As Joshua grows , so does his development with learning and being a homeschooler , I love to look for initiative ways that may encourage him to grow with learning in more enjoyable ways .
I've always enjoyed buying my children themed utensils and cutlery growing up and to be fare they never seemed anything but pretty looking or character based so I never thought about how it would help on an educational level.
A month ago I was approached by a company who asked me to take a look at their products and as soon as I took a look at what was available on their site, I knew instantly what I would get the most use out of and withing just a few days we received our first delivery from Uncommongoods.com and well Joshua was rather excited himself opening it .
I decided to get Joshua some new table wear , something to help encourage him to use his knife and fork , a new cup that would enable him to move away from the bottle without causing the spillages and some other inventive ideas that were included such as Construction and STEAM based items (STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking).
I was rather excited and so pleased that these products were available and in fact I was surprised I had not seen them before but this is what makes the site so enjoyable and fun .
Uncommongoods.com has a huge range of products ranging from household to gifts that are interesting ,unique and new . Designed by a small company or single person , their items ensure that they are crafted usually by hand with the best and utmost care and attention.
For me the inspiration behind why the products were made was what attracted me to giving them a try as well as knowing that they were normal families just like myself .
The most exciting product for me was the Construction plate and utensils .
Aimed at those aged 2+ and made in the U.S.A , this product was bright and cheerful and everything I as a child would want it to be .
Based on the obvious construction theme , the plate was inspired by a husband an a wife whose son loved construction and used cheerios pretending they were rubble . Using the fork and turning it into a Forklift , a Spoon as a digger and a bulldozer to push the food onto the fork , the fun was all in the imagination and with the theme set the children could enjoy playing while eating .
OK so I know some of you may be sat screaming at me saying ''Playing with their food?'' but this is not just any sort of playing , this is learning them to use their co-ordination skills, the utensils have their own place to sit on the plate and it may also help learning manners , we're always telling them to stop using their fingers ,it encouraging them to eat more , especially if you have fussy eaters, some children just need a little fun and encouragement .
You can purchase both the plate and utensils seperately
Construction plate - £12.52
Construction Utensils - £14.65
Another of the interesting products we looked at was the Create-a-plate.
This plate is STEAM inspired . Using a clear plastic plate which is separated into three sections it has all the space a plate needs to enjoy your meal but then add a removable back that allows you to add any of the 6 interchangeable educational pictures will ensure your child's senses will be motivated by having something new to learn or look at with each meal. You could even make your own pictures and use them instead , its adaptable to grow with the child and when they no longer want to add pictures , why not add a photo for that ever so more personal touch.
Just like the Construction plate , this create-a-plate is also dishwasher and microwave safe , just make sure you remove the picture from the plate before washing or heating .
The Create-a-plate costs just £16.70 and is aimed at any age , my 7 year old especially enjoys this one.
Being that I had a special little lady coming to visit me , I thought it only best to make sure there was a plate for her to enjoy.
My niece was born at just 24 weeks and although just 16 months now ,she still needs a lot of support . She is fed through a tube in her tummy but occasionally likes to enjoy a mushed up meal or fruit or yogurt . She is on oxygen and her muscles don't quite work as well as an average baby her age would be able to so she need a flat spoon to encourage her to eat and get that food from spoon to mouth .
This gorgeous earth -friendly bamboo made plate and spoon is made in China and even has a suction cup on the bottom so that you can attach it to the table or tray of to ensure there's no throwing of the plate and can be removed when it is no longer needed or for washing .
This Bamboo Suction Plate can be bought for just £20.93 and comes with a spoon to match .
For us , dinner time is usually a quick meal. I tend to make a hot meal on the evening for when my husband returns from work so we can all have a meal together so dinner usually consists of a quick snack or sandwich or pasta mix , depending on what they're fancying.
This adorable Choo-choo train takes dining to the next level at the table at meal times. The engine becomes a cup, the conductor's house becomes a bowl, the train's platform becomes the plate, and the coupling rods become the fork and spoon. We have used this for breakfast and dinner , cereals, sandwiches and fruity snacks and I just wished it all clicked securely together enabling me to take it with me out on picnics as it would be perfect for holidays .
The ideas behind the products seem to be so imaginative and there are so many more fun products I am wanting to try.
This Chew-Chew train is available to buy for just £16.75 .
Joshua was so impressed by his new plates and utensils that we even took the construction set with us to the Chinese buffet on his sisters birthday celebration. It was amazing to hear so much feedback and expression of interest when people seen how fun his plate and utensils were.
It was lovely to see him wanting to use his fork and using the bulldozer to push his food onto it , making vehicle noises and having fun while he ate was a great reward for us .
I am over the moon with the wonderful items that are from Uncommongoods.com , although from the U.S.A , the delivery was fast and the customer service was fantastic .
I love that the better to give programme, they've donated over $1,000,000 where they've donated to American Rainforests , RAINN, and more organisations . For every product you purchase , you get to pick a non profit and then they donate $1.
Its nice to see they 're giving back .
I love that they ship internationally and currently all returns are free at the moment .
I love the range of products and I really want to get the Tricerataco Holder to go with Joshua's dining sets and there are some amazing shelves that are mimics of a suspension bridge and a fire escape that would go amazingly in my sitting room on the wall . They also have some gorgeous Garden decor as well as some lovely doormats and rugs .
Have you given them a try before , will you , what is your favourite item on their site ?