Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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Little Tikes Get Out and Grill BBQ
Member Name: mumto3
Little Tikes Get Out and Grill BBQ
Advantages: Great for role playing - quite sturdy - indoors and outside - comes with accessories
Disadvantages: some parts are a bit flimsy - no sound effects
Last summer my youngest son who was only two became obsessed with the BBQ. I think it was perhaps because we had purchased a new gas BBQ and determined to get some use out of it we did BBQ quite a lot during the warm weather.
My son turned three in November 2010 and in a bid to get him something that wasn't a tractor or the usual cars and trucks that boys seem to get I thought a kitchen would be ideal. We have a little Tikes sink unit with an oven underneath but it is well past its best and could do with updating after receiving much love and attention from my older children. Unfortunately my husband felt that you couldn't buy a little boy a kitchen so whilst browsing on www.amazon.co.uk for other ideas I came across the Little Tikes Get out and grill BBQ, now what could be manlier than a BBQ!
At that time the BBQ was around £39.99 on Amazon but after a quick search online I found it for £19.99 at T J Hughes. I paid some postage on this but it was still cheaper than www.amazon.co.uk but I have since seen the toy priced at around £20 to £25 with free postage.
The first thing that appealed to me was that it was a BBQ which I felt my son would love and he also likes to play in our little toy kitchen so I knew he already enjoyed this type of imaginative play. The other thing that appealed to me was that it could be used inside or outside and with four children anything that can go outside is always a bonus!
As you would expect from Little Tikes the whole thing is made of plastic but is shaped to look like a brick built BBQ. There is a lid on the top that comes over the cooking area a selection of utensils food and a bottle of red sauce. There is a large storage area under the BBQ where you can keep all your utensils but it is a bit of wasted space really. I think maybe a shelf or something in here could have added more to the space. There are a couple of hooks on the front to hang your utensils on and the knobs turn to adjust the heat as you would expect from a normal gas BBQ. On one side of the BBQ is a little sink but you cannot turn the tap and I'm not sure what use it is supposed to have as you wouldn't have a sink on a normal BBQ. On the other side you have two burners for your pans which is just like ours so my son likes to use this to cook extras.
The BBQ comes in a large box and you have to assemble it yourself. My husband did this and even using the instructions managed to do things in the wrong order. It took about 30 minutes to build the BBQ even allowing for the times we had to take it apart and put it back together! There are a few stickers that you have to put on yourself once you have constructed the BBQ and these are a bit fiddly but look great once in place.
My son absolutely loves this toy and took to it immediately. On his birthday it was about the only toy that he played with. Thankfully the fascination with this toy hasn't worn off and it is still one of his favourites. During the winter we had the toy inside but once we saw some sunshine it was put out in the garden next to Daddy's BBQ. Obviously now that it is outside this toy doesn't get as much use as it did but it is usually played with when we are out in the garden especially on BBQ days. Unfortunately now that winter is drawing in again I don't think the BBQ will be coming back in but we will store it away now in the shed until next summer when hopefully my youngest daughter will discover the joys of barbequing!
On the whole I think this is a great toy. The whole thing is quite sturdy and has taken a fair amount of bashing about. We did have to repair the hinge on the door with a cocktail stick but now it is as good as new.
If anything I only have two complaints with the toy and the first is that it isn't quite as chunky and solid as other Little Tikes toys that we have and the hinges on the doors and the hooks for hanging your utensils are easily damaged. The only other complaint is that it doesn't light up or have any sound effects which I think would greatly improve the role playing aspect of the toy. Having said that I think this is a great toy and it is definitely a favourite for my children.
I would recommend this barbeque.
Summary: Worth every penny but shop around for a good deal
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