Peterkin's 'Boss' Construction helmet is an incredibly simple dress-up accessory with a simple, robust design and bright colours. The helmet is fairly small, and will fit on the heads of children aged 4-8 approx, and has a plastic padding-frame on the inside (just like a real, adult helmet) in order to make it more comfortable to wear.
The helmet is made out of moulded plastic painted bright yellow, with a rasied ridge across the top and a peak at the front, which is handy as it will help to keep your child's face in the shade when the hat is being used on hot summer days. It also has a badge front-centre, with the word 'BOSS' written in bold capitals, and is a great little item for role-play and encouraging constructive play in general, for use in activities such as "helping" Dad, building with blocks, digging in the garden and so on.
There's really very little to criticise about the helmet as it is well-made, light, useful, and visually appealing, although it should be remembered that this is not an actualy safety helmet and purely intended for dress-up/role-play purposes. You can pick it up for around £5 or £6 online, which isnt bad, although you can pick this sort of thing up even cheaper at markets and discount toy shops. Still, worth it for the money.
Whilst my daughter was all princess sugary pink when she was a little girl. My little boy is the totally opposite end of the spectrum. He is so rough, tough and ready and intrested in anything to do with lorries, tractors, police and binmen!!
For his toddling years, he wasn't at all intrested in dressing up. But since he started nursery and now reception class, he had developed an intrest in using props and costumes to enhance his role play games.
One such prop that I bought him was this yellow construction hard hat from amazon. I was attracted by two things regarding this product. Firstly the very reasonable price of £3.25 and also the comical and cute sign on the front of the hat which reads 'BOSS'.
When the hat arrived, I was pleased with both the quality and the design. I was content with the vibrant yellow plastic which looked very authentic. I also liked the detailing on the hat, which offered a bolder and more realistic element.
My son was thrilled with this hat and initially wanted to use it to play his lorry games. However this hat was not very generous in head space and I found that my son was growing more and more irritated with this hat. He would sweat when wearing it and it would rub slightly. Now my son is not a giant. But he does have large feet and hands and head and he is the tallest in his class. (not bad for a 3lb 50z premature baby!!)
This hat was soon disguarded by my son. Due to the poor fitting. This is a shame as the hat is well made and durable and he did enjoy using the hat to enhance his role play game. I have since bought him another yellow construction hat. Although it is much bigger and fits him well it is not as good a quality as this Perkin Boss hat.
In reflection, I do think this hat is a very well made and authentic designed construction hat. It has a vibrancy and although made from plastic it has a hardness to it and not a cheap and flimsy feel. The only thing that spoilt it for me was the smallish head space.