Product Type: Wilkinson baby toys
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Drop and spin like it says on the tin!
Wilko Play Drop and Spin Slide
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Wilko Play Drop and Spin Slide
Advantages: Adaptable for differently sized babies! Simple.
Disadvantages: Probably something that baby will grow out of quickly.
The Drop and Spin Slide from Wilko is a relatively cheap toy at £5.99. My husband bought it for our baby because it reminded him in essence of a game called Marble Madness that he used to really like. Basically this is a game where you drop a ball on the top of the slide and watch it roll around each level until it plops down to the level beneath and wends its way down to the bottom where it rolls out onto the floor. You get three balls in the set.
* Packaging and assembly
The slide comes in pieces in a cardboard box with no fiddly extra packaging within other than plastic bags around the pieces. Some minimal assembly is required: there are five different coloured levels to the slide which have to be slotted together. Instructions for this are on the box: "Position holes in different places so the ball travels around the slide before falling through the holes." The instructions also refer you to the picture of the toy on the box so it is very clear what they mean. Assembly is very easy and once done the slide holds together well and can be moved around as a single entity. We keep ours on a shelf in one piece so we do not constantly have to slot it all back together.
* What age is it aimed at and why?
The drop and spin slide is aimed at children 12+ months and claims to stimulate senses- as most toys do in some way- and co-ordination. The senses they speak of here presumably being sight, touch and hearing: the levels of the slide are respectively blue, green, red, orange and yellow. As the ball rolls eye-tracking will be given practice. The balls are filled with beads and rattle as they roll so there is an auditory element, and the co-ordination is of course developed by the baby being able to put the ball on the slide.
* Does my baby enjoy this toy?
Yes she does, most definitely. She is 13 months/ 10 months and really enjoys it when she manages to put a ball on the slide. She has recently grasped that you have to let go of the ball when you do this.. She quite often pulls the slide towards her as if to see where the ball has gone when it initially disappears from view and of course this means the marble does not complete its run. When one does manage to complete the journey she is delighted to see it emerge from the bottom at her feet and picks it up to put straight to mouth, bash against something or place back on top of the slide.
* Is it worth the price?
As always I think it is a little steep for what it is though I do think the manufacturers have made an effort with the balls. They are a good weight and made of transparent plastic. They are filled with beads that drop from one side to the other at varying speeds as they negotiate the maze that has been inserted inside the ball. So they are quite interesting in themselves for a young baby to examine.
* Best features
The interesting balls. The overall chunkiness and simplicity. Since our baby is tiny we have taken off the top level so that she can reach the top more easily, and it does not stop the toy working, so- adaptable for differently sized babies!
Overall, a fun toy that will help coordination.
Summary: A relatively cheap, fun toy that provides plenty of play from about 12 months
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