“ Brand: Tesco Carousel / Age: 18 Months+ „
This is one (of many) toys my parents have at their house for my son to play with when he is there. It is a very traditional wooden hammer shape toy. It is about 25cm long and has 5 brightly coloured wooden shapes sitting in corresponding holes in a wooden holder. The holes have a thin rubber tubing around them to lightly hold the shapes in places so they don't slip down. It comes with a wooden hammer and you simply get your toddler to bash away at the shapes until they are all at the bottom, then flip the whole thing over and start again! I love simple, traditional toys, especially wooden ones. It is bright and colourful, well made and sturdy. It won't last for that long as unfortunately it is one of those toys that has a limited lifespan, but we have kept it so our baby can play with it when she is old enough. But for the price we was you can't complain. I think it was around £7 from Tesco. This is a good price as it is of good quality, it looks very appealing and you can't go wrong.
Given that he is a one year old boy, my son loves to bash things. Now, I am trying to harness that creativity and make sure he is not actually bashing his older sister and so this wooden hammering bench is perfect for that. He can bang away to his hearts content and at the same time it will improve his hand eye coordination, his understanding and knowledge of colours and more importantly, it's fun!! I love wooden children's toys and this one looks really nice, is well made and is a classic toy that will last for a long time. It consists of five differently coloured wooden blocks that fit into their corresponding holes and you bash them through each side and then turn the bench over and can do it again. There is a green square, a blue circle, a yellow triangle a red heart and an orange pentagon/flower type shape. The colours are all really bold and bright and quite eyecatching which is good. The shapes are actually long and thin and so the circle is actually a cylinder, the square is more of a rectangle etc, etc. The shapes fit into their holes quite snugly and you do need to give them quite a good bash. Luckily this bench also comes with a small wooden hammer which you can use to bash them through. My little boy has no trouble working this hammer and knows its just for the bench and nothing else! The wood is fairly hard but a little bit soft too as you can see lots of little marks on the top of the shapes where they have been hit repeatedly. What I like is that there's a little hole/slot on one side of the bench into which you can slot the hammer when its not in use so you can keep the toy together quite well. The bench stands up well on its own as it has wooden sides to it too and once you have bashed one side through you can turn the bench over and bash the other side. All in all this is a simple but very effective toy and one my son loves. The bench costs £7 and is available from Tesco.
I bought this for my son when he was quite small about 6 months, far too young to use this but I always loved these hammering type toys when I was a child so I wanted to see if he would share my enjoyment. The toy is for 18 months plus. As with all Carousel toys there's minimal packaging for this toy just a cardboard box and ties to hold it into the box. What you get A small wooden bench with 5 different shaped holes and different coloured and shaped wooden blocks that fit into the holes. A little hammer. Overall opinion A basic toy and a basic concept that has been around a long time. My son will occasionally play with the Hammer Toy now that he's older and he understands the "aim of the game" is to hammer the different shapes into the relevant holes. The toy is heavy, and needs to be for this type of toy, it's definitely solid but I do watch my son as he loves to throw things about. As a shape sorter its fine, not the most exciting toy on the market but it never will be its more about getting the little ones to use their motor skills which it does. I like it!