Friday, 29 July 2011

High Tea with John Crane

The must have toy of the moment has to be the exquisite High Tea Shape Matching set by John Crane.  The beautiful cake stand with 15 miniature wooden cakes looks good enough to eat!  Each hand crafted cake is shaped and numbered and corresponds with a matching space on the cake stand.

Encouraging hand eye co-ordination, spatial awareness and early number recognition, the High Tea set is educational as well as gorgeous!  The potential for role play is great with opportunities for some very posh teddy bear tea parties.

As we are Craniacs, John Crane sent one to us here Inside the Wendy House for us to test out.  The box itself looked tantalising with a photo of the contents on the front.  Freddy was instantly intrigued by the image of the elegant delicacies.

Inside the box, the contents were carefully packaged in individual cardboard sections keeping them safe.  The cake stand screwed together easily (instructions and Allen key were included).  Each cake fitted into its space making a beautiful display.

Once made up the cake stand doesn't fit back in its box, but it will look lovely on a shelf in a little girl's bedroom.  You won't want to hide it away, it's too gorgeous!

Freddy is 2 and enjoyed playing with the little cakes, lining them up and studying the detail on them.  He said "Yummy" so the cakes must be authentic looking, even to a toddler !  Boys can enjoy tea parties and shape sorting too, he loved playing with his sister.

Big sister Kizzy is 8 and really appreciated the workmanship and enjoyed showing Freddy how to put the cakes in the correct spaces on the stand.  It will definitely help Freddy to learn about shape and space and numbers. She also helped him host a pretend tea party with his Buzz Lightyear teddy.

High Tea for Buzz Lightyear.

The John Crane High Tea Shape Matching is recommended for ages 3 and up.  You can buy it from Dillons Toyshop priced at £23.95.  It's a lovely toy that will be loved for years to come!


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