Age Range: 6+ months
Manufacturer’s Description: Five little monkeys – This adorable nursery rhyme board book features a fun monkey character finger puppet toy built into the story, encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination and language development for babies aged 6+ months. The perfect size for little hands, it is ideal for reading and playtime on-the-go.
Old MacDonald had a farm – This adorable nursery rhyme board book features a fun cow character finger puppet toy built into the story, encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination and language development for babies aged 6+ months. The perfect size for little hands, it is ideal for reading and playtime on-the-go.
Bunny Loves to Play – Read and play together! Wiggle the cute bunny puppet as you act out Buster’s playtime. This adorable story board book features a soft finger puppet toy built in to the story, encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination, and language development for babies. The perfect size for little hands, it is ideal for reading together and playtime.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: These little finger puppet books are simply adorable. The illustrations are so cute and the puppets match perfectly. I love the slightly muted pastel colours in these books, proving that not all children’s books have to be super-bright and brash to be appealing.
We have now been sent three books from the finger puppet range to review, so I thought I would talk about them altogether on one post, as they are all so similar.
The books themselves are quite small, each one measuring 11cm square, and perfect for little hands to hold. In the centre of each book is a finger puppet of an animal. The puppet is attached to the back page and then goes through a hole on all the other pages to pop out the front.
Five little monkeys and Old MacDonald has a farm both use the first verse from the songs they are named for as the text of the book. As you sing the song, you can turn the pages and make the puppet dance along. Bunny Loves to Play is a story book, with a different type of playtime on each page – Bunny loves to play dress up, splash in the stream, and so on.
Both Georgie and Lydia enjoy these books. Georgie prefers to do the finger puppet herself, and turn the pages while an adult reads the words to her – or occasionally she makes it up as she goes along. Lydia loves to sit on your lap and help turn the page while you wiggle the puppet at her. She really likes grabbing at the puppet and watching it dance about!
These books are a great size to pop into your bag for entertaining small children whilst out waiting for a meal or something, and something a little bit different to the normal board book if you’re looking for a book for a baby or young toddler.
I would say that two year old Georgie is on the upper end of the age range for these books, whereas nearly one year old Lydia is absolutely perfect for them. They are sturdy enough for her to play with on her own, and the puppet provides an extra texture and dimension the the book for her to explore, something she really enjoys.
My only criticism of these books would be that the puppets can make it a little hard to turn the pages – especially the cow for some reason – and that Georgie finds it slightly frustrating that the song books stop after one verse. I find myself putting the book to one side with Old MacDonald in order to sing a few more verses with her, and in the case of Five little monkeys, we stay on the last page with the monkey dancing away merrily whilst we sing our way down from five to none.
Overall we have enjoyed these books and will continue to do so for a while yet. Lydia is really into anything musical so she loves it when I sing the songs to her while she plays with the dancing puppets.
We give the Little Learners Finger Puppet range 4 out of 5 stars.
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