It is no secret that I love making and doing things with the kids, so when I was offered the chance to review ‘100 Christmas Things to Make and Do’ from Usborne, I was over the moon!
When I received the book, it was a lot smaller than I anticipated, as most activity books seem to be A4 sort of size. This is great ‘flick through’ size. I fell in love straight away with the colourful pages and clear step by step instructions. Each instruction comes with a picture which is brilliant for kids ( and adults like me!) who need the visuals.
None of the activities appear over-complicated, but just challenging enough to be interesting. It’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and if I put my teacher hat on, I can see it being great if you want 30 primary school aged kids working on an activity independently! All of the activities use materials and equipment that most parents will already have at home so no expensive shopping trips to buy all the bits. The only thing I would say is read the whole activity through first to check you have all the bits as there is no ‘you will need’ lists.
The variety of activities is fantastic. There are pictures, decorations, advent calendars, wrapping paper, cards and even some lovely simple Christmas recipes – great for getting kids in the kitchen!
My only criticism of the book is that it doesn’t stay open which might get a bit annoying if you’re referring to it whilst you’re doing the activity. Perhaps making it spiral bound would help that but otherwise you may want something to hand to weigh the pages down whilst using it.
I can’t wait to get stuck in and try out as many as possible before the big man in red visits. It’s already full of post it notes for the ‘must do’ activities. We are going to have a go at the advent calendar tomorrow!
Christmas Things to Make and Do’ is published by Usborne and is available from Amazon
and other bookshops, RRP £7.99
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