When we received Haba’s Memo in the Zoo game to review, I thought it would be the perfect game for N. He likes playing memory games on apps, so having the tiles in real life would be a good alternative.
The game is really good quality, as I’ve come to expect from Haba. The tiles are beechwood so really sturdy, feeling smooth with no sharp corners; the game’s definitely built to last through hours and years of play. Haba also use water based stains so should babies grab them and try to eat, there’s nothing toxic to worry about. Haba are big on sustainability, so the materials used all have strong eco-sourcing.
The box includes 20 tiles showing the Zoo keeper George and his animals. Aimed at 2 years plus, they suggest 2 different versions of matching pairs. One starts with some tiles facing up, the other has all facing down from the start.
We played both games, with both working well for N. It’s a great way of learning animals for younger toddlers, and reinforcing animals as children get older. N even used the animals to commentate a little story as we played about which animals would eat each other. Delightful!
I could see the tiles being used for lots of other activities – we could draw a zoo, match the animals to the food they eat or the places in the world they live. It’s really versatile – I love games where you’re not limited by what you can do with it. My biggest challenge with N is for him to keep the tiles together, and not keep using them as hay bales or food for his various toys.
You can buy this classic matching pairs game from The Toadstool.. If you’re after a good quality, traditional game that will last through the toddler and preschool years, then this could be the perfect toy.
Disclosure: We received the game to review as part of a Toadtest, but all opinions and words are our own..