Here at The Madhouse, we love the Hedgehugs - cute but spiky best friends Horace and Hattie, who always get into fun adventures and inevitably learn that, even when things don't turn out quite as expected, you can still find a happy solution if you think outside of the box. We've already read and reviewed Hedgehugs, Hedgehugs : Horace & Hattiepillar and Hedgehugs : Hopping Hot, so we were delighted to receive a brand new title featuring the lovable pair. This time, it's an activity book, featuring loads of ideas for sensory play in a woodland and also once you get back home, armed with some bits and bobs (leaves, twigs, etc) that you've picked up along the way.
It would be a lovely book even without Horace and Hattie putting in an appearance, but the delightful illustrations add a whole new level of cuteness and appeal. As woodland creatures, they are the perfect choice for introducing young adventurers to their natural habitat too.
It's a great book to take along with you on a nature walk, as the book has lots of hands-on challenges that you can do on location, such as a scavenger hunt, spotting different colours or looking for animal tracks. One activity even invites you to take part in a spot of tree-hugging !
The book calls on all of your senses, inviting you to look, touch, smell and listen - it won't ask you to taste in the woodland setting, but there is a lovely food activity for when you get home, making ladybirds out of red apples and chocolate chips or sultanas.
There are also a multitude of simple but fun crafts activities, using simple household items like toilet roll tubes, or things that you picked up on your nature adventure in the woods. There are activities that can take you through the whole year, looking for frogs, bugs and flowers in the spring and summer, or collecting yellow leaves, hunting out conkers and making a leaf pile in autumn.
So far, we've had a look through, reading the texts and discovering all the fun activities that we can't wait to get involved in when the weather warms up a bit and it stops raining. Pierre has already done a couple of the indoor activities (a "can you spot the animals in the picture?" game and a maze), and we have several of the crafts activities earmarked for a rainy day (which may well end up being tomorrow if Pierre gets his way !).
We're itching to get out into the woods on a proper nature adventure though - after having a couple of close encounters with a real life hedgehog, Pierre is hoping we might bump into Hattie and Horace again !
This is the first of four Hedgehugs sensory play activity books and we can't wait to discover the rest of them.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £5.99
Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.