REVIEW: Wonderkid Junior – Space

Space enthusiasts age 3 to 6 will be over the moon with this superb selection of books and activities, all themed around space – see below for sample spreads. Key to the pack is Wonderkid’s own excellently illustrated A4 booklet all about space. It introduces the planets and has a quiz to be enjoyed. There’s also an activity based on The Way Back Home – and children can submit their pictures and stories to the Wonderkids website – a good incentive for them. Our pack includes four books; two picture books and two non-fiction. The picture books include The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers, which is the story of a little boy who found himself stuck on the moon… and not alone. It’s a lovely story of friendship, beautifully illustrated. The second picture book is On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies, which is a clever blend of fact and story about a journey to the moon. An Usborne Lift-the-Flap book Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones has over 70 flaps to explore as children learn about rockets, the moon, a space station, stars and galaxies, and find the answers to questions about space. The final book is the Usborne First Sticker Book: Space. Children love sticker books and there’s plenty to keep them engaged as they find the right stickers and learn plenty of facts at the same time.

It’s a well-rounded selection of books, perfectly selected for the age group. There’s a real fun element (that also shows the reality of life in space!) which is a pack of freeze-dried ready-to-eat Neapolitan Ice cream. This is such a great inclusion – it’s unusual and unexpected and proved a real talking point and lead-in to discussing life in space. Finally, the pack included a Space Snap Game which is a lovely colourful version of the classic game which will also help identification as the pictures are all labelled. The pack is really well designed, with plenty to keep children occupied and all very age-appropriate. It’s also good value when you consider how much is included. See how to subscribe to Wonderkid.

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