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- Why I Bought -
I first came across the Fisher Price Peek-a-Boo range when I won a mixed bundle of baby toys on Ebay. One of the items in the bundle was the Fisher Price Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Peek-a-Boo Frog (which I have reviewed). We were really enjoying playing with this set but it only came with three pieces and I felt that wasn't really enough. I knew the range was no longer widely available so I was keeping my eye out on Ebay and in charity shops. Eventually I came across the Fisher Price Stacking Surprise Count & Build Snail Pail.
- The Peek-a-Boo Blocks -
This set consists of ten peek-a-boo blocks which are contained in a handy box. Each block is numbered one to ten. Numbers one to nine are all square plastic blocks with a peek-a-boo tube that pops out of the middle of the block when the blocks are stacked together. These each have a smiley face on them. Every block has two vibrant colours and the tube is another colour. On two sides of every block its number is displayed while the other two sides will a number of items that correspond to that number. For example, block number five displays five apples on one side and five carrots on another. Block number ten is a little different because he's not an ordinary block, he's a snail. He is yellow and orange with a purple tube coming out of his back. All these blocks can be stacked together any way you like and when they are stacked the peek-a-boo faces are revealed. They look really cute and fun. As with the majority of Fisher Price toys they are well made and durable.
- The Snail Pail -
The blocks fit neatly inside a plastic container. This is a clear plastic box with a turquoise base. The lid is green plastic with an orange handle and some cute bug pictures. The Fisher Price logo is displayed on the lid. The clever this about the lid and the base is that they have little plastic tubes on them where the blocks can be slot onto. So rather than simply being a container it also doubles as a play surface too. The lid goes onto the box in a way that means it isn't really easy to get off again. This means little ones might need a hand getting into the box, which isn't necessarily a bad thing!
- Counting and Building -
When we bought this set my son was already familiar with the peek-a-boo frog set so instantly enjoyed the snail pail and blocks. He enjoys shaking, chewing, dropping and throwing these blocks. He loves stacking them and knocking them down when I stack them! He also loves taking them in and out of the snail pail. We use the lid and base to stack the blocks and you can make quite a tall tower with these. They make a very satisfying clattering noise when they are all knocked down! It is great that they can be stacked in any order as it makes the toy a bit more versatile. I think they will be great for the future when it comes to learning colours and numbers and they even have the handy pictures to help with this. My son clearly loves this set as he often gets it from his toy cupboard and want me to open it for him. I love that they tidy away very neatly into the container at the end of play time.
- Age Range -
I think the age recommendation for this toy is 6-36 months which I think is accurate. That is a big range too so it makes it good value for money.
- Price and Availability -
As I have said already this range isn't widely available anymore but there are a few places that sell them. Amazon have the snail pail in stock for £21.95 including postage. This is a bit too expensive for this set but there is also the option to get a second hand set on Ebay which would be much cheaper. Amazon and Ebay also stock some other toys in the range such as a train, crocodile, town and piano and the smaller bee, whale and frog sets. Our snail pail set cost £3.50 in a charity shop.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this set as it is brightly coloured, well made, fun, versatile, educational and my son really enjoys playing with it. I love the handy container that doubles as a base for the blocks. It's just a shame this range isn't widely available anymore.