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      09.02.2014 14:09

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      great toy, providing you are happy to keep it assembled and in one place

      I bought the Chad Valley Pop up Play Tent while it was on offer, so actually only paid £7.50 for it. The tent was a present for my son's 4th birthday, and rather than wrap it up, I set the tent up and put all of his presents inside it. It was very easy to set up, as once unwrapped, the tent pops up and immediately takes on the correct shape.

      Well, it went down a storm, not only with my son, but also with my 7 year old daughter, and my cat. The tent is fantastic for using indoors as it is small and does not take up too much space in my son's bedroom. There is room inside for two children, and my two spend hours playing picnics, schools and all sorts of other role play games with the tent as the main feature.

      The material is bright and cheerful, and seems good quality. The structure is quite durable, with the supports flexible but strong, but as with all of these pop up style houses, it is impossible to get the tent completely straight. It is also impossible to fold back up and the instructions are next to useless.

      The main criticism I have is that there is no case to pack the tent away in. This is not a problem for us, as we only want to use the product indoors. However, anyone who wanted to take the tent to the park or beach would have diffuculty doing so.

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      29.07.2013 21:47
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      Pay a little more

      For my daughter's birthday we decided to buy a tent and play tunnel for her. Browsing Argos we came across this tent and the connecting tunnel as part of a 2 for £15 offer. They can be purchased separately for around £10 each, but we found it better value to take up the special offer. There are two variations offered. A multicoloured tent that would suit boys or girls and a pink tent with purple love hearts printed over it that is more suited to a girl. We went for the second option so have both the pink tent and tunnel.

      The tent is extremely easy to assemble. You just remove a small piece of card that is holding the tent in place and it pops up. That is it ready to be placed on the floor and the tunnel attached. Putting the tent away is something else. To this day I have been unable to get the tent folded back down. You do receive a small slip to cover the tent but it just will not fold down to how it was when we purchased it. You can squish it a little and reduce the size but this makes it impossible to take along to the beach or out on a sunny day for shelter. Also by folding it into the wrong shape the tent itself can become misshaped and bent. It straightens out a little when it is assembled again but there is still an annoying kink that makes it fall to one side.

      The tent is a great size for one child and a good size for two children. At times all four of my children have played inside at once but it was overly cramped and they barely had space to move. They find it much more functional with just two children inside. It is the perfect size for my daughter who is one, but I find my older children are unable to stand up inside the tent. This in no way stops them from playing with it as they just crawl in and out and sit while inside.

      The material feels as though it should be waterproof, but there is a mesh to it. It feels like rough paper and really is not very nice to touch. It will not hurt your child but it just has an unpleasant feel to it. The material is durable. I did worry that with constant dragging across the floor and children climbing in and out it could become ripped. It has proved invincible and with four preschoolers testing it out I am sure if it was going to rip it would have done so by now. We have used it outside and in and it still remains intact just a little bit misshaped.

      When used outside the tent can prove a bit of a nightmare. While it is used for play rather than camping, on a nice sunny day my children like to take it into the garden with them. The thing is there is no way to secure the tent. Even with the slightest breeze it moves around and it just seems really flimsy. It rolls around with my children and is looking a little worn from the rough play it received. The minimum age range is two years old but we purchased this for my daughters first birthday. She is able to use it without any problems at all but it does require adult supervision. As the tent moves around with your child I get worried she could become caught up in it.

      As an indoor toy we found it got used a lot. I am not sure if that is just because it is so large and takes up a lot of room so they notice it more. They love playing with toys inside the tent, making up stories and generally just crawling in and out and through the tunnel. It appears to sit well on the floor when first place but you soon realise when little one is inside just how lightweight it is. My one year old daughter can play fine and move around without disrupting the tent, but if my older children even lean on the sides it begins to tumble. For this reason it can only be used under adult supervision as they could easily hurt themselves rolling around.

      This tent has proved to be durable in some areas, but the fact that if any child within the recommended age group leans against the side it instantly falls over is not great. The material feels scratchy to the skin, and we have just found it to bend and move with my children. I had to sneak it out of the house as it is in such poor condition after a few months of use. I would not recommend this play tent as it is just too flimsy. While my children loved it the tipping constantly just scares me too much. It is cheap but that really shows with the quality, so I would suggest paying a little more for better quality.

