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Toys and Games 3-5 Tip The Ship Game


Supplier: Ravensburger Ltd Tel: 01869 363 800 Web: www.ravensburger.com Price: £7.99 Age range: 4 years +


Description: Throw the dice to see which animals to place on board the ship. To keep them safe from the brewing storm, you must balance all of them on board, as the ship rolls around. Does the elephant weigh as much as the brown bear? Whoever manages to place all their animals onto the ship first is the winner.


Score: 96.4%


What the testers said: “Children showed a strong interest in the game, which was maintained until the end of play, keeping them engaged at all times. The children learnt to work together, sharing and taking turns. They also learnt balancing skills, which helped develop their fine motor skills. This game helps children with the EYFS areas of learning. It particularly addressed problem solving, reasoning and numeracy. The only setback is that there are so many individual pieces, that they are hard to keep track of. The game would lose its purpose if any were lost.”


Gold Award Overall winner


Plan Education Eco Home


Supplier: DACTA Ltd Tel: 01978 664966 Web: www.dacta.eu.com Price: £116.00 to £165.00 Age range: 3 years +


Description: The Eco Home introduces young children to the concept of eco-living and a sustainable lifestyle. The seven unit modular Eco Home can be rearranged to create many styles of eco-living. Equipped with five furniture sets, a wind turbine, solar cell panels, figures, and recycling bins, it has a range of features to inspire children’s imagination. It is carefully crafted, using non-chemical treated rubberwood, and is accentuated with appealing non-toxic water-based ink colour.


Score: 96.2%


What the testers said: “The Eco Home was very


popular with everyone, the children were immediately interested and began assembling the blocks straight away. It provided


hours of entertainment, as they could change it round and create different scenes. While playing with it we could talk to the children about energy saving. Children were encouraged to share and develop communication skills, while working together. The Eco Home is lovely to handle; made of soft smooth wooden blocks, it was sturdy and well put together.”


Round and Round


Supplier: Orchard Toys Tel: 01953 423 422 Web: www.orchardtoys.com Price: £15.00 Age range: 3 to 6 years


Description: This fun board game is suitable for three to six-year-olds, with brightly coloured 3D double decker buses and coloured passenger cards. This game helps develop colour matching and counting skills. It links with early learning goals in creative development and encourages strategic thinking, as well as being great fun.


Score: 95.6%


What the testers said: “A bright and colourful game with simple rules to follow that kept children at the table, held their interest, and provided hours of amusement. The game is an excellent learning opportunity, linking well to the EYFS areas. It covered imaginative play, problem solving, numeracy, communication, language and literacy. The children especially enjoyed making the small buses to start up the game, however we did wonder about the durability of these buses. This game is excellent value for money, portable and easy to store.”


Practical Pre-School Awards 2010 19


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