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      01.05.2012 14:45
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      Great fun and very well made.

      I recently bought this for my 11 month old son as he was desperate to play on his 5 year old sisters slide which is a full size one. I saw this one for £14.99 with a 10% off code (company called Step2 UK) and decided that it was worth trying it out and I have to say I am not disappointed. My only problem now is keeping my two children off the slide long enough to get some food in them!

      The Product

      The slide is made out of very thick plastic and comes in quite a large box. On opening the box you will find 8 parts to make up the slide. The instructions recommend a drill but I found that a normal philips screwdriver did the job. There are instructions on how to assemble the slide which are very easy to follow and can be assembled by one person with the help of a 10 month old baby!

      The slide weighs 16.9 lbs

      Measures 21' x 26' x 26' (53.3cm x 66cm x 66cm).

      Once the slide is assembled it is very sturdy and will take the weight of a not so slim lady!

      There are two steps leading up to the top of the slide and they are quite wide and surdy. At the top of the slide are hand rails to help your child climb up. The slide itself is quite wide too and has a smooth rounded end at the bottom.

      When not in use the slide does actually fold away. There is an arm under the slide from which you take the bolt out of and then it folds down. Obviously it does not fold to a tiny size but the stairs do tuck away quite neatl

      On the box it states that the slide is for 2-5 year olds but my 11 month old uses it and is fine!


      Where to Buy

      As mentioned I actually bought this slide on a special offer on the Step2 website at £14.99.(postage and packaging £3.95) however it normally retails at that website for £69.99. I believe that Tesco also sell it.

      Our Experience:

      As mentioned both my children love this slide. My now 11 month old needs a little help to get up the steps (his sister is always willing to help) and slides down with confidence. My 5 year old daughter also loves this slide despite the fact that she has her own 'grown up' one.

      At the moment the slide is in our front room (it's quite a smallish room) as it is constantly raining and my two just wanted to keep playing with it. Both slide for ages and my daughter has even been known to eat her dinner at the top of the slide. We have also discovered it is quite a good car slide and both children love to see which toys can slide down it!

      Conclusion:

      I have to say I am very impressed with this slide - I would not pay full price for it though - I like my bargains. Both my children can play on it and I am very pleased with how well it is made and the design is very good.

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        11.04.2009 14:21
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        a great first slide for a small garden.

        It's that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up and the outdoor toys start appearing in the garden, ready for an onslaught of being climbed on, jumped from and generally loved through the warmer months.

        When my older daughter was young, we didn't have the luxury of a garden for her to play in. With our younger daughter, she is being thoroughly spoilt in the outdoor toy department as we now have the garden for her to roam free in.
        We chose the Smoby Junior folding slide over other toddler slides because of the clear fact that it will fold up when you need to store it away. For us, garden storage space is fairly limited and this slide will fold flat and enables us to squeeze it into the shed with everything else that needs to be stored.

        The slide is 69cm high by 112cm long and 57cm wide. It's one of the smaller toddler slides available as we realised when we were looking to buy. Our daughter is coming up two years old and we wanted something that she could use, but would also last her.
        She had this slide late last summer when she was around 15 months old, and whilst last year it was too big for her to use unaided, she still got assisted use from it. This spring, a different child emerges to use the same scary large slide that faced her last summer.

        The bright colours of the slide don't look out of place in the garden, even with the purple shade taking over the main slide unit. Made of thick sturdy plastic, the slide clicks into place with the steps unit attaching to the slide. Once attached, as I mentioned you can fold down when not in use. This is easily done, as the slide sturdies itself by being placed on the ground, so once you lift it from the surface, it can be folded down without any fuss.

        There are three steps on the slide, and in personal opinion I don't think they are quite wide enough to support early walkers as they learn to climb. Often my daughter has managed to over step the ledge and her foot has slipped through to fresh air on the other side. As we were with her until she gained her confidence on the steps, any accidents were prevented, however it's worth noting if you're looking to buy a toddler slide.
        My daughter has overcome the ledge problem by skipping the last step. Why she does this I'll never know, but she climbs to the first step and then the second before placing her knees on the top of the slide and hauling herself up using the curved handles at the top to support herself.

        I have relaxed enough around her using the slide now that I can be elsewhere in the garden and be secure in the knowledge she (hopefully) won't fall whilst climbing.
        The actual slide isn't too long that the children gain too much speed and fall over at the bottom, but it is a generous incline for a young toddler.
        She has toppled and zoomed down her slide now in every position you can imagine and always gets up smiling, so I know my money was well spent.

