Pic’n’Mix are a young toy company who sell their educational toys across Europe, all of which are exclusive to Amazon. We recently received their Happy Farm and Happy Fruit educational sets which Toby and I have been putting to the test while Teddy’s been napping!
These educational toys come packaged in, what almost looks like, a see through suitcase. I thought these were perfect because they make for great storage and it means all the pieces can be packed away together so that nothing gets lost, which happens quite a lot in our house!
This set consists of eight ‘game cards’ which have three velcro dots attached to them. These dots are placed on the silhouettes of animals, their foot/paw print and something that is closely associated with them. There are then 24 pieces which need to be attached to these velcro dots, and obviously match up.
There are a couple of ways which you could play this game. One is by doing them card by card, and another is breaking it down into animals, then their print followed by their associated item. In the instruction booklet, each game card has a very short story that I read out to Toby as we were going along. He wasn’t particularly interested in listening to me, but he did find the matching particularly exciting. He clapped every time he got one right, and we also made sure we tried to say the word of what it was we were putting down.
Happy Fruits is very similar to the above game but there are only seven game cards. Four of these cards are all about colour matching the fruits to the baskets which is great for Toby as he is getting particularly good at his colours and loves matching things up. The other three cards are about matching the fruity smart stickers to their silhouette.
These are not colour coded and so were a little more difficult, especially as there is space for only 13 of the 16 smart stickers included. Toby got pretty confused when there were three left over and he couldn’t place them, I think he might have felt as though he’d done it incorrectly when he hadn’t and that’s one thing I would change about this particular game.
The cards are flexible and feel laminated but haven’t yet creased and are pretty durable. Toby was quite heavy handed when pulling the velcro shapes away and they passed that test! The velcro is very sticky and, whether that’s because it’s new or not, was very good at holding the shapes in place. I did feel the cards could’ve been slightly bigger just because toddlers are very haphazard about how they place things and some of the attachments did overlap, but that would be my only niggle.
These toys are both unique and exclusive. There’s been no compromise on the quality of the materials used and the products are really innovative. The sellers of these toys are highly confident and have faith in their product, which I have to agree are excellent.
So Who Would Like These Games?
They’re being aimed at pre-school children or those in the first years of their learning. Personally I think it’s great for toddlers and those around nursery age, but I think any child over the age of 5 might struggle to enjoy it as it’d become too easy. It’s super educational and there’s lots of variety to be had.
It could really, really benefit those who are non verbal but still wish to interact and learn. It could also be good for those with autism.
Pic’nMix have teamed up with me for one lucky reader to win one of their educational toy sets! Just enter via Rafflecopter below!
Terms and Conditions
- This competition will open on 17th September and will close on 1st October at 11.59pm
- One winner will be selected at random
- One winners will receive one educational toy pack from Pic’nMix
- UK entrants only
- No cash alternative will be offered
- The winners will be announced on Raising the Rings social media outlets, not the blog
- The winners will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email
*I was sent these products to review. All opinions are my own.