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I bought this bob the builder set for my son last year. I payed around ten pounds for this set which I thought was fairly reasonable considering it is a well branded toy. This set is great for any budding builders. It comes in a very handy and sturdy plastic tool box. Inside the box is a variety of tools such as hammer, screws and saw. There is also a very durable yellow hat. Just like Bob's.
Initially my son was very impressed with this toy. I found that this toy helped encourage his ability to engage in role play. His imagination was promoted loads when using this toy. I have to be honest though. I found that the tools in this box were quite limited and my son was often asking for certain items that weren't included. For example a tape measure. I ended up buying and adding alot of other childrens building items to this set.
I do feel that the items in this set are very chunky and great for gripping. However, my son became quite bored with this toy as even though he has only just turned five I feel he thought this set was quite babyish. I bought him a black and decker childs set with a work bench and I found these tools to be of a far more realistic effect to them.
I would have to say that I have seen far better tool sets around for children. I don't particualrly think that this set is worth it's ten pounds price tag. I do think that it is lacking a few basic items which would promote a better playing experience. (such as a spanner and tape measure.)
What I did like about this set though was the size. It is quite compact and therefore does not take up a lot of storage space. It is also light enough for little ones to carry around with ease. It is also sturdy and hard wearing. My son is quite heavy handed (like most young boys) unyet this set has witheld quite robust useage.
So in conclusion. I do feel that this set has some good points in terms of quality and durability. However, I do feel it is lacking in it's abilty to keep a child entertained for a long period of time. I feel it is a good set on which to add items too. So Bob? can you fix it?...... well i may need a few more tools before I can!!
My twins were 2 in November and they were given plenty of toys to play with, one of the many toys I bought them were the Bob the Builder carry along tool set as they are crazy bob fans amongst other things!
The Bob the Builder carry along tool set can be bought in argos for £9.99 however I was lucky enough to buy mine in the two for £15 deal.
The carry along tool set is suitable for children aged 3 years and over, but after I took out the 'little bits' I thought it was fine for my 2 year olds personally.
The set is basically a carry 'bucket', a blue plastic square shaped bucket that's not that deep really with a handle over the top for your child to carry it around. The bucket comes with a bob the builder hard hat, a hammer that squeaks, a screwdriver, nuts and bolts and last but not least a saw. Each piece of the set is a light, plastic not very heavy and no sharp edges or points everythings rounded off and moulded perfectly to create realistic shapes but in safe, plastic kiddies versions. The nuts and bolts, as you can imagine are the smallest pieces and I took them out in fear of the twins choking on them - which is probably why it is reccomended for children 3 and up but in my opinion these are the only real danger.
The carry case itself isn't awfully strong so it can't be filled with masses of toys especially as it's not that deep either, but it's a nice personal case for a child to carry their little pieces of tools around and imagine they are bob the builder with their hats on for more effect. My boys really enjoy role playing when they have these, the hats go on and they are soon in Bob mode, screwing and hammering at almost anything they can get their hands on.
The case and the hat have bob the builder stickers on which can quite easily be peeled off as I found out when I watched my twins pulling at them the week after having them. This doesn't stop them wearing the hats and carrying the cases though so not a major problem.
The tools don't actually 'do' anything to appeal to a child this toy is all about roleplay and imagination, which maybe is another reason it's meant for 3 year olds or more but children soon have their own little games to play, such as hammering hell out of my head for example - fantastic game!
I wouldn't call the material 'sturdy and strong' but it's enough for what it is so long as your child isn't standing on it, throwing it, bashing it etc it should all last for a little while anyway making it a toy that's worth the money. The helmet for me is the most impressive part of the set, it really is a realistic hard hat, exactly like Bob himself wears and it seems to be a strong plastic, stronger than the case and the tools so a bit more hard wearing than the rest of the set. The hat I suppose could also be used in fancy dress if need be say if your child is in nursery and needs to dress up as something, making it a bonus.
The set is brightly coloured and really appealing for any child I should imagine, especially the in your face yellow Bob hat - it's bound to be a winner with any boy or girl!
I personally feel it's a brilliant little toy to introduce younger children to the world of tools etc especially if that is what they are interested in, obviously as they get older they will need stronger, sturdier .. oh and probably more expensive sets to but this is a great little toy to begin with.
Bob the builder can he fix it, Bob the builder yes he can, Scoop, Muck an Dizzy.........yes you all know the words.
As a parent you spend hours looking for the right toys for your children, and as we all know the simplest toys have the best results. My son is a massive fan of Bob, Sam, Pat and all the rest so when I spotted the carry along tool set I bought it straight away.(How cute do they look in that hat?). It has proved to be one of the best buys I have made. For less than a tenner Ryan (my son) has had countless hours of fun (usually sawing Dad`s ear off).
