Let’s Pretend Christmas – Christmas book review

Let’s Pretend ChristmasFront cover of Let's Pretend Christmas book and piezes


by Roger Priddy
Priddy Books, UK 2017

Age group: toddlers
Format: hardcover picture book, 8 page book plus 15 cut outs

I have a friend who loves Christmas as much as me so when I saw this interactive book, I just had to get it for her toddler!

The story

A simple story with things to find and objects to fit in place.

My review

This is a cute book, designed for inquisitive toddlers as it encourages interactions with the book rather than just listening to a story.

The book has a plastic box attached that contains various cut outs. There are five spots per double page where the cut outs will fit in, so little fingers have to coordinate the pieces like a simple jigsaw puzzle. It is simple and a good idea, although my nine year old found a few pieces challenging to place – it is easy to have them upside down and some are quite a tight fit.

Let's Pretend Christmas cut outs

The text on each double page mentions certain items for the child to find as well – two candy canes or three presents for example. We also then realised that each of the cut outs for that page are also ‘hidden’ on the page to be found. There are suitably obviously placed for toddlers to be challenged and find them all.Inside pages of the Let's Pretend Christmas book

I really liked this book, and the two year old recipient loved the pictures and playing with the cut outs so I count it as a successful Christmas present all round!

It also introduced me to Roger Priddy’s books – he seems to have written some fantastic books for kids that are fun and educational.

Would I recommend it? The publisher describes the book as “Encourages development of vocabulary and hand-eye coordination skills” and I would say that is very accurate, so this is a fun and developmental Christmas book I highly recommend.





Toddler’s Christmas dessert

This is a variation of a simple dessert I have made for all my kids while they were toddlers – and they all still love it actually!

Vida_Ilevares – I hope your toddler enjoys this one 🙂

This quantity is feeds a toddler and an adult or two small adult serves. For older people, I’d probably count this recipe as suitable for 1 adult or 2 kids as a dessert so multiply it as required!

Baked Christmas Custard

red and green fruit with baked custard for dessert

Green grapes, red cherries and baked custard – healthy and yummy!

1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 egg
2 drops vanilla essence
1 or 2 tablespoon dried cranberries {or  use 6 – 10 fresh cherries, pitted and sliced}
6 – 10 grapes, pitted and sliced

Put the milk in a microwave proof bowl and cook for 1 minute on high – if you can’t see tiny bubbles around the edge, try another 5 -10 seconds. You don’t want the milk to boil.

Whisk the sugar and essence with the egg.

Pour a little of the hot milk in with the egg and mix.

Pour egg mix into milk bowl, stirring as you go. Mix in the dried cranberries.

Sprinkle with some cinnamon (I use nutmeg most of the year, but cinnamon is more Christmassy!)

Cook on a medium setting for 2 minutes.

If not set, cook for another 30 seconds.

Serve in a bowl with sliced grapes (and cherries if you use them). Obviously, cut the fruit to a size suitable for the age of your child – halving them is enough for older kids.

My two and four-year olds love watching the custard change from runny to set so I let them help by sprinkling on the cinnamon, adding the cranberries and serving the fruit – the rest is a bit tricky for little people.

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