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        10.07.2013 22:39
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        A pop up tent that is great fun for toddlers

        My 2 year old girls were bought this Chad Valley pop up tent and matching pop up tunnel by their Grandparents as a surprise gift, they don't get to see them very often so like to spoil them when they do. They got the pink version of the tent which has a heart pattern.
        I was familiar with the Chad Valley brand from when Woolworths used to stock their products and was pleased to find out that Argos now stock this range.

        Packaging
        The tent comes in a small box for the size of the tent and I was surprised that the tent folded down so small. The box is tells you the basic details about the tent and that it is suitable for 2 years +.

        Pops up in seconds?
        Yes, it really does. Unlike the larger tents which are pop up but require rods to be inserted this tent just needs to be unfolded. It has a cardboard sleeve over it to hold it together and when I removed this I was conscious to remember how it popped up to be able to fold it back down again. The first stage was twisting it open and then it just pulled apart to pop up fully, really did only take seconds. The size of the tent is height 90cm width 75cm and depth 75cm. This is only just big enough for both of my girls to be in at same time and they are both on the small side both still being able to stand up inside.
        Putting it away was straightforward too as I reversed the popping up process. It folds down neatly and I am able to store it away in the box when it's not in use.

        Getting in and out
        The tent has 2 entrances a circular one which allows you to place the matching pop up tunnel into it and flaps which are held closed with velcro. Having 2 entrances makes it appear bigger and stops it getting too hot when playing outside in the current sunny weather.
        This tent is also ideal for indoor play and my girls love collecting their toys in a pile inside, the small footprint means it doesn't take over our living room.

        Price and availability
        This tent is available from Argos and Amazon and my parents bought this one in Argos as part of the 2 for £15 offer with the pop up tunnel. On it's own it sells for £9.99 which is a reasonable price for this fun toddler tent.

        Would I recommend?
        Yes, this tent is on the small side but perfect for indoor use and okay for outdoors too. It isn't big enough for an adult to go in with the child so this does feel like it belongs to them and is a great place for them to play and hide!

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          06.01.2012 17:13
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          Absolute proof that new, "improved" doesn't always actually mean improved. Certainly this was a disa

          Before I go any further I'm going to point out that this tent was bought on the back of reading several reviews on various websites. Unfortunately the design of the tent has changed considerably since those reviews were written and had I known about these changes I would not have bought this particular tent.

          ==Let's Go Camping - A Parent's View==

          This tent was purchased in conjunction with the matching tunnel approximately a year ago, taking advantage of Argos' two for fifteen pound offer. When purchased separately it retails for £10.79 in Argos, but is still included in the offer, making it a relatively cheap purchase at £7.50. The tent itself comes supplied in a cardboard box along with the instructions that are printed on a card band that needs to be kept to hold the tent in the closed position. This is a toy that requires absolutely no assembly, it's simply a case of removing it from the box, removing the band and allowing it to pop open before giving it a shake so that it settles in the correct position. Folding the tent back down takes a lot more effort and is something that I haven't been able to get the knack of even now. Disappointingly the only way of keeping it folded down is to somehow place the card band back around it, and unlike it's previous incarnation there is not a bag to store it in.

          Once opened up the tent is a reasonable size with a base measuring 75cm square which tapers in a flattened pyramid 90cm high. While previous incarnations were made of a silky material that was shower-proof, this is made of a far more open-weave, almost rough to the touch fabric that reminds me of the material used in the manufacture of cheap duvets. Personally I feel this material makes the tent look far less attractive, especially when combined with the muted, almost dull colours that it is adorned with and the inability to keep even a light shower at bay is a real disappointment. Talking of colours, although the Argos catalogue states the colours may vary, this is exactly the same as the picture shown in their catalogue (but not this site). The base and top panel are a murky green while two of the side panels are orange and the other two blue. So I suppose, while the colours are not particularly exciting or attractive they are at least unisex. There are two entrances to the tent a circular hole that is supposed to be designed to use with the matching tunnel (although the tunnel doesn't actually fit very well and cannot be held in place) and a main entrance with flaps that can be held open with Velcro.

