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Junior Folding Slide
Member Name: historywitch
Junior Folding Slide
Date: 15/06/07, updated on 15/06/07 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Sturdy, bright, easy to assemble, tires out your child, indoor and outdoor use
Disadvantages: Not strong enough for adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 didnít 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 daughterís 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 arenít using it but as it is used everyday this isnít 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 slideís 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 mummyís 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 friendís little boy standing up on the flat bit at the top of the chute and I wouldnít 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.