When I was pregnant I imagined Piglet’s nursery filled with classic wooden toys. Bright and colourful without being garish, I pictured the toys from my childhood.
The reality? We are inundated with plastic. With a rough child like Piglet (yes – he has become that kid) some of his toys are already looking like they’ve seen better days. As a result I’m already on the lookout for Christmas present ideas (yes – I’m mentioning Christmas in August) that include good quality wooden toys that will last.
Sri Toys asked if we would like to try out one of their toys so of course I said yes. They have a great range of wooden toys that are both fun and help them with their development. Whether it is role play or puzzles, there is something for everyone.
I was excited to see Piglet’s reaction to the Alphabet Animal Puzzle I chose for him. There is one animal per letter of the alphabet, each with the letter printed on them. The pieces are bright and chunky. The theory is that they will help your child start to recognise the sounds and letters of the alphabet, as well as develop their fine motor skills when putting the puzzle back together.
When we first took it apart I was amazed at how complex it actually is to put back together. At 18 months I knew it would be beyond Piglet’s capabilities at the moment, but I didn’t realise how versatile it would be as I know he will enjoy doing the puzzle when he is much older too.
Piglet likes to take the animals and stack them one on top of the other. I am saying the animals names to him as he picks them up, and I’m hoping one day soon he will start repeating some of them back at me.
They have been tossed about the room, kicked in rage, and even the dog had a little chew on the giraffe when I turned my back (grrrr) and you wouldn’t be able to tell it by looking at them. I have no concerns about the paint flaking off – they are very hard wearing.
When we are not playing with them, I put the puzzle together and place it on the windowsill in our living room next to Piglet’s play area. He regularly goes over, gets up on his tip toes and screeches at me to get them down for him. I think it’s safe to say they’re a hit!
I was sent an Alphabet Animal Puzzle for the purposes of carrying out a review. All words and opinions are my own.