Today you are in for a treat as I introduce you to the B range one of the newer selections of the John Crane Toys you’ve been seeing on Mari’s World for some time now.
I first saw the B toys back in January at the Toy Fair where John Crane were displaying their marvellous range of toys. They were very eye catching but not necessarily for the colours which compared to the Sevi toys were rather bland. I asked John Crane why and discovered B is more than just a toy company it’s whole new way of thinking and that includes B-ing green too. They only use soy based colours and the varnishes are water based too.
Materials used to make their products are as green as can be to B in line with their entire ethics. Now I like that in a company.
All the toys are made with recyclable materials
Every single bit of our clear plastic is recyclable and marked #1, the most widely recycled plastic available. (Bet your town takes it.)
And the vast range is all geared around helping children discover their creativeness. The toy we were sent to review is Meowsic which you can see for yourself is a fabulous cat faced keyboard.
But it is more than a keyboard there are 5 instruments and 5 rhythm sounds to start off then there are 20 songs to listen to and 7 kitty witty songs. It has a retractable microphone with the lyrics of the songs included and the best bit for me is it has an auto off feature meaning no more wasted batteries!
Although quite a large toy it is light and both the girls have handlds it well carrying it around the house with them. They have spent hours of fun already with this toy and I would thoroughly recommend it. A quick check on Amazon shows it retailing for £27. I’d say that’s a bargain as it is worth every penny compared to others I have seen
This is what I’d call an old fashioned game, it’s one that I remember from my own childhood and one that’s never gone out of fashion. Dominoes. It’s a brilliant game to teach children turn taking, losing and winning, strategy, thinking ahead and of course numbers and matching images.
The John Crane Safari Floor Dominoes are beautifully painted by Emma Talbot the illustrator and her images are stunning. I asked the girls to choose their favourites and it took a few minutes to decide as they’re all so colourful and friendly. Emma blogs at Little Brown Rabbit and has an Etsy store too ;)
John Crane tells me she’ll be painting her magic on to a whole range of their new toys coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for them.
The 28 floor dominoes are made out of a light wood and are 18 x 9 cms so perfect weight and size for little people, Emma’s animal illustrations are instantly recognisable and on the flip side you can find the traditional dots and numbers. Making this a game that will grow with the children and will come in very handy as we learn to recognise the dots and associate them with the correct number ;)
We have started with the animal illustrations and my two instantly picked up on the rules not needing much help from me at all. Strangely the rules aren’t included with the game and I imagine that’s because it’s so straightforward BUT we have a dilemma that maybe you can help solve… can the blanks be used as a free pass when you don’t have the image/number available or can they only be joined up to blanks?
This game has proven to be very popular since we opened it and the whole family has played it too. The large size pieces means it’s a great game to play outside too. If they get dirty, it happens, all you need to do is wipe them with a damp cloth and dry them before storing them back in the box.
The only problem we have encountered playing this game is losing badly, lots of tears, storming off and refusing to play a second time for quite a while until being gently coaxed into ‘trying to win this time’ but this has nothing to do with the toy and represents another learning curve in life, if someone wins then someone has to lose and lose graciously but that’s a toughie that’s going to take a while to work on
Safari Floor Dominoes SRP £16.00