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Play Patrol: Chunky Alphabet Puzzle

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol, Product Reviews | Posted on 23-05-2013

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I am a big fan of toys which are educational, especially when your child doesn’t realise they are learning. Learning through play is something I am keen for Little Man to do, so the arrival of our first Play Patrol toy brought an immediate smile to my face.
 The Chunky Alphabet Puzzle is an ideal educational toy for Little Man. As the name suggests you have 26 chunky letters on a board. Each one is the perfect size for a toddler to pick up and is brightly coloured, instantly making it appeal.  You can remove and replace the letters individually, or as Little Man prefers to do, tip them all out across the floor. The cut out sections of the board beneath each letter are coloured the same as the individual letter to help little ones by recognising colour matching as well as shape. There is also a lower case version of the letter in the corner of each cut out.

The learning opportunities of this toy are excellent. I hope to use this to teach Little Man about letters, colours, simple spellings, shapes, phonics and I believe it will also help encourage his talking. He’s already a big fan of it, picking the letter “M” out and giving it to me and saying “Mamma”. He also recognises the “A” as being the first letter of his name. Though he can’t say his name yet he does hold the letter “A” and then point to himself.

Obviously I really like this toy. Its a good solid wooden toy with many years of play in it. Its well built and sturdy – essential for Little Man and his new found love of throwing. I like the bright colours and the use of both upper and lower case letters. It looks beautiful sat on the shelf in Little Man’s room, or more often than not out on the floor. Whilst the pieces do go everywhere – I dropped most of them myself getting it out the toy box to photograph – you always know which you’re missing, and because they are so bright finding them is usually easy enough. I know this is meant to be a visual toy, one that you can display as well as play with, but I do feel the need to put it in something with a lid to try and protect it and stop us losing any letters.

Overall another wooden toy success from BigJigs Toys – I can’t wait to see what comes through our door next.

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