I’m a definite lover of the Guidecraft toy and furniture brand.  I have a step stool made by Guidecraft and was very impressed with the quality when I received it.  My step stool was better in every way than the pictures and description on the website portrayed, making me one very happy customer!

Some of my most coveted Guidecraft products must be shared:

Our Experience with the Guidecraft Animal Train Sort and Match

Thanks to Guidecraft, Emma received the Animal Train Sort and Match for review.  This set of toys is unique in that your child is able to take an image card and attempt to complete the picture on the white board with the magnetic train and animal pieces.  The set includes 6 double-sided pattern cards, 43 animal and train pieces, the wooden storage case, and a self-propping white board with pegs for setting up the patterns on.

There are so many reasons I like this game, the main one being that it’s educational and will grow with Emma.  She’s 2 1/2 and enjoys it immensely, mainly because she can create any patterns she wants.  It’s a favorite with her because not only is she a lover of animals, she also is very interested in trains.  So two of her interests in one playset!  But what makes me happy is that she’s learning as she plays.  I can ask her about colors, types of animals, shapes, and even numbers.

More Learning Opportunities

This is really a great playset for encouraging creativity, pattern-matching, color-matching, and shape-matching, and you could even use it as a memory builder for older children by showing them a card and then hiding the pattern and seeing what they can remember.  Seriously, the possibilities are endless.  What I really love about this is that it’s a brain-stimulating learning game, not just another toy.  In purchasing something like this, you know you are doing your child good.  :)

Toy Quality and Presentation:

Everything in this set is made to last.  The storage box is made of wood and the pieces are strong plastic.  We’ve had this for two months and nothing has fallen apart or even been scratched.  As far as the presentation and play, I love the way they have this set up!  You’d expect that with all of those pieces it would be too easy to have them scatter everywhere, but even Emma has been very good about putting everything back in the box and putting it away – because it’s all right there.  While playing, all of the pieces can stay in the roomy wooden case, then when you’re done you just dump the pieces back into the case and slide the wooden lid on.  Very nice.

Watch Emma demonstrating how it works (as only a 2-year-old can, lol)

Where to Buy

You can purchase the Guidecraft Animal Train Sort and Match from Guidecraft for $40.00.  Check Amazon.com, too – it’s on sale for $31.88 at the time of this review!

Connect with Guidecraft

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Thanks to the awesome people at Guidecraft, one of you will win an Animal Train Sort and Match of your own!

Giveaway closed — Congrats to Paula!

{Prize} Animal Train Sort and Match by Guidecraft
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Giveaway will be closed on December 9, 2010 at midnight PST and winner notified by email.  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

I would like to thank Robert from Guidecraft for sending me the Animal Train Sort and Match in order that I might give you a thorough review. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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