“ Brand: Bruin / Age: 18 months+ / Type: Playsets „
My son was given this toy as a present from his god parents when he was 12 months old, you can currently purchase the toy from Toys R Us for £7.99, it is recommend that the toy is suitable from 18 months and upwards.
This toys is made from durable plastic and comprise of a hammer, four small balls and a base unit. The base unit is rectangular in shape and on the top it has four different coloured holes, below this is a slide. Each ball is half clear plastic and the other half is a different colour, the balls also have funny faces on them. Each ball matches up with the top of the holes. The aim of the toy is for to your child to put the balls in the correct hole, hit it with the hammer and then watch it roll down the slide into the tray, all very simple really. It is supposed to help with hand and eye coordination and it will also help in colour recognition. Along the side of the base unit is a mirror, but to be honest I'm not really sure of the point of it and my son has not really paid it much attention.
Overall the toy is ok, it is very simple and fairly well made, however in our house, my son was more interested in throwing or kicking the balls around than he was in hitting them in the slots with the hammer. I would recommend this toy to others, as it is quite good fun and is also well priced.
Another review of a Christmas present my son received, I'm starting to think he was a little spoiled!
This hammer and ball toy was bought from ToysRus and cost £6.99. It is suitable for ages 18months+.
The toy itself consists of a main base in a green colour. The base is made from a durable plastic. At the top of the base are 4 round holes, each one having a different coloured rim - blue, yellow, orange and pink. The base is hollow and has an open section on the front. The base measures 28cm in length.
The toy comes with 4 different coloured balls - again in blue, yellow, orange and pink, as well as a blue and yellow plastic hammer. Each ball has a black outline drawing of one of the Bruin animals.
The idea of the toy is for the child to put the balls on to the correct colour hole. Then using the hammer they bash the balls so they drop down into the base and roll out through the open front section.
My son enjoys matching the correct colour ball to the hole. When he first tried to bash them with the hammer he found it difficult and sometimes didn't even hit the ball. However, in the same day he had mastered it and could whack the balls down with one shot. This showed me straight away that the toy helped him develop his hand-eye coordination. It also rewarded his perseverance as he didn't give up straight away. I liked that it wasn't too easy to knock the balls in, it was made into more of a challenge so he had to practice at it before he succeeded. However, importantly it wasn't too challenging that it would frustrate toddlers.
The base also has a mirrored panel on the front. To be honest I'm not sure what it's for. For my son to be able to look into it he would either have to pick it up (but then you can't bash the balls as intended) or lie flat on the floor. As much as he loves looking at himself, he hasn't bothered doing either, so I feel the mirror is a bit wasted on him.
I think that my son would like more features on the toy, such as flashing lights or sound effects. I, however, don't think its lack of features is that much of a problem. For one thing it means it doesn't need batteries so that saves me money and stops me from constantly having to feed batteries into yet another toy! Secondly, I think it's nice for my son to have toys that don't try too hard to entertain him, so he has to make his own entertainment. I think they encourage him to use his imagination rather than just stare at the pretty flashing lights. Already he has started making up his own games with the base of the toy, mainly ones that involve trying to shove his plastic animal toys into the holes. He also likes to roll the balls around and try to knock over other toys with them!
I think this toy is good value for money at £6.99. It feels durable which is always good for a toddler's toy. Although it isn't my son's favourite toy he plays with it for a short time every day and it has made a nice addition to his overflowing toybox.