“ Brand: Chad Valley / Age: 18 months / Type: Playsets „
My son is a typical boy who loves anything with wheels. I have looked at many garages but many of them do seem flimsy so when we spotted the Chad Valley super garage at a car boot he wanted it and I was happy to pay £3. This same garage is currently £24.99 so I did get a bargain. As this toy is made by Chad valley these are now exclusively available from Argos.
The garage is designed for children 18 months older. The garage for this reason is brightly coloured. It has an upper level which is accessible by a lift and a car wash up the top which is simply a tunnel shape with three movables wavy pieces of plastic for the vehicles to pass under. You should be aware for very young children the car wash will simply pull out. The cars exit through a long ramp with a barrier at the bottom. This can be taken apart for transportation but does easily fix together. I have found the lower ramp does often come apart when my son moves it around the lounge. At the bottom there is petrol pump and air pressure machine. It also has a helicopter pad on the top.
The garage takes 2 AA batteries which are not included but these actually make sounds for the air pump, petrol pump and lift. These are loud enough to get the effect but not so loud to drive you insane. While I realise that the garage is designed for younger children I do wish they had included some sort of pipe to pumps as this would have increased the playability and excitement. It would also help develop fine motor skills.
Our garage came with only with car but there are two included in a new product. The car is brightly coloured and has all smooth edges.
Our Garage was fully assembled when on sale but was partly dismantled to take home. It was very easy to slot back together. I have found the lower ramp is prone to falling off when it is moved but otherwise very sturdy.
The lift is very easy to operate for little hands as it does have a large handle to simply pull up and down. My son has great fun with this and has tested many of his vehicles to discover if they do fit in the lift. Due to the included cars been included been quite large his cars mostly do all fit. You do have to ensure the lift does have a barrier at the bottom so unlike some other garages it does need you to ensure the lift is lowered otherwise the vehicle will drop into the bottom. I have caused great amusement to my son by absent minded playing garages and not checked if the lift is down before loading my vehicle.
The fact that the entire garage is smooth corners makes it ideal for a toddler but even though my son is four it still can help prevent accidents.
I do like the fact that this is like a little play centre but does have many activities for the full car service. He will spent hours using his imagination.
I find if I park a helicopter on top of the garage he will play with it and incorporate the chopper into his games but without the visual prompt he simply ignores the helicopter pad.
This is one of the more sturdy garages I have seen that has given my son hours of fun and I would recommend that anyone with a young child who is into cars will thoroughly enjoy playing with this toy. As this toy is made by Chad valley these are now exclusively available from Argos.
I brought this toy for my son for his first birthday I was walking past Woolworths and seen they had 3 for 2 on toys. Great a bargain so I went in and the first thing I decided on buying was this. Its bright is colourful and easily catches your eye. The age range was suitable for 18 months + but it didn't contain any small parts and I was always with Connor as he played so I brought it anyway. It required AA batteries but these were supplied with the garage and last well.It was originally marked up at £39. 99 but then lowered to 19.99 so a real bargain with the 3 for 2 .
You receive the multi coloured garage but also receive two cars yellow and red. These can be used with the garage but also can be played with without and roll across the floor well. They are quite large and work well with the garage. Setting it up was easy as anything and instructions are included. The pieces are large and slot together really easily but then stay put without coming apart while being played with.
The garage itself has a lot going on. At the bottom of the garage is a petrol pump on the right hand side.These has buttons on and flashes and makes a sound when you press them as if filling the car with fuel. Left to the is a car lift where you roll the car in and then the child uses a leaver on the left hand side of the lift which manually moves the lift up and down. While doing this it makes a cranking noise which my son loves for some reason.
Once the car reaches the top of the lift to the second floor on the right hand side is a car wash. It is simply a red arch with blue strips of plastic hanging from it but again my son loves to push the car through it and back. I do not think he realised it was a car wash until recently. If you turn left instead of right you come to a ramp which is my son's favourite part. It has a barrier at the bottom to stop cars shooting off but Connor loves to lift this so they roll half way across our floor.
Finally on the very top of the garage on top of the lift it has a helicopter pad. This is just another good feature added to it. My son didn't use this part until he was older and realised what it was for but once he knew he sure made good use of it.
Now for my opinion, I believe it is a brilliant well made toy that my son has so far used for 2 and half years and shows no sign of slowing down. Although it is quite simple and chunky it is brightly coloured and there for attracts your attention which is probably why my son loves it so much. For its price you're receiving a well made garage but also two cars that fit well with it to make it even more enjoyable.