I would recommend this as a superb stocking filler to any parents out there, be prepared to be woken up at five in the morning to the sound of banging and the refrain "Bob and the gang have so much fun...."
I bought my son the bob the builder helmet and tool kit for Christmas last year when he was twenty months old.
The set comprises of a plastic yellow helmet with and adjustable headband inside, a basket that contains a saw, screwdriver, hammer, screwdriver, nails, screws and bolts.
The manufacturer recommend three years and above and I think this is likely to be the risk of chocking hazard with the bolts on the screws.
The toy itself is very sturdy. My son has sat on a regular basis in the basket and has treated it quite roughly. The only signs of wear are on the hard hat sticker which having got left out in the garden a few times is starting to wear.
My son has enjoyed dressing up at NCT parent and toddler group and thought he would love the toy as he is a huge bob the builder fan. He will regularly walk round the house in his hat and has even insisted wearing it walking to the car. I did turn it into an Easter hat for an Easter bonnet competition as he usually won't wear hats but once converted he would not entertain the idea of wearing it until it was converted back to Bob the builder hat.The hat itself is still slightly big for my two year old but fine for playing in.
He does seem to know what to do with all the tools and will use screwdriver and hammer around the house and on my legs. The saw he generally seems to use more on me and then get me to do the same himself. They are very colourful in bright primary colours and ideal for the little boys.
The screws and nails don't seem to really have any use except it is something else for me to pick up when he has finished playing.
The basket is ideal as he can sort through and find what he needs without always tipping it all over the floor although this does still happen. I have some other bob the builder toys that I can keep in this basket as well. He will carry his tool kit around and then do some jobs.
His favourite job is repairing the front door. At his age he is happy to bang on the table chairs and screw anything that doesn't need repairing but I imagine as he gets older he would want something to actually screw.
He does try and help when I am screwing a thing which is usually a battery case as I am always replacing batteries. He does have the idea but his own tools are a much safer idea.
I do think this is a great first tool kit for young boys. It definitely helps my son with his imagination and his co ordination.
My 4 year old is not the biggest fan of dressing up, in fact at his nativity play this year he was the saddest, most forlorn donkey I've ever seen, however when the dressing up is on his own terms there's no stopping him and one of his favourite sets is the Bob The Builder tool set with Hat.
The set itself isn't so much fancy dress but rather a play set, it comes with a shopping style basket, a range of tools including saw, hammer, screw driver and screws and a yellow Bob hardhat. The set is made of thick plastic and is in bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue as well as green, the tools are a good size for younger children to use and Christopher finds them very easy and comfortable to play with, the hat only comes in one size and of course the fit will depend on the size of your little ones head as well as their age, Christopher has a particularly large head for a 4 year old and wears 8 year old sized hats but the bob hard hat fits him well.
It's a great play set for imaginative play and it is lovely watching as Christopher potters around the house with his hard hat on pretending to fix doors, screw down carpet gripper bars, hammer in imaginary nails.............he even comes over all "crazy doctor" and tries to carry out operations on us grown ups and his teddies by "fixing" their limbs with use of the saw! Some of the plastic screws come with matching bolts which have to be wound onto the screws, they're quite chunky and easy for Christopher to fix on properly, it's great for their hand eye co-ordination though as they have to line up the screw and bolt, getting the thread correct.
The bright colours are attractive and stimulating for younger children while not being too childish for older Bob fans, the plastic is very durable and being wipe clean means a lot less work for mummies and daddies after their little handy man, or woman, has been busy at work with their tools. The basket is a great addition allowing you to keep all the bits together preventing tools being spread randomly throughout the house and also allows your little one to carry all the tools at once, which could otherwise be tricky for someone of Christophers age.
Christopher can spend hours playing with the tool set despite it being quite a simple toy, it captures his imagination and fits perfectly with his Black & Decker toy workbench. We had the set bought as a gift however it is available from good toy stores including Toys r Us in the region of £10. There are more grown up looking sets available for older children as well as a workbench, tool belt and other accessories, this however is great as a starter set or if you're stuck for space but still want to give your little one a little Bob The Builder fun
Can we fix it? Yes we can! This cool Bob the Builder Tool Set comes with all the tools you'll need to play fix it! Kids will love carrying around all their tools; saw, screwdriver and hammer in this blue tub with yellow handle and cool graphics! Don't forget to be safe just like bob with his yellow hard hat! A great way to encourage roleplay! Please note: not designed as real safety gear!