Bigjigs Play Patrol Mission 2

A couple of weeks ago, this arrived…

Once I had opened and read the Top Secret mission, I let the kids loose with the Bigjigs items. The kids’ mission this time round was to get someone else involved in testing the products. Sam received this Bigjigs Pastry Set, which retails at £5.99. It is suitable for children aged 3+ and contains 10 pieces. It is not dishwasher safe.

I think this set is amazing value for money. The wooden chopping board and utensils are all well made and fully functional. We used the spoon to mix the dry ingredients when we made gingerbread, and Syd used the rolling pin to flatten the dough before cutting out some shapes.

Sam has autism, and isn’t a fan of messy play. He really surprised me though, and got stuck in helping with the mixing. He roped Syd in to help as well – One used the spoon while the other used the spatula from the Bigjigs pastry set.

Once the dough was ready, I plonked a ball onto each of their highchair trays and left them to it. Sam had a few sneaky bites of his dough, before looking at me with confusion. I sprinkled some flour onto his tray and flattened his dough onto it before guiding Sam to press the star cutter into the dough. Sam looked really pleased with himself when I peeled away the excess dough and removed the cutter for him. We made a few more before he got anxious by the mess on his hands and on his tray.

Sydney loves to help in the kitchen now, so she adored this set. She didn’t need any help to roll out the dough or cut out shapes using the Bigjigs pastry set. Sydney was in her element and cut out lots of shapes and told me what each one was.

The kids both loved playing with the set, and I’ll definitely be making this a regular rainy day activity. We did bake some of the Gingerbread biscuits, but I didn’t get a chance to get any photos before they were inhaled eaten.

The set is excellent value for money, and makes a great stocking filler or children’s party gift. (I try to keep a supply of good value gifts to give to the kids’ friends on their birthdays – this is perfect for that)! So much so, I’ve ordered 3 more.

Sydney received this Safari Maze Puzzle, which retails at £15.99 and is suitable for children aged 18m+. It measures 40cm x 30.2cm x 2.9cm, so is a sizable piece. It’s fairly heavy too.

It has the bodies of a Parrot, Monkey, Tiger, Lion, Panda, Giraffe, Crocodile and an Elephant painted on the base board. There is a maze cut out, and each of the animal’s heads are connected to the maze. The idea is your child can move the heads around the maze to pair up the correct heads to bodies. Along the way, you can make some funny combinations as well.

I was really excited when I first saw the set, as both Sam and Syd love animals. Sydney set about playing with it almost instantly. Unfortunately, she struggled to move the pieces easily and repeatedly got frustrated when the head she was moving became blocked by other heads getting in the way. I hoped that in time she would play with the set more, and realise how it worked. (Syd is 25 months old now, so a bit older than the minimum age guide).

It has proven difficult to get Sydney to play with the set with anyone other than myself. She’s had a few friends over, but has been reluctant to use the Maze Puzzle in their company. Syd will watch me play with the set, and she can now name all 8 of the animals. She will also point to the correct body if I ask her where each head belongs, so the set is still a hit, even though she doesn’t enjoy moving the pieces herself.

So there you have it… our 2nd Bigjigs Toys #PlayPatrol mission is now complete! If you enjoyed this PlayPatrol review, why not follow Bigjigs Toys on Twitter, where they’ll be sharing more, via the #playpatrol hashtag.

This is not a sponsored post. We were sent these items to review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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