I have six siblings. I also have three daughters.
Because of those two facts, I fully understand the importance of labeling one's stuff.
I have two grandsons. They like to label their stuff. Toys, trikes, fancy-schmancy water bottles they don't want their brother to steal sip out of.
I recently received labels for my grandsons to try out. They're called kidecals, and they're the kind of label designed for kids to mark their gear for summer camp, school supplies and more.
My grandsons like to mark what is theirs.
Now, the boys are actually pretty good at sharing their belongings. They do prefer to know who is the rightful owner of things, though, so the Mini Sets of kidecals I received for free for each one to review, were ideal for marking what belongs to whom.
Now, because I don't use the real names of my grandsons here on Grandma's Briefs, I can't really show you close-ups of their personalized decals. Instead, I'll share the graphic from the kidecals website for each of the mini-sets I got the boys.
Bubby received this:
Mac received this:
With their real names on them, first and last.
Once Gramma handed out the appropriately personalized decals, the kids went to town.
They claimed their bikes...
Their outdoor toys...
Their indoor toys...
Even the shared easel (claiming sides, of course)...
And their games — which they would technically share, if only Mac were old enough to play...
My grandsons appreciated the opportunity to say mine! ... mine! ... mine! without getting in trouble by Mom for not sharing with one another.
The decal sets — an everyday set which included 12 two-inch labels and 24 one-inch labels for Bubby's set and a mini set of 66 one-inch labels for Mac's (there's also a mega set option) — were more than enough for the boys to mark their territory.
There are many positive points about kidecals, including the fact there is always free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. (though there is state tax, so keep that in mind). The decals are durable and intended to withstand all kinds of washings — they're waterproof and stand up to dishwashers and laundry machines. They also arrived lickety-split.
Those are some of the positive aspects of my kidecals experience.
There were a few minor negative aspects, too, such as the letters used for the personalization are not what young kids are used to seeing. That may not really matter all that much unless the recipient is learning to read or write, as Bubby is. Some of the letters are in cursive and/or in fonts that don't look like the fonts early readers used to. The letters E and A, in particular, kind of tripped him up. Of course, the kid does know his name regardless of how it looks on a decal, but it's something manufacturers of kid products should keep in mind.
Another thing that proved challenging for me was finding a design that complemented my grandsons' personalities because the options for graphics were limited, then the options for personalizing (adding or removing elements) was even more limited.
Overall, though, the kidecals were a hit with the kids. And in the end, isn't that really all that matters — in addition to knowing what belongs to whom, of course.
Disclosure: I received this product free for review (though I did pay that sales tax!). Opinions are my own.