“ Manufacturer: Chad Valley / Type: Outdoor Toy „
We decided a few years back to purchase this set for my children to use in the garden as they were becoming interested in springs and new lives and plants growing after searching around we found this in Argos it is part of the Chad valley range and I have had good experiences with their budget toys in the past they are usually really well made and last for a life time so we were sold on it.
The whole set does look very cheap and plastic not fantastic on the eyes but in different colours that attract little ones they did not seem to mind that they looked so cheaply made and they actually felt rather durable so then we began to put them to use.
In this set you receive
Wheel barrow - this is the main feature of the set made out of plastic you need to attach the handles and wheels which is really easy to do. Then little one can have fun putting anything they like in the wheelbarrow and walk around. It of course has movable wheels so they can push it with ease without getting stuck. My children love this and although it is a fair size all three of my children can use this as it is a good height for them from my son soon to be 2 to my eldest son soon to be five.
My only problem with this is the handles sometimes start to pull away from the handles which worries me as I feel it could pinch little ones skin if they try to put it back in themselves this has never happened as I find that it is noticeable as soon as it happens as I am always around them so I am able to fix it straight away.
Watering can - I was rather impressed with this it has a cap that sits on the nozzle that sprinkles the water out and my children helped mummy out by running round watering the flowers they thought this was amazing and kept running to the outside tap to refill it. The only downside with this is the cap that fits on it to make it sprinkle rather than pour has a tendency to fall off but it just clicks back on and my children can do this by themselves.
A bucket and 2 spades- These are great for general play in the garden but we found they were best used at the beach it does say on the box when you purchase the set for garden and beach use so I think they were designed with this in mind.
2 forks - Again these are perfect for role play in the garden they can make a small amount of difference but as they are made of plastic there is not much they can actually meaning little one can really enjoy trying to garden without doing too much damage.
2 plant pots- Made from plastic these are just like really plant pots they have holes in the bottom of them so little one can plant and water seeds these were one of the biggest hits as they are so similar to mummy's and therefore my children loved them. My children planted cress in these pots which have now started to grow and they are so excited that they managed to bring something to life.
The whole set is really durable my children used them on sand at the beach and in the garden helping out mummy while I was trying to make it look respectable ready for the summer. My children all take it in turns with the different accessories there is enough for them to share and they like to try and do the gardening although of course they are only made from plastic and are useless for making any real difference they are perfect for role play for little ones and to copy what mummy does while keeping them busy so I can get on with the gardening knowing they are close by and occupied.
We have had this set since last summer and we pulled it out from the garage this month and it still all works perfectly they can be wiped down very easily which is perfect as they tend to get muddy when used in the garden. Also the bucket and spade are perfect for taking along to the beach again so it is handy they can be washed out otherwise we would end up with sand everywhere.
We love this set it is great for role play and very practical too it lasts well and my children love pulling this out of the garage when we are in the garden there are all the accessories needed for the garden and at only £10 or two for £15 at Argos they are not bank breaking either.
Although it does take up rather a lot of room in storage you can fit all the accessories in the wheelbarrow so they do not get lost and they are all kept together we tend to keep ours in the garage with the rest of the outside toys.
It is recommended from three years plus but to be honest I think my son who is just coming up to two probably fits the height of the wheelbarrow best not that older children cannot get use out of it as even when my niece and nephew come to play who are 7 and 9 they also love playing with this set while in the garden they just have to crouch down to push the wheel barrow around.
My children and I thought it was great they could actually use the two plant pots provided to grow something and this really was a perfect finish to the set. I would recommend this set to anyone it is fantastic for role play and although it is not amazing to look at it is practical has all the accessories you would need and is rather durable for the £10 we paid.