“ Manufacturer: Grafix / Type: Memory / Age: 1 Year+ „
I picked these match cards up for a few pounds in a discount bookstore. They are currently available on amazon for £3.99.
The match cards come in a cardboard box, which I have to say isn't the toughest and I don't think will withstand many years of play! But the design on the front is bright and fun with a friendly ladybird and bee showing us the cards, and it is eyecatching and child-friendly.
Inside are 20 cards, measuring about 9cm by 13cm. They are quite thick and sturdy, and after a few months' use mine show no signs of any damage. The main part (probably four fifths) of each card has a colourful picture of an animal, while the bottom of the card has the animal's name in quite large, clear white letters. These strips at the bottom detach from the card with a jigsaw-style link, effectively making these 20 two-piece jigsaws, each with a different animal!
At the moment my daughter likes to look at the cards and try and identify the animals. Sometimes I lay them all out and ask her to find a specific animal. Although I think these are a great learning tool, and my daughter does enjoy playing with them, some of the illustrations are a bit unusual (the badly drawn hot pink elephant stands out as my favourite). This aside, I think these were a good buy as I hope they will continue to be used once my daughter starts learning to write and spell - then the jigsaw element of the cards will come into their own.
Another small criticism - if the two halves of the jigsaws are detached, it is quite a struggle getting all the pieces back into the box, and ours is currently bulging with all the pieces. I do think I will have to transfer the jigsaws to another box at some point.
Overall I think this is a good buy for under a fiver. Even though my daughter is too young for spelling, we still enjoy playing with the cards and looking at the pictures, and I think we will get a good few years' use from the cards. So in summary, a fun and educational little game!