Jack is finally at an age where playing isn't just about toys, we can play board games with him. Ok not your typical monopoly or whatever but simple ones.
Recently we were sent two games from the new Thomas and Friends wooden pre-school games range, these were Tic, Tac, Toe and Dominoes. Neither of these are games in which Jack has played before so it was all new to him.
Well Jack loves Thomas and all things trains, and I love wooden stable toys so it was win win all round really. The first thing that caught my attention with these games was the quality of them, they were made from lovely wooden pieces with bright colourful images on them. The images whilst being bright and colourful are painted on however are not easy to scratch off.
Tic, Tac, Toe.
I know this game better as naughts and crosses, and its a lovely traditional game which is easy to play. The game comes on a small square board which is quite thick, with largish thick counters. The aim is to connect three holes within the track with your piece. Jack found this game really enjoyable, at first he didn't quite understand to take a turn when playing but once explained he knew what to do and soon got the aim of winning. Upon completing a game he would ask for more. Its a fantastic game to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and image recognition. Not only did we use this game to play naughts and crosses but as a memory game too where I would ask Jack to find the different trains and see if he could point to the correct one.
Wooden Dominoes & Track Puzzle.
The dominoes were of equal quality to Tic, Tac, Toe with bright colourful pictures which were clear of each character. This game is multi-purpose as you can play a traditional game of dominoes and be the first within the team to get rid of all your dominoes by matching the pictures. Or, for an extra piece of fun you can flip all of the dominoes and build a train track for Percy and Thomas to ride on, or your small trains if you prefer. Jack and I played a traditional game of dominoes which he really enjoyed, he enjoyed matching the pictures and seeing what he would need to find next. Again, this game encourages children to develop their hand-eye co-ordination as well as image recognition.
Wooden toys are simply one of my favourite kind to purchase, don't get me wrong we enjoy plastic toys too. I find them great at lasting a little longer with a crazy boisterous boy. Jack has enjoyed playing with these toys and sitting quietly both during the day and as a calm down toy before bed time. I would highly recommend both of these toys to others.
Please Note: We were provided these games to test for the purpose of this review. No payment was received and all opinions are my own and honest.