A few weeks ago an email popped into my inbox asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a Spot book and some related bits and bobs, and I jumped at the chance. I mean, it’s Spot!
What really made me happy though, was the fact that when the book arrived (along with a lovely little tote bag and Spot hand puppet) I realised that it was the exact same one that I had as a child.
And as it turns out, my parents still have our battered copy at home! Does anyone else still have a copy of ‘where’s Spot?’ at their childhood home, most likely with the flaps reattached with sellotape!
It was so strange looking through the book with Rhys and Nerys, as all these childhood memories came flooding back.
I love those moments with them, seeing them enjoying things that we loved as children. Although it did make me feel a bit old when I read that ‘where’s Spot’ is being defined as a ‘classic’, seeing as it was first available in 1980, only 2 years before I was born.
I do love the fact that Spot is still going strong though, and is being made available to a whole new generation of readers through the new website www.funwithspot.com.
The website is lovely and colourful and Rhys and Nerys both rushed over to see what I was doing when I had it up on the computer! The site is fab as, along with information about the books, there are games to play online (great for practicing computer skills), a great recipe to download and also some lovely colouring sheets that you can download and print out.
We were sent some ‘fun on the farm’ colouring sheets and both of my two had a great time playing with them. Rhys took it very seriously and asked if he could have the ‘Where’s Spot’ book in front of him to make sure he got the colours right which really made me smile!
Nerys, as ever, was my maverick colour-inner and went straight for the green crayon to colour in the pig. Well, why go for the right colour, that’s so unimaginative!
Along with the new website, there’s also a really fun ‘Spot goes to the farm’ app that’s just been released. We were one of the first families to try it out and it’s been a big hit here!
It’s a bright, colourful app that’s nice and simple for toddlers and young children to use, and Nerys has been really enjoying moving Spot around the farm and discovering the different games and surprises that are hidden around the app.
The app is available for the iphone and ipad, and you can get it here on itunes. The recommended age for it is 2-4 and I would say this is about right as it didn’t hold Rhys’ attention for that long, but Nerys really enjoyed it. I love the fact that it’s simple enough, and intuitive enough, for her to play by herself but it’s also fun for us to play together.
I’ve really loved bringing Spot back into our lives, and have a feeling ‘Where’s Spot’ might just be the start of a little collection of Spot books for us!
Did you read the Spot books as a child? Have you already introduced your children to Spot?
We were sent the book, bag and puppet and a code for the app for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.