I hope I’m not turning into one of those competitive mums already, but I must admit to being a total flash card geek. My poor little one patiently endured a whole half hour of me madly waving Wee Gallery’s black and white art cards (gorgeous, no?) in front of his face. The cards cost Â£10 for a box of six and are easily good-looking enough to frame. You can even make them into a mobile with a special kit, Â£9.95.
Next on my wish list are Doggiepiggie’s Counting Animals, currently on sale for $6 – the black and white images will immediately engage babies. Their Etsy shop also has ABC cards featuring animal tracks for $10 and an ace matching game for older children, $18.
I’m a huge fan of Charley Harper’s illustrations, so I’ll probably be snapping up this Flash Card and Floor Puzzle set, Â£7.95, pretty sharpish. Kat flagged up Eric Carle’s fab decorative prints recently, so I’m sure she’ll love his flash cards as much as I do – choose from animals or 123 for Â£7.69 each from Amazon. I also can’t get enough of Paul Frank’s funky creatures and these bold, bright and chunky cards are a great addition to the range – and just Â£8.99 from the Ikon Gallery shop.
I’m a modern gal, but if you’re a wannabe Cath Kidston and into all things vintage, here are a couple of sets that will get your heart racing. Cavallini & Co’s come in a tin, so make a beautiful gift, Â£14.95. The alphabet also comes in the form of gift wrap which, at Â£4.95 for two sheets, could be framed as a bargainalicious print. At $30, these nostalgic Etsy cards (right) are a bit more pricey, but really colourful and unusual, with polka dot and striped backgrounds.
Another Etsy find is this super-bright Spanish alphabet set from Bibitty, $58 (ouch, but worth it to ensure your little one has a love of languages early). Me gusta.