          When we bought this tent we had a couple of quite exacting purposes in mind after reading reviews I had felt this would fit the bill perfectly. The first of these was to take on holiday with us as a way of providing shade on the beach and the other was to do the same in the garden. Unfortunately, this tent fails on so many levels. Firstly the difficulty in folding it down and lack of a bag means that it's almost impossible to transport. It's not that it's heavy, because it most certainly is not, it's just that it's large enough to be unwieldy and even if I had of managed to fold it down I'm not convinced that the card band would have survived more than a few trips. (It's only held together with a bit of tape). The second major problem is that it is so lightweight, even a slight breeze is enough to lift it in the air and send it flying round the garden. This would be fine if there was a way of pegging it down, but there isn't. It doesn't come with tent pegs and even if it did there are no loops to hold the pegs. My final real issue is the lack of even the most basic of weather-proofing. The manufacturer must realise that we live in a country where we are likely to have a shower, even on the brightest day, so at the very least it should have been shower-proofed.

          As an adult, I feel this tent is a real disappointment that is really not fit for purpose, that is as an outdoor toy. We have tried to use it in the garden on a summer's day when there was only a breeze, but it still managed to find it's way onto the vegetable bed so now we only use it indoors. If I were to give stars out of five solely from an adult's perspective, I guess I would have to give just a single, solitary one star and that's only because it's easy to put up.

          But as with any toy, it's really not just my opinion that counts....

          ==Under Canvas - A Child's View==

          Although the recommended minimum age for this tent is two years, Freddy was well under that age when we bought it and indeed at 21 months is still under that age. But there are no small parts that could cause a choking hazard for younger children and full adult supervision is recommended even for children over this age. Over the last year Freddy has played with this tent on a semi-regular basis, with it not being a toy that he misses if I put it away.

          Before he could walk, Freddy would occasionally crawl into the tent to play peek-a-boos, but there's really nothing about it that overly interested him. As I've already stated, we did try using it in the garden to provide shade for him, but found it completely unsuitable. In the last month or so we've found Freddy making himself "dens" in the bottom of his wardrobe or under the table, dragging a blanket and some toys in with his, so we decided to encourage his to use the tent for this instead, which has been quite successful.

          Something I really have noticed is that even though Freddy is under the minimum age, when he stands in the tent his head almost touches the roof. I know that Freddy is tall for his age, but I am disappointed that he will soon only be able to sit or crawl in it. There is, however, enough room for him to sit comfortably, but it does look very crowded once he's dragged his blanket and cuddly toys in. There certainly isn't enough room for two children to play comfortably, as proved when his little friend came round for tea. Talking about that, his little friend is three and about average size and became quite frustrated that she couldn't stand in the tent. Another problem that we noticed once Freddy was playing with the tent is that it isn't as stable as it first appears. Should a child stand in it and push on the side it will topple (hence the constant supervision).

          As I've said before, this tent is something that Freddy will play with when the mood takes him, but not one that he'll miss. In fact if the tent has been put away he will play in exactly the same way by making a den under the table or at the bottom of the wardrobe. It just doesn't do enough or look eye-catching enough to get his attention and it's not as if the texture of the material is even pleasant to touch. It can't even be used as a ball pit because there isn't a large enough lip. So I think Freddy would probably give the tent two stars out of five as it is something that he's not that bothered about.

          ==Suitability, Developmental Benefits and Durability==

          Although billed as being suitable for children over the age of two, I can see no reason why younger children should not play with this. If there had been a way of pegging it down, I would have said that it would have been brilliant as a way of providing shelter for the non-mobile child in the garden or on the beach. But it would only be effective for this if you could find a way of weighting it down. As to the upper age, well I'm really not convinced that it will be big enough for Freddy by the time he is three, as he is already almost as tall as the tent.

          As with any toy this tent will help your child develop in various ways, but personally I feel the same benefits can be had with a clothes horse and blanket. So although this will help your child improve the gross motor skills as they climb in and out, their imaginations as they turn the tent into some new world and their cooperative skills as they play hide and seek, they would be able to do this with a make shift tent or den.

          As far as durability goes, the tent is still in fairly good condition, but in all honesty I can't say it's been extensively played with and has only been used outside the once. But the material it's made from while dull and scratchy does seem quite tough, and hasn't ripped yet. The tent has kept it's shape well, but that could be because I haven't managed to put it down fully since the first time it was opened.

