Those of you who have liked Mari’s World on Facebook may have already seen the photo of the girls playing with their latest John Crane toy? A beautifully crafted cake stand with wooden cakes that are scrumptious to look at AND also double up as shape sorters and number recognition so the games open to children with this toy are utterly endless. I had only lifted the lid off the box when I noticed the girls eyes widening in awe accompanied by ‘wows!’ and little hands itching to get stuck in.
Incredibly easy to assemble, it literally screws into place and then, being the good mother that I am, I let the girls set the cakes up on the stand. They were captivated and so was I. Each cake has been stunningly crafted with fruit, chocolate and decoration making it as difficult to choose one as in a real cake shop. Thank goodness we can put them all back and play again allowing each of us to ‘try’ them all.
I did come back into the room to find the girls dribbling their beakers of orange squash over the cakes (why?) I shouted ‘No!’ and whipped
my the precious toy away from them retreating to the kitchen where I am pleased to say they washed well under the tap and no one would be any the wiser of this rude treatment.
Here’s a short video of us all playing Teddy bear’s picnic with them
This beautiful role playing toy also doubles up as a cleverly designed shape sorter and each cake is numbered underneath to match the number on the cake stand where it sits so number recognition and number formation comes into play too – did you see what I did there? ;) The cleverest part of all of this has to go to the fact that the children don’t even realise that they are learning they are so engrossed in their play.
The John Crane Tidlo High Tea shape matching set is available from all good toy stores including Dillon’s ToyBox for just £23.95!
So? Want one? All for
yourself your children? Well John Crane have given me one to put up for grabs for Mari’s World readers! And it couldn’t be simpler to do, just head over to the John Crane Facebook page and add them as a friend then return here and leave me a comment stating you have done so. You don’t have to have a blog in order to comment and your email address required to comment won’t be published it’s simply required to stop spammers.
- Write on the John Crane Facebook page “I would love to win a High Tea Shape Matching set from ‘Mari’s World‘
- Follow @johncraneblog on twitter and tweet the following
- #win a High Tea Shape matching set with @johncraneblog and @Maris_world
- You must make sure you copy the URL in too for it to count.
- Follow me on Google Friend connect – box can be found in the sidebar
- Like the Mari’s World Facebook page and share my competition with your friends tagging Mari’s World in
- Then simply pop it in a comment on here so I count the extra entries!