When I spotted Plus Plus via blog reviews,
I quite fancied I thought N might like to try some. I bought some from The Toadstool as an additional birthday present with the idea that they’d be an alternative building material to Duplo. Much better sized for taking on trips away, and more versatile for doing other activities given their size.
What’s Plus Plus?
Plus Plus are fabulous jigsaw shaped pieces, made from toxic free plastic, and they come in lots of different colours. You can make flat or 3D shapes by slotting them together, and create either freeform sculptures or try following the picture guides.
They’re quite fiddly for little fingers, but great for improving fine motor skills, patience (N gets annoyed when he can’t do it easily) and creative, problem solving. I like thinking and planning what we’re going to make as I think it takes some planning, but N’s quite happy to sit for a few minutes and try to put them together. I think it’s going to take a while for him to get a bit more proficient at having a bit more patience and sitting down for longer to use the Plus Plus properly.
This was his attempt the other week at getting it out to play with.
Instead, I decided that we’d use the Plus Plus for colour activities
Colour matching with Plus Plus
N’s pretty good on his colours (well, the basic ones anyway) and there’s a good range in every Plus Plus pack (they also now stock pastel colours, which are really pretty and would be perfect for Easter or summer patterns), enough to do some decent colour sorting. We have the 250 pack, but there’re now different size packs available, as well as specific sets depending on how much creating you want to do.
We decided to sort our colours using several methods using the below
- Egg box
- Sharpies (or other felt pens)
- Paint colour strips (there’s a never ending supply of these in DIY shops, and lots of different activities they can be used for)
- Plus Plus
First we coloured in the egg boxes in the colours that the Plus Plus are. These were to be our colour slots.
We chopped up the relevant colour strips. This was N’s favourite part as bring out a pair of scissors and he’s in his element. Unfortunately he chopped willy nilly so I had to grab the remaining colour strips back before he demolished the lot!
I asked N to match the coloured papers to the same colours slots in the egg box.
Then we sorted the Plus Plus while talking about the colours. He does get pink and purple muddled up, but a lot of the time I don’t know whether he’s doing it on purpose or not!
My nicely ordered Plus Plus colours didn’t stay neat for long before N decided to hack away at the egg boxes again, but it was a fun activity which could take as little or as long a time as you wanted. Next time we get it out, I might try and draw out some designs for us to follow and make.
Plus Plus is definitely more versatile than for just building and creating figures and patterns. You can buy Plus Plus from The Toadstool with prices ranging from £5 to £34.50.
Disclosure: We’re Toadtesters, but I bought this set myself and chose to write about how we use our Plus Plus.