What ever happened to butterfly nets ? When I was a kid in the seventies, everyone had one. We used to run around the garden catching butterflies (well, trying to anyway - most of them managed to escaped the net !), ooh and aah over their pretty colours, identify them in the I Spy Butterflies book and tick them off then let them go again. They were also brilliant for tadpoling in the springtime !
You can choose from four colours and breeds of butterflies - Orange Monarch, Yellow Swallowtail, Blue Morpho and Pink Morpho. I love the fact that they represent real butterflies with the scientifically correct markings and names so that your kids can actually learn while they play. I also love the fact that they've thought about making these kid-friendly and let you choose between a glass or plastic jar. The plastic jar is designed for children and has a silver metal lid with 'My Pet Butterfly' on it, whilst the glass jar has a gold metal lid with 'My Butterfly'.
You'll need 3 x AAA batteries but these are included. The butterfly goes into automatic standby so there is no need for a power button. That also makes it much more realistic because if you leave it on a shelf, if you make a loud noise it will "wake up" all by itself and start flapping around the jar ! Guaranteed to make you jump !
The butterfly jars are tipped to be a great seller this Christmas and they make a lovely relaxing change to the usual noisy, flashing, headachey electronic gadgets that your kids will get in their stockings ! They are suitable for kids aged 4+ but I have to admit, even as an adult, I can't resist tapping on the lid every time I walk past. Now, where did I put my I-Spy Butterflies book ?!
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £19.99
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