Little Tikes are a brand that come to mind when talking about children’s toys. Their toys are well built and they are a staple in the majority of family homes with young children. Their Fantastic Firsts range are no different. We have 2 to shout out about!
The sleepy stackersfrom the Fantastic Firsts range are unbelievably cute. You lift them up and their eyes close. Each character has three parts and a special feature. One crinkles, one jingles and one rattles; it’s a stacker toy AND a nesting toy, the best of both worlds!
As soon as Nico saw this toy his eyes lit up. As soon as it was out of the box he had to wrestle Mylo off them so he could have a go. They are a lovely change from normal stackers that usually have rings and they are just so cute.
The singing sorter in the Fantastic Firsts range is so well built, it doesn’t feel like it will break if I left Nico to play with it. Nico loves the fact that when it is pulled along, the shapes bob up and down, it also sings! And not that dreadful annoying kind of singing, and the music doesn’t just go on and on and on like other toys we’ve got. It also helps that it has a cute little face and the whole toy is designed for small hands.
How these toys aid child development
Hand eye coordination is a key area of learning with this toy. Babies also learn about balance by using the toy as stackers and colours by matching the heads to the right bodies. Sequencing of events starts in its very early stages with these stackers. Babies start to understand that if they do a certain action then there will be a reaction following it. For example, with this toy babies will learn that if they put one of the heads onto one of the bodies, then it will cause the character to open its eyes. And let’s not also forget that babies will also be learning how to use fine motor skills whilst playing with these toy characters!
There are lots of ways to learn with this toy. Firstly, we can look at the blocks, they are colour coordinated to the body to make it easier to match the shapes; using fine and gross motor skills is key with the Singing Sorter! This toy encourages physical development too as the music only plays if it is being pulled along. Sounds, shapes and colours are the prominent learning outcomes with this shape sorter/pull along caterpillar!
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We were sent these items in order to carry out this review. All images and opinions are that of my own.