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.