Butterflies & Dragons.. traditional toys

Djeco Forest Animal Blocks 

Mini adores blocks and stacking cups, has done ever since she was first able to pick up a toy. Her first port of call when playing is always blocks, she loves them and can spend ages playing with two, one in each hand. She loves clashing them off one another, throwing them, shouting into them, holding them over her ears and “listening” to them(i’d love to know what they say to her because she always looks so amused ūüôā ) And occasionally she attempts to stack them but they are really just a mini stacked pile! Most of our blocks and stacking cups are plain colours and plastic. I have been searching for some different more colourful ones for ages but never came across any. That is until I spotted the ¬†Djeco Forest Animal Blocks¬†¬†from Butterflies and Dragons. The blocks come in sets of¬†10, they are beautifully illustrated and vibrantly coloured. Themed on “Forest animals” each box is illustrated on all four sides.

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One side has a number with the same amount of items example no. 10 and 10 buzzy bees. When stacked on top of each other or in a line they go from number 1-10. Perfect to begin to teach Mini numbers and number recognition in a fun way. ¬†Another two sides both have brightly illustrated forest animal pictures such as a hedgehog, owl or bunny (we love bunnies in our house its our little theme in Mini’s room). The fourth side has a tree print which when stacked all in order one on top of the other makes a large forest tree.

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When stacked they are 86 cm/ 34 inches ¬†in height. They must look super tall to Mini but that doesn’t stop her knocking them down! Mini absolutely loves these, they are so brightly coloured she sometimes just studies them. The bigger ones are just the right size when upside down for fitting in other toys/ballpit balls. Mini’s new thing is putting things in and out of baskets, boxes etc so when turned upside down these boxes are the perfect for her to fit her little treasures in.¬†2013-11-26 16.09.36

They are designed to help develop hand eye coordination, imaginative play and to encourage little ones to learn to talk through play. They also help develop spatial awareness.¬†They are perfect for both a boy or girl which I love, as I like to get Mini toys that she can enjoy but also are “long-term” toys that can be kept and used by anyone in the family over the coming years. I know a lot of parents now are looking for non-gender sterotype toys and these fit the bill if that’s what your after! They are for 12months-4 years, (perfect Santa Family gift for a range of ages of Siblings). They are priced at ¬£12.99 which is a bargain I think as the quality is really great. They come in a neat compact box with a little handle so handy for storing away in a cupboard or toy box.

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If you follow me on twitter or have read my Christmas Gift guide here you probably have noticed I adore¬†Butterflies and Dragons¬†¬†(where these blocks are from) and for good reason too! They have the most fantastic range of wooden and traditional toys on the market, ranging from small puzzles perfect for Christmas Stockings to large wooden kitchens and much more. Have a peek online at their great range, its a must for all Santa’s. I have a feeling Santa may have his eye on a few little items for stocking fillers for Mini!

*I was sent these blocks free of charge for review purposes however as usual all the pictures and opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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