Dear Mummy, I’ve got something to share with you… I’ve been receiving mail in the post from a Panda. Yes, you heard me right. A Panda. But not any old Panda. A Panda that can read and write. Actually this Panda is helping ME to read and write-through clever little letters sent through the post.
My postie must think I’m a rock star the amount of mail I’ve been getting recently with my name on it. In fact it’s just my Panda Post. A letter that comes via the Royal Mail every week as part of a monthly subscription that cost £9.99 and can be cancelled at anytime with no monthly contract. Envelopes are embellished with a drawing on the outside which gives you a small clue to what’s inside. Each week I patiently wait for it to arrive and rush to open it after school. You can’t miss it with the child’s name large and clear on the address.
I usually tear it open on the sofa in front of my mummy and we sit and read through the letter together. Even though I’m at school some of the words I need help with as I read through them for the first time. I tend to read my Panda mail after school when I get home or at weekends depending on how busy I am. When I say read…I mean that term very loosely as you see I still can’t read very well (don’t let this blog fool you – we all know who I dictate this through..my PA).
Each letter I receive has a theme, as panda writes to me depicting a short story. We find the characters Panda talks about funny and engaging. Panda Post helps with my reading confidence and through the excitement of getting my own mail through the post it also encourages me to read. Its great extra reading practice which reflects what I’ve been learning in school. I have a little folder where I can store all my A4 sheets (which also get sent through the post with some stickers) and this allows me to re-read the letters. I even wanted to take it into school and show my friends.
Once I get the panda post in my little hand I rip it open in a flash sometimes failing to notice I actually rip the contents too!! Oops. I tend to sit on the sofa and look at the words and form the sounds. It’s great for helping with my phonics. My mummy is a graphic designer and appreciates the print quality and the clever illustrations and typography. The attention to detail is great and even the postage stamps have been considered with the majority of them featuring little characters.
Panda Post is written by children’s author and mum, Dr Yasmin Finch and artist Wiwin Papilaya. Yasmin is a published children’s author and as a mum knows how to engage with children. All letters complement the UK Phonics National Curriculum which is reassuring for my folks.
With all the school homework stuffed into my book bag its just the right amount of extra reading, however we’d love to see different textures of paper to help improve the post from panda or even a little reward or badge once in a while, like a surprise letter. We think it’s great that children get the opportunity to write back to panda as well and the return address features on their website.
Overall it’s a really nice subscription service which is fun and educational for kids and I can’t wait to receive more correspondence from my favourite panda.
love Bella x
Disclaimer: We were sent post from panda in order to conduct our review all thoughts are our own.