“ Brand: Boots / Age: 18 months / Type: Playsets „
This was a present for my daughter when she was 9 months old. We kept it back until she was one, by which time she did enjoy playing with it.
The garage comes flat pack and you have to slot it together. A couple of the pieces also need screwing together. Overall I think it took me about half an hour to put together. Once assembled you can then add the stickers which are included in the pack - arrows, stop signs car wash symbols and things like that.
The set comes with one car, a petrol pump and a helicopter. There is a lift for the car, which is easy enough for little fingers to operate, a car wash area and a helicopter pad at the top. The part most children will favour is the ramp that you can slide the cars down.
I've found it to be quite a strudy toy - mine has been stood on and survived (though I wouldn't recommend this!). I've been able to buy extra matching cars to add to the set and they were really cheap, only £1 each, which has made the garage much more interesting.
We've had this 2 years now and it still gets played with, so there is quite a lot of entertainment value in it.
I've seen it on offer a few times for £15 or less, and for this price I think it's quite good value. I would say however, that at the full price of £25 it is overpriced for what it is.
There are no noises or flashing lights with this toy, so no batteries required.
The Boots learning through play Bubble Garage is a lovely toy for toddlers. The box says that it's suitable from 18 mths and on this toy I tend to agree with the recommendation because I think that my son would have struggled to grasp the concept much before this age group.
It comes in a small box with all the component parts within. It takes an ETERNITY to assemble, very frustrating when your child is desperate to look at it! It must of took us a good forty minutes to get it ready for play. Alot of it needs screwing together and there are ALOT of stickers to apply to make it look like a garage.
Even though it took an age to assemble it is worth the wait as it is fantastic fun. It doesn't make any noises or flash any lights but it does test the childs imagination. The car lift raises from the ground floor to the first and there are barriers that you need to open before the car can go through. It comes with one car and one helecopter that are perfectly sized for toddler hands. The child has the option of taking the car through the car wash (nothing too extravagant here it's just an area with a flip down piece of felt), onto the ramps in the garage, up and down the lift and around the different levels leaving the garage by the ramp. The helecopter has it's own landing pad at the top of the garage and by some marvellous invention of my sons the cars can fly and land on the helepad too!
My son got a lot of older developmental toys for christmas and I can honestly say that the garage is one of a few that has really brought out his imagination and fine motor skills. It didn't take him long to grasp the working components of the garage although he does still struggle a bit with the lift (but this is only because it sticks a bit on one side).
Priced at around £25 (although there are always offers and discount codes flying about) I think that it is good value for money.
The is one of a few toys that he has played with daily since christmas. He loves cars but i'm not sure if it's this that has attracted him to it or the fact that there is so much to do on the brightly coloured garage.
Definatley worth a buy but hunt around for codes to get it cheaper. I managed to get it for £12.50, bargain!
Encourage your childs development and imagination. They will have fun exploring the lift, carwash, petrol pump, and the helipad.