Twinkl is an amazing website, jam packed with printable learning resources including simple activity sheets, games, writing borders, signs, labels etc. The list really does go on – with over 88,000 printable resources for EYFS, KS1, KS2, teachers, home educators, childminders, nurseries and more.
We were given a premium subscription to try – normally costing £29.99 which gave us access to more than 10,000 further resources and also enabled downloading multiple resources at once – an option that would be ideal for schools.
The Twinkl site is easily broken down into the different age groups and also different topics. With the vast amount of choice on offer we decided to look at the parenting section which offers things like parenting guides, activity sheets in maths and reading skills, printable games and a behavioural section with things such as reward charts and certificates.
I love the way the activities incorporate fun, brightly coloured pictures but also include an educational aspect, like the butterfly to colour in – using particular colours depending on the answer to the mathematical sum in each area of the picture. Miss M who is 5yrs old loved the sheets when I showed them to her and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. She likes to be kept occupied and challenged in what she does.
Within the topic section on Twinkl there is one called Under the Sea, which I knew my children would love. We often pop down to our local aquarium as they love looking at the various fish, sharks, starfish, seahorses etc. So seeing the sealife on the activity sheets really appealed to them and added interest as it was something that they could easily relate to.
We found some interesting fun addition/subtraction sheets and some pattern worksheets with brightly coloured images of all kinds of sealife and other underwater objects which both my children loved. Although Mister B is a little young for the activities he loved pointing to the objects and telling me what they were while Miss M finished the lines of patterns and did the sums. The Under the Sea section has a wide range of worksheets – something for everyone as well as display sheets, power points and writing frames.
There’s also a friendly Forum on the site which is a helpful little place where you can ask any questions or advice and you are sure to get an answer. I’ve had a little look around and it’s very simply set making it easy to use and ask the questions you want to.
The resources on Twinkl are perfect for schools and there is currently a special offer running giving schools a free trial (normally £249.99 though prices vary according to the size of school) – this gives them access to the premium subscription offering over an extra 10,000 resources. Why not give it a go if you work in a school environment or recommend it to your local school.
I’m really pleased by what I have seen of Twinkl so far. It’s full of resources perfect for me to print for my children to help them build on skills learnt at school but also ones that are fun and they enjoy doing. Miss M thoroughly enjoyed working through a flower addition worksheet by herself and you can see her efforts below.
I’d definitely recommend Twinkl for anyone looking for printable materials – there’s such a vast selection that everyone is catered for. We’ve already printed a little folder of sheets for Miss M to work through during the summer holidays at her own leisure!