Monday, 20 June 2016

Build and Spin Ocean Wonders Set by Learning Resources - Our Review.


Ive always been such a big fan of Learning Resources toys and Lily already owns one or two sets from them. Ive always found their toys to be of such high quality and always educational as well as fun.

When Learning Resources asked me to review one of there Early Years toys I jumped at the opportunity. I had a choice of 3 toys and I chose the Build and Spin Ocean Wonders Set. Lily has always loved her sea creatures and this was unlike any toy she already owned so it was a great opportunity to try her with something new. 




The toy is aimed at children 2 plus and has so much to offer when it comes to learning.
By building the clever gear system together the children learn all about cause and effect while improving there hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. The colourful sea creature encourage creative thinking as they build an underwater scene. The pieces can be mixed and matched so the combinations of colours and patterns vary which helps keep the children interested in the toy. 


The toy is really clever and when you spin the creatures or the cog it turns them all. This was the first thing that Lily did when she got her hands on the toy and she was really enjoying spinning them all round. She found this quite easy to do as all the creatures and the cog are all really easy to grip and turn. 



Lily just kept spinning and spinning them and I don't think she actually realised it did anything else until I started to pull the creatures from the set. She copied me and also started to pull them off. She struggled slightly as she didn't grasp at first that she has to hold the blue board down to be able to pull them off. She did soon get the hang of that, and started to be able to pull them off. She straight away figured that you could place them back on and so back on the creatures went. I must admit she struggled to push the creatures back on fully and they were sort of balanced on top. But I think in time as her strength grows she will be able to push them on fully. 

As well as the creatures coming off the gears do to. Again I had to show Lily this and she soon got the idea that they could also come off and on. It took a lot of hand and eye co-ordination for her to place them back on by having to aim them into the holes, and she did get frustrated a few times by not getting it in and a few times I had to help her. But she is only 19 months and so its going to be great practice for her and over time will improve her hand and eye co-ordination. 




We thought that the creatures were really cute and colourful. They all have lovely friendly smily faces and I think any child would love them. There is a Whale, Octopus, Fish, Crab, Dolphin and Turtle. There is a Star Fish that I couldn't prize out of Lily's hand at the time of this photo haha. Lily knows what a fish is and a star and would say fish and star as she placed them onto the gears. The plastic is of a really good quality. Sturdy but not to hard to hurt little hands. 


Lily played with the toy for quite a while and I wouldn't say she got bored, but a little over frustrated with not being fully strong enough yet. She did leave the toy for a little while but what was good to see is that she went back to it and gave it another go. I don't consider it a negative that Lily slightly struggles with the toy as it is more a challenge for her and I think as she progresses in age, she will progress with the toy. 

I would recommend this toy for your little one to help them learn and also I would say its a very enjoyable toy. It retails at £16 which I think is well worth the money for the quality and all the learning areas it will help your child progress in. 

To see more about this toy or buy it, head here. 

We are also giving you the chance to win one. Enter on the Gleam app below. 

Win a Kids build and Spin Set From Learning Resources

67 comments:

  1. It looks like a brilliant toy to teach hand eye coordination

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  2. Loving the vibrant colours and the fact it looks like a really fun learning resource for developing hand/eye coordination. Plus I love the brand :)

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  3. Love the colors and the fact it helps with fine motor skills

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  4. Not to be unexpected, a top quality, educational toy. Always the best from Learning Resources.

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  5. I love the bright seaside characters which will appeal to all young children and will be easy for them to grasp onto and attach to the spinners! Lily looks engrossed in her activity bless her x

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  6. i like the fact its so colourful.

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  7. Looks perfect to keep my little one entertained!

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  8. The bright colours are great. I love the fact its great for motor skills.

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  9. The bright colours are great. I love the fact its great for motor skills.

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  10. the bright colours will keep children busy for hours learning with fun

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  11. I love how bright and colourful it is but also how all the little fishies are smiling, they're very cute! :)

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  12. Lovely bright colours, great for developing motor skills.

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  13. This looks like a great way to improve motor skills and is so bright with cute pieces.

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  14. I love the bright colours and the potential of hours of fun

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  15. I love that the design is very eye catching and appealing to toddlers and the fact that your child is developing hand and eye coordination whilst playing.

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  16. I like it is bright and colourful

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  17. It's great for motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Looks fab!

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  18. I really like how this toy can develop with your child. My 3 year old would like this, and I think it would be enjoyed by the 1 and 2 year olds I work with.

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  19. How colourful it is and the sea creature theme.

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  20. I like the sea creatures as they open up talking about the sea and animals

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  21. Love the colourful sea creatures

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  22. A great activity for motor skills and concentration (Kim Styles)

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  23. I love the fact its bright colours, helps promote fine motor skills and will provide plenty of fun x

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  24. Love the brightly coloured characters especially the octopus :)

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  25. Love the brightly coloured characters especially the octopus :)

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  26. Great colours, easy to grasp with little hands

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  27. Ofcourse the bright vibrant colours to attract the babies and chunky size creatures and gears to easily hold altogether it will be a good toy to practice and develop their skills.

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  28. Love the bright colours and the sea creatures x

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  29. Love the bright colours and the sea creatures x

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  30. love the bright colours, would be perfect for my granddaughter sophia

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  31. How it improves hand eye coordination

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  32. Love the colours, sure to keep my youngest entertained and improve motor skills

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  33. The colours are bright and bold, it improves eye hand coordination, educational and lots of fun, with wee animals to play with too

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  34. The bright colours make it look like fun

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  35. I love how you can pull it all apart and then learn how to put I back together. great for little hands.

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  36. How unusual it is! You don't see much this complex for little ones.

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  37. great for hand-eye co-ordination & lovly & bright

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  38. Love the bright colours, and how it seems to teach many different skills

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  39. I love the bright colours and the learning value. Sarah

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  40. Looks like great entertaining fun! (Name Denielle Nicol entered in gleam comp box)

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  41. Looks like great fun my son would love this he loves things that spin x

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  42. Looks like great fun my son would love this he loves things that spin x

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  43. Love the bright colours and design

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  44. What a lovely little toy my grandson Tommy would love it

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  45. I love how it works to stimulate the childs brain by putting the cogs together. My son would love this, his two and is obsessed with bath time.

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  46. The lovely bright colours and the sea creatures, i love all things to do with the ocean!

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  47. Nice and colourful and kids will like to see them turn round

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  48. It is very eyecatching because of the bright colours!

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  49. It looks lovely, filled with bright colours which is always good for children. I also love the fact that it helps develop hand + eye co-ordination skills + cognitive development.

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  50. It's really colourful, it looks good fun and also helps them with their hand eye co-ordination xxx

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  51. It looks really good kids learning

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  52. It looks really good kids learning

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  53. the bright colours which are attractive for my little one, and the aid of hand/eye coordination

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  54. its brilliant for developing skills

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  55. I love the bright colours and the educational benefit of hand to eye coordination 😀

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  56. I love the bright colours and the educational benefit of hand to eye coordination 😀

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  57. what a great toy for all ages my son would love this :)

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  58. The colours attract young children to try it out and explare the toy

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  59. The bright colours, they will draw attention to it and let the fun begin :-)

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  60. colours are great this toy makes learning hand and eye co-ordination fun

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