We bought my son a set of these wooden hammer and pegs for his first birthday. I felt that this was a nice classic toy that he could get great benefit from - particularly with regards to hand-eye co-ordination. I can't remember exactly how much we paid for it but I think it was a little under the £10 mark. The set comes in a cardboard box and contains a wooden frame that has six holes in it, through which the six wooden pegs can be threaded. There is also a wooden hammer contained. The six pegs are each a different colour so it is quite an attractive toy to look at. The idea of the toy is simple - the hammer is used to hit the pegs all the way through the frame. The frame can then be flipped over (it stands independently both ways) and the hitting can begin again. The hammer is solid but not too heavy - I was still hesitant about letting my 12 month old son loose with it though! It has a thin handle so can be gripped easily by little hands. All the wood on this toy is smooth to the touch and appears to be a pretty decent quality. At 12 months, my son really didn't have much interest in this toy - he much preferred button-pushing toys or noisy ones. As he got closer to 18 months, he began to 'get' the toy a bit more and, consequently, became a lot more interested. He began to appreciate the job of the hammer and, after a bit of encouragement, started using this to hit the pegs. He was more interested at first in trying to push and pull the pegs with his hands. This was frustrating as they do actually sit very tightly in the holes - I even have to remove them with some force! Eventually, as his co-ordination improved, he began hitting the pegs quite nicely and now, at 20 months, he loves to do this. We have also used the toy to help his language understanding and colour recognition by talking to him as he plays, for example "can you hit the yellow peg?". So, I think this toy has helped his co-ordination and manipulation as well as with colours etc. Even after a lot of hammering, the wood is still in good condition. The colours still remain intact with no scuffing or chipping and the hammer shows no sign of denting. Overall, a nice quality basic toy that is nice to play with now and again. It doesn't hold my son's interest for more than a few minutes at a time and I don't anticipate that we will get many more months use out of it but a nice toy to have in any child's collection never-the-less.
This is one of those very simple looking toys which have been about for years. It may not have all the fancy buttons and lights like many other toys but at least this means that you do not have to spend more money on batteries. I bought this for my daughter when she was about a year old from one of our local toy shops in which we paid £8.99 for it. This toy states that it is suitable for 6 months upwards so I thought she was a good age for it. When we arrived hame we finally let her play with it. It is packaged well in a small colourful cardboard box. It is made by Galt which to me has always been a good brand. Inside the box you get a small hammer, a small wooden frame and pegs in different colours which stick out of it. You are supposed to let your little one hit the pegs with the hammer until they have been knocked through to the other side. My daughter eventually understood what she was supposed to be doing with this whole set up but it was very difficult for her. I even gave it a go myself and it is difficult. I am not sure whether this is becasue it is quite new or if that is the way it will always be. We have had it for six months now and it is still as difficult to use, but then again it has not been used much as she got bored of it very quickly. It is a good solid wooden design but just a shame about how difficult it is to play with.
A traditional hammer toy with a sturdy wooden bench. Hammer the 6 colourful pegs then turn the bench over and start again. Ideal for encouraging hand/eye coordination and manipulative skills