I’ve just come across a series of board books that are just perfect for little learners. Chalkboard Concepts (Walter Foster Jr.) help with the alphabet, numbers and shapes. They’re write-and-wipe books featuring reusable chalkboard pages and four pieces of child size chalk – each book is supplied with chalk. The pages feature tracing lines and space to practise, alongside colourful illustrations. The kids practise and then you wipe clean so they can try again. The best thing about these is that they’re a good size, chunky and very sturdy. £7.99 each from Waterstones.