REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks 100 Piece Floor Puzzle

Perfect for sharing, this giant size 100 piece puzzle is definitely one for spreading out on the floor, allowing more than one child to enjoy it at the same time. Alvin and The Chipmunks are rocking and rolling with their musical instruments in this fantastic puzzle. The high quality pieces are extra large, perfect for children age 6+ to enjoy; the puzzle measures 49 x 36 cm when complete. The picture has plenty of bold blocks of colour to find and put in place relatively easily, and the graduated colour of the background is also helpful when putting the puzzle

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REVIEW: Plaid Hat Games: Stuffed Fables

This game instantly intrigued us, as it looked totally different to anything we had previously experienced – and we weren’t disappointed! Stuffed Fables is an Adventure Book Game in which all the action takes place in the unique storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board, all in one! The book opens flat onto the table to reveal a colourful map or other illustration integral to playing the game, showing the choices, story, and special rules on the opposite page; each adventure goes over several pages. The game is based around a group

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REVIEW: Hape 101 Wooden Beech Blocks

This big box of bright tactile blocks gives plenty of scope for creativity and imagination with the range of shapes and sheer number. Children from 12 months plus can explore shape, balance and design as they create their own imaginary worlds. As children explore and build. they will gradually learn how to create a strong structure, and problem solving skills will come into play as they work out how the shapes can be fitted together; as they play fine motor skills will be developed. The clever thing is that the blocks come in a box which doubles as a shape

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REVIEW: Brio Magnetic Train

Your child is in charge of where this train goes, with no need for tracks. It’s perfect for children of 12 months plus, who will respond well to the bright colours of the pieces – red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and green, as well as black and white. It’s a good way to introduce colour recognition – “Pass me the orange piece.” Each piece is magnetic and they snap together with a satisfying click – and they hold together well in play. Young ones may need a little help in working out how the magnets work. There are two train

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REVIEW: Pop to the Shops by Orchard Toys

Hands-on learning is so often the best; we can encourage our children to do workbooks about money (and these certainly have their place) but playing games is much more fun and will really instill the principles in a way they will remember – and they will see it as fun. This fun shopping board game will teach children about handling money and giving change as they travel around the board from shop to shop, using pretend money to buy all manner of different items. The rules are clearly explained and simple to follow, so there’s no lengthy setting up or

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