Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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Little Tikes Climb & Slide Castle
Member Name: rlc2281
Little Tikes Climb & Slide Castle
Advantages: Looks good. Lots of features. Made from plastic so nothing to rust when kept outside
Disadvantages: Not very sturdy.
At the end of last year my parents decided that they would get my son a garden toy as his Christmas present in preparation for the summer.
They went to Toys R Us to pick up a different product, but saw that the Climb & Slide Castle was on special offer and decided to get that instead as it looked like a good buy as it had lots of features as well as being a slide.
Described as a castle, but really more of a turret, this toy has a small climbing wall for your toddler to get to the top of the tower when they can then choose whether to play with the steering wheel (a bit of a bizarre feature I feel!), or then go down the slide the other side. There are also large holes on the side of the toy which are there for children to crawl through.
The toy is made from a sturdy plastic and comes in 5 large pieces and it is very easy to assemble. When assembled it stands at 104cm tall, 127cm long and 60cm wide. It's compact size means that it's suitable for even small gardens and the slide is easily removed and re-attached if you want to move it out of the way. Currently the Climb & Slide Castle hasn't actually made it into our garden as it's been winter, but we plan on putting it out there over the next few weeks. As it's only been kept inside I cannot comment on how well it withstands the elements over time, but there is nothing on the toy that could rust and I suspect that the most damage it would suffer would be some bleaching of the colours from the sun. As it's made of plastic then I would think that it's easy to clean, which is good if it's being kept outside all the time.
Little Tikes state that it's suitable from the age of 12 months, although I think that this is slightly on the young side. My son was 13 months at Christmas and enjoyed going down the slide, although he couldn't climb the climbing wall to get up to it so we had to lift him onto it. He's now 17 months and can easily climb the climbing wall and send himself head-first down the slide. As it's not very high and the slide isn't very steep then I let him do this, although obviously I make sure that he's always supervised while playing on it.
- What I like about the Climb & Slide Castle
My son really likes playing on this toy and I think that the climbing wall is better for him than a ladder would be at his age.
He also likes "steering" his castle and so I think that the wheel is a good feature of the toy, but I still think it's a little strange for a castle to have a steering wheel!
It looks really good. I like the fact that it doesn't take up very much space. This is very good while it's in our house and we don't have a very big garden, so it won't dominate the whole space once it's been put outside.
- What I don't like about the Climb & Slide Castle
My main concern with this product is that it doesn't seem very sturdy. My son weighs around 12kg and can easily make the whole castle shake when he stands up on top and decides to rock back and forward while holding onto the top of the toy. We stop him from doing this and he's constantly supervised while using it, but I think that he would be to tip the whole toy over if he carried on and it also makes me wonder how much longer it will be suitable for him.
As well as the instability, this product is very small and I think that my son will get bored of it quite quickly as it really is very low and therefore is very easy to climb and the slide isn't very long.
He's also never used the crawling tunnel underneath, so for us hasn't been a great feature. In fact, if it would make the toy more stable then I would remove this aspect of it.
- Would I recommend the Climb & Slide Castle?
No. This is due to the problem with the stability and my concern that it wouldn't take much to tip it over. While my son enjoys playing with it, I think that he will outgrow it quite quickly and I think that my parents wish that they had gone with their original choice of a slide for his Christmas present.
Summary: Fun for a short while, but don't leave children unattended while playing with it