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      21.11.2012 08:24
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      fantastic buy

      I recently purchased a pack of Early Learning Centre Picture pairs for my 20 month old son for the bargain price of £2. At that price, they were too good to pass by, even if my son isn't quite at the stage where he can play pairs or snap just yet. He is, however intrigued by pictures and learning the names of things as well as anything that he can 'do'. Therefore, I felt that he could gain some benefit from these, even at his young age.

      For your £2 (this is the current sale price, RRP is £6), you get a pack of 54 cards (27 matching pairs) that are the same size as regular playing cards in a cardboard box. On each card is a coloured picture (photo-like) of an object. The objects range from animals (my son's favourite) to food items to vehicles and toys. These are great for expanding my son's vocabulary and understanding. We usually play with these by placing them all faced up on the floor and I ask him to pass me the cows (for example). My son loves this game as he loves to pick out the relevant cards (showing he understands the words) and clap himself when he gets a pair.

      We also use them to discuss things like colours - 'what colour is the bus?' and counting - 'how many legs does the cow have?'. As he gets older, we will begin to play pairs properly with them, probably by using 4 or 5 pairs only to begin with and then build this up. We will also use them for sorting - for example putting all toys in a pile, or all animals. Therefore, I think we will get a lot of use out of these and think £2 was a wonderful price to pay.

      The cards have a few dog eared corners already, which is only to be expected with a toddler's rough touch I suppose. They are also easily bent, being playing cards but, again, at £2 I really have no complaints. Overall, a lovely basic game for toddlers that helps with language, understanding and counting.

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      18.11.2012 14:53
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      A really good learning tool for smaller children

      I remember having a "picture pair" set which was zoo animals when I was a child.  I loved playing it and competing against my other family members to get the most pairs.  When I spotted this picture pair set in ELC in Mothercare I couldn't resist getting it for my kids, oh and me!

      There are 27 pairs, 54 in total of good quality square cards with child friendly images such as teddy, kettle, fruits, car, animals, house, sport, bus etc.  All the cards are nicely printed with clear colourful images on them.

      This pack of cards was good value at £6 and a great educational tool for kids in the for of a game.  We play match the cards, I started off with a small amount of pairs, putting them on the table upside down and then picking them up and remembering where it's pair was. We you find a pair you take them away and keep it in your pair pile. This is great for developing memory skills.   Over time with my daughter (now 5) we have built up to using the whole pack at a time and she really enjoys playing this game and beating Mummy and Daddy!

      We also count the number of pairs we have collected at the end of the game, helping with maths skills and I think the competitive element of trying to get the most pairs is good.  There are other games you can play with these cards, for example sorting them into piles of similar objects, for example a set of pets, transportation, household appliances, sports.  This is a good way of playing with the cards for my son who is 2 1/2 and gaining an understanding of wider groups of objects.

      So far we still have a full pack which have remained in good condition bar the odd dog-eared corner.  I would really recommend these as a great little education tool which is fun to play with and brings the family together.

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      15.06.2011 16:58
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      Recommended for 2 - 4 year olds.

      This is a simple game that I purchased from the Early Learning Centre to play with my son who has just turned three years old. This game cost me £6 from the ELC, which I think is slightly expensive for a set of playing cards, but I am a sucker for ELC stuff and I know that practically all products I have bought from there are well thought out and very well made. As with all ELC products, it does give you some guidance as to the age group that the product is aimed at, and this game is aimed at children between 2 - 6 years. With my experience with my experience, I would have to say that I really don't think my children at six years old would really have been that interested in the game and so I think the target audience is really 2 - 4 year olds.

      The cards come in an attractive cardboard box which can be reused over and over again so that the cards have somewhere safe to be stored to lower the risk of any of the cards being lost.

