So, when we were approached to review a Fuzzy-Felt set, I was excited to introduce a childhood
love to my children. Both of the children have a glut of toys – we have spent a huge amount of time over the two years they have been home, trying to find toys that would both appeal to them for their age range and also for their emotional age range – two things that don’t always go hand in hand with toys. I had been wondering for a while whether toys from my childhood, slightly more simple toys, might actually do the trick – so this was a great opportunity to find out!
Little Miss was so excited to receive the Fuzzy-Felt set, and immediately wanted to open it and play with it. She had a little shock when we opened it to realise that firstly, nothing moved or made noise, and secondly that it would take some time to prepare and punch out all of the felt pieces. But, unusually for her, she carefully spent the best part of 15 minutes removing the felt pieces and laying them out on the table. The excitement in her voice when she recognised a person, a house or an animal was lovely to see!
Once we had all the pieces out, I was pleased to see that included in the set was a handy suggestion guide. Little Miss is still working on developing her imagination, so this suggestion guide meant that she could get stuck in straight away. It was delightful to work alongside her to build the world, and we were discussing the different characters as we built it – building her vocabulary as we played. We even read the ‘story’ on the suggestion guide, which encouraged Little Miss to build on the ideas and begin to build a story around her creation.
An hour later, Little Miss was still absorbed by her new Fuzzy-Felt set. Little Sir kept coming in to see the new developments and she couldn’t wait to show Paul when he came home from work. But, for me, the way to know if a toy really appeals to the children is to see how often they play with it independently. So imagine my delight when the Fuzzy-Felt set appeared day after day, and both children are still inventing story lines and creations. Now, that is the sign of a great toy!
Fuzzy-Felt sets can be purchased from the John Adams website. There are so many sets to choose, from ponies, builders, butterflies and the safari one that we reviewed – there’s bound to be a set which appeals to your little ones!
Disclosure: We were sent the Fuzzy-Felt set in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.