Anything which encourages a love of music and especially singing is a good thing in my opinion, all too often I hear of children who have been told they can’t sing or they’re not musical. So the opportunity to review a Jingle puzzle was something I was keen to do!
The Jingle puzzle comes with a cd of songs, an activity sheet, stickers and most helpfully a word sheet! Everything is brightly coloured, and easy to follow, so even if you are a musical novice yourself you can still follow the pack! Also, the emphasis is on getting on and singing, so even if you can’t read music you can still join in with the songs!
The puzzle Boo found fairly easy, but it was a great way to get him talking about musical notation and how you read music as well as play games including both boys with the counting songs! The other songs on the cd are also mostly counting related and we learnt a few new songs along the way! Boo has just found a confidence in his singing, and so really enjoyed loudly singing along with the CD, while E took a quieter approach but enjoyed listening. E has started to sing along when the CD is on without the puzzle, and I’m suprised how tuneful his singing is becoming!
The activity sheet was really useful, and my only complaint is that there is only one included, I ended up photocopying it so the boys could have one each. But obviously it would be even better if there was an option to print additional copies from their website? Boo has asked to play with the puzzle several times, and we have listened to the CD a lot since it arrived, so we’ve been singing the songs constantly since!
It is a great introduction to learning music, and could also be used to help slightly older children learning to read music in a fun way! Priced at £9.99 the Jingle Puzzles are good value, available from the Music Room, free delivery is available on orders over £15!
Disclaimer: We were sent a Jingle puzzle for the purposes of the review, all opinions are my own honest views of the product.