        I would suggest that this slide would be appropriate for a non adventurous toddler up until they were perhaps three or three and a half years old. For an adventurous toddler however, I would suggest getting the next size up by the time they are three.
        My daughter will be two this summer and I think the slide will easily last her this year, but perhaps next year we will have to think of getting a larger one as she is so confident on this one already.

        I bought this slide for £19.99, and it was money well spent. It's also worth noting at this stage that if you choose to buy new, then you can get a good resale on it when your child has outgrown it, as they seem to sell for around £10 second hand. The beauty of buying this second hand as well is as they are made of purely plastic, you can see for any cracks or weaknesses before you buy.

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          28.11.2008 15:42
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          A brilliant slide - we love it!

          This is a brilliant little toddler slide that would be an excellent first slide for any child. We bought the slide when our eldest daughter was around 20 months. It was just coming into summer and we thought she could do with some nice new toys for the garden. Luckily enough, Toys R Us were selling the slide on offer at £14.99 (usually around £25-£30 at the time) so we go ourselves a fantastic bargain! The slide is suitable from around 18 months - 4 years and is available in a fairly unisex colour scheme (green, red, blue) or in bright pink and purple. As we already had a girl and I was expecting another pink bump at the time we went all girly and got the pink one!

          The slide itself comes as a flat pack in quite a big box. The car we had at the time had a tiny boot so we had to take it all out of the box to get it in the car! This was really due to the car having such a small boot rather than the box being all that big though! Once we got it home it was very easy to build. There's something like 6 parts to it and they all just slot together really easily with a bit of a 'clunk'! So after about 5 mins maximum of assembly you're slide is ready to use. And used it was and still is! The girls are now 3 and 1 and it's a huge favourite with them both! To be fair, the slide is now probably getting to be a little small for our eldest but she does still love it and still gets a lot out of playing on it. The steps are nice and chunky, as are the handles and, despite the slide slotting together so easily, it is surprisingly sturdy and stable. There are three steps up to the top and then a nice slide down. The most ingenious part about the slide is that it folds up so it's very easy to store out in a shed or outdoor storage box over the frosty winter months! Or even just store it away overnight it you don't want the clutter in the garden after the kids are in bed! It's a very easy scissor sort of fold where the steps basically move forward to touch the back of the slide part - ingenious!

          I'd definitely recommend this slide to everyone. I think it's great value (especially if you get a bargain like we did!) and it's lasting our children really well. The folding idea is particularly great so it can stored away in winter and therefore shouldn't fade in the bad weather and it's so sturdy you can be sure it's going to withstand even the worst a toddler can do to it!! I've also seen a lot of these at car boot sales so have a look around and you might find a real bargain!

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            31.10.2008 10:38
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            Your children will enjoy this so much

            This slide is great a product aimed at the younger aged children. It is aimed at children aged between 1.1/2 years to 4 years old.

            I bought this slide as the first ever slide from my youngest daughter when she was around 1.1/2 years old and I have had my money worth and a lot more out of it. Both my daughters really love playing on this slide. First of all I used it inside to let them get used to climbing and sliding down it with the help of an adult. They soon got the hang of it and seeing there face as they slide down it after climbing it is worth the money it cost on its own.

            It is very easy to put together as it comes in five pieces. Two ladder sides, two ladder steps and the slide itself. All you need to do is click the parts together into the slots provided and off you go. The fold away part of the slide is very useful as it makes it flat and easy to store. All you need to do to fold it flat is twist the slide itself back against the steps and there you have it.

            The build quality of this product is as good as any product you will buy for your child. It is virtually unbreakable and is very sturdy. Mine has been going now for over 4 years with no problems at all and has been used by two children while they were growing up.

            It has also been used in the summer (if you remember what that is!) as I slide to slide down into a paddling pool. The kids and their friends really love sliding down the slide into the paddling pool and splashing the water as they go into the pool. As there are no stiffening bars on the slide it can sit into the paddling pool without even touching the sides of the pool.

            If you are thinking of buying this product then get out there now and get it bought. Nothing to think about as it is possibly the best value and used item I have ever bought for my daughters.

            Priced around £20.00 but shop around should find offers.

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              15.03.2008 00:56
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              a brilliant toy for todlers

              This slide is absolutley brilliant for todlers.

