Reviewed by Michelle Macpherson
Great first impressions! This product arrived in a bright white and red thick cardboard box with a plastic front allowing the brightly coloured skittles to be viewed immediately. This resulted in my four year old being desperate to open them.
When opened the 6 different pirate skittles appear well made and of a good quality wood (which is nice to see). They were perfectly sized to be used by both my 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son. The ball was a good size not too small (thus relieving the fear of a choking hazard). It also was well decorated with each skittle differently decorated and painted using child friendly paints, stains and lacquers (which is clearly stated on the box) and therefore are appealing to the eye.
There were not any instruction sheets with the item; but it is a self explanatory game. However there were washing instructions printed on the base of the box, and being washed simply with a damp cloth and warm water. They are mum (or dad) friendly too.
This item is very simple yet full of learning opportunities for young children. The variety of colour used on the product was excellent which allowed my son to tell me colours and my daughter to start learning colours. The product helps to strength both fine motor skills (the picking up and setting out of the skittles) and gross motor skills (the rolling of the ball). This item is also very good for practising hand/eye coordination. It also provides opportunity for play alone or together which allows children to learn to take turns and share.
My children had a great time playing with the skittles both alone and together and I am sure they will be happy to play with this item again and again. I would definitely recommend this item to family, friends, my toddler group and sons nursery. Priced at only £6.99 this item is a winner!
Available to buy from Tots and Tiddlers Toys here.