“ Brand: Argos / Type: Playhouse / Tents „
As Baby Frank has been shall we say, rather on the late side to get moving, I am always on the look out for toys and activities to encourage exploration, and well, movement in general. Earlier in the year, I enrolled her in a baby gym class at which there are lots of tents similar to the one pictured with tunnels adjoining and thought that having one at home would be good. After looking around for tents and tunnels and comparing prices, this Argos tent at £10 was a winner as it could be bought with the tunnel for £15 as part of a summer promotion.
The tent comes in a surprisingly small, flat box which I have never been able to fit it back into! It is super-easy to assemble because it just literally pings into the right shape- no faffing around with poles or pegs, it is truly self-assembling. It has a hole on one side into which the tunnel can go (but this hole is off the ground by a couple of inches which is not ideal for the tunnel). At the end there is a 'door' which comprises two flaps of material so it can be open and shut which provides a lot of peekaboo fun for my little one. In the open position, the two door flaps can be tied back with ties that are sewn into either side, and there are a couple of meagre scraps if velcro to 'secure' the door in the closed position.
When you (or your little ones) have finished playing with the tent, the idea is that it easily folds back up and can be stored. There are even some tantalising strips of velcro strategically placed around the frame of the tent which suggest that his may be possible. However, I have not mastered how to do this, and although I can make it flat, I can't really compact it in diameter. This is a bit annoying, but I just stuff it behind everything in the shed and it stays put because all the other non-compactable children's toys stop it from popping out again.
I have to be honest, I am amazed that the fabric of the tent is still intact. It looks like it could rip really easily should a buckle of a shoe catch it. The walls and floor of the tent are both made of this fabric, and I wonder whether it could do with some reinforcing on the floor. I guess the good thing about the material is that it's light, and no doubt cheap to manufacture thereby keeping costs down. It helps to provide shade in the garden, but would not keep you dry in even a light rain shower.
Baby Frank has really enjoyed playing in her tent and accompanying tunnel. The window and door help to make it a bit more interactive and fun. The quality seems pretty poor but amazingly it is not damaged yet, and maybe I underestimate it. I think it was a good buy all in all.
With summer coming along (we hope at least...) we decided to buy our 14 month old son a play tent for use indoors or outdoors (whereby it would provide some shade). Having bought a play house which required the insertion of rods, making it difficult to transport indoors & outdoors, we returned said tent & opted for the Argos pop up tent instead.
The tent is very easy to 'pop up' & easy enough to 'pop down' (once you get the knack of folding it), making it ideal for transporting & storing. The material doesn't look the most hardwearing (time will tell on that one), but is sufficient to provide shade outdoors. The colours are bright primary colours, appealing to young babies & children. There is a 'door' on one side which folds back & fastens with velcro, & a 'hole' in one side through which the matching item of a pop up tunnel can be attached.
The price is excellent, at £9.99, or can be bought along with a range of other items on a '2 for £15' offer. (We bought the adjoining tunnel also).
Our son absolutely loves his new toy...we can't keep him out of it now! A great buy & highly recommended.
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My son has just turned one, and we wanted something for him to play with. But also something that would grow with him as he got older. So we went and got a "Pop "N" fun pop up ball house. It is easy to put up and to put away as it is kept in a small bag. When you take it out of the bag, it almost springs open so you haven't got to do much except pull it in to place then it is up. It pops up into the shape of a box. It is brillant also the way it goes from a big box shape big enough for a few kids. Into a very tiny bag when folded down. It is in lovely bright colours, so it attracts the child with the colours to start with. It is in Yellow,Red,Blue and Green in colour. With four mesh sides for ventilation so they can see out all around. The front has velcro so the door can be pulled back so easy to get in and out. It also comes with 250 brightly coloured balls aswell. They are big so they can't be swallowed, but watch out as they can be thrown at you. It has a hole in the top so the balls can be poured in from the bag they are kept in. It can be apain putting the balls away and folding the tent down, but you get use to it after pratice. It is suppose to be for 3 and over, but my 1 yr old likes it though. He just crawls into and out of it when he wants to play with it. He sits in it for ages if it is near the television. As he can watch it through the sides of the tent. I got it from Argos for £39.99. It was well worth the money we paid for it as the older kids love it aswell. It is worth having to keep a child amused for ages. Just make sure it is near something because when they are younger they can push it over.
We brought our son a pop up playtent from a mail order catalogue just over a year ago and he just loves it. It is an action man tent, very safe and well made and he often plays with it for hours, either in his bedroom or out in the garden (weather permitting). He has even slept in it on some nights (in his room). The good thing about these is that they are very real-like and with one twist they are packed away! So something that took up loads of room one minute, has now been slid under the bed or hung up in it's carry case behind the door. I have now seen that they make an assortment of these play tents and they range in price. The action man tent has remained the same price (19.99) but prices now start from as little as £14.75 for the smaller person. Recommended age starts from 3 although playing with an older brother or sister or adult supervision, I expect younger than 3 would enjoy crawling around. They are made from nylon and although shower resistant they are not waterproof! Something to put on the christmas list!!!
I purchase this for my son's 2nd birthday. It was a complete bargain!!! I picked up one of the Argos sale leaflets and found this pop up tent down from £14 to £7, always one for a bargain I snapped it up. It's lovely and bright, with one side having an entrance, another with a hole to put in one of those play tunnels and a third with a mesh portion in it so that you can still see what your child is up to. It also packs away into a small bag so is really easy to take with you anywhere and is nice and easy to store. It's a nice size and you can easily fit about 4 two year olds in it. I thought it would be a good idea for use in the summer, that way my son can be outside in the garden but still shaded from the sun. My only grumble is that I can't put it up!!!! I've watched my husband put it up on several occasions in about 3 minutes flat. On the day that I decided to do it, it took me half an hour!!!! OK, you can stop laughing now, I'm sure there's a knack to it that I'll get the hang of.
Features main door with tiebacks, circular entrance with roll-up cover and sewn-in groundsheet for both indoor and outdoor use.