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My mum spoils my daughter rotten and on one visit she came over to visit bearing this Playskool Push 'n' Stack Gears toy. Another toy to add to the ever growing pile (or should I say house full) of toys we already have.
----- The toy -----
This push along toy resembles a little bug. It's made from a high quality sturdy plastic, it has an easy to grasp handle perfect for little hands. The critters head holds two eyes that swirl around when he is being pushed around. The main body of the bug has two slots each slot holds two gears that, when being pushed along, spin in sync with one another as the gears slot into little cogs on the wheels.
The critter as a whole, gears and main body, is made from bright visually stimulating colours which entice baby and encourage them to play with it. The four gears each have a different colour and shape design upon them. These gears can be stacked on top of one another as one end has an opening and the other has a raised edge.
Playskools Push 'n' Stack gears can be purchased from Amazon for £13.10, or eBay for £9.99+ P&P. It's recommended age is 9 months+.
----- Our thoughts -----
This little critter hasn't been a huge hit in our house. Initially, when my daughter got this at 10 months old she did push it around as she crawled around the house for a few weeks, but after then it didn't get much use.
As it's being pushed around it does make quite a racket with the gears turning and churning as soon as the toy is pushed. I guess this is to be expected as they are plastic gears, but it really is quite loud.
The two slots that hold the gears are the perfect size for them to slot into place, at the top of each slot is a little bit of plastic that keeps the gears in place. I thought this was great as when Kacie started walking she used to carry the critter along with her and these little knobs stopped the gears from falling out as she tottered around. They are pushed in when gears are being put in or taken out of place so they didn't cause any trouble in placing the gears into the slots.
When Kacie was around 1 year old she worked out that the gears can be stacked on top of one another, and this again only kept her amused for a couple of weeks until the novelty wore off and the toy went back to it's place in the bottom of her toy box. The large openings mean it's easy to stack them on top of one another but the thin bodies of the gears meant that when all four were stacked they did sway and a gentle nudge would make them fall back down.
----- Overall -----
This push along critter is a nice looking toy. It costs around £15 when not on special offer and I don't think I would of paid that price for it. Ours has only been played with a few weeks at a time, then sat neglected at the bottom of the toy box, so £15 is a bit steep for the use we've had of it. I'm going to give an average rating of 3!