Product Type: Chad Valley Outdoor Toy
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Chad Valley Children's Play Tunnel
Member Name: teafan11
Chad Valley Children's Play Tunnel
Advantages: versatile and a great amount of fun.
Disadvantages: can fray along the wire after alot of use.
My oldest son had a tunnel tube when he was small, he had an amazing amount of fun with it and it only seemed right that I bought one for my youngest. The tube is made of wipe able fabric that has metal concertinaed into it to allow it to fold down for easy storage. The tube is approximately four foot long and is about a foot and a half in diameter. It is obviously designed for younger children and collapses very easily under pressure so we have had a few tears when a cousin landed on top whilst my little one was crawling throw. This however is inevitable as my boys are so boisterous that not a day goes by without at least one bump or scrape. The tunnel though bounces back into shape quickly and is not adversely affected which makes it in my eyes very hardy and it has been tested by not only my kids but numerous friends and relatives. This is often the first toy that is got out at barbeques and although we do have permanent garden toys out like a trampoline, slide, scooter and cars and trikes this still seems to be the toy that is fought over. Why do kids all want to play with the same toy at the same time regardless of the number of toys available....grrr!
There are additions you can purchase for this including a ball pit and tepee tent which very easily connect to either end of the tube. You can make a huge assault course by buying additional tubes and tents.
The tube is in bright colours which my son loves and he constantly asks to have it out. My oldest sons tube did start to wear along the wire so I am vigilant in regard to the ends as my oldest did scratch himself quite badly on his prior to it being thrown out. My oldest son is disappointed that he is no longer able to play with this and does try and join in the game chasing my little one around the tube and attempting to chase him throw.
The tube is great quality and both my sons have had a great deal of joy from these tubes. They encourage exercise and make the garden a lot more interesting to play in. The last tube we had lasted a good few years and was only thrown because of the exposed wire that had come throw the frayed fabric but he used it almost daily and it was often put up in the house during the winter months, so we certainly got our money's worth.
I says it is designed for two and over but my nephew who is only eight months old enjoys crawling throw it and touching the sides with us touching his hand throw the fabric, he stops and laughs as travels through it...its sooo cute..lol!
The tub folds up and is buttoned shut for easy storage, which is ideal because we have so many outdoor toys and games that storage can become an issue. This is a popular toy in our house and is very versatile, I have taken it on picnics and to the beach because it collapses flat and transports very easily. The only thing I would say is that it is very lightweight and although this is a benefit for transporting and storage can become a problem when used in windy conditions.
Definitely worth the money...I recall paying around £9.99 for mine but it now retails for £12.21 in Amazon and £9.99 in Argos for the tube with small port hole type windows along the side. I have noticed that Argos has a pink option and also for £24.99 you can purchase the tube and two additional tents as a set. My tube however is solid fabric with no windows. My kids spend a lot of time outside and this was a great buy.
Summary: One of the best outdoor toys we own, and we own alot.
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- Plum Magnitude 14ft Trampoline
- Plum Palace 6ft Trampoline
- Plum Magnitude 8ft Trampoline
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