Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Learning Resources Peg Friends Around the Town Review and Giveaway

We were so excited to get to meet Learning Resources at the Toy fair last month. Their toys have been such favourites of ours and I really couldn't wait to see all the new toys that they had. 

I took Lily along to the stall and they showed us some new toys. Lily really enjoyed testing these out and got straight in there showing off that she knew how to do them all. One toy she really took a liking to was called Peg Friends Around the Town and so Learning Resources offered to send us one to review. 




To me at first glance I thought that it looked really simple. Putting pegs into a board. But when Lily really got into playing it I was proved wrong as it has so many play and learning aspects about it and is really quite fun. 

The toy comes with a foam board with lots of holes in it and pictures of things you would have in a town. A police station, farm, hospital and so on. The board is really nice and colourful and the pictures are easy to tell which building is which. 

You then have the Peg friends. These are colourful pegs that push into the holes. Each one has a character that has a job. For example Doctor, Farmer and Policeman. You have 9 characters all together when they are made up of the 3 parts. They are all in different primary colours of blue, red or yellow which are the best colours for your child to recognise and work with. There is also a picture on each side of the pegs, where it changes to a male or female face and the outfit changes to. The pegs all have a hole in the top so they can also slot into each other for stacking. 

The pegs are really easy to push into the holes on the board and pull out of them which is great for a 2 year old to be able to do. They are also really easy to push into each other and pull apart. Im really glad about this as Lily can get frustrated very easily if she can't do something. 



There is so much that your child can do with these Peg Friends and Lily found so many ways to play with them. First she decided to stack them on top of each other making one big stack. She decided she would use all blue peg friends for this. I was impressed that she thought herself that she would put all the blue's toggether and was learning to sort things into colours. Then Lily was interested in the characters. She pointed to one and said Doc Doc. (Doctor). She didn't quite know how to match the characters up to the pictures yet though and so this is something we can now work on teaching her. Showing her that the fireman goes by the fire station and that the farmer goes by the farm house. 

Then Lily decided to mix and match and was mixing all the colours and the characters up, making her own little characters. But it was the last thing she did that really impressed me. She made a pattern out of the colours. She did red, blue, red along the board. 




Now that we have tried the toy and I have seen how much Lily likes playing with it and all the different learning aspects of it I really love the toy. It really keeps her quiet and amused and concentrated and so is also a great toy for her to play alone. 

Learning through play is really important to me when it comes to bringing Lily up and so the fact I found so many learning aspects to it is great. These include...
  • Hand and Eye co-ordination skills and Fine Motor Skills through stacking
  • Colour Recognition
  • Sorting and Making Patterns. 
  • Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters
  • Knowledge and Understand of the World - Learning jobs and who works where.
  • Develops Early Vocabulary Skills
This toy really is a great learning resource for your child. It stores away nicely and is such a nice activity to be brought out onto a table for your child to sit calmly and play. 

The toy is recommended for 2+ and can be bought from the Learning Resources website for £18.35. With the amount your child can learn from this toy it is an absolute bargain. 

As Learning Resources and I find it so important to help your children learn. We are giving away 1 Peg Friend Around the Town Toy to one Lucky winner. Enter below for your chance to win. 


Win a Peg Friends Around Town set from Learning Resources

94 comments:

  1. Knowledge and understanding the world

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  2. Colours are our favourite at the moment

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  3. I work with 1 and 2 year old children in a nursery, so it's really difficult to choose just one learning aspect that I like. I'll go with knowledge and understanding of the world because so many children are very interested in the different roles people can play in the community. I could also see this toy being great for personal, social, and emotional development, particularly when multiple children want to play with it.

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  4. COLOUR RECOGNITION

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  5. Gaining Knowledge and Understanding of the / our world...

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Hand and Eye co-ordination skills and Fine Motor Skills.

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  7. general awareness of the world about us

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  8. Knowledge of the world about us is brilliant

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  9. The knowledge of the world about us

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  10. Margaret Clarkson
    Fine motor skills

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  11. Developing early vocabulary skills would definitely be useful I think.

