Did you know that eyesight in young babies is limited? Whilst their eyes are fully developed, their brains are not yet mature enough to process all the things they see. This is why these books by the Little Black and White Book project are a brilliant gift if you’re searching for what to buy someone whose recently had a baby, or a birthday present for a toddler.
The books and flash cards are great stimulation for newborns who benefit most from high contrast shapes and patterns. As children get older they enjoy being able to turn the pages, hear the animal names and learn about where they are from. Each book has 12 animals in black and white, native to the region where they are from. Simple and clean in design, these get my (and the twins) big thumbs up.
The flash cards are really robust so great for little fingers to hold (and throw about!). They are small enough so work well if you are travelling. Each flash card has a fact on the back, plus an action/question for older children to act out. Personally I’d pop them in my bag for use in the car, or on a plane journey. Ruth who created the books used them with her son when he was learning to stand to encourage him to stand up. I shared them with Poppy and Caspar and they enjoyed pretending they could read the cards and they then made up their own facts about each animal. The zebra likes dancing according to Poppy!
Being passionate about conscious consumerism, the Little Black & White Book project donates 25% of its profits to helping wildlife and conservation charities to try and instil a sense of responsibility and love for animals in the next generation. Personally, I think these are brilliant, anything that supports wildlife, even in a small way is really important.
Books retail for £7.50 and the flashcards are £12.50, you can purchase yours here: Little Black & White Book project site .