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When I was a kid, I remember being given a small plaque with my name and it's meaning on it. It wasn't anything fancy, but it certainly meant a lot to me, even helped define me sometimes when I was upset. The names we give our children might seem random sometimes, but history and my personal experience would support that a name is a powerful thing. All three of my children embody the meaning of their names in some way, which I honestly didn't expect at the onset of motherhood. My final review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew is of a company that is in the business of name meanings! We're talking about CrossTimber and their variety of name meaning gifts like Name Bookmarks and AmazingName Print Activity Sheets.
What We Received:
We were given the choice between an 8x10 Name Plaque print with a printable activity set or five NameCards or Name Bookmarks with a printable activity set. We chose five Name Bookmarks and an AmazingName Activity Set.
How It Works:
Once I decided on the bookmarks, I began searching through all of the images available. They have a wide variety of images which made it possible to choose a completely different one for every member of my family. For example, my oldest son loves horses and I had several horse images to choose from. Once you choose an image, then you choose what type of quote you would like at the bottom. You can choose from a Presidential quote, a Famous Author Quote, a Bible Verse, Character Quality Definitions, or a custom quote option. put in the name and they provide the meaning and corresponding scripture. I chose scriptures for all of mine. Finally, you enter the name and add the order to your shopping cart.
The AmazingName Activity Sets are even easier to order because it simply requires entering a name. Each set comes with 28 pages of different activities that involve the child's name. There is everything from learning the letter your child's name starts with all the way to cursive handwriting practice. Crossword puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, word searches, and even a craft that can be displayed on the child's desk. It's definitely an educational, entertaining and personalized set!
What We Thought:
When I ordered the bookmarks, I really wasn't sure what my kids would think. The big kids are avid readers so at minimum a bookmark would be useful. However, when we received them they were very impressed and excited. There is something about having your name - and the meaning of your name- laid out and made especially for you that makes you feel extra special. I was happy with the images and felt like they were really nice. The one disclaimer I would make comes from my 3 year old's antics. He loved his and I let him use it on a car ride, but before it came to an end he had pulled off the top layer of plastic. It wasn't ruined because I could then re-laminate it with my own laminator, but it is something to beware of. Still, it's not a shock that a 3 year old could be destructive! The name activity set I gave to my 7 year old daughter, knowing that my 3 year old wasn't quite ready for it. She LOVED it. Some of it was easy, some of it was challenging. She raved about it either way.
Both the bookmarks and the name activity sets are GREAT holiday gifts, especially for kids! It's a really meaningful way to give a unique gift that can make the recipient feel special and loved.
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