Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fun with the Holy Family Coloring & Activity Book review

I recently had the opportunity to review a fun coloring/activity book, Fun with the Holy Family and here's what I thought:

What it is:
Fun with the Holy Family is a 64 page-long coloring and activity book focused on Mary, Jesus, and Joseph's life together. The even-numbered pages are activities and the odd-numbered pages feature coloring sheets.

Who it's by:
This coloring and activity book was created by Virginia Helen Richards and D. Thomas Halpin and is published by the Daughters of St. Paul, a religious order of women faithful to the Catholic Church.

My impression:
I think this is a really fun coloring and activity book. I really like the way it covers the story of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus (up through his childhood-it doesn't go into his ministry beyond the time he ran away to the temple) and not just the Christmas story. I was impressed with the variety of activites like mazes, connect-the-dots, word searches, letter scrambles, matching, etc. I think there were activities that preschoolers could definitely do, like coloring and some of the matching, but there are also activities that would be challenging enough they'd be fun for older elementary school kids. The pictures are detailed enough to be pretty, but with plenty of empty space for using your imagination and your crayons. I think besides individual families that this is definitely the kind of book Sunday School teachers would keep for decades and photocopy over and over (after checking the license agreement carefully and following it-don't copy this or any other book without reading the license agreement and/or contacting the publisher for specific permission first).

Pros:
  • Variety of activites
  • Good pictures to color
  • Great subject matter
Cons:
  • Some activities too challenging for preschoolers
The bottom line:
This is a really cute coloring and activity book I highly recommend to Catholic families and Sunday School teachers.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Fun with the Holy Family. They are also a great source for a baptism gifts or first communion gifts.

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