      The cards themselves are square with a white background and have a plastic coating so that the cards can be wiped over when they inevitably get sticky from little sticky fingers! When they do get sticky, I do just wipe them over with a damp cloth and they end up good as new. As the cards are coated and made of good quality card, they do not bend or get damaged easily - which when you're playing with toddlers is a definite bonus or you'd be replacing them every five minutes! The cards each have a picture of something on the card - and each item on the card is an easily identifiable everyday object (such as a dog, football, kite, bus, banana, apple, teddy, cow, lady bird, clock etc.). The pictures are brightly coloured and clear and look very attractive. In total there are 27 pairs of items and so there are 52 cards in the pack.

      There are several ways to play Picture Pairs - and I'm sure that every child finds the way that they most like to play the game. One of the ways is to play the traditional game of snap....which is probably my sons favourite game as he is a boisterious loud boy and likes the idea of being able to slam his hand down and shout "snap!" at the top of his voice! Another way that we play is to turn all of the cards face down and then take it in turns to try to match pairs by picking up two cards at a time and trying to match the pairs by remembering where each picture card is placed. Another way that I've used the cards is to deal out 10 cards to each child and then time them to see how long it takes them to find each item within the house (just make sure you have all the items that you ask them to find).

      I think this is a simple game but it will keep a toddler entertained over a period of time.

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        19.10.2010 21:26
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        An excellent memory game from the ELC

        Picture Pairs


        My daughter was given a few toys and games recently by her nanny as she was sorting out my younger sister's cupboard, and one of the games was 'Picture Pairs' from the Early Learning Centre. I have checked online and found that this game is £6.00 from ELC though have also seen it on Ebay for as little as £0.99 (plus P&P).

        The box is of average game size, if a little smaller than some, and not overly large for the contents. The lid is brightly coloured with pictures of some of the cards found in the game. The pictures both on the box and also on the cards themselves are brightly coloured and on some, quite cartoon-like so very appealing to a young child.

        The cards themselves are small and square and the game contains 54 of them (27 pairs). The cards are reasonably thick, though can still be bent with some force. We have had the game for a while now, and unlike some games of this kind, the top picture coating has not started peeling at all. There is a wide range of pictures on the cards; all recognisable objects to young children including such things as boats, fish, apples, buckets and spades, bikes and many more. As already mentioned the pictures are all bright and colourful on a white background and are very eye catching.

        There are quite a number of ways to play with these picture pair cards, many of which my two year old makes up herself! The main way would be to lay them all face down on the floor and the players take it in turns to turn two cards over. If the cards match then the player keeps them, if not then they turn them back over again and move on to the next player. Although the recommended age is two years plus, my daughter has not got the complete hang of this way of playing, hence the many invented ways of playing it, though no matter how we play this game, she is not only having fun, though also exercising her memory skills. There is not a time frame of how long the games last as it all depends on the child's memory ability, though each game we have played so far has gone on for a good length of time until my daughter gets bored and starts playing with them a different way. The great thing with this game is that it does not have to be played with others. Many a time, my daughter tips them out and starts playing with them alone which is brilliant!

        The Early Learning Centre used to be well known for the more expensive toys and games, though these days their prices are pretty average, and £6.00 for this picture pair's game is brilliant. It is not only a fun game but also a great learning tool too. I have seen the difference in my daughter's memory already. The cards can be bent with force, though on the whole are very well made and also very attractive and eye catching and the best thing is that hours of fun can be found when playing this game. I certainly recommend this game for children age two upwards.

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          05.10.2010 22:40
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          Yesterday I popped to the shops and happened to call in to our local charity shop always a good place for a new bedtime story , whilst I was there I saw this game from Early learning centre and thought it would be a good game to play with my youngest at 60p an affordable treat.

          What is it?
          Picture pairs is a game of matching this one consists of 54cards which make 27 pairs the object is to collect as many pairs as possible.

          Age range
          This game is suitable for ages 2-6 years

          Cost and stockist
          Well what a bargain I got as I have just discovered this game costs £6 however for the quality I still think this is a good price. You can of course get it from Early learning centre www.elc.co.uk and also Mothercare and boots stores which stock early learning centre products.

          Why buy it?
          I would buy this game as it is excellent to play with different age children, it is also very good for learning memory and basic numeracy my eldest loves to count her pairs out but only if she is winning!

