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.
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