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Brightminds School Set

Submitted by on August 26, 2010 – 9:37 amNo Comment
The Brightminds school set toy is powered by imagination. It’s all I can do to stop myself telling them to play something else while Mummy has a go.
Buy online at Brightminds

Price £29.99

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Initial thoughts: You would think children have enough of school without playing it in their free time too. Not in this house. Playing “schools” is very popular with my girls, aged nine and four.

I can remember childhood games involving registers, lining up dolls and being rather bossy. Now, thanks to the Brightminds School Set, this perennial favourite has moved on. So much so that it’s all I can do to stop myself telling them to play something else while Mummy has a go.

We liked: The Brightminds School Set comes with a great array of accessories, 149 of them to be exact. There’s a pointer, to make sure the teddies at the back know which letter we’re learning, a school bell, stickers, homework record, certificates, pockets to store them all and a white board with three different markers.

There’s also a clock, an alphabet printed on the board and a map of the world. It folds up neatly, is easy to store, has a carry handle and is durable. It’s also refreshingly gender neutral too.

We weren’t keen on: The price is a bit steep, After all. most would-be teachers just need pens and paper (and a few co-operative students). This set does enhance their play, although I’m not sure I can stretch to a second one so will have to put up with the squabbles over it. I’m also not sure where to get replacements of the pads of various papers, but as the children treat these like gold dust that problem may be some way off.

Overall: The fact that it is easy to store once it’s folded up gets a big thumbs up from me. I also appreciate its portability and all the wonderful accessories that come with it. It’s a toy that’s quite old-fashioned, powered as it is by imagination and not batteries. It was while I was listening to my four-year-old play with it that I realised it  also helps young ones process starting school. It’s a big hit with both me and the children.

[By Debbie at Carrots and Kids]

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