- Format: Board book
- No of Pages: 24
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 5 October 2017
- ISBN: 9780857639684
- Size: 17.5 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
Press Out and Colour: Christmas Decorations is not your usual colouring book. The book is a board book which is protected by a very hard-backed green cover with an illustration of a heart and bell decoration. 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. The decorations range in size. All the pieces are pre-cut ready for you to easily push out. Some of the ornaments have two pieces each which slot easily together to make a 3-Dimentional decoration, others are just one piece. There are pre-made holes too to enable you to thread and hang them and each piece is made from sturdy board and the design is printed on both sides in lovely gold foil.
The inside cover has ideas for displaying your decorations by hanging them with thread on a christmas tree. You could also string them together to make a banner or garland or use them to decorate a wreath or swag.
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 decorations to colour, with designs including bells, hearts, round and slightly elongated baubles. There is also a candy cane,star, snowman, nutcracker soldier, Santa face, gift, snowflake, horse, christmas tree and a set of three Russian dolls. Each piece 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 christmas 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 and as they will be well-protected they should then last you for years.
I decided to colour the 3d Christmas Tree. I used cheap felt tip pens and Fine-liners 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 them 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.
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, and as they are simple enough older children would be able to make themselves (you could easily trace round the shape onto card to make them even more simple so younger 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.
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher, however all comments and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this fact.
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