The Boy loves music and he loves jigsaws. Therefore when we were offered the opportunity to review the new line of activity packs and jigsaws centred around well known children's nursery rhymes and songs, we jumped at the chance.
Music For Kids Jingle Puzzles are aimed at 3-6 year olds and contain a fun sing-along CD, a jigsaw which features the images from the rhyme depicted on it, and a sing-along songsheet with the jigsaw image on one side and activity ideas on the other.
We tried out the Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star pack as this is The Boy's favourite nursery rhyme.
The CD is beautifully sung in a classical style, and contains the title track along with Hush A Bye Baby, Golden Slumbers, Wee Willie Winkie, Bye Baby Bunting, All Through The Night, Hey Diddle Diddle, Brahm's Lullaby and Lavender's Blue. There is also a bonus story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' on the end of the CD.
It's an incredibly sturdy jigsaw with beautiful illustrations, well cut and not too difficult for the average 3 year old to complete. We spent some time discussing the picture and what was going on in them, then he asked me what the black lines and marks on them meant, so I explained that each one meant a certain key on the piano. That's when he stood up and turned to the piano and wanted to play the tune. (Now that's why it's been sat in the corner of the dining room for the past eight years unplayed! He will have lessons when he's old enough)
The Music For Kids Jingle Puzzle is a really nice way to introduce your children to the concept of written music in a fun and exploratory manner. Priced at £9.99, it's a very reasonable price for a CD and jigsaw indeed. There are four packs in the series, alongside Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star there is; The Wheels On The Bus, Five Little Speckled Frogs and Old MacDonald Had A Farm. I think these would be a perfect present for the little musician in your family.
I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. My opinion is honest and unbiased.