You may recall that last fall the TOS Crew members received a Tales of Glory Nativity play set from one2believe. (Click on the link to read my review.)
That play set got a lukewarm reception from our girls. They had a lot of complaints, and yet they played with the set a lot! I think part of the problem was that they were comparing the play set, designed to appeal to small children, with the more realistic — and breakable — Nativity sets we already owned. Still, the Nativity play set got a lot of time and attention, a lot of creative play.
Recently we received another product from the same company, the Tales of Glory Noah’s Ark play set.
This set was a resounding success! Made of sturdy plastic, the Ark and its occupants received an immediate bathtub test. It floats!
The top deck comes off, which gives you a generous storage space to keep the pieces. We had a little trouble figuring out how to open it, and I was afraid I’d break it, but it’s sturdy stuff. There’s a ramp to allow the seven pairs of included animals to walk up into the Ark, along with Noah.
It wasn’t long before the girls dug out the Nativity set and added those animals and people. After all, Noah had a wife and sons and their wives!
Since then, Noah’s ark has had the bottom filled with dried corn (provision for the animals and people) and has sailed the bathtub and the blue rug and landed many times. The animals come into play at other times, too, not just playing out a part of the Genesis account. Plans are in the works to buy more animal figures and add to the set.
I like that the Ark is self-storing, making for easy cleanup. The animals are somewhat cartoonish (the donkey’s wide eyes make him look terrified!) but very sturdy — our rough-and-ready players haven’t managed to break any of them, yet, even though they’ve been dropped and stepped on by unwary adults.
The Tales of Glory Noah’s Ark play set is designed for ages 3 and up and is available for $29.99 at the one2believe.com online store.
Read more opinions of the Noah’s Ark play set at the TOS Crew blog.