“ Manufacturer: John Lewis / Type: Baby Toy „
My son received the John Lewis Hammer Bench for his first Christmas. I really like traditional wooden toys as I think it is nice for my son to have a few 'simple' toys that don't require batteries and also I think they look really nice too. I was probably more excited than my son when we unwrapped it! - The Hammer Bench - The toy is essentially a wooden bench with holes in it where wooden pegs can be knocked through using a wooden hammer. The bench measures approximately 20cm in length and 11cm in height. The legs of the bench are painted in the bright colours of red, green, yellow and blue while the middle section with the holes is light-coloured wood. The holes are lined with rubber so that the pegs push through quite easily without getting scratched. The bench can go either way up as there are two big legs on each side. There are five holes and five pegs. Each peg measures approximately 6cm in length and has a diameter around the size of a £1 coin. The pegs are coloured green, blue, yellow, red and orange. The hammer is made from light-coloured wood to match the bench. The head of the hammer is wider than the top of a peg so this makes it easier to hit the peg through the hole. I love the look of this toy as it is so simple but the quality is great and I really like the traditional feel it has. - If I Had a Hammer - My son really likes this toy mainly because hitting things with a hammer is fun! He hasn't quite got the hang of hitting the pegs through the holes yet but he has got the hang of pushing the pegs through the holes himself and hitting everything around him with the hammer! I think this toy is great for improving motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In the future I think it will be a great toy to teach colours and counting with. It complements our wooden shape sorter and musical instruments very well and I think it looks lovely on the shelf in my son's room. The only downside to this toy is hammering is really noisy! Sometimes it sounds like my son is building an extension to the house! The only other issue would be to watch out for children hammering each other instead of the pegs. - Age Range - Apparently this toy is suitable from 18 months. We received it when my son was six months but didn't start playing with it until he was one year. Since then he has enjoyed playing with it a lot and is slowly learning what to do with it. I don't see any reason why this can't be used from around 12 months even if they don't get the hang of it for a while. - Price and Availability - This is available from John Lewis and is priced at £14. I think this is a little expensive for such a simple toy but then again the quality is great, it looks great and my son really likes it so perhaps it is worth the price. I think it makes a lovely gift. - Would I Recommend? - I would definitely recommend this Hammer Bench as it is fun, educational, great quality and looks great. It is a little pricy but I think you are paying for the quality.