We Love Dear Zoo…Do You?

We’ve been reading the book Dear Zoo since Alice was a baby, it was one of the first books we brought her and it was a favourite from the start.

It’s bright and colourful, the girls can learn the animals and of course there is the flaps to open. What child doesn’t love this! Holly and Alice still enjoy it now and will take it in turns to open them, even though they pretty much know the book by heart now.

I was shocked to learn that Dear Zoo is 35 years old this year, just think of all those children that have loved this book. I expect a lot of them are now reliving it with their own children.

We were recently sent some Dear Zoo games from Milly and Flynn to try out and we couldn’t wait to give them ago.

Firstly we got the Dear Zoo Matching Pairs game and Holly and I played it together. She loved having a game that was perfect for her age. She understood the concept and helped me lay out all the cards.

It was great that when she picked up two cards, she recognised the pictures from the book.

It wasn’t long until she had a match and as you can see she was very happy about this. Once you have a match you put them in a pile next to you. The winner is the person with the most pairs.

We were also sent the Dear Zoo Wooden Skittles Set. This is the cutest skittles set that I’ve seen. The skittles are in the shape of the Dear Zoo animals and they come in a animal crate, just like you see in the book. Holly’s favourite part is that you can pull them along.

It comes with one wooden ball for you to knock the skittles down with. It would have been nice if there had been two balls, but the girls didn’t seem to mind.

We then set the animals out ready for a game of skittles.

Holly had so much fun playing skittles and knocking the animals down. I had to teach her to roll the ball along the floor and not just throw it.

Once she had finished she packed them back into the crate and took them for a walk. The attention to detail on the crate and the animals is brilliant.

We then went to pick Alice up from school and once she was home and got changed she couldn’t wait to play skittles with her sister. I decided to try them in the dining area this time on the wooden floor and it was definitely easier to stand the animals up here than on carpet.

Alice loved it and it wasn’t long before she had knocked them all down. The joy on her face is brilliant!

It’s lovely to have games that both the girls can enjoy. They played for ages and I was able to get on with making the dinner.

When daddy arrived home the girls couldn’t wait to show him what we had and he didn’t even have chance to get changed before Alice was begging him to play the matching game with them. Thankfully Andy loves this time of day with his girls and it helps him wind down from work.

They had lots of fun and as you can see Alice did a very good job at finding the matches.

We’ve loved playing both these Dear Zoo games. It’s great to have a familiar book come to life and for the girls to recognise the animals when they are playing.

The Dear Zoo matching pairs game is for age 2+ and has a RRP of £6 and the Dear Zoo Wooden Skittles Set has a RRP of £20. Milly and Flynn have a full range of Dear Zoo games that you can choose from.

They are going to be well loved games in our house…

Milly and Flynn are giving one lucky person the chance to win a Dear Zoo Wooden Puzzle Tray. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries below. Good luck! You can find them here too if you fancy buying one.


Disclosure: We were sent both our games for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are my own.



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  1. 23/06/2017 / 14:50

    Aww too cute! I’m going to look out for these games because my girls are big fans of Dear Zoo as well.

  2. 23/06/2017 / 16:09

    These look like lots of fun, I personally love wooden toys as they just look so much better than plastic ones. I also love matching games – I often pop games like this in my bag for when we are out and about.

  3. 23/06/2017 / 20:59

    Oh this is one of our favourite books, I can’t believe it’s so old!! Those games look so lovely, mine would go crazy for them both especially the skittles. Wooden toys last so much longer too, especially in our house!!

  4. 25/06/2017 / 22:18

    Oh that pull along crate is just the cutest! I love this book and so do the girls, such a classic. x

  5. 27/06/2017 / 21:02

    Oh I love Dear Zoo its one of our favourite books too and I have just started reading this to Kipper. The skittles look really good quality and a great game for both the girls, I love that they come with their own storage box too. The cards look great too. Its a great take on the traditional game of pairs xx

  6. iain maciver
    06/07/2017 / 14:11

    perfect for my niece

  7. Tracy Nixon
    06/07/2017 / 14:49

    For my little niece! Thank you – she would love this!

  8. Sue McCarthy
    06/07/2017 / 16:35

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  9. Noreen
    06/07/2017 / 17:17

    For my little grandson who has had a new baby brother recently 🙂

  10. Susan Smith
    06/07/2017 / 18:35

    Would love to win for my little Granddaughter, she would get hours of fun with this

  11. Andrea Fletcher
    06/07/2017 / 18:48

    I love Dear Zoo and would love to win this for my grandson

  12. maria blythin
    06/07/2017 / 19:23

    i wouldlove to win this for my beautiful neice x she would love it

  13. fiona waterworth
    06/07/2017 / 19:40

    my grandaughter jasmine temperance

  14. Angela Treadway
    06/07/2017 / 19:42

    my youngest son x

  15. Michelle smith
    06/07/2017 / 22:19

    I would love to win this for my granddaughter

  16. Kayleigh Watkins
    06/07/2017 / 23:06

    I would love to win for my four year old daughter Megan who loves reading and lending the dear zoo books when we visit the library xxx

  17. Matthew Warman
    07/07/2017 / 07:06

    I’d like to win this for my Niece

  18. Helen Stratton
    07/07/2017 / 08:38

    I would love it for my our Beatrice.

