E. was on pins and needles to get the Flags of the World Book and Jigsaw set as she’d been quite crazy about flags. And it finally arrived thanks to BookFairy.
This was the second time she’d got interested in the flags of the world, and again this interest started with a song or two from youtube:
Countries of the world – Europe (there are the other continents available)
Tour of the world (There aren’t too many flags drawn in this long video but there are a lot of fascinating information about countries of the world)
Back to our puzzle present:
The box contains 300 pieces of puzzles and a colouring book in which you can colour the flags, plus there are interesting facts and other information about the countries, like the meaning of coats of arms and other motifs on flags, the story of the flag, the meaning of colours etc. The puzzle pieces are sturdy and the colours are vivid.
To be perfectly honest I was a little taken aback when I saw the 300 hundred pieces lying on the floor with all the bright colours of the flags (My knowledge of flags are scarce, what’s more, I’m not very good at puzzles either), but I showed no signs of worries to E.
It was Little L.’s nap time so we had about 2 hours to put the puzzles together.
E. got really excited from the beginning. She had a quick look at the book and we jumped into the middle of it.
She didn’t know how to start so I advised her to find the corner and edge puzzles that would give us the frame. And so we did.
E. was amazing throughout the whole process. She recognised almost all of the flags and countries. It was very helpful for me to have the country names below the flags. (For her it didn’t really matter, she knew them anyway – click to listen what she tells you about the flag of Lybia).
Finding a piece gave her great pleasure and excitement. (If you click on the link you can see her find a big section of the puzzle)
There were times when her attention slackened off but I can’t blame her as it was a task that required great and long-term focus and attention. She still did a great job concerning that.
Not to mention we were rather under pressure as for time. We couldn’t finish the puzzle within 2 hours. Little L. woke up and joined us (which was a drawback rather but she was so cute and enthusiastic to help). She could actually put in some pieces herself.
The whole project took about 3-3.5 hours for the 2 (3) of us. When it was done E. was really proud and told me we needed to show it to Daddy when he got home. We slid it under the carpet to protect it from damage and Little L.
The colouring book got into our hands the next day. E. doesn’t like colouring that much but when I advised her to colour the flags of English-speaking countries she liked the idea a lot. Her favourite flags are the ones with special shapes, or with speacial motifs. So she went on colouring some more flags like Nepal and Santa Lucia.
We also coloured together, she chose Kiribati for me while she was colouring Solomon Islands.
She didn’t colour much of the flags in the book, though she was reading it a lot. (Click on the link to listen to E.’s reading out about the Union Jack)
We moved house and we come across the puzzle and book box while unloading one of our boxes. She was supposed to help me put books on the shelf, but instead she sat down to read the flag book… again.
And here she’s reading about the German flag.