“ Manufacturer: Toys R Us / Age: 2 Years+ „
---- INTRODUCTION ----
I decided a couple of years ago I was going to get Ethan a desk for him to sit at whilst doing his drawing and colouring etc. I was looking at a few before I actually decided on this one; with requirements in mind this one was ideal for him. I didn't want something to bulky as his room is small, nothing to heavy to lift in case he wanted to bring it downstairs, and something that was hard wearing and easy to clean, and I have to say this desk ticked all them boxes, and was on offer at the time of buying it.
---- PACKAGING & ASSEMBLY ----
The packaging was a large box with the picture of the desk on the front, but if I was buying it somewhere where I didn't see the desk before hand I wouldn't of bought it as the box told me that the desk was most probably going to be a little big and bulky for his room. Getting the desk out the box there was assembly to be made before he could use it, this didn't take long and wasn't difficult to do, the drawing board and seat just clipped on to the legs and there you have it, I haven't tried our easy it would be into dismantling it again as I haven't had the need to do it.
---- ABOUT THE DESK ----
I have to say Ethan loved this desk and to this day he still sits at it to do his writing, drawing and anything else creative. The desk itself is made from hard tough plastic so is very hard wearing; I know this because Ethan has pushed it downstairs once or twice when wanting it from upstairs into the front room, and hasn't been marked in anyway.
The desk is just the right size for him to sit at and is very comfortable when sitting there, it saves him from being on the floor and being cold and uncomfortable, which then breaks the concentration of what he is doing. It is very light weight and is easy to transfer to different rooms if need be, although like I have mention Ethan just seems to push it downstairs, good job I bought this one and not a wooden one.
It is very easy to clean either with the standard baby wipes or soapy water, as you know with kids they are mucky pups when using crayons or paints and get everywhere, so just a quick wipe takes away all the paints, crayon, and even dirt marks from the desk.
The drawing board slightly tilts towards Ethan which helps with the easiness of doing his writing and drawing, nothing tends to fall off the edge apart from crayons and pencils he was to leave them on the board. At the top of the board you will find 2 holes to fit the accessories into, which are small cups, this will enable to place your crayons, pencils or paints in them whilst at the desk keeping them safe and not all spread across the floor, you also have a dip in the board at the side of the cups to place anything like brushes, rulers, or even crayons, if they wish.
The seat is big enough for 2 small children as I know when Ethan cousin comes to play they sit together on it, this is a rough guide to how big the seat is, but does depend on the average child. Ethan sits at the desk almost every day as he loves doing writing, drawing and colouring, and can sit there for hours, and enjoys it. You can buy the desk in different colours and even cartoon characters, but because Ethan was not into anything particular we got him a plain one, seat being yellow, board green and the frame blue, although has decorated it with stickers.
---- AVAILABILITY & PRICE ----
I bought this one from toys r us, the desk was ½ price offer as it was around Christmas time when we bought it, it was knocked down from £29.99 to just £14.99, so I was very pleased with that. You can buy the desk from Argos - £24.99; I cannot find it in toys r us now so I am not sure if they are not selling it anymore.
---- FINAL THOUGHTS ----
I have to say I am very pleased with the desk, it as lasted Ethan a couple of years now still plays with it, so it as been value for money. I liked the fact that it was easy to assemble and not to big and bulky to fit in his room. I am also glad that I managed to get it when it was ½ price although I still would have bought it if it wasn't, it's a great item to buy your little ones especially if they are into drawing, writing or colouring. I have to say I am glad I bought this one, instead of the wooden one with the way he throws this downstairs as the wooden one would have been in pieces and won't be as easy to clean as this one is either.
Just before Christmas I decided I wanted to buy my son a little desk. He has developed a love for drawing and 'writing' and I thought a desk would be more comfortable for him than sprawling on the floor. I looked in a few shops and online but the desks were either not suitable for toddlers (my son is just 2) or they were ridiculously expensive. Then I received a ToysRUs catalogue through the post. One of their pre-Christmas sale items was a plastic blue and red desk. Normally priced at £29.99 I was delighted to see it was reduced to £14.99.
I decided I wanted to buy it but then I worried that they would sell out quickly at that price, especially as it was approaching Christmas. So we went to ToysRUs the same day - posting the catalogue out really worked for them this time!
The desk comes in a big box and I could see from the shape of the box that it was unassembled so I was going to have to assemble it myself. I'm always a bit cautious with flat packed things after having a disaster with a wardrobe I tried to build many years ago. However this desk couldn't have been easier to make. There is an easy instructions sheet supplied and it was very simple to follow - although to be honest the desk was that easy to build I think I could have done it with no instructions! I simply had to slot the legs into the cutout sections of the base and seat. No screws, hammers, glue or anything else like that needed, you just push one bit of plastic into another bit of plastic. This doesn't make the desk less sturdy, it feels very safe and solid still as each piece of plastic is wide and supportive.
As I finished slotting the final piece in, my son was pushing me out of the way as he was so desperate to sit at his new desk. It is very easy for him to sit himself at and he doesn't need to be helped in at all so it allows him to be independent.
The table part of the desk is tilted slightly towards the child. This is useful as it provides a better angle for them to draw or read rather than having it totally flat. There is a slight lip at the bottom of the desk to prevent any books or paper from sliding off because of the tilt. At the top of the desk there are two holes that hold two yellow beakers. The beakers can be used to hold pens, paintbrushes or water for painting. Also along the top is a wide cut out section in which your child can keep their art supplies. The little storage areas are useful as it lets the child keep everything close so they don't need to keep going off to get different equipment.
The desk is surprisingly light and I can lift it with one hand. However when my son is sitting at it it never feels or looks like it is unsteady. All corners are rounded which is a very sensible idea as my son is frequently tripping over his own feet and banging into things. Thanks to the rounded edges he doesn't do himself any serious injuries.
The desk is suitable for ages 2+. It comes in red/blue or pink/purple. It is currently half price at ToysRus - £14.99 instead of £29.99. I think this price is a real bargain as it is the sort of item that gets daily use. I am very pleased with this desk and my son does use it every day. Not only does he draw and paint at it, he likes to read his books and sometimes eat his dinner there too.