If I say “whiteboard” to you, what do you see? A boardroom? A classroom? Something very large indeed? Well, that’s what I thought too until Wedge Whiteboards * offered to send us their A3 Wedge Whiteboard to try out. I say “us” but guess who couldn’t wait to get her little paws on it for a really thorough road test? 🙂
What is a Wedge Whiteboard?
Wedge Whiteboards are manufactured in the UK and the company have been supplying the education and home sectors with a variety of whiteboard styles and sizes for some years. Our A3 Wedge is double sided so can be used by more than one person at a time and – unusually – is dry-wipe and magnetic on both sides too. It comes with two magnetic board rubbers and four dry-wipe pens, which all slot neatly into each side. And it’s portable, lightweight, comes with anti-slip rubber feet, and can be used portrait or landscape style.
What did Flora think?
Flora already uses A5 portable whiteboards at school, they’re a valuable learning aid and way of encouraging interaction and participation during lessons. She’s also got an A5 whiteboard at home that she uses for doodles from time to time. But as soon as the Wedge was unboxed a couple of weeks ago, she hasn’t left it alone for more than a few minutes. The first night she even took it up to bed! And, rather to our surprise, she’s been using it in preference to having bed time stories ever since <sob>. When we asked her what she likes so much about whiteboards, this was her response:
“Because you can rub things out easily and start again.”
She’s always been creative and we have boxes and boxes of her doodles and notes (that I can’t bear to throw away) but this much larger A3 board seems to have really sparked her imagination.
How has Flora used it?
Maths is one of her favourite subjects (unlike me, who needs a calculator or Excel) and she’s enjoying practicing her numeracy at home. She’s enjoying self-correcting too (also unlike me!).
Because the Wedge is so lightweight and portable, it’s been fantastic for games like Dragon School (the picture at the top of this page) and Equestria Cafe below.
Her favourite books at the moment are Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry series. I mentioned that she likes taking the Wedge to bed – well this is what she came up with a couple of nights ago. Her own take on Horrid Henry, which she wants to send to Ms Simon to persuade her to hurry up and write more Horrid Henry books. I expect Cressida Cowell will be next on her list…
Another game that she invented was for a play date. She and a friend took a pen and one side of the Wedge each. I had to ask them to draw something but not tell them the name (a little like Pictionary). Eg, “Draw me something that flies at night, breathes fire, and has scales.” You get the idea – it was lots of fun!
Quite apart from how easy the Wedge is to use, it’s versatile because two people can use it at the same time. It’s magnetic so if Alan and I are ever allowed to use it, it would be somewhere useful and visible to attach vouchers and coupons. And we could have a fantastic game of Battleships too #nerdalert 🙂
Because it’s easy to wipe clean, Flora isn’t using so much paper for her doodles now. And at A3 size, it’s small enough to be portable and fit into any home if you haven’t got much space. It’s certainly encouraged Flora to practice what she’s learned at school, and to think up creative games on her own. She was lucky enough to attend a Montessori nursery before starting school so she’s used to having choice and independence. Kids learn through play so anything that encourages and facilitates that has got to be a good thing.
We have to say a huge thank you to Wedge Whiteboards for sending us their A3 Wedge, we’ve had so much fun with it in such a short space of time already. It’s definitely one of Flora’s favourite things to play with and it’s so lovely to see all the creative ways in which she’s making full use of it. It’s brilliant for drawing, revisiting learning from school, practising writing, playing games, and just having fun.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if you only try!”
If you’re looking for something your kids will play with for more than five minutes, that could help reinforce their learning, and will almost certainly ignite their creativity, then we think a Wedge Whiteboard is the way to go. You can find them on Amazon or eBay, but in the meantime, why not enter the giveaway below?
Wedge Whiteboards are very kindly giving you a chance to WIN one of their lovely A4 Wedge Jotter Packs including a magnetic pen and a magnetic board wipe.Not just for kids (!) if you’ve been inspired to get creative too, then now’s your chance – all you need to do is complete the entry requirements in the Rafflecopter competition below. None are mandatory but the more you complete, the more chances you have of winning 🙂
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• Giveaway runs from 12 April 2018 @ 12.00am to 30 April 2018 @ 11.59pm
• Winner will be picked at random by the Rafflecopter widget
• You will be notified by email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway
• You will have 14 days to respond to the winning email notification, after which time a new winner will be picked at random by the Rafflecopter widget
• Prize will be sent within 7 working days of receipt of address details, and will be tracked.
Good luck if you decide to enter!
* We were gifted this A3 Wedge Whiteboard in exchange for a review but all opinions are our own and this is an honest, unbiased review.