As you all know Monkey and I recently flew to Spain for a week without Daddy P. I was anxious for Monkey to have lots to keep him entertained whilst we travelled and I found the perfect thing. I can thoroughly recommend entertaining children with i-SPY books, they are just brilliant.
I can remember the original i-SPY books from my own childhood, and Collins have recently relaunched the range. These books are as much fun to complete in the 21st century as I remember them being 40 odd years ago! There are 57 different titles in the series, and we picked 2 to keep Monkey entertained. The i-SPY At the Airport was an obvious choice for our recent trip. Loving all things nature I knew the i-SPY In the Countryside would also work well for us.
If you haven’t heard of i-SPY books before, they offer a great opportunity for children to really look around them and are great for working on observation skills. In each book there are categories, and in each category there are things to spot. Each object is worth a different number of points. The idea is to collect as many points as you can, once you’ve collected 1000 points you are entitled to a free i-SPY Super Spotter Certificate and Badge.
So two weeks ago I set Monkey a challenge to see just how many points he could secure on both legs of our Birmingham/Malaga trip.
I wasn’t 100% sure how he’d react to it, but I needn’t have worried, he grasped the idea straight away and was off. Mummy I need a pen.
Right from our arrival at the Airport, through Check-in, Boarding and Arrivals there were photo challenges waiting for him. To say that he loved his i-SPY book would be a big understatement. These books cost £2.99 each and they are worth every penny. He was totally absorbed in the At the Airport book, he got so excited every time he spotted something new.
We had so many discussions over the course of the departures and arrivals at both airports as a result of the i-SPY book. We discussed things that Monkey was unsure of such as what a concourse is, where a first class lounge might be and so on.
There might have been a little bit of cheating almost going on, when Monkey tried to convince me he’d seen an Air Seychelles and a Royal Brunei Airlines flight at Birmingham Airport. Nice try!
Entertaining children with i-SPY books provides them with so much fun. On our return flight we still hadn’t spotted an Easyjet plane, normally a dead cert. There was near hysteria as Monkey spotted one as our Monarch plane approached the stand. Mummy look, that’s another 5 points!!
If we’d been flying from Heathrow I think he’d have completed the whole book, as it is we’ve still got more points to get. That’s ok Mummy, I’ll keep my book for the future.
When we returned home we’d been looking forward to getting out and about to try out the i-SPY In the Countryside book too. With categories which include the seasons, this isn’t a book challenge you can complete instantly. Monkey’s already provided that this doesn’t bother him. I like the idea that we can use it at more than one time of year too.
The books are perfectly sized to fit in a handbag, or rucksack and the i-SPY In the Countryside book will be coming with us all the time in the months ahead.
I’ve already been instructed to buy a range of other titles for our forthcoming trips to London and Cornwall. Clearly these books have made a big impression on my 6 year old. They get a big thumbs up from both of us.
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate links for a few of our favourite titles.
I’ve teamed up with the team at Collins to offer 4 lucky readers a set of 3 books – i-SPY On a Road Trip, At the Seaside and Creepy Crawlies! Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win – good luck!
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