My only negatives are that sometimes the lift can get stuck and as a baby Connor would get frustrated with it and I would need to help him fix it by giving it a gentle shake. Now that he is older the same thing happens but he knows how to fix that himself.
Overall I would definitely recommend this it my son has got so much use out of it now and does not look like he will grow out of it anytime soon and my daughter is starting to enjoy it too. As most boys and some girls love cars I do not think you can go wrong with it.
This garage was bought for my eldest son a few years ago.
The garage comes in a few pieces that easily just clip together and lock. It is brightly coloured and contains a ramp for the cars to go up and down, a little plastic car wash that you slide the cars through, a lift that you just roll the car into and then use a little lever to raise it up to the higher deck or back down to the ground and finally a petrol pump, you just press the button and it lights up and makes a petrol filling sound.
You also get two plastic cars, one of which is red and the other is yellow.
Recommends from 18months + but my little one was playing with it at 12 months and still plays with it now
2 x AA batteries - so not as bad as some toys that you buy that need 4 or 5 and I have to say I have never had to change the batteries so they last ages.
Bright coloured, attractive garage that is easy for the child to use and easy to assemble
When it moves the bottom ramp does sometimes come off
Great little garage and provides many hours of fun
My little boy loves this item and doesn't just use the cars provided but uses all the cars in his box on it. It keeps him amused for hours. I think it is good value for money, a nice size, teaches little ones control and to use there hands and pincer grip. It's definitely worth buying for the age range of around 12 months-3 years
Myself and my wife bought this for at the time 14 month old our son last Christmas for £19.99 from Argos ( was on offer at the time). We loved the fact of it was quiet large with nice chunky cars and a big ramp down so he could run the cars down it and the bright attractive colours of both the garage and the cards. He hasn't stopped playing with it since Christmas which is a big ask for younger children.
It makes fun car filling sounds from the pump button and sounds with the lift goes up or a dropping sound when my son pushes it down. Although it isnt without if downfalls, The lift can sometimes get stuck even with the cars which came with the garage, the Car wash part is looser than i would prefer and has become a bit slack in more recent use and the bottom ramp part does wiggle free if my son decided to drag it across the floor. But the pro definitely outweighs the cons with this and its easy to over look them. Plus with the added small battery use (Just two AA batteries, where alot of recent toys have 3 or 4) makes it a relatively cheap toy which keeps my son amuses for hours nearly everyday. (and his granddad as well shh)
Overall i would recommend this to anyone with young children whom show an interest in car etc from a year up to possibly 4 or 5 years old. I looks durable and stable which lead me hope that it will be used for years to come with the first child and soon second child
Chad Valley Garage
Brought from Argos for £24.99 (Though can see it there now for £2.00 more), this garage was a real hit.
The garage itself is made of strong plastic and has an up and downstairs connected by a movable manual lift and slope up and down. On the top there is a small car wash with space to park the cars and on the bottom a petrol pump and a part to pump air into the cars tyres. Obviously this doesn't actually pump air out though there are two buttons which when pressed create the relevant sound effects. These sound effects are reasonably loud though can be switched off. The on/off button is on the centre of the pump though so it is easy for children to turn it back on again - the joys of parenthood!
The lift moves up and down easily enough though does occasionally get stuck quite fast and a bit of jiggling is needed to free it. Cars do come specially to match the garage though children use other cars on this and it can accommodate medium sized cars though too big a car in the lift may cause breakage. The cars which came with the garage are in the same durable plastic and can be pushed along the floor easily without the wheels sticking. The cars are brightly coloured and chunky enough for little hands to grasp on to them easily.
There garage as a whole is very bold and colourful and has many stickers attached to various parts to enhance to look of it, such as a car park sign, barrier stickers (there are two barriers - one at the bottom of the lift and the other at the bottom of the slope to stop cars flying under the sofa) and many more.
There is also a helicopter pad on the very top of the lift so youngsters can use their imagination even more.
The garage is stated for 18 months plus though we bought this when our little one was a year old (for their birthday) and they loved playing with it from that age. They are nearly three now and continue to have a lot of fun playing with it.
Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included).
Overall, in my opinion, this toy garage is a great buy. It is very durable and provides hours (and years) of fun for the child. I believe that a similar if not the same comes in girly pink colours too.
Chad Valley Super Garage
I do believe that I get far more excited about Jacks toys than he does himself. When I see something I had as a child I feel I have to get it and my partner is the same. I feel however that we are going to end up with a rather spoil child on our hands!
