“ Manufacturer: Chad Valley / Age: 1 Year+ „
We brought these for jessies first birthday the begining of last month. I got ours from discount clearance,they have all of argoses unsold stock at the end of each catalogue so these must have been sold in there last summer. I paid three pounds for these but havev no idea how much they were full price.
These come in a box and inside the box you get two decent sized chunky blocks that are realy easy for little hands to hold on to. The blocks are nice and smooth except the sensors on each side.
The idea with these is slightly different to other childrens blocks as these have animals on then. One block has the top half of the animal on it and the other block has the bottom half of the animal on it. The idea with this is that you have to match the head and feet of a animal. When you get it right the sensors make the blocks make the sound of the animal you have just matched.
This is a realy good toy for a young child to learn hand eye coordination with at the same time as teaching the sounds animals make.
It is designed for age eighteem months and over which will all depend on the child as all children develop at different paces. Jess likes to play with these but can't match them herself yet so does require help when playing with these but will soon get the hang of it and loves it when the animals make a noise.
This is a nice toy at a bargain price.
Chad Valley Fun-damentals Sound Blocks
My son was spoilt rotten on his first birthday and I am quickly learning that this is what grandchildren are for...
One of Grandma's gifts was these Chad Valley Fun-damentals Sound Blocks. I am not sure of where she purchased them from or how much she paid but I have researched on the internet and they are available from Argos at a cost of £6.99. They are also currently available on Amazon from £6.29.
This toy includes two approximate 3 inch cube blocks. One cube has cartoon pictures of the legs / bottom half of six different animals. The other block has cartoon pictures of the heads / top half of the same six animals. The basic principle is that the blocks fit together joining the top and bottom halves of the animals to make the animal 'whole' When the correct pieces are put together there are two small metal protrusions from the blocks that fit together and activate a sound which matches that which the animals makes. So; if the horse head and horse body and legs are put together the block will sound 'neigh, neigh' There is a duck that sounds 'quack, quack'; a cat that sounds ' meow, meow'; a sheep that 'baas and bleats; a dog that sounds 'woof, woof and a cow that sounds 'moo, moo.
My son is at the age where he has very many what I would call 'noisy toys' (..err, do they ever grow out of that?) and a lot of them have the sounds of animals. The sounds that these blocks make are quite realistic by comparison to many of the other noisy toys and will really help my son to recognise these sounds.
The pictures are very animated and cartoon-like and very colourful with primary and pastel colours. I find that the horse looks a lot like a donkey and I therefore expected an 'eeyore' and got a 'neigh' when I connected the blocks! The pictures are not very realistic but nonetheless still fun and bright and colourful for children to look at and learn through this process.
Chad Valley describes this product: '... This activity will develop and encourage hand to eye co-ordination... Children will learn to recognise the sounds of the pictures on the matching blocks.' They advertise the product as being suitable for age 1 plus.
I can see that these blocks will be a very useful educational and fun learning toy for Jake, both now and as he grows. Presently he enjoys clapping the blocks together and stacking them correctly with a lot of help from me and daddy. He giggles as the correct 'pattern' is arranged and the blocks make animal sounds. We are all really impressed with this toy; in fact daddy says that it is the best toy ever!
I would recommend this toy as a great, fun learning aid form children of 1 year plus. I can not see anything on this blaocks that ould cause harm to a younger baby, however the lower block contains the battery pack and is considerably heavier than the top block. The sound block takes three AA batteries which were provided in our toy, but bear in mind that if you are purchasing a second hand one changing the batteries is advisable.
Enjoy imitating animals with your children.