Little Tikes recently sent us a couple of toys from their new #LittleTikesFantasticFirsts range to review. Now that B is seven months old, she’s going through firsts at a rate of knots – her first meal, her first teeth – now we’re just waiting for her to start crawling. As she gets older, she’s becoming more and more interested in toys, as you’ll see from my photos below!
The Fantastic Firsts Sleepy Stacker is a set of three little animals (a rabbit, bear and owl), each made up of three parts; a head, body and feet. They reminded me a little bit of the Little Tikes Builder Bot robot that we reviewed earlier in the month, in that you can stack the different parts together in different ways, creating your own animal. A really nice idea for early engineering!
The Sleepy Stackers are a lovely little sensory experience for babies. The tummy of each animal each contains a different-sounding rattle. B enjoyed rolling the pieces around and hearing the different sounds. The eyes on the creatures are closed until you pop the head onto a body, when they open wide. I think this was more of a novelty for the toddler than the baby!
From watching B play, I think her favourite part of the Sleepy Stacker was the owl’s body. It has lovely, crinkly wings and she spent around ten minutes studying (and eating – she’s seven months and teething!) this particular piece. I think she was attracted by the iridescent effect of the material, and the fact that the soft wings provided her with something to grab hold of, as the rounded pieces were quite big for her little hands. As the Sleepy Stacker is designed for age 6 months plus, she’s just coming into the right age range, really.
We were also sent the Little Tikes Fantastic Firsts Singing Sorter to try. Aimed at age 9 months plus, this was definitely more M’s thing. As M didn’t walk until she was seventeen months old, she still finds pull along toys quite novel at almost two and a half.
M enjoyed fitting the different shapes into the correct piece of the caterpillar. We talked about different shapes and colours, which the design of the toy encourages.
I am notoriously bad at reading instructions (I simply don’t!), and M had been enjoying playing with this toy for at least twenty minutes before I realised that it actually took batteries and played a tune! We installed batteries and M enjoyed pulling the caterpillar along as it played a tune, but to be honest I don’t really feel that the music added much to the play experience (other than driving mummy and daddy nuts after a few minutes!). As you pull the toy, each of the shapes rattles up and down (deliberately) its space, which I think provides enough of a sensory experience on its own.
Now that B is getting a little older, she and M are starting to interact a little more. This was actually one of the first times that they’d played together with a toy, as M gave B some of the pieces to hold as she was sorting the others – I’d say that’s pretty fantastic!
Disclosure: We were sent the Little Tikes Fantastic Firsts Sleepy Stacker and Singing Sorter free of charge, in order to provide this review. However, all opinions are my own.