We’re big fans of The Toadstool here, as regular readers will no doubt know from our previous reviews of some of their toys. So when we were asked to take a look at and have a good old play with Plan Toys Tumbling Tower Game, we clearly could not resist!
Over on The Toadstool website, we’re told..
Ingenious but simple, this brightly coloured wooden Tower Tumbling game encourages children to match colours and stack the toys without it falling. To begin, children have to stack all the parts which have the same colour as the round wood. Next they have to pick up other coloured round wood pieces and place over previous parts and repeat this, trying to build the tower as tall as possible.
- trains logical and mathematical thinking,
- problems solving,
- improves motor skills.
Suitable for 3 yrs +
Now, on this toys arrival, Boo was ill. Insensible, taken to her bed-type ill, so it was a rare thing for me to be the first to open the box, actually read the instructions without little hands grabbing at everything, and get a feel for the game. And clearly, having opened it, I had to actually play it…
These are all of the parts..
There’s the basic game, involving stacking matching coloured pieces on their corresponding coloured bases..
And then the advanced game, where you use the reverse sides of the discs which are numbered, and use the corresponding amount of pieces …
Yep, I was skilled enough to make full towers, one on the advanced level, too – get me! It did give me a chance to handle the pieces, which are lovely and smooth, feel sturdy and I love the colours.
The next day, Boo was up and about, so when I came downstairs to discover that she’d already located her new toy, and opened it up, I wasn’t surprised! We then spent a happy half hour building towers, having them knocked down by Little Man, and talking about the two different ways of playing the game. Little Man even managed to do a yellow one by himself, bless him!
And then when he went down for his nap, we could better play together. It was interesting to see that though Boo built the towers, it wasn’t all she wanted to do with them. She was just as engrossed in grouping and making patterns with the blocks, by both colours and numbers and was quite happy quietly ‘sorting’ them like this.
Along with enjoying watching both of the children play with this, I was also impressed with Plan Toys eco-credentials and sustainability, which you can read more about here. All in all, I can see this being a toy that will stand the test of time, as it’s clearly well made, and being played with by Boo for some time to come. Little Man can look forward to playing with it ‘properly’ when he’s old enough to better understand it, and in the meantime, enjoy knocking it down!
Want to know more? There will be a Plan Toys #ToadTest Twitter party on Wednesday 4th December, and we’re linking up with other bloggers reviewing a whole variety of Plan Toys, too, so you can read all about them here…
Disclaimer: we were sent this toy free of charge to provide a review, but all words and opinions are my own.