What is it
Young children can sort the colourful wooden blocks in a variety of ways – including shape, size, colour, number and pattern. There is an assortment of shapes – from round to rectangle, square to triangle, and all brightly decorated – the creative possibilities are endless! Each piece is decorated with a pattern, number, or both: the numbers go up to 20.
To lace the pieces together the thread has a wooden rod at the end to make it easy to pass it through each piece. Or children can choose to stack the pieces into different shapes and structures.
It all stores away neatly in the box thanks to the tray organiser.
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What our team of testers said
"I've put on all the numbers." - Girl aged 4
"A pink triangle." - Boy aged 4
- Practises counting and number learning
- Develops hand-eye coordination
- Refines colour and shape recognition and sorting skills
What our experts think
The children really enjoyed threading the blocks onto the string – they exhibited their creativity by making it into a snake and pulling it around the room! The pieces were a good size, well made and sturdy and we liked that the laces had a hard end to make it easier for the children to thread.
It is a great activity for developing hand-eye coordination and also for building colour, shape and number recognition. Both sorting and building block games teach children to categorise and match different objects, which promotes spatial awareness, concentration and requires strategy and logic, important for maths and science subjects. The children, unaided, spoke about the shapes of their blocks and some of them ordered the numbers, which develops numeracy skills in counting and ranking. Adult interaction provides even more scope for discussions and learning about different shapes, numbers, colours and patterns.
It would be even better if...
More strings included in the set would have provided more opportunities for group play.
- RRP: £18.99
- Brands: Fiesta Crafts
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Construction toys
- Types of skills developed: Categorisation & comparison
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Fine motor skills
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Numeracy, counting & money
Physical & motor skills