          ==Final Words==

          In case you haven't guessed I really cannot recommend this tent, there are simply far too many problems with it. Yes it is cheap and easy to put up, but that really is all it's got going for it. It's too small for the recommended age group, too difficult to fold down, too dull, doesn't not have a bag for transporting and storage and the material it is made from is just nasty. What makes this even more disappointing is that from reading reviews of it's previous incarnation it used to be so much better, with very few of these faults. The Chad Valley Pop-Up tent certainly does seem to be a case of if it's not broken don't fix it, because this new version really has very little to recommend it. In fact while I would still recommend getting a play tent for your garden, I would say give this one a miss and spend a little more on a larger play tent made of silky material.

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            15.06.2011 10:37
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            Hours of fun and imaginative play

            I love this tent as it literally took two minutes to set up and it was ready to play with. It's one of those tents that just pops up and it folds back down again for easy storage. The tent comes in a 17 inch round cover, they are both made from 100% nylon.

            The tent is suitable for ages 2 and over so my son at 8, was probably a bit big for it but that didn't stop him from having fun with it with his 2 year old little sister who is was originally intended for.

            The tent is very brightly colored with a front Opening door, which can be held back with the attached Velcro straps, plus a round side opening, which can also be held open with the Velcro straps, and a back entrance, which can be used to attach the Chad Valley play tunnel (sold separately). The tent has a roll up door and windows, I however the wondows are quite low down so they are more like smaller door ways, which my 2 year old loves to crawl through.

            It's great for inside play on rainy days, especially as it does not take up too much room, being a decent 90cm x90cm x90cm and equally great for outdoor play for sunny days. My two spent hours playing with it on the day we got it in the garden, and the added bonus was that they had shelter in the garden on a sunny day. Plus with it not being too big it is ideal for any size garden, I have even taken this along to my brothers house, where he only has a yard for the children to play in.

            The other thing i love about this pay tent is that it is robust, and really does put up with alot of abuse, as my daughter is very much a tom boy,so as well as sitting in, if my back is turned she will launch herself off the sofa on top of it ( not recommended I may hasten to add) , and it simply just pops back into shape.

            Since first getting it we have also used it not only as a tent, but also as a ball pool in the back garden, although it is not advertised or designed for this purpose, it has done a pretty good job, and has made the tent versatile while at the same time preventing bordom from setting in, and it becoming another toy discarded and not played with.

            This has made this tent so worth the money, i paid £10 for mine which is a fantastic price as other more well known brands cost twice as much as this, however it can be picked up on places like ebay from £3.99.

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              06.05.2011 08:34
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              A tent best used with other accessories but still a good buy

              My son was actually bought the Chad Valley pop up tent by his grandparents for his first birthday in part of a set where he received the pop up tent, a play tunnel and another tent type part but which had no sides to it so to speak and was just basically a cube with holes in every side to crawl through and things. The tent is still at my son's daddy's house and he plays with it from time to time even now and he is almost six.

              The tent that my son was bought was a red and yellow somewhat triangular tent which is made out of material. It came packed in a cardboard box and was neatly folded in there...until we pulled it out that very first day of course! The tent is a pop up one and so it sprung in to action very easily and didn't need much adjusting to make it look like a tent at all. Our only issue afterwards was trying to fold it back up so it fit back in the box properly and we never did manage that so it used to always stick out of the top of the box when not in play!

              The tent features a main roll up door and then a side entrance too which is ideal for slotting the tunnel in to. The main door is easily rolled up when your child wants it to be and is secured with Velcro at the top. Of course it is just as easy to roll the door back down and again there are some small velcro tabs should your child decide they want a bit more privacy in their tent!

              The tent measures 90cm x 90cm x 90cm and it is a reasonable size really. When my son was younger both him and his friend would like to get in there and it was big enough, although they didn't have much room to move around when they were in there so it is probably more suited to just one child being in there at a time.

              My son used to use this tent both inside in the front room, in his bedroom and outside as well so it was pretty versatile. What is great about the tent is it just pops up so easily so there is no messing around with poles and things like there was when I was a child and wanted a tent building for me! It is literally just a few seconds to get the tent up and ready to play with and it doesn't take that long to pack away...it is just impossible to get it fully back in the box we found!

              I was really pleased that my son's grandparents bought him this set as I felt it helped encourage physical play. My son was quite active from an early age but he loved to crawl through the tunnel he had with this tent and so I would definitely recommend buying the tunnel to go with the tent as it just adds that extra dimension to the tent.

