you don’t understand. The Electronic Dictionary Bookmark can be used to keep your place in the conventional way, but also offers 38,000 definitions from The Collins English Dictionary at your fingertips. Although this does not act as a spelling corrector, it is a great gadget for children and adults to enrich their reading experience.
For age 8+, easy to use, battery included. Measures 17 x 4.5cm RRP £24.99
These are so simple to use, and though they do both come with clear instruction booklets, Boo picked up hers and started using it straightaway without any need for me to explain how it works. So if a 7 year old can do that, it’s fair to say they are nice and easy to get used to.
As you can see, this one is laid out alphabetically and you just turn it on with that pink button, type in the word that you would like it to look up and then scroll down to read the full definition.
It works perfectly as a bookmark as it lies flat, with just the display part popping out at the top of the book, marking your place for you.
Little Man’s design is slightly different, though functions in the same way.
As you can see from the photos, both dictionaries are designed to work as bookmarks by lying flat inside the books with the top part peeping out.
What’s been interesting and unexpected is just how much the kids have taken to these. They are so proud of them and have shown them to pretty much every visitor we’ve had to the house in the last couple of weeks! Boo uses hers every night now, as she reads to herself before going to sleep so this is now her bookmark of choice and she tells me each morning what she looked up the evening before. Little Man cannot yet read, so I see this as being great for him once he begins. In the meantime, he uses his as his bookmark, as an imaginary phone and he absolutely loves writing his name on the keyboard which can only be a good thing. His dictionary bookmark is in the style of a QWERTY keyboard so he is also becoming familiar with this layout and asking me lots of questions about the letters so his alphabet recognition is improving.
I have been impressed with these. They do a good job as a dictionary, are perfect as bookmarks and the children both enjoy using them and playing with them, too. I can ask no more!
I now have the Electronic Oxford Childrens Dictionary Bookmark up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 24th November 2016. Good luck!
What appeals to you about these?
Disclosure: We received the product FOC though all words and opinions remain my own