              I payed £19.99 from argoa for this slide 3 years ago for my daughters first birthday.

              It is made of very tough plastic, has two plastic steps at the back to climb up which are a sencible distance apart for little legs and have a pattern printed into them to stop them being slippy.

              The plastic on the slide shoot is very shiny and smooth making it easy for a young child to slide down and is not too tall so if they accidentally fell of the top they wouldnt get hurt.

              This slide folds down very easily, all you do is lift the steps up off the floor balancing the slide on the shoot and push the steps, they fold flat to the shoot making it easy to store so are ideal for use in a small garden or in the house.

              My daughters have had years of fun on this slide which they have now taken to nans house as i have brought a bigger one for them at home now they are older.

              This slide is great for children aged 18 months to 4 years and has a weight restriction of 6 stone although i cant imagine many 4 year olds that weigh that much

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                15.06.2007 23:13
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                WHHHHHEEEEEEEEE!!!

                When my daughter first began walking last year were were looking for equipment that would encourage and develop her emerging skills. A slide seemed a good place to start and this one was the first one we saw and liked.

                ***Smoby***

                A quick Google reveals that Smoby are a French toy company who make a variety of cheap and cheerful outdoor plastic toys (amongst other things), such as playhouses and slides of all shapes and sizes. A well-established and trustworthy company they have a reputation for sturdy and long-lasting products.

                ***Size and Weight***

                This sweet little lightweight slide (weighs 4 kilos) measures 100 x 57 x 69cm. The length of the slide bit is 98 cms, but you probably need at least a foot clearance at the end in order to avoid lasting damage to your child.

                ***Age Range***

                From 18 months according to the website, but my daughter and her little friends were confident using this from 12 months. Maximum age is probably 3 or 4, it is only a little plastic slide after all! I wouldnt recommend trying it out yourself either (I would never ever do anything like this of course) as it has a tendency to creak and starts to give alarmingly quickly.

                ***Setting up***

                This slide comes boxed and in five separate hollow plastic pieces; the slide bit, the two side panels/guard rails and two steps. Slotting it together is extremely simple and the instructions are well written and easy to follow. It took just a few minutes to actually put it together, twenty once you factor in an over-excited toddler desperate to play! There are no screws, nails or <shudder> allen keys involved.

                ***Impressions***

                This is an extremely useful piece of equipment in the battle to tire out your small child! In the depths of a Swiss winter with deep snow and faced with the battle to dress my daughter in thousands of layers every time I needed to go out, having the slide meant that we didn’t have to leave the flat any more than we needed too. Especially useful as my daughter also decided that snow was not a fun or enjoyable thing, so intense screaming accompanied every torturous trip outside!

                Its size makes it well suited as an indoor or outdoor slide, ours is usually on the balcony but has shifted around rooms depending on my daughter’s whims as it is light enough for her to push herself. My friend has one in her garden and it is looking pretty good after a years worth of wear from two boisterous boys, a very tough slide indeed! It is supposedly foldable, so you can put it away when you aren’t using it but as it is used everyday this isn’t something that we have had to test yet.

                The slide is very easy to clean, a cloth and some hot soapy water removes the sticky marks very quickly. Or you could take the minimal effort approach (my personal favourite) and decide that the marks actually add something to the slide’s aesthetic appeal and not bother.

                We have had lots of use out of this slide, Olivia and her little friend spend much of their time just going round and round and up and down in a pertpetual sliding circle. It never seems to lose its charm, whether it is dolly taking a trip, a couple of books or one of mummy’s bras, watching things go down the chute seems to appeal to this age group. It is especially fun if you can follow them yourself, head first being the method of choice, making sure there is plenty of sliding room at the other end, of course.

                Parental supervision is probably required for younger children. I caught my friend’s little boy standing up on the flat bit at the top of the chute and I wouldn’t recommend the heartstopping moment or resulting panicked dash to anyone.

                ***Price and Availability***

                I picked up mine from the local supermarket but Toys R Us have it on their website for £19.99. You can get it in the green/orange version or the pink/purple version.
                I couldnt find the slide directly through the Toys R Us website search box, only by going to A-Z of manufacturers and choosing Smoby. Alternatively you can type Smoby slide into Google and find it that way.

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              • Product Details

                Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Folds away for easy storage. Size (H)69, (W)112, (D)57cm. Assembly time: 1 person 5 minutes. Designs may vary. For ages 1½ to 4 years.