Revisiting my School play days with Fuzzy Felts and John Adams Toys
I always love reminiscing about when I was younger, maybe because life was so much simpler then but also because there were so many things I once loved, but longer see around… things like Micro Machines, He Man, Bed bugs and Puddle Lane books. Thankfully toy companies have started realising that some things deserve to be bought back to modern day and John Adams Toys have done just that with Fuzzy Felts.
I remember playing for hours with these very simple pieces of fabric which sat against a hard board and creating all sorts of things such as words, patterns and pictures. Fuzzy Felts have actually been around for over 60 years (I’m not that old) so it just proves how successful this toy actually is. In fact, Fuzzy Felts was also recently featured by Royal mail in their recent iconic British Toy stamp collection so shows just how popular it is.
Not only does it aid imagination, it helps with dexterity and unlike many of those “dough like toys” which do similar things, this one isn’t messy, is easy to tidy up and doesn’t got hard if you leave the lid / box open.
John Adams Toys have moved Fuzzy Felts on a little nowadays those having no less than 8 different sets available to purchase (thats if you don’t count the bumper boxes) ranging from various scenarios such as pets, gardens, houses, princesses and in our case, on the farm yard.
The sets are aimed at ages 3-6 however I would say if you take out the “eyes” from the felt collection, most of the other felts are fine for those a little younger. Boxes are typically priced at around £14.99 although a quick search on google could save you around £4 making it a great stocking filler or birthday present.
Inside the box you’d typically find around 100 different felt pieces in relation to your box subject. In our farm box we had things such as tractors, farmer, animals and goods produced on the farm such as milk and wheat. I also found this great as I was able to test D’s understanding of various farm features and using questions to help her identify each animal.
Both children loved getting stuck and and creating differing scenes using all the pieces in multiple combinations. They were also able to get stuck in straight out of the box without a parent having to really set it up either. I would have liked maybe two backboards as being typical siblings, there were few “discussions” as to whether they had crossed over to each others sides of the board when setting their scenes.
The children have both continued to play with the felts (particular D) since we received them and so far, these have stayed in good condition without showing signs of the fraying ones I remembered playing with when at school way back when.
Do you remember Fuzzy Felts? Are there any toys you wish were still around but are sadly not? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Until next time
NB: We were provided with a complimentary box of Fuzzy Felts – On The Farm in exchange for an honest review, all opinions remain our own.