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Fuzzy Felt On the Farm

Submitted by on August 30, 2010 – 7:16 pmNo Comment

This is low-mess creativity with a nostalgic twist, and you’ll end up playing with it long after the kids go to bed.

Price £9.99

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Initial thoughts: Everyone remembers Fuzzy Felt from their childhood, surely? Random little felt shapes that you could stick to a felt board to make pictures, stories and (in my family) rude words. So the nostalgic part of me couldn’t wait to introduce Flea to this set, which has 100 farmyard-themed felt pieces, complete with an ideas booklet. We tested the Farmyard set but there are other ‘under the sea’, ‘princess’ and ‘my house’ sets available.

We liked: The great thing about Fuzzy Felt is that kids can make pictures without the mess of cutting, sticking and painting. This is low-mess creativity, doesn’t require any batteries and can be used over and over. The Fuzzy Felt On the Farm set includes all the shapes you’d expect – cows, sheep, farmer, tractor, and Flea really enjoyed getting stuck in. The quality of the felt is definitely better than other sets Flea has had – these didn’t feel as though they would tear too easily.

We weren’t keen: one weird thing – the animals are in bits, so you have a sheep head and a separate sheep body – this really confused Flea. Also, the EYEBALLS are separate pieces and let me tell you, punching 30 teeny felt eyeballs out of a sheet was not the most fun I’ve ever had.  Also, I’d have liked to have seen some abstract pieces – having very definite shapes to every piece of felt limited Flea’s creativity. Maybe it’s just my child, but Flea’s the sort of person who might want a spaceship to land in her farm, or for the cow to make friends with a badger – and that’s not really possible with this set. I’d be tempted to buy two so kids can mix and match a bit more.

Overall: A lovely quality, nostalgic toy perfect for 3-5 year olds, but I’d suggest buying two sets for more variety. Bet you’ll end up playing with it long after the kids have gone to bed.

[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?

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