Monday, 28 September 2015

Spot a Lot: Animals Jigsaw Review

This month as part of the Parragon book buddies scheme we have been sent Spot A Lot: Animals Jigsaw to review.

My first thoughts were that I really liked the box it all came in, not too big or too small, with a velcro tab to hold it all in, and so very easy for small fingers to open without destroying it. Many of our other jigsaw boxes have been destroyed due to their difficult entry process, so this was a good start. Inside the box there is a paperback book Spot a Lot Animals which my three and five year old were both keen to look inside. The book starts by explaining that there is trouble at the zoo today as all the animals have run away! Gibbons swinging and playing on the jungle gym, zebras camouflaged on the crosswalk, penguins keeping cool in the swimming pool. The idea is that you have to look very carefully as you help the zookeeper count and spot all the zoo runaways.

The book is lovely and the illustrations are really fun. My three year old had to work quite hard to spot some of the animals as they are small and each page has a lot of detail. My five year old was able to work more independently with the book finding and counting the animals as he went. There is a lot of detail on each page and this book kept them occupied for quite a while as we sought out the animals. I liked that it was tricky in places and it wasn't a quick or obvious find.

The jigsaw puzzle is double sized and you need to have read the book first in order to know how the puzzle fits together as it is one of the pages from the book. One side is in colour and the other is a black and white version that you can colour in yourself. Due to the jigsaw being shiny it was quite hard to decide which pens to use to colour it in and we had to wait for the pen to dry for quite a while. My kids were also frustrated that they smudged the colouring a bit. The jigsaw is a good size and my three year old enjoyed the challenge of putting it together but needed a bit of help from myself. My five year old was able to do it on his own.

Overall we have really enjoyed playing with the jigsaw and reading the book and spotting all of the animals. This would make a lovely gift for a child and as I said above the box is very accessible and would keep it all together nicely. It has been great to have something that has three different elements to it; the story, the jigsaw and colouring the jigsaw. I would recommend.

If you would like to buy your own copy of Spot a Lot: Animals Jigsaw it is available to buy from Smyths Toys.

Disclaimer: I received this product from the publisher for free. However, they have not paid me for this review, and they do not exercise any editorial control over my review or anything else on this site.