          Recommendation
          I really like this sort of games not only are they fun but they are also good at teaching my eldest is not that good at waiting but this does make her have to wait her turn. My youngest also likes to talk about what is on the pictures which adds to the educational value of the game

          When we play with the little one who is turning three we do a smaller game which means that she doesn't lose interest as quickly and only do ten pairs she really enjoys telling you how many cards she needs to get and what the picture is as well as counting the cards as they go down.

          This is an excellent game especially great is the fact that this suits different age children and is also unisex very useful in our house as my nephew often moans that everything is pink and girly!

          Truly this is a lot of fun and really simple to play I would say this is a great addition to any games cupboard

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          30.08.2010 17:40
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          My daughter loves card games and in particular she loves the ones where you have to find the pairs. She always gets excited when she has "won" the particular round. When on the look out for stocking fillers for her, I came across the ELC Picture Pairs cards and for £6.00 I thought they would be a fairly good buy though I do remember thinking they were a little expensive.

          In the pack of cards, there are 27 pairs (54 cards in total) for your child to match and to count. On the back of the pack it says that the ELC recommend this toy because it is a toy that encourages a child to think and work things out for themselves as well as being a toy which encourages social interaction. There is a variety of different pictures on the cards including a ladybird, kite, football, bus, dog, cow, teddy bear and many more which are all nice images for children. My daughter particularly loves the dog cards. Each of the cards are nicely made and not easily bendable.

          The cards are a nice size and fit into little hands easily.

          To play the game you have to turn all the cards so that they are face down on the floor or whichever surface you are using. Each player will take it in turns to turn 2 of the cards over at a time in the hope that the cards will match. If they do you keep the cards but if they do not you have to put them back face down. The winner is the person with the most cards. My daughter absolutely loves this game and she can play it for hours and hours and did I mention hours?! My daughter has gained an excellent memory from playing this game too.

          As well as the game which it is originally intended for, we have made up other games using the cards. One is using them like flash cards and asking my daughter what the card's image is but my daughter is getting a little bit old for this game now and already knows all the images and looks at me as though I am trying to do something she is too old for. Another game we play is where we select a card and do not tell say what is on the card but the other person has to guess by your description. My daughter loves this game! We also sort the cards into groups such as fruit, animals etc.

          I found these cards to be a really good buy and definately worth the £6.00 spent on them. If you ask my daughter which game she wants to play she always suggests this one.

          A great buy!

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            18.07.2010 18:14
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            great

            We have had this game of picture pairs for years in my house and it has plenty of use!

            The game comes in box containing 54 cards and they are a square shape with measurements of about 3x3 inches. They are a nice size for little hands to hold.

            Each card is made out of a strong cardboard and shows a photo on one side. Each card has a matching pair and make 27 pairs altogether. The images on the cards are all those which would be recognisable by little ones- fruits, teddy bears, animals etc.

            The aim of the game is to turn all the cards face down and each player has a chance to select 2 cards in the hope that they are matching. If they are then you get to keep them and have another go, if not then you have to replace both cards back down and it is the next persons turn. The player with the most pairs is the winner. It is often easier to just start off playing with a few pairs as playing with too many can make the game last forever! You can always increase the amount of pairs as the child gets better.

            There are many other uses for this game. We have used it as flashcards for spelling, snap and teaching first sounds. My children also like just sorting out the cards. A favourite game of ours is to select a card at random and ask the child to describe it to you without telling you what it is. This really helps to widen their imagination!

            This game helps to improve the childs memory as thy have to remember where a card was placed. It also helps their concentration levels. My children still enjoy playing with it and the box is a good size to pack in a bag to entertain on days out.

            The age range is 2 years and older but I found that at that age the child didn't play the pairs game but just looked at the pictures instead.

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              07.07.2010 08:21
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              Great toy and has lasted us really well

              I love the early centre for buying toys and games. Although they can be more expensive than some of the other toy shops their toys are always of very good quality and will last well.

              We bought the picture pair's game for my son a couple of years ago but I have noticed that it is still selling on the ELC website for the same price, £6.00.