              We used to fill the tent with play balls too making a make shift ball pool when we didn't want to blow up the paddling pool for that purpose. My son used to love this, and ok it can get messy with balls rolling all over the carpet and things but in my opinion children are supposed to get messy and have fun and things soon tidy up anyway!

              You can pick up this tent from argos for £10.79 but it is actually on a 2 for £15.00 promotion at the moment which is a good deal indeed if you can find something that you would like to go with it. The tent has lasted well and has withstood lots of being played in by my son and so I feel it is a good quality play tent and well worth the money.

              Thank you for reading my review!

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                25.04.2011 22:38
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                A great toy that appeals to a wide age group

                I've bought a number of Chad Valley toys over the years. For the most part, they've proved to be just as good quality as their branded counterparts but costing a fraction of the price. For years, Chad Valley products were exclusive to Woolworths stores but, fortunately, many items are now available in Argos, including this pop up play tent which is currently available for £10.79 (April 2011.) I have, however, been informed that the current version has been 'redesigned' and is now made from a different material and doesn't sound as well-built as the original design that I own.

                Our tent was originally purchased from Woolies several years ago, alongside the co-ordinating pop up (or out) play tunnel and another style of roofless play tent which was part of the Chad Valley range at the time. All three components are still intact and still regularly played with, which is in itself testament to the resilience and good quality of the toys, particularly as my kids can be pretty rough and heavy handed with items of this nature.

                Our play tent is made from brightly coloured polypropylene and polyester, with each of the four sides having their edges reinforced with flexible wiring. It is the combination of the thin sides and the wiring that enables this tent to be folded up between uses and gives it the springiness which means that the tent literally does 'pop out' into position once released from its flattened state. Once pinged open, the tent just needs a little shake to get it into the correct tent-like position and to fully open out the sides and the base and within seconds it is ready to play with - making this a toy that is appreciated by time-starved parents and bored kids alike! After use, the tent simply folds into itself incredibly easily and needs minimal storage space to be tidied away safely.

                The main attraction to the tent, apart from being a fun place to shelter and play, is the various holes and openings which the kids love playing in and crawling or climbing in and out of. The tent functions best as a fun toy when used alongside the matching tunnel as this fits perfectly in the circular hole on one side of the tent, allowing children to crawl out of the tent unnoticed- perfect for hide and seek!

                This Easter holiday, thanks to the unseasonably warm weather, has seen our tent having some considerable use for its numerous purposes. Once opened out, the tent is a decent size for children of all ages. My three year old (who is just under a metre in height) can stand up inside the tent - although he does have to stoop a little to climb in through the flap that comprises the entrance. Older children, like my eight year old son, can comfortably sit or kneel inside and this has even been used as a makeshift sun shelter for our eight month old baby. It is large enough for three children to sit in comfortably at the same time, however my boys rarely sit still inside for very long!

                The only thing to bear in mind if buying this for a specific purpose or for a particular age group, is that the tent is extremely lightweight and can be pushed over, leant against or even blown away, very easily. In its basic form, it isn't a suitable place to leave a very young child unattended, given its flimsy nature. The tent does have loops at the base of each corner, however, so could be tethered more securely into a safe position with the use of some tent pegs, or something similar, although none are actually supplied with the tent. The tent is also not completely waterproof, although the exterior is pretty water resistant and will withstand a mild British shower without issues.

                Our tent (along with its matching accessories) lives in the shed and tends to be rediscovered and enjoyed by the boys whenever we mow the lawn. It has been thrown around, squished, sat on, blown away and used in all sorts of imaginative (and often potentially destructive) ways by my boys, but still shows no signs of any damage whatsoever. The fabric is pretty thin but has proven to be incredibly robust over the years. Even when the wiring has been bent out of position and misshapen, its flexible nature means that it is possible to bend it back into the correct position quite easily. The only visible sign of our tent's age is some slight mildew that has appeared on the base, but that is entirely due to being used on damp grass and then stored outside in an unheated shed. Otherwise, this fun little tent has proven to be pretty indestructible.

                I would highly recommend this as a simple, fun outdoor play item particularly when purchased alongside the play tunnel to maximise the play value. A toddler will have as much fun hiding behind the flaps and crawling out of the holes as an older child will have pretending to be an intrepid explorer inside the tent. The ease of use and storage makes this an ideal gift for children between two and six years old, although much older children will also enjoy playing with it too. This really is a very versatile, and crucially, incredibly robust toy.

