Friday, November 28, 2014

Playgro Click Bitz

A lot of the Playgro toys I had seen in the shops before we became Playgro toy testers were aimed towards younger babies. There are so many cute rattles and pram accessories for little babies I was under the impression that Playgro was only targeted at children under 12 months. but since we"ve been testing out their toys I've realised there are actually quite a lot of toys that are suitable for toddlers, including Click Bitz.



Click Bitz are a set of 12 plastic shapes which interlock together by clicking each bit end to end, hence the name Click Bitz. There are six bright colours and each piece features different textures. The raised bumps and lines combined with the different shapes give babies and toddlers a fun tactile experience while they're trying to work out how to put the bits together.



The Click Bitz encourage babies to use their fine motor skills by grasping at the pieces and feeling the different textures on each bit. They're also developing motor skills by passing the pieces between their hands and putting them together and pulling them apart. Bub also likes to stick her fingers into the holes and wear the bits as accessories.




The best part of the Click Bitz is that they help babies and toddlers to develop cognitive skills as they try to figure out how to put the pieces together. Bub spends ages fiddling with the pieces trying to get them together. I can see her little brain ticking over as she examines the pieces and holds them next to each other. She knows that they connect via the holes, but shes not quite strong enough to push them together yet. She can pull them apart though so I often give her a few of them joined together and she pulls them into pieces. Then she hands them back to me to put together.

I think the age rating of 12m+ is appropriate for this toy. While younger babies would certainly get the tactile benefits from playing with the Click Bitz, they won't understand how to use them properly until they're older. Bub is 16 months old and is not quite to the point of being able to put them together herself, but still has heaps of fun playing with them and has done for a few weeks now. She also worked out that if she holds the end with the hole over her mouth and yells she can use them as little microphones so shes having lots of fun exploring other ways to use the pieces.

As she gets older I'll also be able to use them to teach her different shapes. As they also feature many bright colours (a signature of all Playgro toys), they can also be used to teach colours. Once shes a bit older again I can use them to help her learn to count. As you can see this toy isn't limited to the baby stage and can be used for years to come to teach a lot more skills as bub grows older.


Toni x


Linking with Kaz, Ann, and Bel

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! I think my son would love these

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  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment on my post about The Mercury Glass Trees!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  3. Their toys are such great quality. This one looks like a lot of fun :)

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  4. Wow these look great. So good for the little ones with curious fingers (and adventurous minds)!

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  5. I can see how these would be great for little ones and the gross motor skills. Beautiful colours too!

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    1. I love the bright colours they use, its a nice change from pink, pink and pink.

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  6. Ooh, my mum had some of those! I didn't know what they were called, but the kids loved playing with them!
    #SundyBrunch

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  7. These look great. I am sure Mr 16 months would love them. I would love pulling them out from under the lounge, coffee table and entertainment unit!!

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    1. Ah yes they do have a habit of residing under everything by the end of the day!

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  8. These would be great for my little niece (we don't have kids yet)
    I will have to check if we have it here

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