              The box that we have is just a cardboard box with a flip lid. On the front are pictures of some of the cards which you will be playing with. Inside the box there are 54 cards which are in pairs. The cards are made of thick card and are still in perfect condition and we have played this game many times. On the cards you will find pictures of things like monkeys, footballs, fish, cats and other every day things. They are usually bright and grab your attention.

              To play the game you need to lay all the cards face down on either the floor or the table and then the youngest player begins by choosing two cards to turn over. If these cards match they can remove them as they "win" that pair. If they don't match you turn them back over and the next player takes their turn.

              This is such a simple game and yet so much fun! My son is amazing at it! I think maybe he has a photographic memory....at least that is the excuse that I am using as to why he always seems to beat me! Surely it can't be anything to do with me getting older?! We often play 3 or 4 games in a row of this game so he can keep on beating me. The length of the game can obviously depend on how quickly you begin to find the pairs but as a guide line I would say perhaps 15 minutes per game is about right.

              The game is for 2-4 players and the recommended age is for children aged 2-6 but I would imagine that even children older than six would still enjoy playing this game occasionally. I feel that perhaps two years old is a bit young to play this game though of course you can simplify the game by using less of the pair cards in those games. It suggests on the box for younger children to use 10 pairs and gradually increase the number as they gain confidence.

              You could also use the cards to play a snap type game though the cards are quite small it is certainly possible to do this too.

              This is a great game for developing your child's memory and concentration and I fully recommend this at a bargain price of £6.00!

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              01.12.2009 22:59
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              A great classic children's game!

              Picture Pairs is a classic game that I used to love playing with my brother when I was a child, but it wasn't until very recently that I started to play the game with Harry. We were staying with my parents for a little while, and my mum decided to get Harry some games to play with her. I wasn't sure what was suitable for his age (3.5 years), but she picked up this game, Picture Pairs, and Animal Snap. We got them home and Harry was eager to get stuck in, and so were we actually, and would you believe it's now his favourite game we have to play at least once a day!

              It's a game that can be played in so many ways, and is always fun for younger children to play. It is sometimes called Memory pairs but it's still the same principle and the same game. This particular version is made and sold in Early Learning Centre stores, and comes in a bright orange box in the "Starting Out/Step 1" section of the educational games. It is aimed at 2-6 year olds, and encourages problem solving and social skills too, so it is a pretty well rounded game. The pictures are printed on square cards made of forest friendly card, and the images are all excellent quality and very bold.

              You can play the game in many ways, but our favourite way is this. Pick out 6 or 7 sets of pairs, turn them so the picture is facing the floor/table, mix them up a bit and set them out into a grid pattern. Then the players take it turns to turn over 2 cards at a time, and you have to remember where each of the images is located to win the game. The person with the most pairs at the end of the game wins, and you can carry on doing this over and over again because for Harry the fun never stops!

              The box has 27 pairs in it, so 54 cards overall, but of course this is too many for a young child to do when they first start. I began with 3 or pairs for Harry so he could get the idea of how to play, and now we've built it up around 8-10 pairs per game depending on much Harry is concentrating and whether he plays properly or not. As your child gets more confident with the game, you can increase the amount of cards used per game and therefore this is a game that can grow with them until they need to move onto something a little more complex.

              The images used on these cards are all familiar images to young children, and should be easily identifiable. Pictures include an alarm clock, bus, train, apple, banana, car, flowers, teddy bear, kettle, house, sunset and many more. Harry also likes to sit and makes lines with the picture pairs, sort them into matching pairs and put things together such as fruits, buildings, vehicles etc, so there are lots of using for these cards as well as the use for which they are intended. For the price my mum paid which is just £6, we have had hours of fun out of this game, and you can have as many players as you want too which makes it more fun. I'd highly recommend it to anyone with a toddler because it's a fab game, and Harry loves it - I only wish I had got it sooner!

              Available in-store or online at www.elc.co.uk

              Item Price: £6.00
              Item Number: 116132

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