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I have always been a massive fan of Learning Resources toys. I find it so important to encourage learning from a young age and Learning Resources toys are great at encouraging this.
I have been using Learning Resources toys ever since Lily was a toddler and so I am super pleased to be getting to introduce these wonderful toys now to Henry.
We were sent two new toys to test and out and review.
The Peekaboo Learning Farm and Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog, Rainbow stacker.
One thing I love about Learning Resource toys is that they come in sturdy boxes, which are perfect for storing the toys inside. It does drive me mad when a toy has many pieces and they end up lost because they aren't kept together, but with these boxed they can be stored away nice and safe.
The first toy we tried was the Peekaboo Learning Farm. This toy is recommended for 18 months plus. Henry is only 12 months but he is really good with his hands and I knew he would love this toy.
The set comes with 15 pieces total. 5 barns with 5 roofs, and 5 farm animals.
All the animals fit inside the little barns creating a fun game of peekaboo. The lifting of the lids, putting the animals inside and out, and putting the lids back on is great for fine motor skills, hand and eye co-ordination, and concentration skills. These are all great skills to start to learn at a young age.
Henry really loved putting the animals inside and out of the barns.
The set comes with 5 animals, a goat, cow, duck, pig, and a horse. These all have holes in the bottom so then they can be placed on fingers to make finger puppets. This is great for imagination play, singing to your child, or helping your child learn about animals and animal sounds. Henry already knows how to make the sound of a cow so he loved this feature.
The animals are super smooth in texture, but they are quite heavy for small hands. (Though Henry didn't seem to struggle to hold them)
Another good learning aspect of the barns is that they are all coloured differently. This is a great way for your child to start to learn colours and learn to match colours together. Which they will be able to do by matching the roofs of the barns to the barn.
All the barns also have a number on which is great for early number recognition. The roofs of the barns have matching dots to the number of the barn, which is then great for the next stage of learning, which is counting.
Overall Henry loved this toy and it kept him occupied for quite some time. It was a great little toy that he could happily sit on the floor and play with.
This toy can be bought from the Learning Resources website for £19.99.
The next toy we tried was Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog Rainbow Stacker.
Henry was delighted to see the happy face of the hedgehog and was really drawn to the colours of this toy.
Spike the Hedgehog is a delightful character that kids will be able to interact with on an imaginative level as well as learn from.
Spike pulls apart into 6 different pieces. All of these pieces are different colours, brown for his face, then red, orange, green, blue and purple. Firstly these pieces are great for sensory play. The bumpy spikes along the edges are great for feeling and learning the texture bumpy.
The pieces all stack together, and this is where the use of fine motor skills come in as well as hand and eye coordination. Each piece gets pushed together to make the hedgehog, or you could stack the pieces vertically to make a different shape. When stacked together, you can then see some shape images on the side, which will help with early shape recognition.
Henry can easily grab the pieces, and although they are easy to push together, he needs to work on his hand and eye coordination to line up the pieces to be able to place them together.
Now for what I consider the best part of this toy, and which element Henry loved the most. Each of the pieces all have holes in of different shapes and sizes, these are so then the toy can get used with water play or in the bath.
Henry loves playing with water so these were a great hit with him. He loves splashing them about and although he hasn't yet got the hang of lifting them up with water inside, he loved watching the water fall through the holes when I lifted it up and catching it with his hands.
I can see these getting a lot of use in the bath and for water play.