We have been lucky to receive a rather gorgeous bundle of preschool books from DK.
We’ve shared our thoughts on some other DK preschool books before, and as we like those ones so much, I knew this would be a treat. Both of the children were so excited when the package arrived, and Boo was very keen to help her brother start working his way through each of them. Aged 3, these should all be perfect for him, so I was looking forward to seeing what he made of them…
A Little About the Books:
Follow the Trail Farm
Little ones will love using their fingers to follow the glittery, bumpy shiny trails in DK’s Follow The Trail Farm. This tactile board book is packed with colourful illustrations to help encourage early learning.
Perfect for hands-on learning, every page of this board book has a bright, bold finger trail with a special sparkly, bumpy finish. Plus there are peepholes through to tiny animal or tractor characters that lead children along the pathways. Follow The Trail Farm is perfect for developing hand-eye coordination and pre-writing skills.
Follow the Trail Baby Animals
Help your child learn all about baby animals in Follow The Trail Baby Animals. With tactile trails and fun peepholes, your little one will discover baby rabbits, kittens and puppies. Follow The Trail Baby Animals makes early learning fun for your little one.
– These Follow the Trail titles are unlike any other books that we have, so Little Man was curious about them immediately. He enjoys placing his finger on the trail lines and following them, and I’m already noticing that he is getting better at doing this when he takes his time. The books are bold and bright, with plenty to look at on each page and they cover shapes and directions, as the trails go up and down, zig zag, loop the loop and more. We’re reading these together a lot.
Meet cheeping chicks, rowdy roosters, grumpy goats, and all their other farmyard friends in this fact-filled pre-school activity book. Children can make milkshakes and paper plate chickens, decorate cookies, and play spot-the-difference games, all while learning fun facts about farm animals.
Bugs and Bees and other Buzzy Creatures
Meet busy bees, wiggly worms, lovely ladybirds, and all their other creepy crawly friends in this fact-filled pre-school activity book. Children can make their own beautiful butterflies and bees, decorate cookies, and count insects’ legs, all while learning great facts about bugs.
– These practical facts books are brilliantly laid out for little ones, as they have just the right amount of information and illustrations in them to interest Little Man, before then moving on to an activity such as a baking idea or craft suggestion. These are the types of book that we will dip into regularly for inspiration for rainy day fun as well as talking about the creatures covered. Little Man is very keen to try making some egg carton insects, so I’m sure we’ll be onto that very soon!
Get Ready for School: I’m Ready for School
Get ready to play, get ready to learn, get ready for school
Help your child get ready for school. This interactive board book helps your little one learn key skills for school time through fun activities set in and around the home. Help your child match shoes in the bedroom, count fruit in the kitchen, spy colours and shapes in the playroom, and sort toys in the garden.
This new series of interactive books and playbooks brings the brightest and best start to learning for every child. The 45 lift-the-flaps and peep-through cover in I’m Ready for School enable your child to learn key skills and knowledge through play, exploration and conversation. Colourful characters, Bip the Cat, Bop the Elephant, and Boo the Monkey, will inspire and develop a confident, curious and capable child.
– This bright board book is crammed with lift the flaps, questions, activities and basic vocabulary, all perfect for preschoolers in preparation for school. Each page covers a different area of every day life, such as In The Kitchen and Out in the Street, and asks you to answer questions, group items, count and vocalise what you are seeing. Little Man adores this one and I can see how useful it is in both consolidating his knowledge and expanding it. There are several books and games in this series, and I am really impressed with this one so I’ll be looking to get the other titles, too.
Playing the Get Ready for School: Four of a Kind Game
Get Ready for School Games Four of a Kind supports your child’s learning development through the early years. These games guide your child’s early learning and help you get them ready for school. Each box includes cards and a booklet of games that your child can play to learn key skills and knowledge. The colourful photographic cards will inspire and develop a confident, curious and capable child. You’ll love playing the games too!
Get Ready for School is a new series of interactive books and playbooks that encourages the brightest and best start to learning for every child. Key skills are developed through play, exploration, and hands-on experience. Each element of the series, whether print or digital, will support active learning through creative thinking, boosting confidence, curiosity and independence. The series provides a sold foundation in RAW (reading, arithmetic and writing) and supports emotional, social, and motor skills development.
The game comes with a book, 4 different sets of cards and instructions and ideas for game play. Little Man was really keen to play this, as you can probably tell from the first photo with his hand sneaking into shot to grab the book!
The sets of cards are grouped with similar themes, so in this case we have green cards with transport, blue with food and red with animals. The orange is a small set with the characters on them for further game play. Within each set there are then sub sets and the challenge is to look for them and correctly identify them. For example, the food cards have four fruits, four vegetables and four breads.
From this, we then played games trying to name different foods, transport or animals not pictured. We grouped cards by colour, by abilities, by favourites, by shapes – the list can go on and on, and really it’s up to you how you use and adapt them.
In addition to this, there are also instructions for games for two to three players, though these were a little tough for Little Man at the moment, so something for us to come back and try in a few months time.
I can see us playing the card game regularly as it’s so quick and easy to set up, educational and fun, and Little Man was fully engaged in playing. There are so many different ways of using them that it will also remain fresh and exciting at every turn.
Our Overall Thoughts
Little Man is now 3 years and 5 months old and I feel that these books and game are just perfect for him. I was really impressed by just how well they do hold his interest as he is not always fascinated by books and sometimes wanders off to do other things, whereas with these, we sat and read through every single book in one sitting when they first arrived and he continues to go back to them now. He does tend to favour non-fiction and these books are crammed full with activities, with facts sprinkled liberally throughout, all in bite-size chunks. Just perfect for him, he loves them.
I do now have four of these books available to give away to one of my lucky readers. The winner will receive Follow the Trail Farm, Follow the Trail Baby Animals, Farm Animals and Bugs, Bees and other Buzzy Creatures. The competition is open to UK residents only and closes at 12am 25th February 2016. Good luck!
What do you like about these books?
Disclosure: We received these books FOC for the purposes of this review, though all words and opinions remain my own