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Toys of Wood Oxford Pattern Blocks and Puzzle

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Brand: Toys of Wood Oxford / Pieces: 60

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      14.01.2013 18:31
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      Better for an older child

      When we were looking at presents for our youngest for Christmas I looked at age 3 and up as she only turned 2 in September and we had struggled to find enough suitable items for her then so I thought we would be better off buying something she would progress to playing with.

      I bought this set off Amazon as I remembered playing with something similar when I was at school, the set cost me about £10 and was described as coming with 60 wooden pieces and 12 suggested patterns.

      When pieces come in a wooden box with a sliding lid on which is pretty secure and fits the box well so there is somewhere to keep all the little pieces without them ending up everywhere. There was a small sheet of paper wrapped around the box and then the whole thing was cellophane. The paper had a few drawings on it of what you can make with the pieces which I thought were just examples and was expecting the patterns to be inside but unfortunately not. The piece of paper was ripped when I opened the cellophane as I was not careful with it at all as I hadn't realised these were the patterns and I find it pretty poor that the paper with the patterns on wouldn't fit inside the box so would have to be kept separate therefore I just put it in the bin and we use our imaginations with the pieces.

      Inside the box you get a number of different shapes, there are orange squares, green triangles, yellow hexagons, wooden long diamonds, purple wider diamonds and what I think is a red parallelogram but I may be wrong on the name of that one! The shapes vary greatly in side and the hexagons are at least double the size of the rest of the shapes which seems a little strange. The pieces are all made of wood and the paints stays on them well we haven't had any paint transfer at all, the pieces are about 5mms thick so easy enough for my 2 year old to get hold of. Some of the pieces are pretty small which is why the recommended age is age 3 and up but my daughter plays with them without an issue.

      My eldest daughter enjoys playing with these more than my youngest and she likes to make up shapes out of the shapes an tell me what they are called, she also likes to make up pictures with them but as there are only 60 pieces she does often run out of pieces to complete what she wants to make. My youngest daughter will play with these if someone plays with her which is fine and means that she is learning from playing with them too. She has found a pretty novel way of putting the pieces back in the box as she holds the lid above the box and uses it as a slide to slide all the pieces back into the box which I find quite amusing but as long as she tidies away I don't mind at all.

      I think these could be better quality, the patterns were very poor and I think the pieces would be better and easier to make into pictures if they were more uniformed in size. The actual quality of each individual piece is fine but they would mark easily if a child were to chew on them which of course children do sometimes. The shapes are educational but I would say the age range of 3-6 would be correct and they are probably a little too young for Emily just yet.

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