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.
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.
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.
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