Usborne Christmas Fun
Flea had lots of fun, and Grandma now has a lifetime supply of slightly dodgy Christmas decorations.
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Initial thoughts: We’ve had a few Usborne ‘make and do’ books over the years and this one is similar to those in that it’s really nice quality and has some lovely illustrations, perfectly pitched for kids aged between 3 and 5. The book includes a range of creative projects that will keep pre-schoolers busy on rainy afternoons, and help build up some festive spirit in the run-up to Christmas!
We liked: Flea isn’t naturally a ‘crafty’ kid and won’t voluntarily pick up a pen or scissors for most of the year. But this book had the Christmas magic sparkle, and the idea of making Christmas fairies, snowflakes and decorations was just too good to pass up. She had lots of fun, although needed assistance for most of the projects, and was suitably proud of her creations afterwards. They were all duly dispatched to Grandma’s house, of course.
We weren’t keen: The activities will be familiar to most pre-schoolers – drawing, cutting, sticking, fingerprint painting and so on – but most of the activities do require a lot of adult support and supervision, which Flea found a little frustrating. There was quite a lot of “I can do it myself Mummy, IN FACT” and I think I even heard one, “Back OFF, Mummy”.
Overall: A lovely quality book with a range of Christmas-themed activities that should fill a few rainy afternoons, and I think it’s always nice to keep Christmas craft projects to use as decorations in future years. Just make sure you have time to sit down with your child to provide help, because it will be needed.
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]