“ Brand: Tomy / Age: 6 months / Type: Activity Toys „
It was over a year ago now when hubby and I were looking into getting some toys for our more and more active toddler (she was about 15 months old at the time) when we found what has turned out to be the biggest bargain ever in Argos. The Tomy activity table. We bought it for £5.99 reduced from £19.99.
Well I went and picked up the big box and brought it home. Taking the pieces out it was obvious how it all fitted together. Two large chucky capital I shaped legs slip into grips on the underside of the chunky lime green top.(around 12 inches by 8 inches) On top of the table top is a darker green lid which makes the table useable as a table for doing activities on/eating snacks off etc but under this lid are the activities. (different colours from the table pictured here at dooyoo)
My little Beth was instantly impressed with all the activities to play with. She stood up for ages at a time when she was just getting used to the standing and walking malarkey, playing happily. Whats more Her Daddy and I were impressed by the fact It needed no batteries! No flashing lights or electronic sound definitely a plus in our books.
But was it entertaining enough for Beth? Well the activities included are: A plastic see through tube with tiny little multi coloured balls in that rattles when its spun. A little yellow button which squeaks when pushed down, 2 shape sorters with shapes (that fit into slots along the side of the table as well as going into the shape sorter holes) A square, triangle, circle and an X all in 3D chunkiness.
A big yellow see saw button which has different textures and makes a dulled click sound when you push on either side of it, A mirror (well silver paper anyway) and another broken mirror which is the same silver paper but with a pattern on it so your baby can see the outline of the face but its all mixed up.
There is a big green cog with a little dip missing from it, put your finger in the dip and turn and youll hear a click, click, click sound. Next to this is a yellow bar with 4 brightly coloured chunky rings on it, when you spin these or move them up and down the bar they clatter together.
This really did keep my Beth happy for hours. She loved the shape sorters especially and the mirror. Everything is brightly coloured and very safe, I can see no real accidents waiting to happen here. Putting the top down meant she could sit in her little chair and colour in but just one thing. There is the alphabet embossed all around the edges of the table top and this makes it difficult to colour on. If you keep to the centre though there is no problem.
Ohh how could I forget? On the underside of the lid is a magic drawing plate. Run the tip of the circle block (it is shaped like a funnel on top of the chunky circular base looking like a chunky little pencil) along the pink of this block and see it draw images. Lift the film and the scribbles disappear. Something which Beth got far more interested in around 2 years old.
Ok so they say this item is suitable for 1-3 year olds. How can it be if it is a table and my little boy/girl at one isnt quite walking yet? Ahh well this is where it gets clever. Take out the two legs (full instructions are provided by the way) and fit them into the table one on top of each other lying flat down on their backs. Then you have a big pink screw which screws them securely in to the table top and then the table can be attached to the inside of a cot or a playpen 9if it has bars) However you must take it off when the baby is capable of standing as it can act as a step for them to climb upon.
Now however, does it keep its usefulness till my little one ss three years of age? Well Beth will be three in November and she still uses the table every day. Ok it is now used mostly as a snack table and somewhere for her to rest whilst she draws or plays with her play doh etc but It is still used and is in very good condition. Too be honest I can see her getting a good few more months use out of this before her legs get too big to fit under it!
Also it is easy to store. Take the legs out and screw them down to the bottom and you have a relatively small cube to store in a cupboard or under a bed but the table itself takes up very little room even when it is assembled.
This table is still in very good condition, the colours haven't faded, there are no cracks or dents, everything still works and it is as stable as a table as it's always been. Taking into account it has been used daily for close to two years I think this is amazing really!
Now I did a quick search for this table and it doesnt look like Argos stock them any more. I spotted one at www.toyopia.co.uk for £18.99 but was unable to locate it anywhere else. I really do think I would pay the £18.99 as it has already lasted my daughter for close to 2 years and will be useful for a while longer yet.
It is rare that you find a true grows with your child toy and this is definitely one of them. Highly recommended by Beth and her Mummy!
I brought this table about 4 months ago and my two little boys absolutely love it,it has everything that you could fit on it for babies upto toddler age.The rattles are made from solid plastic and the table itself is very strong,that strong infact that my two little boys have even stood on it and it didn't even wobble. I love the fact that you can actually take the lid off and sit in on your knee with your kid and let your kid scribble away with no ink marks,wax or even paper to mess the room up! Just lift up the lid to clear the jazzy pink screen and then it's away for next time. It is ideal,all in one it has lots to do on it to keep your kids occupied for hours and grows with your child aswell.Get one for your child when still young and it will grow with them.I did and it has had plenty of use.My son is now 3 and he still finds plenty of fun with it . Overall this is a great toy,value for money and will last years,and when you are done you can take it to bits and store it away.
The variety of uses for this table more than makes up for some of the somewhat dull activities. Useful to your child from around 6 months for probably many years. It simply consists of an activity table, two legs and a magic drawing add-on, but the combinations you can do with these are outstanding. You can just put the activity center in your baby’s cot or add the legs in four different ways for multi play desks and an easel. Choose from just the activity center or add the drawing add-on one way to draw magic pictures or the other way for a desk. The activities are shapes and shape sorter holes, a roller with beads in it, 4 small rings, a squeeker (which I’ve found doesn’t work well and is hard to use), a reflective surface and a dial that makes a noise when turned. There is also a large thing in the middle that your baby can push one way then the other (kind of like a seesaw) to make a ping noise. We had absolutely no use out of it except maybe a very rare roll of the bead thing while it was in her cot. She will open the sorter flaps and put the shapes in and out now she is 11mths but that is still almost all the excitement she gets from it. But she does like to stand up and hold onto it and hit it with her other toys! Well if she uses it doesn’t matter how does it? I can see her getting a lot more use out of it as she gets older though. I would say that in my experience it is no good for babies, you’d do far better getting a different activity center but great for older children. I would probably buy it again if I could go back but only for that purpose.
A multi functional table which adjusts to three different heights. Can be used as a cot activity centre, an activity table and a drawing table.