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  12. The creative element of putting the pieces together, and fine motor skills development

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  13. Helping develop vocabulary skills

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  14. Michelle Joanne29 March 2017 at 10:54

    Excellent for developing young minds

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  15. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  16. The hand & eye coordination is a great feature

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  17. Hand and Eye co-ordination skills and Fine Motor Skills through stacking

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  18. I like that they can learn about jobs - there isn't that many toys that do that from early age.

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  19. Which Learning Aspect do you like the most from the Peg Friends Set? colour recognititon

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  20. I love that kids can use their imagination to create different scenes and characters.

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  21. I like that it is great for fine motor skills

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  22. Matching up the jobs with the places of work. My little girl knows what people are by their uniform but not sure if her concept of where they belong is really there yet. She's still only 2 though xx

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  23. colours recognition and memory

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  24. Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters - we were once told Jacob didn't have an imagination but he does and i love sitting back and watching what characters and scenarios he can come up with

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  25. Imagination development. I love watching my daughter sitting with her peppa pig dolls making up a story as she goes

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  26. Hand and Eye co-ordination skill

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  27. The Hand and Eye co-ordination skills is good

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  28. learning colours and hand and eye co-ordination

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  29. Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters.

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  30. Jodie Thompson8 April 2017 at 14:34

    Hand eye co-ordination and colour recognition

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  31. Knowledge and Understand of the World - Learning jobs and who works where

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  32. Creativity and fine motor skills

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  33. The hand to eye coordination

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  34. Knowing about the world around us!

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  35. I like the Imagination Development

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  36. Hand and eye coordination skills are great learning aspects for a toy to have. It helps that the colours are very appealing xx

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  37. Imagination development, would love to try this with my autistic daughter

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  38. Hand eye coordination and fine motor skills are so useful for drawing and writing later on

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  39. This has so many positives and is a wonderful tactile way of learning. I especially like the introduction of taking turns.

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  40. i'm trying to help my little girl Develop her Early Vocabulary Skills so this is great

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  41. Hand eye coordination skills

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  42. It's hard to pick one - I love the fact it helps with so many! But I think it would be the fine motor skills

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  43. Improving hand and eye co-ordination skills

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  44. IMAGINATION AND LEARNING TO BUILD WITH THEIR HANDS PLUS FUN

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  45. IMAGINATION AND LEARNING TO BUILD WITH THEIR HANDS PLUS FUN

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  46. The hand and eye co-ordination skills.

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  47. The educational aspect, many thanks x

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  48. I love that it develops their knowledge and understanding of the world :)

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  49. Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters.

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  50. Imagination! Hand and eye coordination

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  51. I love that it develops hand and Eye co-ordination skills and Fine Motor Skills.

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  52. The learning aspect i like the most is that it helps with developing Early Vocabulary Skills

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  53. I think the help with road sense and awareness aspect is great, it's so very important for children to understand road safety from an early age x

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  54. great for Hand Eye coordination

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  55. Developing imagination and hand/eye coordination. He'll learn the other stuff soon enough, I'm trying to teach him how to enjoy learning (and not fall flat on his face!)

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  56. Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters. I really like toys which do not restrict imaginative play, but actively foster it.

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  57. I like the colour recognition as this is what our 20 month old is currently working on.

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  58. Imagination development by creating different scenes and characters

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  59. great for developing their imagination

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  60. The colour coordination. This would be helpful for my 2 year old.

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  61. Imagination, as well as co-ordination and dexterity....and fun! Lovely toy :) x

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  62. Imagination development :)

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  63. Colour recognition

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  64. I really like these as there are so many aspects of learning and development. My favourite is the development of hand and eye co-ordination.

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  65. I think the help with road sense and awareness aspect is great x

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  66. Imagination, love the pieces and how they all connect. Great for skill building.

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  67. to help with Hand and Eye co-ordination skills

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  68. Its great to use for helping children understand road safety awareness

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  69. The picture on each side of the pegs where it changes to a male or female.

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  70. The Imagination Development! I'd love to see how my daughter plays with this set as she's very creative for a 2 year old!

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  71. My little boy loves investigating so I would love to see how creative he is with this

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  72. Learning colours is something we are doing at the moment and this is the main aspect I like of this set

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  73. My granddaughter is learning her colours, so this aspect would be really helpful for her

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  74. Hand and Eye co-ordination skills.

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  75. The hand and eye co-ordination

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