As members of the Chad Valley Play Panel the latest toys sent to us for purposes of review were a bundle of creative goodies. In this post I’ll share with you a selection of our favourite toys to encourage creativity from the Chad Valley range, our review of the Create & Screw Mosaic Building Kit and also launch a competition for a chance to win £75 worth of Argos vouchers:
9 Toys to Encourage Creativity in Children
My kids love to be creative and as lots of creative supplies are consumables I’m more than happy for them to receive replenishments for gifts as it saves me buying more (we always need more paper and colours). There are also some lovely craft sets that you can buy for children. Above are a selection of nine of my favourite toys to encourage creativity in children, all of which my children have played with over the years. All of these come to less than £75 so could all be bought with the £75 Argos Gift Card if you’re the lucky winner (you’re welcome to spend the voucher however you wish!).
Chad Valley Create & Screw Mosaic Building Kit
Izzy was sent the Chad Valley Create & Screw Mosaic Building Set to review. It costs £10.99 (it’s also available as part of the “2 for 15 pounds” offer) and is suitable for children aged 3 years and over.
It’s a very well packaged toy and I love how it comes with a storage box for all the 180 shapes, screws and bolts. A plastic screwdriver and instruction booklet is included.
Izzy immediately began using her sorting skills as she began to put the shapes and screws into the sections of the box.
All of the shapes are colourful and can be used to create an infinite number of pictures. Izzy couldn’t wait to get stuck in (and I admit myself and her older siblings were looking forward to our turn too!).
Izzy started to create a pattern from the ideas book. There was quite a lot of problem solving involved as initially she just started to make her shape, not planning out where best to start to have room to fit the whole picture on (a common mistake on paper too).
It was also great for her hand coordination as she screwed the shapes into place (and even more so when she had to unscrew them all again to make the next picture).
You can keep your favourite picture on the box until you next come to play. I can see this Mosaic Set being kept out on display on a bookshelf rather than being stored away in a box- you could even display a word or name on it.
Izzy and her train picture!
This shot shows the back of the peg board.
As I said big sisters, brother and parents all wanted a go too- it is great fun! It will make a great toy to pack up and take with us on our travels or to grandparent’s houses as it keeps Izzy amused for ages. She finds it fun, not realising she is learning new skills as she plays too!
Win a £75 Argos Voucher
We have an exciting competition to win a £75 Argos Voucher (so handy at this time of year). Just enter the Rafflecopter below (remember to read the terms and conditions)- good luck! This competition ends on the 19th December so we have time to send the prize out.
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