As a child I can remember loving rub down transfer books, but I haven’t seen one for a long time. It’s certainly not something that my 7-year-old has ever seen before. When Usborne Publishing contacted me about the recently published The Wild Garden, it brought back so many memories from my childhood. I couldn’t wait to see the book for myself and introduce Monkey to the concept of rub down transfer books.
The Wild Garden is the sort of book that you can enjoy completing alone or as a shared family activity (recommended for children aged 5 years and over). It would make a lovely birthday or Mother’s Day present too in my opinion. We all need to take some time out of our busy lives at some point and it’s been wonderful to immerse ourselves in this activity over the last few days.
The 24 page books comes with some lovely transfer sheets full of flowers, butterflies, frogs and other mini beasts. The transfer sheets are stored in an envelope inside the front cover of The Wild Garden.
As you go through the pages of the book, you find one page with a line drawing to colour in and on the opposite page, the colour version, all ready to apply transfers to.
With a wide selection of scenes to complete, my son and I decided we’d work on The Summer Meadow, and add poppies and cow parsley to the picture along with a few mini beasts.
I explained the concept of rub on transfers, basically to place your transfer in the required place colour side up and then you colour over it with a biro. Once completed, gently peel away the paper and the transfer is left in place on the page. My son has been fascinated by the experience. Little things.
I’ve been really impressed with how considered Monkey has been, with both the placement of the transfers and the actual rubbing process. It’s been lovely to watch him at work. The Wild Garden is providing us with some much-needed chill out time after school, and a lovely activity to work on together. We complete a little detail every day and are in no hurry to complete each scene.
More cow parsley is required apparently, but not without my son’s supervision. Priced at £12.99, The Wild Garden really is a lovely book to enjoy and treasure once completed. Available from the Usborne Publishing website, where you can find a wonderful selection of books for all ages. We have been fans since Monkey was a baby, they really are quality books.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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