Crafted from solid rubber wood, all the edges are smooth for safe and soft touch. The set features pastel designs of upper and lower case letters as well as numbers from 0 to 9; the illustrations are related to the letter on the block. Every block is hand screen printed which makes each one unique.
The sixth face of the blocks is designed to give extended play by being used together to create objects and animals, ideal to encourage creativity and imagination. Complete with a handy wooden tray that has a printed alphabet on the base. The blocks are small and light enough for little hands and will encourage early learning in a most traditional fun way. Part of the Petilou Collection by Le Toy Van.
What our testers said
“MMM.” (pointing at the M cube) – Boy aged 23 months
“Apple.” – Girl aged 24 months
What our experts think
A sturdy and beautifully crafted set of wooden cubes. We liked that children could play with them independently, building their creative and imaginative skills and shape recognition, or could learn with some adult input. There is a lot of scope for teaching children about identifying letters and numbers, which supports them in alphabet learning, counting and progressing to pre-school learning.
Showing children how letters link to the spoken sound and actual words is also a great precursor for writing and language development. The block set can also be used to build towers, which develops fine motor skills including hand-eye coordination and dexterity. This aids visual spatial awareness, which is key for more complicated logic play such as puzzles, as well as helps with progression towards holding a pencil or crayon and fastening buttons.
Our testers loved building with the blocks and were naturally drawn to the letters and pictures, wanting to verbalise what they saw.
-Supports letter & number recognition
-Promotes imaginative play
-Develops fine motor skills