Any regular reader of this blog will know how much I love wooden toys, they are just so tactile. If you’ve been looking at my Twitter and Facebook feed recently then you will know that we’ve made it to the final 21 hopefuls who would like to become #PlayPatrol agents for Bigjigs Toys Ltd this year. We have been sent a secret mission involving some Safari Building Blocks.
Our mission – to review the Safari Building Blocks and put fun to the test! Each #PlayPatrol hopeful family has been sent the same set, irrespective of ages, so it will be interesting to compare our thoughts!
Now as you can see this set is aimed at children over the age of 12 months. The set comprises 32, mainly coloured wooden blocks and a cloth storage bag (a very useful addition in my experience).
No need to worry about any nasties with little ones – all the paints, stains and lacquers are child friendly. Building blocks are great fun for all children, they help with manual dexterity, hand eye coordination and the blocks could also be used for colour recognition. The Safari Building Blocks are colourful but not garish, younger children will be drawn to them, and it would make a great set for boys and girls alike.
I have to be totally honest, I wasn’t sure how Monkey would react to the Safari Building Blocks. He loves construction, and as you all know, he has a big thing for rubble, everything becomes rubble at some stage of his play! Would he be bothered about the animal aspect of this set? I’d got the blocks out in the kitchen to have a look at them myself. I thought Monkey was engrossed in something in the living room. But he appeared by my side. What are they Mummy? They look good! Oh great, would you like to have a play now then? Yes please. So, you see, I clearly know nothing!
He was off, making Lions, Tigers and Giraffes. Seeing what animals were in his new Safari. We love going to the Zoo and Safari Parks, so this set has been great for reminiscing on visits from last year. I love the round blocks in this set, great for balancing and not something he has in his other sets.
The animal heads are double-sided, so great for a game of hide and seek …..
…….. or peek-a-boo! I love the expressions on the animals faces, they really are cheeky little beasts, especially the winking tiger. We talked about what the animals might be thinking, what they might be doing.
Monkey had fun with this element of the Safari Building Blocks and actually I think younger children would adore this aspect. I’d love to share some video with you, but unfortunately Monkey is at the ‘do not film me Mummy!’ stage at the moment. So I’d rather he enjoyed his play, but I think you can get a good feel for this set with our photographs.
What other fun things could we do with our new play set? Monkey has a favourite song, one we sing all the time – Down In the Jungle. We just changed the words and he made the animals to go with it ….
Down in the Jungle where nobody goes
There’s a big Lion washing his clothes.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his clothes.
Roar rub-a-dub-dub …… and so on …..
Then it was time for another of our favourite activities; we’ve been on bear hunts and snail hunts, now it was time for a wild animal hunt in our own safari park!
Now the plan was for this Safari Hunt to be in the back garden, but since Friday we’ve had nothing but rain (and I was at BlogCamp on Saturday), so not ideal conditions for wooden Safari Building Blocks. But not to be deterred, we, like Bigjigs Toys are, British after all! We moved venue, and held our Safari Hunt indoors. We will postpone the outdoor element for better weather!
We had great fun with our Safari Hunt, first I hid the animals and Monkey had to find them, he used the storage bag as his ‘Bounty bag’ as he found and caught all of the wild animals – roar!! Then it was his turn to hide them. This kept us both amused for some time.
Our next plan is to integrate our Safari Wooden Blocks with our wooden railway. Monkey Railways will be operating day tickets to and from the Monkey Safari Park. Would you like a family ticket? Which animal would you like to see? Feeding time at our Safari Park will be 12.15 daily, don’t miss it!
There are so many things that a 4 year old has found to do with his Safari Building Blocks. I think this set would be an ideal first wooden building block set for a child, which would be enjoyed for many years to come. Priced at £11.99 I really think these are great value for money and will provide hours of entertainment.
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We hope that you think we put fun to the test and are keeping everything crossed that we might be lucky enough to become #PlayPatrol agents.
disclaimer: we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review