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Every year we purchase these annuals for our children. As they come in a number of characters each of my children are able to choose an annual they would like. It was no surprise that my little girl chose the peppa pig version for the second year in a row. What we really like about this year's version is the variety. Other years we found they began to get a little samey, but this year it seems there is a lot more for little one to do. I am sure that the number of activities has increased, as has the variation in the puzzles.
There are 64 pages to this annual in total each side filled with different activities, games and stories for little one to enjoy. This means it is not just a onetime activity, and can be used over and over again. Even when all the activities are filled in my children like to keep theirs for the stories. Retail price is £7.99 but to be honest we have never paid that. They are often on different offers before Christmas, and then just after they fall to a few pound. They are more than worth this price with many puzzles and fun packed into one book when you can buy actually activity sets with have less. Plus as it is a hard cover book it lasts, so it can be kept by little one for long periods without becoming damaged.
The pages are all bright in colour and very engaging for little one. They use each of the main characters over and over again so there is no way little one cannot recognise their favourite characters. They are make sure they bring in the whole cast of characters, so if your child prefers Danny dog or Pedro pony they are sure not to be disappointed. All of the illustrations are really detailed, and the scenes and setting kept in line with the TV program. The instructions are written in bold large text. My daughter is yet to show an interest in reading so that means mummy gets to help her by reading them allowed. My son can read some of the words, as it is written in simple, large text.
There are a number of different short stories in this annual also. But my little girl noticed they are all TV episodes just shortened a little so no new material. This did not seem to bother her too much she loves reading the story's at bedtime. I would also say that for younger children they will need to be read by an adult. The stories are not aimed at getting the children to read, with no repeated words and the text being smaller than the instructions for activities it is definitely to read to a child. While most of the puzzles and things to do are aimed at a child to do by themselves, there are others that are perfect for sharing. My daughter loves to get help from her big brother when she needs it, and letting my youngest son help her for the parts she is apparently too grown up for. There are also games which can be made out of the pages of the book so they can all play together.
The puzzles all different in difficulty so there is something for a wider age range of children, which is lovely as all three of my children have something to do. My youngest son who is two can manage the colouring in, my daughter who is four can do the number activities, and my eldest son 5 can complete all of the activities in the book. There are a few he requires a little help from mummy so it could be pushed to a higher age range and still be interesting. There are lots of puzzles my little girl can do like spot the difference, counting activities and colouring. There are dot to dots, word games and so much more. There are some cut out activities which are a bit daft as they have activities on the back of them so my daughter did not want them cut out.
In the middle of the book there are also over 100 stickers. They are all of course of peppa and her friends and a great addition to this book. My little girl was over the moon with her stickers and the quantity of them. Some are very small but my daughter was still able to pull them all away without any problems. There is a page of stickers are for setting a scene and picture for one of the activities in the book. These are larger and she loved that there was an activity including stickers, giving her something to do with them. They are not reusable but this did not spoil her fun and she really did love this part of the book.
This book is so much more than good fun for your child. Each activity is interesting enough to hold their attention, cleverly using their favourite characters to introduce a range of things. There are your usual skills being pushed forward in this book like numbers, letters and colours, but you little one also learns to use observations skills, problem solving skills and a range of other talents. For my daughter who has just turned four she has found a recent love for activity books. I would highly recommend this annual to anyone with a peppa pig fan in their house. My little girl adores this, and she is still completing activity's two weeks after receiving it. She does have short bursts on it at a time completing just a few pages at a time. This is half of the fun as the book lasts more than five minutes. There are certainly enough things for a child three years plus to complete, and as they have different difficulty levels can be suited to more children. We think they are a lovely thing to keep looking back at, and seeing just how much our children have grown and progressed each year. Of course it is lots of fun for little one too, and this has been proved by my daughter.