Product Type: Galt Child Development
Newest Review: ... cotton reels that come with a thick white cord for threading the reels on. Although on the box it states that this product is suitable... more
A simple but enjoyable and educational toy
Galt Cotton Reels
Member Name: firasha
Galt Cotton Reels
Date: 13/03/12, updated on 19/03/12 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Educational, simple, easy to use, fun for children
Disadvantages: Broken peice after wear and tear
I have got these cotton reels for my two young boys - 2 and 3 years old, who have both enjoyed playing with them.
Threading the reels onto the shoelace helps with fine motor skills and hand eye coordination so I felt like its a beneficial toy for their development, but as far as they are concerned it's just fun. They will sit and concentrate for quite a while with it, so I think it helps to develop concentration span and focusing skills too.
As well as threading the reels, they also used them to build towers and then knock them down. You can use these reels to work on colour recognition, and making simple patterns such as threading red, blue, red, blue or whatever else, which can is also good for learning as they will later look at number patterns for maths.
The quality of the reels is good, they are quite a thick strong plastic and not too brittle. The string is also quite thick, like a shoe lace but one of the ends came off from ours and we have had to fix it with cellotape. I might be able to just replace it with a new shoe lace though, to do the same job but was slightly disappointed with that, however it had been used quite a lot before it happened so may be just wear and tear and I would still recommend this product despite that. I bought it very cheaply from amazon, for about 3 pounds so can not really complain.
I would happily buy other products from this brand.
Summary: A worthwhile product, very educational and good value
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