                Please do bear in mind, as I've stated in the introduction, that the Chad Valley play tent currently available in Argos seems to have been redesigned and, sadly, does not sound as good as I've found the original to be.

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                  A perfect product that really lasts

                  This may seem a strange item for me to be reviewing, since my youngest child is 13 years old, however I did purchase this product and do indeed still have it, it was purchased some 10 years ago and as of last summer was still being used. So I decided that gives me a right to review the "Chad Valley Pop Up Play Tent".

                  For as far back as I can remember, there has always been some kind of little play house or play tent, for children to play in and call their own little den. When I was a child I remember I used to use my mums towels and sheets draped over the dining table, and crawl underneath to hide in my own little den. It was one glorious Christmas morning, I must have been about 5 or 6 I entered the room to find the most beautiful "Wendy House" all set up with lots of prezzies all wrapped up inside the little house. I loved that little Wendy House and have never forgotten it to this day.


                  --Chad Valley Pop Up Play Tent--

                  The tent itself is twisted up inside a 17 inch round bag like cover, both bag and tent are made from 100% nylon, neither of which are waterproof.
                  The dimensions are 90 x 90 x 90 cm.
                  The tent is very brightly colored with a front Opening door, which can be held back with the attached Velcro straps, plus a round side opening, which can also be held open with the Velcro straps, and a back entrance, which can be used to attach the Chad Valley play tunnel (sold separately).
                  The tent can be used in or outdoors, should it be a windy day, there are tabs on the bottom of the tent, should you decide to tack it down.
                  The pop up tent is suitable for children from 2 years onwards.

                  Extremely simple to erect, you just pull the tent from the bag and that's more or less all there is to it, a little more tricky to put away, as you have to sort of twist it into a round shape so it will fit back in the bag, but once you master it, it's pretty simple.
                  Not only do these kind of tents give your child hours of fun, but they also serve as an excellent idea for physical activity.
                  The Chad Valley Pop Up Play Tent, is currently priced at £12.99 from Amazon and around £10.00 from Argos.


                  --My experience--

                  My son was around 3 years when I bought this pop up tent, I got it for him as an added extra one Christmas, I didn't really take a lot of time or care in buying it, I can't honestly even remember how much I paid for it. I just remembered how much I had loved my little Wendy house and decided my son would be the same with his tent. I was right, because it was so quick and easy to put up, he was delighted with it. I remember he played, constantly with it. He even had his sandwiches in it. At night he would fall asleep in it. I definitely made the right choice in buying him this tent.

                  Last summer, my son had the tent outside again, playing some sort of strange game with the dogs and the tent, but they were all happy, so I let them get on with it. In the past I've often witnessed my son chasing the tent round the garden on a windy day, as he never wanted it pinned down. I think the beauty of the tent for him was the fact he could just pick it up and put it where he wanted, even when he was 3, as there is no weight to it at all. It gave him a bit of independence then and even now in the summer of last year, from the window, I witnessed a rather long pair of legs sticking out through the doorway of the tent, when I asked him later as to what he was doing lying in a tent that is so obviously to small for him, his reply was "I was just chilling out".

                  Day after day, week after week, month after month and even year after year, this little tent has more than stood it's test of time, the longevity of this product is outstanding. It has been used and abused in all sorts of ways over the years, it has managed to withstand everything. Even now although a little tattered and dirty in places, you can guarantee, as soon as the tent is released from it's bag, it will instantly pop up as good as new.

                  Highly recommended, your child will get many years of play out of this tent, should you choose to buy and for that reason alone I'm giving this tent 5 stars.

                  Thank you for reading my review, also posted on Ciao.

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                    Chad Valley Pop Up Play Tent

                    I have had this pop up tent for as long as I remember, I grew out of it years ago, moved house and still for some reason the tent came with us. So let me tell you how the story of the pop up tent that never left the family came about as well as some useful stuff about the product of course! We'll start with the facts before embarking on the story of a lonely tent!


                    Setting Up/Taking Down

                    The tent comes in a small circular bag which is ridiculously small compared to the size of the tent. All you need to do is unzip the bag and take out the product. At this point the tent has already grown in size as when you take it out the bag it unfolds itself. The tent is then folded so all you have to do is grab either side and pull it apart slightly and the other two sides will pop out very easily to form a tent. It is exceptionally easy to do this, you don't require any strength and children are also able to do it. So it is now set up and ready to play with.

