The Bigjigs carpenters tool belt is a fantastic toy for any budding builder or Bob the Builder fan. It is simple and fun and looks great. My son received this toy as a Christmas Present from his Auntie and Uncle. His Auntie (my sister) knows I am a bit of a sucker for wooden toys and I just think they are so much nicer and more natural then all these plastic all singing and dancing toys you can get. My son is obsessed with copy his daddy who likes to do a lot of wood work and he is also a big fan of Bob the Builder so this toy was perfect for him. I am still torn between my son becoming a professional cook or a builder when he is older as that is all he seems to do all day! So my son's Auntie couldn't have got it more right for him. He was very pleased with his present.
The Bigjigs carpenter tool belt comes with five tools and a couple of screws to go in the belt. They are all made out of wood and look fantastic. The tools are a saw, a hammer, a wrench, a square and a chisel. The tools are partly painted in nice bold bright colours but leaving some natural wood effect too. The sizes of the tools are perfect for any small child to hold in their hands. The saw measures 20cms long and has a perfect size hole in the handle for a child to hold onto it. All the other tools are in the same proportion as the saw. As well as the tools there are two large wooden screws with the set. This doesn't contain any small bits which you often find come with tools sets so I wasn't afraid to leave it around my sixteen month old who still has a habit of putting bits in his month.
As this is a tool belt set the belt is as important as the tools. This has set this particular tools set away from others my son has had in the past. He loves the fact he can have his tools on him when he is playing demolishing the table! The belt is made from dark blue material with a red border round it. The pockets are made from clear plastic and the strap on the belt is red and is adjustable. This set is for children three years and older. My son is virtually three now but we did find it to be too big for him even when the strap is pulled to its smallest. We have had to put a loop in it to make it smaller. On Christmas day my fiancé and brother in law were seeing who could actually fit it round their waist not something I would recommend, but men being men! The belt at its biggest measures 72cms.
My son really likes this toy and it is great for his imaginative play. He thinks he is Bob the Builder! He hasn't yet learnt how to undo the clip on the belt so I often find he has put it on then decides he wants it off so has to come for help. He does seem to spend most of his time putting the tools in and out of the tool belt. The pocket sizes are slightly different in size so he has found it is trial and error getting them all to fit in. I think this is great as he has to work out the objects size and which hole it will fit in.
I think the toy is a lovely idea the only problem I have had with it is my son can be a little rough with it. He sees his daddy with a hammer and thinks he can use as much force with his. Unfortunately these tools are quite that strong and the hammer head has fallen off. Of course it hasn't been too much for daddy to fix it with a bit of strong glue.
This small tool set will cost you about £11. And for that price you can't expect the most robust toy. I think is good value for money and my son has had great enjoyment out of it so far. It makes wonderful present for a young child and looks very nice too. So a couple of small problems aside I would recommend this tool belt.