Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Review: Poke-A-Dot Old MacDonald's Farm

Almost like popping bubble wrap, the Poke-A-Dot Old MacDonald's Farm book is addictive as much as it is educational. We bought it on

It can also encourage index finger isolation while counting animals and being rewarded with the plastic bubble popping. This book can keep Matthew and Elizabeth busy for a few minutes. Actually, Elizabeth has more staying power than Matthew.

This chunky board book makes for easy page-turning, but it is also heavy - at least for Elizabeth, who is 15 months old. The only flaw I have noticed is that sometimes the plastic dots like to pop more to one side than the other. Maybe a little more use will help fix that issue.

And as fun as it is to pop the plastic dots over and over and over, I must say that I don't let Matthew have this book unsupervised too often. Poke-A-Dot is fun and for Matthew, it can encourage unwanted sensory addictive behavior, when he acts like he's under a "poking spell." It is at that time when I personally feel that the educational value of the book is negated.

Otherwise, it's a neat book. I just have to look through it with Matthew and make it as interactive and engaging as possible without him going into a semi-trance.

Have you read it? What do you think?


Monica Crumley said...

Looks like we need to have one, too! That's one of John Michael's most requested songs right now. Looks fun for Luke, too. :-)