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Recently I was in town and couldnt resist popping into the ELC despite promising myself not to buy the wee man any more toys this month. When I spotted this toy I couldnt resist especially as it was in the sale.
I have to confess I am a sucker for wooden toys. Not only do I feel they last longer than plastic ones especially with a robust little boy playing with them but they also have the added advantage of not having any annoying electronic sounds. There is also the cost advantage of not having to buy battereis!
This toy is well designed with blue legs and three pegs coloured red, green and orange. They fit quite snuggly into the tree holes in the bench and although it comes with a hammer I have found that my son can also pull and piush the pegs out on his own. Although we have only owned it for a short time it has been played with a lot and doesnt show any signs of wear and tear.
I bought this toy to help improve eye to hand co-ordination and it has worked to a certain extent although my son sometimes turns the hammer the wrong way around and sometimes doesnt bother with the hammer at all and just uses his fingers. An advantage of having coloured pegs is that we can also play colour recognition games with him which work quite well. I have to confess that I was slightly concerned that there may be accidents with the hammer but my 14 month old son handles it well. The only disadvantage is that my son sometimes abandons playing with it before putting all the pegs back so I need to take care to put them all back into the holes before packing it away in case we inadvertently lose a peg. I would advise supervising your cjild when he is playing with this toy in case he decides to use the hamer on something other than the wooden bech eg your i-pad! Fortuntely we have been quick off the mark so so far no damage has been done!
At the sale price of £4 I would say this is a great bargain and even at the full price of £8 it is a worthwhile investment as it is a popular toy and very durable. My little boy really enjoys playing with it so I give it 5 stars.
I love the fact that I have a little boy now. With my first child, a little girl, I was used to fun girly toys like dolls, play houses etc but with my little boy we get to play with lots of fun boys toys. This toy is definitely what I classify as a boys toys as, being stereotypical it includes a hammer that you get to hit things with. That being said though my little girl loves to play with this also and is actually of the perfect ages where this toy is just right for her so she enjoys playing with it too.
This toy is a wooden toy which I really really like. I think wooden toys are very classic looking and good quality and lasts a lot longer than regular plastic toys. The bench is in the form of a wooden triangle which sits on three blue wooden posts. Then bench is half way up on the wooden posts so you can stand it up either way. The blue wooden posts are nice and sturdy and this toy stands up well. The triangle has three holes in it. Then there are three different sized and different coloured pegs which fit into the holes. The holes are all the same size so each peg will go into each hole. They form a very tight fit so this toy also comes with a wooden hammer which you use to knock the peg through the hole out onto the other side and through the other end. The hammer is a wooden headed hammer and packs quite a punch so you do need to be careful with it if you have an overactive toddler.
This toy is recommended for kids 18 months to 3 years and I would say this is about the right time frame. The toy was bought for my little boy who is only 5 months old and all he does with it at the moment is attempt to chew the wooden pegs. My 2 and a half year old little girl can actually use this toy as its intended and finds it really fun to not only put the pegs in the holes but to hammer them to the other side also.
THe Early LEarning Centre say this toy will improve hand to eye coordination and help with problem solving which are two great skills in my opinion and I can see how this toy definitely helps with that. THe toy costs £10 which I think is a fair price for a well made toy and is available from The Early Learning Centre.
This toy came to me as a hand-me-down from a friend's children, but it can still be purchased from the Early Leaning Centre for £10.
It is part of their "traditional" wooden toys range. These tend to be classic toys such as pull along animals, moveable vehicles, shape sorters etc.
In my opinion they are always good quality but do not have the "bells and whistles" of some other toys. Having said that I also find the simplest toys are usually the most effective and longest loved.
This toy is a wooden bench with 3 coloured pegs which can be hit through the holes in the bench with the wooden hammer. The bench has blue painted legs, my son is the third child to play with this toy and the paint is till perfect on the legs and the pegs.
My son has just about mastered hitting the pegs (he is 11 months) although he often hits the legs, the floor, the furniture and himself aswell. ELC recommend for children 18 months to 2 years, but this is quite a small window, I can't think of many toys that are only suitable for 6 months use. I would say it is suitable for younger children as long as it is supervised to prevent baby hitting himself on the head!
The toy develops hand-eye co-ordination to hit the pegs and also problem solving as the child hits the pegs, works out that they come through the other side, turns it over and starts again. My baby hasn't quite understood this yet and seems genuinely suprised each time it's turned over to see the pegs again.
At £10, it's great value for money and would make an ideal small gift. It's very durable so will last through several children. It's a simple but effective toy which has most definitely been a hit (sorry, groan) in my home.
Being all wooden it's easy to keep clean with a damp cloth.
I suspect that there would be plenty of these around second hand as they have been around for ages and are very durable.
Classic wooden bench with 3 coloured pegs for toddlers to hammer.