Product Type: Bruin baby toys
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Tractor & Trailer Toy
Bruin Tractor and Trailer Set
Member Name: kat1234
Bruin Tractor and Trailer Set
Advantages: lots of things to do, nice animals
My son was lucky enough to receive this tractor and trailer set by Bruin for his first birthday. Looking online, it retails at around £16.99 which, whilst pricey for a children's toy, I believe is good value. It is for children aged 12 months plus.
The toy is a fairly large (dimensions: 19 x 41 x 16cm) plastic tractor and trailer that comes with a driver (a bear) and five farmyard animals that sit in little holes in the trailer. The animals contained are: a pig, cow, hen, horse and sheep. The toy runs on 4 AA batteries (batteries are included). By pushing down the funnel at the front of the tractor, the tractor rolls forward and makes an engine noise. The steering wheel can be pushed to make the headlights on the front light up. The tractor moves forward 3m before coming to a stop, although if the funnel is pressed again it will also stop.
The tractor is a bright pea green colour with yellow wheels that have black rubber grips around them. The trailer is yellow with green fencing and green wheels. In the trailer, there are five sets of paw print holes with little buttons in. The animal figures fit neatly into their own holes and are held securely. When they are pressed down, they push on the buttons and the relevant animal noise is made. The driver slots neatly into the driver's seat and, when pushed down, says 'Hey, I'm Old MacDonald' and Old MacDonald's Farm plays.
The animal figures are brightly coloured and lightweight. They are made from a smooth plastic with rounded edges.
My son was initially attracted to the toy because of the bright colours and the little animal figures. He wasn't so sure of the movement at first, mainly due to the noise that it makes whilst moving - the engine noise is fairly loud. However, he quickly came round to this and loved to watch it roll over the floor. He soon learned that pushing the funnel would stop and start this movement and enjoys controlling this. I think his favourite part of the toy is the detachable animals and he enjoys pulling these out of the trailer and holding them in his hand or exploring them with his mouth.
At one year, he lacks the co-ordination to slot the animals back into their positions in the trailer so, to make the animal noises, we have to play together. He enjoys this though and laughs as the noises are made. He also enjoys the music that the tractor plays and is able to set this off himself.
This is a toy that my son will keep returning to and he is always excited when it comes out. He enjoys playing with it for a few minutes at a time - it doesn't engage him for much longer than this - but will return to it constantly throughout the day.
This is a lovely toy that is well made and well thought out. It is educational too and can be used to teach my son his animals as well as the noises they make. Personally, I would have preferred if the animals were a little more realistic and the colours they would actually be - for example, the cow is purple and the horse orange with a green mane. However, I can understand that the bright colours are good for attracting the child's attention and stimulating them. I love that the animals have their own slots in the trailer and, as my son develops, this will encourage him to improve his co-ordination skills and place them into their slots. The toy also teaches him about cause and consequence as he has quickly learned that if he pushes the funnel the tractor moves forward and makes a noise.
I was pleased that the toy moves well not only on our hard wood flooring but also on the carpet - although a lot less well on our longer rugs and the batteries seem to last well too. The automatic stop feature is also a good point as we have toys without this that come up against something (usually the sofa) and the wheels keep clicking away - very annoying!
For the price, I think this is good value as it is nicely made and there are a few things for the child to do. The animals themselves can also be played with separately - for example we have a farm set that these can be added to. My son loves the animals and I think this is a toy he will play with for many months to come.
Summary: lovely toy
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