Review: Plan Toys – Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

As regular readers will know, we love wooden toys. If I had the choice every toy in our house would be wooden. We were given the opportunity recently to review a selection of toys from Plan Toys who produce beautifully made, durable toys made from sustainable wood and eco friendly materials that encourage learning and development through play

The Toadstool - Plan Toys - Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

We’ve all been sick and in quarantine at home since coming back from holiday and the delivery from The Toadstool arrived just at the right time to keep LP occupied whilst we all spent days in our PJs getting better! From my perspective, anything that could keep LP occupied for longer than a couple of minutes, at home during winter was definitely a good thing!

Plan Toys Tableware Set

The Toadstool - Plan Toys - Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

This tableware set includes bowls, plates, cups and cutlery for two place settings. It was obvious from first getting it out of the box that this set will last indefinitely – it’s durable and fairly chunky to make it robust and the colour is dyed into the material of the plates, cups and bowls rather than being painted on so the colour won’t chip over time. The whole set looks great and has a lovely smooth finish.

LP loved her new tableware set. LP was bought a wooden play kitchen for her Birthday and since then we purchased a set of toughened stoneware plates and bowls to go with it but many have broken already. This set from Plan Toys is made of just the right material that would need quite a lot of force to break – rather than just dropping on the floor like the previous set! We looked everywhere for a wooden set of plates and bowls and this set was one of the few we could find.

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I love the colours in this tableware set too – very gender neutral and would make a great addition to any play kitchen or just to have for play around the house.  The tableware set stacks nicely for storage and is something LP will be playing with for a long time to come!

Plan Toys Wooden Balancing Cactus Game

The Toadstool - Plan Toys - Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

When I first saw this game, I was convinced that it would be too advanced for LP and that she wouldn’t know what to do or have the co-ordination needed. Being just over 2 and the cactus game being aimed at 3+ I thought that we were bound to have problems testing this toy out properly. But yet again LP surprised me!

As soon as I put the pieces in front of her LP started putting them in the right holes – amazingly accurately! Over time whilst playing she would also realise that the cactus would topple over if she put the pieces in the wrong place and would try a different hole instead. Seeing LP’s logic develop so quickly was amazing! This is a great game for developing logic, co-ordination and even mathematical skills. This toy also helped reinforce colours for LP as I’d ask her to put a red or orange stem on the cactus.

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We didn’t try the Cactus Game as a turn based game but instead I just let LP build the cactus herself, which she did multiple times. When the cactus fell over LP would take all the stems off and start again. As LP gets older this game will require more thought and she’ll be able to play it with her Brother, both taking turns and testing their balancing skill.

The Wooden Balancing Cactus Game is made from very durable wood and each cactus stem is painted to a very high quality – overall this is a very well made game and will look lovely put together and kept on the side in a playroom as decoration – A child friendly pot plant!

Plan Toys Wooden Beehives Game

The Toadstool - Plan Toys - Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

As with the cactus game I thought that LP would find this beehives game overwhelming and too advanced for her. However, again, she surprised me! The beehives game is 6 coloured beehives with 6 co-ordinating bees and a pair of pincer tongs and the aim is to use the tongs to put the bees into their correct beehives. We swiftly put the tongs away as LP couldn’t grasp how to use them but LP loved the bright colours of the beehives and bees and enjoyed putting the bees into the correct beehives.

The Toadstool - Plan Toys - Tableware, Beehives & Balancing Cactus

At the moment LP only really knows Blue, Red, Pink and Purple and only gets Blue right 100% of the time. We’ve found the beehives to be great at teaching LP the correct colours and teaching her to pair things of the same colour together. In time LP will learn how to use the tongs and can then play the game as intended but for now she’s happy to play matching up the colours of the bees and beehives. It’s nice to know that this toy will grow with LP.

The beehives game is made from good quality wood with the colours dyed into each piece. Each bee comes complete with painted on stripes and a tiny pair of wings – the detail on this game is lovely!

Disclosure: We were sent the above toys for the purpose of the review however all views are my own.

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