Friday, September 24, 2010

TOS Review: Schleich

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As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I have been asked to review some fun products made by Schleich. Most of you have probably heard of Schleich before and seen their product in stores. Recognize the red S? Schleich  We actually already had several of their animal figurines because my 4 year old son loves He seems to want to be alone at the moment playing with small animals like these. This was right up his ally and I am so thankful to be chosen! It has been the easiest review so far. In fact, the hardest part was keeping his personal Schleich animals and the review Schleich animals separate. Most of the review animals we received were wildlife and horses which are exactly what he loves! So in the end we decided it really wasn’t necessary to keep them apart because when it comes to Schleich figurinesthe more the merrier’ is definitely true.:-)
A little about Schleich. This is a company that was founded 75 years ago and is headquartered in Germany.  All of their products are hand crafted by a German master craftsman and each figurine can take up to 6 weeks to be made. Each is individually painted and includes very The Cowboy is not a Schleich product accurate details of each animal, person, or item it represents, so no two are identical. They offer more than 500 different figurines to choose from.
The purpose of Schleich is to encourage creative play in children. The ‘ideal’ age may be for children that are beyond baby toys but not yet reading, but in my family all of my kids enjoy these toys.  However, my four year old definitely enjoys them the most.
Schleich specializes in figurines ranging from animals to fantasy. They have animals from the ocean, Africa, Antarctica, Europe, farm animals, tons of horses, dinosaurs, and dogs, and even small pets such as birds and a dwarf lop (rabbit). And if animals aren’t your thing, how about some knights in shining armor complete with a princess! They also offer American Indians along with all the fixings such as covered wagons and teepees. Maybe you would prefer something a little less ‘real’.  How about something from the fantasy world of Bayala or the cartoon world of Smurfs! Yes they even have the Smurfs!
With this review I received a catalog that organized each of these types of figurines into four sections:
  • World of Nature (wild and farm life)
  • World of History (Prehistoric animals, The World of Knights, and The World of the American Indians)
  • Bayala (Iloris and Arelan)
  • Smurfs
The catalog also offers the scientific name of each animal and in some cases interesting tidbits of info.
As part of this review we received 8 animals:
Przewalskis Horse, Swabian Hall piglet eating, donkey, Dartmoor pony, Asian elephant calf, Okapi, Gnu, Gnu calf. He enjoyed each and every one and will continue to enjoy them for many days to come. Thank you Schleich for allowing us to try out your wonderful products!
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**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.

1 comment:

Our Village is a Little Different said...

These really are beautifully made, aren't they? I'm so glad you were chosen for the review, I can see how much your son loves them!

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