                    The taking down part is slightly harder although not that difficult in my opinion. All you need to do is fold one of the edges into the opposite edge and then in half and you have a flat object. However this may be years of experience speaking because I watched one of my friend's attempt to do it and after about ten minutes they gave up. But once I showed her the technique she was fine, it was just a laugh to watch her struggle for a while! Personally we leave the tent like this in the garage as its flat and can be put away easily and taken out again easily. However you can put it back into the bag which involves folding it back into a small shape, something which is really difficult. We tried once and didn't bother again however if you do want to then all you require is a fair amount of force and a little patience. The product is fairly easy to clean as well and a damp sponge would be fine to clean it out or more easily just get the hose onto it!


                    The Product

                    Basically the name is fairly self explanatory, a pop up tent! It comes all folded up in a small circular bag. The product itself once opened is just over a metre high so children can stand in it and adults can sit in it. The tent itself is pyramidal so has a square at the bottom which is about one metre squared. The four sides are then triangular and meet at the top so it's narrower at the top. I found it was the perfect size for children however adults obviously can't stand in it but sitting it is fine. You can fit two or three children standing in it and probably four or five sitting down. The tent is made out of a synthetic substance and is flammable but like all children's toys it shouldn't be placed near fires. The plastic is strong and we've had this tent for many years and there are no tears and it does not look worn out. This shows how strong the material is and allows children to be as rough as they like with the tent.

                    The tent is brightly coloured with two opposite red walls and the other two yellow. The base is blue and the very top of each wall is blue. All the colours are bright and fun for children which I think is always great. As I mentioned before there are four sides to this product, each one is something different. One of the walls has nothing on at all, another has a window which is just made from see through plastic, it can not be opened but allows children to look out. Another side has a small circular outlet which has a flap over the top which is square. The last side has a triangular door shaped entrance which is much bigger the circular one. Children can easily get through the circular one however adults may struggle but everyone can get through the triangular one. The flaps use Velcro to hold them in the position you want them. You can either have them down so that the entrances are covered or you can roll them back so that the tent is open to the outside.


                    Safety

                    I would say this tent is very safe. The sides are made from wire making it fairly sturdy so it doesn't fold up once opened without purposely trying to put it away. However the wire it covered an protected so children won't hurt themselves on it. The tent is not overly sturdy and if you run into it whilst it is empty it probably would fall over. Personally I've never had experience of this mainly because there's usually someone inside it! The material is flammable but like most toys you wouldn't put it near a fire anyway. The tent can be used inside or outside but it should be placed on a flat surface and preferable on carpet or grass so the children are comfortable when sitting down.


                    My experience

                    As I mentioned before I've had this tent a very long time and I've grown up with it! When I was very young we used to take our toys inside and play inside the tent, the only thing it if all the flaps are down and there are lots of children in there it can get quite warm inside especially when it's outside in the summer. As we grew older we got bored of just one tent so we went out and got ourselves a couple more tents and a few tunnels (one was a four way tunnel, very cool!) We were then able to connect tents up together by tunnels. A standard tunnel fits very well into the circular hole of the tent. I generally found this tent was a great opening tent as it had the bigger entrance and then from this tent you can connect a series of other tents and tunnels. I have to say this was the best this about this tent, to create such a network was very cool and it took me a long time to grow out of this. We used to play with this quite a lot especially when my cousins came over.

                    Once we placed a beanbag in this tent and my youngest cousin who was just over one years old actually fell asleep in there so we just let her sleep whilst we carried on playing. Sadly we grew up again and we decided once we were to big for tunnels to include it in paddling pools and so it got very wet but its fairly waterproof so it remains it good conditions. We often used it as bases in water fights, great fun. However once we moved house it remained in our garage for a few years until one day we were building an assault course and out it came again, at this point we were quite big and the fact we had to get through the circular hole was a challenge. As you can see I have used this tent in so many different ways over the years and the incredible thing is that except being a little dirty and times dusty it is still in a very good condition and can still be used. Definitely has come in a lot of use over the years and I am glad we still have it, never know when it'll be used again!