  19. Karen Early
    07/07/2017 / 10:34

    My baby boy or should I say my toddler would just adore these xx

  20. Clare Hubbard
    07/07/2017 / 15:04

    This would be perfect for my son

  21. Laura Pritchard
    07/07/2017 / 21:02

    For my 2 year old daughter, she loves this book!

  22. Kirsty Ward
    08/07/2017 / 15:13

    Id love for my Niece! She would adore this!!

  23. jo liddement
    08/07/2017 / 15:24

    I would love to give this to my granddaughter

  24. Sally Collingwood
    08/07/2017 / 19:29

    For Violet aged 2

  25. Ruth Harwood
    10/07/2017 / 13:44

    This would be fab for my little girl xx

  26. Nick Hubbard
    10/07/2017 / 14:52

    My son

  27. lauren
    10/07/2017 / 21:24

    My son would love this

  28. Jules Eley
    10/07/2017 / 21:52

    I would love this for my niece I am a great fan of the books

  29. Margaret gallagher
    11/07/2017 / 11:18

    My nephew

  30. Rachel Craig
    11/07/2017 / 18:53


  31. Kimberley Ryan
    12/07/2017 / 12:23

    My twin boys

  32. Tasha
    13/07/2017 / 14:41

    My daughter would love this

  33. Nigel Rummey
    14/07/2017 / 13:57

    My niece.

  34. maria
    15/07/2017 / 23:43

    Ameliya my friends daughter

  35. Kim Neville
    16/07/2017 / 20:12

    Would be perfect for my grandson

  36. Jodie A Green
    17/07/2017 / 20:34

    would be perfect for my son, James

  37. EJ Dunn
    18/07/2017 / 17:00

    For my little girl, Amaya

  38. paula cheadle
    20/07/2017 / 00:45

    would love to win for my grandkids

  39. Monika
    21/07/2017 / 12:56

    Looks like a well-made versatile toy. My two year old would probably enjoy playing with it 🙂

  40. Rachel Butterworth
    23/07/2017 / 19:51

    For my niece, Poppy.

  41. Jayne Townson
    25/07/2017 / 20:31

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway, I would love to win this for my little nephew.

    26/07/2017 / 18:52

    For grandson, we love these games/puzzles

  43. carol boffey
    28/07/2017 / 14:46

    great prize thank you

  44. Sheri Darby
    28/07/2017 / 21:07

    I’d love to win this for my youngest son

  45. Sandra Fortune
    29/07/2017 / 10:32

    Love this for my little grandson Henry

  46. Danielle Pooley
    29/07/2017 / 14:31

    I’d love to win this for my little boy

  47. Kim Styles
    29/07/2017 / 15:11

    My Niece she loves Dear Zoo

  48. Rebecca Powell
    29/07/2017 / 17:31

    I’d love to win this for my daughter

  49. Debi Newman
    29/07/2017 / 17:41

    For the children I look after x

  50. janine atkin
    29/07/2017 / 19:28

    id love this for my nephew

  51. Sarah Austin
    29/07/2017 / 20:43

    My goddaughter would love this!

  52. Kelly Hirst
    29/07/2017 / 21:12

    This is lovely – I’d love to win one for my neice

  53. Adrian Bold
    30/07/2017 / 01:52

    I would love to win this for my nephew.

  54. Leanne Bell
    30/07/2017 / 11:00

    My youngest Daughters are 1 & 2. This would be fab for them to share x

  55. natalee gosiewski
    30/07/2017 / 13:06

    my son or niece

  56. Jules page
    30/07/2017 / 14:57

    I would love to win for my two it’ll grandchildren.

  57. Rachael Sexey
    30/07/2017 / 15:00

    I would love to win this for my niece and nephew

  58. nicky pearce
    30/07/2017 / 15:20


  59. Caroline Signey
    30/07/2017 / 16:09

    My son and daughter

  60. Stevie
    30/07/2017 / 16:33

    I would like to win for my 8 month old nephew.

  61. Susan B
    30/07/2017 / 17:19

    We have two adorable toddlers in the family who would love it. Thanks.

  62. laura stewart
    30/07/2017 / 19:43

    for my daughter x

  63. Tee Simpson
    30/07/2017 / 20:46

    I would love to win for my youngest.

  64. Fiona jk42
    30/07/2017 / 21:09

    I would love to win one for my granddaughter, she loves Dear Zoo espec8ially the naughty monkey

  65. Sue Bebbington
    30/07/2017 / 23:08

    My beautiful granddaughter Harper Lily. Thanks for the entry x