My young testers were intrigued by this unusual toy – and I love it because it is so beautifully made, with great attention to detail. The Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board is an entertaining and educational activity play board that has different applications as children grow older, making it excellent value. It helps young children develop fine motor skills and apply reasoning as they navigate latches that hook, snap, click, and slide.
The fastenings vary in difficulty, meaning children have a way of progressing and the satisfaction of mastering new skills. As they undo the variety of fastenings (and learn skills to apply in the everyday world), they will find fun when the picture beneath is revealed, teaching colours, numbers, animals and more. Each door is numbered, with a corresponding number of animals pictured beneath. The bright pictures also include plenty of other educational detail such as shapes and colours to spot. Older children can enjoy a range of activities including counting animals behind the doors and windows, locating specific colours, and identifying the type of animals displayed. Plenty to talk about too. This activity board is made from smooth-sanded, solid-wood material with no sharp edges or finger traps. Melissa and Doug are renowned for the high quality of their products and that means they always make lovely gifts – and this is no exception. It’s an attractive and unusual toy with plenty of play and educational value.