I had a particularly good post day the week before last and received some lovely bits and pieces, one of which was a set of books called ‘Baby Firsts’ from North Parade Publishing.
The books arrived in a lovely little presentation box that is beautifully vibrant – so very appealing to little people. It comes with a set of six books about the different things on the farm as well as a set of six stacking blocks.
The books are great for little hands to hold and manipulate and both Daniel and Emma have enjoyed looking at these. I think the fact that they are so bright and engaging has really helped.
What I like about them is that the illustrations are bright and bold. I thought that Daniel wouldn’t be too engaged with them as they are a little young for him but he was very into them, and was happy to read them to Emma, telling her the various animals and their noises etc.
The stacking blocks are a cute addition too. I was worried about how they would withstand the rough and tumble that many of our toys are subjected to, as they are made from a thick laminated plasticcy card (obviously the technical term!), but I have been very pleasantly surprised. They have withstood both Daniel and Emma’s less than delicate handling of them and look brand new still. I think that these would actually look lovely stacked on a shelf in a child’s bedroom, and it might actually be where they end up living once we get round to sorting out Emma’s room properly.
It has been annoyingly difficult to get any decent pictures of Daniel and Emma playing with the blocks and reading the books. I did have a lovely little video of Emma but then halfway through it Daniel empties a bag of megabloks all over her, so I didn’t really think that was the best one to share!
However, I can honestly say that despite the lack of decent action shots they have been well read by the children, and I am sure they will continue to be well read.
On the side of the blocks that Emma is playing with you can see there are numbers and animals – each block has different things on each side, so there is lots to talk about on them. Daniel has been focusing on the animals so far, but as he learns to recognise numbers we will be using them for counting etc.
The RRP of these books and stacking blocks is £12.99 but is currently available here on amazon for just over £9 which I think is really good value. They would make a lovely new baby or first birthday gift.
I was sent this set of books for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.