I try to limit the number of toys that we have in our household. I’m not perfect – we honestly have way more toys than we need, but I do my best. Studies have shown that kids (and parents) are happier and more creative when they have less stuff. When I do shop for toys, I try to choose good quality toys that are able to be used in multiple ways. Wooden toys in particular are great for this as they can often be stacked, knocked over and used in almost unlimited ways! Our newest fun find is the meigo dominios shape puzzle.
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The Domino Shape Puzzle by Meigo is a 32 piece wood set with pictures and puzzles that can be played with a variety of ways. It features 4 blocks with patterns on the side, and 28 dominos. On one side, the dominos has a pattern that corresponds with the blocks; on the other side are two half images of bright and fun characters. The whole set is very sturdy and the pieces are smooth to the touch. They are big enough that that I am not concerned with my 1 year old swallowing them, but still small enough that my 3 year old has fun manipulating them.
In addition to using pieces as building blocks (which is my 3 year old’s favorite activity with these), the pieces are set up for 3 activities. Dominos, a shape puzzle, and pattern matching. My 3 year old lacks the required coordination for lining up dominos, but it would make a great a activity for an older child.
The shape puzzle is right up my toddler’s alley. He loves finding the matching pictures and lining them up. The images are vibrant and are all well known to my kids. Once all the matches has been found it forms a giant shape. I’m honestly not sure what shape the puzzle is supposed to be, which is my only complaint with this toy. It sort of looks like a lopsided car. My kids don’t care what the shape is supposed to be though. They love it just the same.
The other activity is pattern matching. My 3 year old is just starting to get the hang of this. On the opposite side of each of the domino is a sequence of patterns. These patterns correspond with the patterns on the blocks. Kids can match the patterns on the blocks with the sequence of patterns on the dominos. This is great for pattern and sequence recognition in children.
The meigo dominos shape puzzle is a sturdy, well made children’s toy that has more than one use. It will also grow with your child as the games you are able to play with it progressively require more cognitive and fine motor skills. Their bright colors and versatility ensure that your child will keep coming back to it over and over again.
To purchase your own set of Meigo Dominos, visit Amazon.com.