What is it
The Hi 5! fabric book helps young children make friends with numbers 1-5 using their hands. The inviting embroidery, crinkle fabric, and small numbers who peek out of the pages charm young children, ensuring that they grow up loving numbers. Explored through touch and sound, Hi 5!’s engagement features allow children to trace numbers and shapes (i.e, 2-pointed heart with a “foil mirror” and a fuzzy triangle and three small embroidered triangles for 3).
The book’s front and back covers show embroidered right and left hands with the numbers 1-5, and it includes a handle allowing the child to easily carry “my numbers book” or attach it to a pushchair. The book is made from washable non-toxic fabric to keep kids safe even if the small numbers end up in the mouth.
What our team of testers said
"Baby loves this book. It's full of the crinkly stuff they love." - Observer of baby
"Bright and colourful - I loved the feel of the book with its different textures. Lovely first time book for baby." - Mum of baby
- Provides multi-sensory stimulation
- Promotes colour and shape recognition
- Teaches basic number recognition
What our experts think
This is a lovely and bright multi-sensory soft book, ideal for little hands. Our baby testers liked scrunching the pages and listening to the noises, which made them smile (this also teaches early cause and effect logic!). Our slightly older testers enjoyed the number element and were encouraged to go through and say the numbers on each page – building number recognition ready for pre-school learning.
The different shapes and colours throughout the book stimulate baby’s vision and promote basic colour and pattern recognition skills. It is great for caregiver and baby to explore together, as pointing out different shapes and numbers encourages baby to do the same. One of our two-year-old testers enjoyed looking at her hand and imitating the front cover. We did find that the book shrinks in the washing machine, so we would recommend hand-washing or wiping with a cloth.
- RRP: £15.33
- Brands: Numbers Alive
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Baby Toys
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Fine motor skills
Numeracy, counting & money
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills