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Tweenies Double Sided Dominoes
My daughter was given a box of Tweenies double sided dominoes for her last birthday which was an immediate success as she absolutely loves the Tweenies. For those who do not know, The Tweenies is a lovely children's programme run on the BBC and subsequently on the children's version of the BBC channel; CBeebies. It features four main characters; Milo, Fizz, Jake and Bella as they attend a playschool setting. Along with two grown up characters, Max and Judy, and two huge dogs, the Tweenies learn through play in the world of music, art, real life and much more, teaching children of preschool age everything from colours to how milk is produced.
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The dominoes come in a brightly coloured box with the Tweenies featured all around it making it easily recognisable to young fans of the show. The box is the usual cardboard and so does rip easily though if the child does manage to keep it in one piece, it has a handy little carry handle on the top for the child to transport it from one place to the next. The handle on my daughters one has unfortunately already come off though the box is not the main feature luckily!
Inside the box you will find 21 large colourful dominoes. The dominoes are bigger than a child's hand though this makes it easier for the child to see and play with. They are made of reasonably strong card though this is quite thin and does bend easily and if bent too far will break in half. It does not state an age on this box though due to the fragile material I would probably recommend this for at least two years up, possibly even three. My daughter turned two when she was given her set and we have only just started playing with them at nearly two and a half years of age. So far, she has not bent or broke any I am pleased to say.
Each domino is double sided. On one side you have a regular white dot on blue background scheme as seen on adult dominoes. On the other side (the side my daughter prefers) you will find various characters heads instead of dots to match together with the empty '0' space coloured a bright red. You also have a number of dominoes with the actual number written on it in numerical form. This gives the child various ways of playing with the dominoes, perhaps starting with matching the heads up first and then moving on to matching the heads to the actual number once children have started to recognise the link.
At nearly two and a half, my daughter has just started to understand what is meant to happen in this game. We have not moved onto the plain dot side yet though she has started to put together the heads easily and match number to number though has not yet got to the point where she is able to match heads to numbers.
Each 'game' only lasts a few minutes depending on how much concentration is hitting my daughter at the time. She will sit for a good length of time playing with these before getting fed up and making her own patterns out of the dominoes, though even doing this I feel that she is learning - perhaps not what is meant though learning is learning nonetheless!
My daughter was given this as a gift though I have checked online (which I always feel guilty doing when something is a gift but needs must!) and found that these dominoes can be picked up for as little as £0.99 on Ebay. Amazon does have this up though at the moment there are none on there so no prices to compare Im afraid.
£0.99 is really a great price for these dominoes and I would have certainly paid more for them.
These dominoes not only give hours of fun but also teach your child how to match and recognise different ways of showing numbers. My daughter thoroughly loves these and as there are not too many in the pack, you don't have hours of clearing up afterwards!