I still can’t believe that Carly will be starting school this September. It seems so little time ago that she was a toddler, and now she’s growing up so fast.
Having been at nursery since she was two, Carly is more than ready to start school, but I’ve been trying to work with her to prepare her and we’ve been enjoying exploring learning through play in particular.
When I was offered the chance to review Animals at Home, a matching pairs game with illustrations by Claudia Boldt and published by Laurence King, I knew my little animal mad girl would love it.
The game came in a beautiful boldly illustrated box and Carly was excited to open it up and see what was inside. The game is made up of cards with 27 animals and 27 homes. I decided to lay the animal cards out and let her find the matching homes.
The illustrations on the cards are lovely and original, you can tell a lot of thought has gone into each one, and the animal’s homes are creative and interesting to find, even for an adult. We particularly enjoyed the horse and his stable!
Carly found the game just the right level of challenging and we had fun working together when she started to struggle a little with some of the harder pairings. This was a really enjoyable game to play and we would have happily played a second time if we weren’t worried about Benjamin crawling off with some of the cards as he wanted to chew on them!
I would say this game would be suitable for children aged 3-6. Carly is almost five and, as I’ve mentioned, about to start school and I think it was just right for her but I know her older brother would also enjoy playing this, and a slightly younger child would enjoy playing with an adult as well.
Priced at £12.99, Animals at Home will be available from Laurence King from 17th July.
We were sent Animals at Home for the purpose of this review, however all views and images are my own.