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.

Haba memo in the zoo - matching pairs game

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.

haba memory matching pairs game

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.

haba memory game tiles

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!

review matching pairs memory game by Haba

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.

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Disclosure: We received the game to review as part of a Toadtest, but all opinions and words are our own..

18 Comments

  1. This does look great. It’s the same animal designs as the block puzzles that we’ve been #toadtesting and Little Man loves them, so I suspect this would be a hit, too.

    • Kids do love animals, and they’re great for making stories with as well as playing the games.

    • They are brilliant. I’ve been impressed by the ones we’ve tried, and then the ones I’ve seen reviewed by others too.

    • They’re so vibrant without being garish. Always seem so much nicer than pictures on plastic toys.

  2. This looks great! We love matching games in our house so will look into buying this x

    • They’re great as babies grow up as well. I reckon these ones would last years, so worth a further look.
      Thanks for commenting

  3. We love matching games, they are a lot of fun aren’t they ?

  4. how lovely that they are wooden tiles – far better than those cardboard ones that fall apart after a while. x

    • Yes, cardboard really isn’t practical for children, however careful they area. N’s also keen on using things like this for hay bales for his tractors, so we’re going to have to be careful to keep the tiles all together.

    • They’re so simple, but everyone can play them. The pictures are great on this set. Thanks for commenting

  5. They look great fun! My 4-year-old daughter loves games like these – and I love them because she is learning without knowing it 🙂

    • They’re such simple games aren’t they? Easy for all children to pick up, and can last for as long a time as you want. Thanks for commenting

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