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#PlayPatrol : Mission Four : Lacing Animals

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol | Posted on 17-11-2014

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For this times Play Patrol mission Bigjigs sent Little Man their Lacing Animals set. The set comes with four boards featuring an animal, and then four shapes which match one of the animals bodies. The point of the set is to match them up and fasten them together using the included laces. The boards, shapes and laces all fit neatly in the included storage box – this is a big plus for me as it limits items getting lost. Lacing Animals is a great way to develop fine motor skills, dexterity and improving concentration. It is aimed at children aged 3 years and up.

Little Man wasn’t particularly thrilled with this toy. He’s never used anything like it before so it took some persuasion to play with it as opposed to his other toys. Matching up the animals was easy enough, though I think he enjoyed intentionally mismatching them as well. For me this just shows a great form of imagination play! Lacing was tricky, but its not something he’s ever really experienced before so it was all about developing a new skill. It kept him entertained for a short time, though he did grow frustrated after a little while. I think this will help develop his dexterity and should also help with future shoe lace tying. It strikes me as a great Montessori method toy, which is something we’re trying to bring into the home more and more since he transferred to a Montessori preschool at the start of September. Definitely a toy to add to our Montessori box.


I thought this way a really cute toy. Nice and bright, with good detailing and a handy storage box. I’m sure with practice Little Man will get into it more, but for now he just likes seeing what crazy looking creatures he can create! The boards aren’t as thick as I’d like and the shapes are similarly thin. Its not one of the better made toys we’ve seen from Bigjigs, but I imagine the thickness is due to the laces. Overall, a good fun toy to aid concentration and dexterity.

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