- Format: Board book
- No of Pages: 48
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 2 March 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780857638694
- Size: 17.8 x 1.7 x 21.7 cm
***Please note that the title varies a little as Easter Decorations has now become Easter Eggs but both are the same book.***
Press Out and Colour: Easter Decorations is not your usual colouring book. The book is a board book which is protected by a very hard-backed yellow cover with an illustration of some of the lovely Easter Egg decorations you can make hanging from blossom laden branches (you could place a few blossom branches in a vase to hang them from, create an easter tree, make an easter mobile with them or just hang them on long thread in your window). It is further embellished with gold foiling which hints at the lovely printing and designs inside.
The pages are thick board and are spiral-bound and each page has two or four Egg pieces. The Egg decorations come in three sizes; the largest measures 10 x 7 cm, the Medium 9 x 6.5 cm and the small 5.5 x 4 cm (approximately) to make up each egg. All the pieces are pre-cut ready for you to easily push out. the Large and medium eggs have two pieces each which slot easily together to make a 3-Dimentional egg decoration. There are pre-made holes too to enable you to thread and hang them.
The book is extremely well-made so as long as you push the pieces out carefully there should be no tearing or damage done to any of the pieces. There are a total of 20 Eggs to colour, with designs including birds, leaves, ducks, hearts, a mouse, rabbits, a butterfly and abstract stylised florals. Each piece of the Eggs have a white background to colour with decorative lines embossed in beautiful gold foil, meaning these will look beautiful coloured or uncoloured, so if you don’t get to finish them before easter you can still use them this year. the Pieces easily slot together and slide apart again and slot back into the book (complete with thread as I found) to store them for future use as they will be well-protected and should then last you for years.
I decided to colour two eggs to show you – one of the small and one of the 3-Dimentional large Eggs. i used cheap felt tip pens to colour with. One thing I was worried that might happen was that the pens would colour the gold foil. This however wasn’t the case as it resisted the colour very well. The pens went on smoothly and covered well so i have no hesitation in recommending the use of water-based markers, gel pens, watercolour paints and coloured pencils as mediums to colour the eggs in. There was just enough detail to colour to keep me interested, and they took just the right length of time to color in to be both a simple little project yet not coloured in seconds. There are no instructions, but they are so easy and obvious to put together they’re not needed; the pieces just push out and slot together easily. I threaded some gold thread that I found at the Haberdashery stall on the market through the little holes to hang them and knotted the end.
You could even embellish them further by adding glitter or gems to them, however these are decorative enough that they really don’t need adding to, but if you decide to make more by tracing the shapes onto card you could easily do so.
This is a great activity to do together with the children as they are simple enough that older children would be able to make themselves (you could easily trace round the shape onto card to make them even more simple so youngeer children can join in the fun), but they are also well-made enough that they will appeal to adults to colour just for themselves. I highly recommend this book, its a lot of fun.
Press Out and Colour Easter Decorations /Eggs by Kate McLelland is available to purchase from Amazon. co.uk, Amazon. com, Book Depository and the Wordery (Both with free worldwide shipping). ***Please note that the title varies a little as Easter Decorations has now changed to Easter Eggs but both are the same book.***
If you like this book, check out Press Out and Colour: Birds here, these would go great mixed in with your Easter Eggs.
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher, however all comments and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this fact.