                    Recommendation

                    Definitely recommended without second thoughts. It costs about £10 and can be bought in places such as Argos and of course Amazon. However you can probably get it cheaper from other sellers like ebay as I'm sure a few people have grown out of them and want to sell them. Personally I wouldn't sell mine! I hope I have explained how great this is for children and how throughout my childhood I loved playing with this. Whether or not you have other tents or tunnels it is still worth it as it can be used on its own and still provide great fun. I recommend buying it when your children are fairly young as it is safe and can be used for children when they are crawling.


                    Thank you for reading.

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                      25.11.2008 18:41
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                      great fun for the kids (and adults)

                      We bought the chad valley pop up play tent for my daughter this summer. she loves playing with tents in general and we had purchased a house shaped tent but it was a pain setting it up every day and we couldnt leave it outside due to the lovely windy summer we had this year. this is what made me decide to buy this.

                      we purchased the tent for £14.99 and then the tunnel to attach which was £9.99 if i remember rightly. the tent comes in a round zip up bag which is great for storage. our tent is yellow, green and blue. colours do vary but this is the most common. from taking the tent out of the pack, to setting up took around 5 seconds. its amazing, you just let go and it flips open. there are sides with different oppening. all sides have a fabric cover so that the tent is completely enclosed. this is great for playing games. there are also vents at the top of the tent which are great for warmer days.

                      The tunnel which we got to match, is just as easy to set up and fits nicely into the side of the tent making it a great activity toy. this really is a great toy for children and adults. the shower proof material is wipe clean, this was grea as we used them on the grass and they did get wet.

                      Getting my partner to put the tent away is probably the funniest thing i have ever witnessed. it took him around 20 minutes to figure out how to twist the tent in just the right way so that it fits back in the pack. please dont let this put you off as it took me about 2 minutes. u get the nack of putting it away after a couple of goes. this is another great toy and highly recomended foir children of all ages.

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                        24.11.2008 20:30
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                        A great starter play tent

                        Chad Valley Pop Up Play Tent...........

                        Chad Valley is the Woolworth range of toys and toy related products. I purchased this tent a few months back now for Jack and even though the age range was 2 years and over he has lots of fun playing in it and even though he was only just over a year when I bought it we have had no problems with using it at this age.

                        It was on special offer in Woolworth's for £5 which I think was around half the original selling price. This is a very good price as similar items in places such as the Early Learning Centre and Argos are priced at a lot higher.

                        The tent itself is rather small and I cannot fit all of me into it (I can just pop half my body in it). Jack however is able to stand up so I guess it is around a meter in height. It is made up of different bright colours, which are blue, red and yellow. The tent has two openings out of its four different sides. These openings consist of one being a lift up flap, which can be secured open by a Velcro fastening. The other opening has two door like pieces of material which can be fastened open or closed also with Velcro.

                        The tent is made of a material which I would think is extremely flammable as there was a large warning on the packaging stating that it is not to be near any open flames or such like. However the material is easy to clean with the use of a damp sponge.

                        Putting up the tent is no trouble whatsoever because it is a pop up tent therefore you literally get it out of the box and give it a little shake and the whole thing assembles itself. It has a bendy wire framework that really does have a mind of its own. Because this framework is so bendy, it enables the tent to be folded down pretty small in order for compact storage.

                        Overall, I find this tent was a toal bargain. Jack has already had hours of fun play time using it and he often loves to take all of his teddy bears inside and he chats away to them (in a baby language!) and he gets so excited when I pop the tent out. The only thing I will say is that it is prone to falling over quite a bit because of cause it is not stuck down to anything. There are two strips of Velcro down a couple of the sides which do stick slightly to the carpet but this is really not enough to keep it upright if Jack bounces in to the tent at fast speed. He has got himself trapped in their once or twice when the tent has fallen down with him inside but this didn't seem to worry him and he just though it was a big game!

                        I would give this tent a good score of 4 stars and give it a RECOMMENDATION. This is even more so if you are able to get it at the cheap price that I paid for it. It is a good tent but I am sure there are better one available. However, as a starter play tent or just one to see how your child enjoys playing with this sort of thing I would say it is great. Again the only problems are the fact it is liable to fall over. But again for the price I paid I don't think this is a major problem.

                        Hope this has been of interest to you. Thanks for reading.

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                      • Product Details

                        Easy to pop up and pack up! Shower resistant material.