Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Learning opportunities with Waff notebooks

Learning opportunities with waff notebooks

This week we have had loads of fun playing with our new WAFF creative combo journal - a notebook with a soft and fun to touch silicone cover, making it extra good for sensory play! (For proof - Arthur licked this as soon as he got his hands on it!) the notebook can be customised with the Waff Cubes - a little bit like amazing, tactile, soft Lego that fits on top of your book - but much more 'pressable' ! Once in place they look like little buttons which are so satisfyingly squishable, I could literally waste hours doing just that!

The Waff Cubes are available in Letters, Numbers, Colourful cubes, Emojis & Glitter cubes to really customise your notebook and make it unique. We have an extra set of glitter letters and also numbers and the journal comes with some letters and blank colour cubes as standard. 
blue Waff journal notebook

This journal is great for school or everyday use...and which child, teenager or procrastinating blogger wouldn't love something like this to fiddle with??! But of course, you know me, I like to use my resources for much smaller humans wherever possible - under the objective of learning through play. can you use this as a learning opportunity?? Apart from being brilliant for fine motor skills and developing the pincer grip, here are a few different ways that you can use the Waff notebook and cubes with your child: 

Letter and name matching and recognition:

Arthur absolutely loved finding the letters for the names of special people in his life, such as /D/ for Daddy, /M/ for Mummy, /E/ for Ellie etc ... Because these letters correspond to names, we have been learning and recognising capital letters. Usually, when I have taught phonics with my class in school I have taught the letter sounds corresponding to the lower case letters. It would be nice to have a full set of upper case and a full set of lower case letters so that we can match these up. 
 For older toddlers, challenging them to produce their name, or match the letters to their name underneath one that you have laid out can really help. 

Letter and name recognition Waff notebook

Number recognition, ordering and 1:1 correspondence:

Randomly placing the numbers on a surface and asking your child to find a particular one is great for helping with number recognition. Similarly, once they are ready - challenge them to place the numbers in order starting with 1-5 first, then 1-10 and then 1-20. This number set only has individual digits 0-9, hopefully Waff will make a set of higher numbers in the near future! 
 For 1:1 correspondence, asking your child to touch and count each button in turn is much easier with cubes as sensory as this!

Number ordering and recognition Waff notebook journal

Repeating patterns:

Another one for mathematical development - the plain coloured cubes work well for this activity! No explanation needed here...

repeating patterns Waff notebook journal

Role play:

My favourite out of all the activity options! We made a calculator/till for our shop and a laptop! Let your little one play and just add the learning in as they go through vocab and questioning. Eg: " well done, you have pressed the letter /s/ for Sarah", "This customer bought 2 apples, can you press the number 2 on the till?....oh, they want 1 more...what will that be?"

Role play calculator Waff notebook journal

Role play laptop Waff notebook journal
Role play laptop

Any improvements?

I love this product, it is so tactile and fun for both adults and children, but there are three small  things that would make it even better for me - coming from a 'learning opportunities' point of view: 

  1. I would like to be able to purchase full sets of both upper and lower case letters to tie in with phonics, reading, writing and letter formation in the early years.
  2. I would like to be able to purchase cubes with higher numbers to tie in with number recognition and ordering in the Early Years
  3. I would like to be able to purchase replacement notebooks to fit inside the covers - 190 pages doesn't last as long  for list makers like me ( or scribblers like Arthur!)

Note: This  A5 Notebook  included: (190 Lined Pages) + 1 Silicone Cover + 2 Clips + 50 Letter Cubes + 50 Colour Cubes. We also received 1 set of 100 maths cubes and 1 set of 100 glitter alphabet cubes in return for an honest review.


  1. I really like this!! I have never seen it before, but it would be perfect for my little nephew #KCACOLS

  2. I've never heard of them before but this looks like great fun! Might get one for my girl when she's a bit older. She loves Lego and colourful things.

    Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you again soon x

  3. Wow, I think that's going on my Christmas list! Although I may end up procrastinating when I'm supposed to be working! #KCACOLS

    1. I can confirm you probably will, but a bit of creativity is good for a productive brain no?

  4. That looks like a really fun toy. What is the minimum age they suggest it for? #kcacols

    1. I think this was originally aimed at school children and older, but i think it is fab for early years - but I definitely wouldn't use unsupervised. The temptation to put the cubes in their mouth is just too much! Parental discretion with regards to age i'd say - this is all stuff that i'm working on with Arthur anyway so i'm always looking out for new and interesting things to use to help

  5. This looks like so much fun. I love how just the idea of it helps to teach as well as being something fun to play with. I think my niece would love this! #kcacols

  6. This looks like a fab idea and great for learning. I had never heard of them but I really like the look of them! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  7. never seen or heard of these before but they sound great for letter recognition. the only letter my boy recognises his his name letter - b ! #KCACOLS

  8. These look great! I had not heard of them before but my son would love one. #KCACOLS


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