The Moo and Baa Tack Zap made by HABA is a craft kit aimed at children 3 years and up. It consists of a cork board, 45 colourful animal and scenery pieces made out of wood, some tacks and a hammer.
There’s no hanging around with this toy, Gracey immediately saw what had to be done and was very excited at being able to create her own masterpieces, she wouldn’t let me, her mum or her dad have a go which was quite disappointing as I reckon I could have made a very pretty picture.
The beauty of a Moo and Baa Tack Zap is that the pictures you can create are endless and each one offers conversation and story telling. We noticed that Gracey was very careful with the tacks and hammer and used them with precision. She needed a little assistance to start with but soon got the hang of holding the tacks thus refusing any more help.
Gracey’s initial game was to just tack all the pieces on the board which allowed her to get to grips with holding the tacks and using the hammer (fine motor skills)
As she progresses with the game we could talk about making pictures (if she’ll let me help her!), ducks on a pond, sheep (Baa) in the fields or Moo the cow with the farmer and his wife.
One point I’d like to bring up is – It would be very helpful to have a re-sealable bag or small container to keep the tacks in as they will soon be lost if an adult is not hanging around to watch. Parents might want to keep hold of a small matchbox or similar in view of this.
Megan sent me over a very short video today of Gracey playing