“ Type: Stacking Blocks / Age: 18 months + / Type: Creative Toys „
These Tombliboo Stacking Blocks are a fantastic addition to our toys. They are made by Dan Jam which I had never heard of before. We bought them because they were based on In The Night Garden. I personally wouldn't have chosen them because I think the programme is a little strange but all the children loved the programme at the time and some of them still do now. The one thing I like about these stacking blocks are that they are entirely made from wood. This makes a nice change to plastic, as most toys are now. The only advantage plastic would have had would have been the easiness to clean. This can be harder with wood as liquid soaks in and could stain. Fortunately we have managed to keep them in great condition. The wood is quite thin but despite looks it is very strong. They have survived crashing to the ground on numerous occasions. There are ten blocks which all fit into each other. This is handy for storage but we keep ours out on the shelf as the numbers are nice and big and bold so even when the children aren't playing with it they can appreciate them and read the numbers. We often use them for number recognition and encourage children to put them in number order on the floor (not all of them realize it is size order as well). The children gain hand eye coordination by stacking these blocks but even better than that is knocking them down. They thoroughly enjoy this but do get upset if they want it kept up and a friend comes over and pushes it over. The blocks each have a picture of a In The Night Garden character (Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka etc. ), numbers up to ten with the words underneath and a sentence which the children enjoy being read. These are all in bright colours and are fantastic quality pictures. These are great for 2 to 4 year olds as they will love to stack them up and knock them down. Just beware they don't hit a child on the way down as I imagine it would hurt. Thankfully we haven't had this problem.
My niece loves In The Night Garden (so does my son but he is too young for this particular toy at the moment) and it was her birthday so I bought her the Tombliboo Stacking Blocks as a gift. They are made by Dan Jam which are a popular toy manufacturer speciallising in wooden toys. There are 10 Wooden Stacking Blocks with different Rhymes and Phrases written on them along with pictures of the In The Night Garden characters and numbers, so they are designed to encourage counting and singing. I bought them online from Amazon.co.uk for £12 and I was expecting them to be reasonably small and to be honest I didn't think the toy looked that magnificent or exciting, I'd bought it mainly because I knew my neice loved the Tombliboos. But on arrival I was surprised at the size of them, they were a lot bigger and chunkier than I'd expected and they can actually be stacked as high as 1 Metre! Obviously these aren't a good idea for children who are too young (I'd say under 18 Months) as they could cause injury if they fall. But they are great for my 3 year old niece. The blocks are also made from real wood and they are very good quality and certainly seem to be very durable. The design of them actually reminded me a little bit of Russian Dolls because the blocks all fit inside each other. This is handy for storing them away because if all 10 blocks had to be put away separately they would take up quite a lot of room in the toy box! The rhymes and phrases that are on the blocks are all very pleasant and my niece really enjoys saying them aloud with you and just looking at the pictures. She hasn't quite mastered being able to stack up the entire tower of blocks yet, but she is getting there! She still isn't bored with this toy, probably because of her determination to build up all 10 blocks eventually, so it has been a great buy and I'd highly reccomend them to any In The Night Garden fan over the age of 2 Years.