Jacks Nana sent down an Easter card and a £20 note instead of chocolate for him this Easter so we decided to get him yet another toy. This time it was my partners turn to get excited as when we popped in Woolworths we saw this Chad Valley Super Garage, and although it didn't look much like the one he had as a child it was the same sort of thing, we just had to buy it.
The original price n this garage was £39.99p although I cannot think who would pay that price for it. It had been reduced down to £24.99 pence and then again to £17.99 pence. I had gone in a Woolworth out of town the week before and seen it at £25 but now it had gone down to £18 I thought it was too good to be true! The chap at the checkout said that this was the last one so my local store had added a further reduction just to get rid of it! How lucky for me!
So we got it at a bargain price and rushed home to set it all up. Now the age recommendation for this toy is 18 months + but Jack is only 10 months and he is able to play with it nice enough and there are no small pieces that would be dangerous to him. Setting it up was pretty easy as it came in rather large pieces that just slot in together. There were basic instructions but I felt that these were not needed it was that simple to do. The garage does need batteries and they are 2xAA ones but luckily these were already supplied so no need to buy them or fit them.
Along with the garage itself you get three different coloured cars that free wheel along the ground lovely and smoothly. One of the cars is coloured blue and has "Police" written on it. The other two are just brightly coloured and lovely and chunky to hold. One is a convertible and the other looks to me like an old Beatle.
The garage itself has a few pretty snazzy things going on. There is a helicopter landing pad situated at the top of the garage (and we have subsequently bought a helicopter and plane set from the Early Learning Centre for pretty cheap.) and a car wash on the top floor of the building. The car wash consists of a pink horse show shaped piece of plastic coming out of the floor with three wiggly pieces of blue plastic hanging down. The cars fit through the car wash lovely and Jack really does love poking them through although I doubt he would know that it is indeed a car wash.
On the top floor of the garage there is also an exit or entrance to the lift which can take the cars to and from the top floor to the ground floor. This is operated by a leaver on the left hand side of the lift and as you move it up and down a funny noise, which is nothing like a lift, goes off. The lift will propel the car out of the lift so that if they are travelling from the ground floor to the top floor the cars will shoot from the lift and down the ramp and back to the ground floor which if it was a real car lift would be most unhelpful! There is an exit barrier that can be dropped up or down when leaving the lift on the ground floor and this prevents the cars from wheeling right off.
From the top floor there is also another way to get down other than taking the lift and that is the sliding ramp. This is done in a sort of twirled manner and comes from the top back right round to the bottom front. There is also an exit barrier that can be lifted up or down to prevent the free wheel cars just cruising off. This particular barrier is very helpful when the cars get out of the lift on the top floor as they are sent shooting down the ramp at such speed and if the ramp is down it stops them in their tracks but if the ramp is up however the cars speed across the floor and are out of sight in no time (especially when you have laminate flooring like we do).
Along the front of the garage on the right side of the lift there is a petrol filling up station and an air pump station. These have two big flashing buttons as lights with a symbol depicting which button is for which action. The petrol pump symbol is obvious and the light flashes yellow and there is such a great sound make that sounds just like a petrol station (I don't think) but it does sound good. The air pump has again a pretty obvious picture on the front of an orange flashing button and the sound it makes when pressed does sound rather like the air being pumped into tyres.
Jack loves to press these buttons and for some strange reason seems to prefer to press them with his toes if he can!! He doesn't however fully understand what the petrol button is for and that he should have one of the free wheeling cars positioned next to it for full effect but this I am sure will all come with age and knowledge.
He seems to really enjoy playing with this toy if he can get a look in with his Daddy around! The colours of the garage are so bright and cheerful and not really like a real garage at all but it does look lots of fun and very appealing. The fact that everything is so big and chunky makes it easy for Jack to push the cars or even lift the barriers. Because it is from 18months + I would think they have tried to make everything nice and chunky for those with little hands!
There are a few stickers that are positioned around the garage and because I had the garage near the radiator these have peeled slightly at the edges and now Jack has started to pick at them. I will have to get some suitable glue to stick them back down again but this in itself is a bit of a pain.
Overall I would give this Chad Valley Super Garage a fantastic score of 10/10. It really does tick all the right boxes. It is very affordable at the price I paid. It is good for younger children as it is so lovely and chunky. There is a lot to do and play with. Not only is there flashing lights and buttons to press but there are different noises to listen to and leavers to pull and push.
This is such a great buy I would highly recommend it to all parents as a must have I think even little girls would enjoy it as I think everyone love to play with cars!
I hope this has been of some help to you.
Drive the compact vehicles around and reach the top storey of the garage by using the moving car lift.