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Good concept, some parts executed poorly. Expected better from M&D
on February 9, 2012
I purchased the M &D stamp set for my 4 yr old. We homeschool and as he is beginning his reading skills I new this would help us do some activities together as he starts learning to put letters together to form words.
The positives: the stamps seem high quality. Large enough for a small child to grasp and use properly, but small enough for adult crafts too.
-wood packaging (but see the negative side of this too)
-extra punctuation stamps
-the wood package is nice, but there's no lid for storage? M & D stuff used to come with a sliding piece of plastic to serve as the lid for the wood boxes. I've been seeing a distinct lack in forethought as to how to store these stamps. Without a lid, they can't be turned upside down or sideways for storage, and then I'm left with a wood box if I use something else for storage.
-As the product is packaged, it is very difficult to get each stamp out, even for me, no way my 4 yo could do it. They all fit so tightly I had to use something to pry one out, then remove one row of each side in order to set it up so my son could get ones out. What this needs is a different storage container that each stamp is held up so you can see the letters to choose from.
-the ink pad. The pad that came with this product was nearly completely dried out. My son was very frustrated because he could barely see the letters, no matter how hard he pressed down to get ink. I had to add drops of water to it just so he could use it.