There are some toys that you see and they instantly take you back to your own childhood. I remember hammering tiny pins into a cork mat when I was small and when we were sent the Bigjigs Farm Pin-a-Shape I knew that LP would love playing the type of game that I had enjoyed as a child.
The Bigjigs Farm Pin-a-Shape comes in a reusable box which is great for storage. The box contains a cork mat, hammer, bag of pushpins and a vast quantity of wooden shapes. I was impressed with the amount of shapes that came in the set and loved the variety – trees, bushes, fence posts, animals and people. The shapes are great for teaching animals and colours.
The idea of Bigjigs Farm Push-a-Pin is you put the shapes on the cork mat, insert a pin through the middle and hammer the pin to keep the shape in place. LP has never played with anything like this before and I was unsure of how she would manage as it needs more hand eye coordination than she is used to and it’s also a bit more fiddly than her usual jigsaws and things. I needn’t have worried though, LP put the pins in place with ease and soon picked up how to hammer them in. The wooden shapes help keep the pins in place so unlike doing DIY at home you don’t actually have to hold the pin when you’re hammering.
LP was in her element playing with the Bigjigs Farm Push-a-Pin and was even talking through her choices – Which shape she was going to use next, how many more she thought would fit on the mat and which colours she liked best. I found that this toy really brought out her creative streak and although at first she just hammered shapes on at random after a while she started to make clear pictures from the shapes and she loved that I could tell what her picture was – a farm!
This is definitely a game that suitable for age 3+ and we have reserved it for when Little Man is napping – LP loves that she has her own special toy just for her and enjoys being creative and not fully supervised – she is used to me watching her constantly when she’s painting and drawing because of the mess but the Bigjigs Farm Pin-a-Shape lets her explore her creative streak without any mess at all – a win for everyone!
The Bigjigs Farm Pin-a-Shape is well made and the kind of toy that will be played with indefinitely. LP loves it and it’s great to find a toy that is different to anything else she’s played with before. Also, at £8.99 I think it’s a bargain – another great toy from Bigjigs!
Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.