“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
Firstly, I'm not sure that this item is an ELC product as I've seen it being sold in other shops such as Toys R Us but, that aside, the product I'm reviewing is the same as the one in the pic!
The Kangaroo Climber is a sturdy climbing frame with slide that is suitable for children from around 18 months. The climber come flatpacked and easily slots together.
Good points? The climber has lots to do! There is a door entrance at the back which leads into the inside of the cube. There is then a ledge which takes you to the slide and can also be used to hide underneath! There are also steps on each side for climbing and holes on each side to climb through. It's made of very durable plastic which is really sturdy and it's all nice bright, eye catching colours. Very easy to slot together and could easily be dismantled and stored over the winter months.
We just got this climber a few weeks ago and our daughters have both been enjoying playing on it now that the weather is getting a bit milder again! Our girls are 3 1/2 and 18 months and they both LOVE the Kangaroo Climber. The youngest is still a little unsteady on her feet so she needs a bit of help getting on to the slide, etc but loves hiding under the main ledge and playing peekaboo through the 'windows'! Our eldest is probably nearer the end of the age range for the climber but still absolutely loves it and especially loves all the different ways she can climb on it!
Bad points? The slide is a bit small/short which is ideal for younger children but I can see that it wouldn't really suit older children so may make the use of this a little limited. Although, having said that, I know of a little girl who loved her Kangaroo Climber so much that she was still playing with it at 7! The price is also a major factor - at around £60+ it is quite expensive if you think it may not last your children very long.
Verdict... Our children both love the climber so I feel it's ideal for us but I can see the price putting off some people when the lifetime of the climber could be quite short. Luckily for us ours came via Freecycle so was free - not sure I would have forked out £60 for one! However, it does have lots of things to do and keeps children really active and I can see it being used as a fort, etc in the future as imaginations start to develop more so I reckon it will be a feature in our garden for some years to come! Great outdoor fun!
I went along to the Early Learning centre after seeing this item in their catalogue with the intention to purchase it for my daughter with some vouchers that she had for Christmas. As it was out in the shop for the kids to try I thought we'd see how she managed it first. You walk through a little arch door at the back as it is like a cube, this is very low and she banged her head going through it, then there is a platform for them to get up on to go down the slide. She struggled to get onto the platform as there wasn't alot of room to spare, then you go through another arch to go down the slide, this was extremelly low! Once again she banged her head! By the time she got to go down the slide she was less than impressed! This toy costs £60 so I am glad that we took the decision not to buy it and to buy a slide on it's own instead. In my opinion this toy's arches are too low for the age it is intended. So please take the time to let your child try this before making your purchase.
Features include an easy-landing slide, a wide platform, an archway, a crawl-through tunnel and a climbing wall. Easy snap together construction