Haba Palette of Pegs Review

Haba Palette of Pegs collage

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest review. As always, you can expect me to be truthful and honest here on my blog.

I am so excited today to bring you our review of Haba’s Palette of Pegs. Haba’s Palette of Pegs, as you can see from the pictures, is a bright and colorful open ended STEM focused toy aimed at kids ages 2-6.

When I first took this out, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Unlike some things, it didn’t come with a use of suggestions or anything. This may surprise some of you, but I feel better with instructions.

Haba Palette of Pegs

But that’s kind of silly because my kids never fail to find creative ways to use things, far beyond what I could come up with. And using the Palette of Pegs was no exception to that.

When we started out, I just wanted to work on naming the colors. My youngest, Allen, is two, and knows the names of his colors. However, he still has a hard time accurately identifying what color things are. I don’t really like flash cards at Allen’s age or anything really heavy handed, so an activity like this is great as it gives us a natural way into talking about colors. “I see you have the red peg.” or “What color is that one?” This is also great because there are a lot of near shades which make it more challenging. I can’t take credit for that. My friend Janet pointed it out to me when she was visiting. 

Allen loved it. He wanted to play a game with it, so he made up a game where we would take turns matching the rings to the pegs of the same color. We played once with the pegs in the order they came in. Then, I took them all out and mixed them up to be in more random order to make it a little bit harder.

What surprised me the most was how interested Dominic (5) was in this. I know that he is within the age range for it, but I didn’t think he would be that interested in it. However, he found lots of interesting ways to use it. He figured out that if he put a peg in the middle of two rings, for example, he could roll it. He also discovered he could stack them into a tower – which is trickier than it looks. This is where some of the STEM skills come in as it can encourage that outside of the box thinking and building.

Haba Palette of PegsOverall, I think Palette of Pegs is really great! I’m planning on leaving this out for my kids to work with. I do better with instructions; however, I appreciate open ended toys for my kids to encourage their creativity. I also appreciate that it feels like a lot of care went into designing and making this. The paint is solvent free – which is great if you have a kid that still puts stuff in their mouth. (Allen still does way more than I would want lol). The bottom of the board has pieces on the corner to keep it from sliding around. That is great because the last thing that you want is for it to slide around. Sliding around can frustrate kids and ruin their concentration. But this does not slide! All in all, a quality product, but I would expect no less from Haba and Timberdoodle.

What is your favorite Haba toy? Do you have Palette of Pegs? What other color matching activities do you enjoy? 

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