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My son turned one in April last year and having just moved house a few weeks previously we had no garden toys and now he was up and walking I wanted to find him something fun for the garden. We only have a small space and a limited budget.
I looked around at a few slides and swings etc and eventually settled on this Little Tikes activity cube. My main reason for this was that I didn't have to help my son use it. If we had bought just a slide or a swing I would be needed constantly to pick him up and put him on it all the time, and being pregnant at the time it was hard work.
This cube is great. It is very small and compact, but it works perfectly and is therefore suitable for use as soon as your child can walk. It is brightly coloured and very easy to put together. The sides and slide easily slot together and then there are a few screws for securely fastening it. There is a main 'entrance' at the back which you climb through to get in to it and then go down the slide, it also has two holes either side and underneath for the more adventurous toddler!
My son is now two and still has plenty of fun playing with this despite its size, but I imagine he will be too big for it by next year so we will find something bigger to suit him then. The size means when he was more wobbly I never worried about him as he was never climbing up to any height, the whole thing is only around 75cm tall and the cube means there is no where he can fall from. Some of the other small ones I had looked at had open sides and I would have been worried about him falling off.
I believe these retail for around £70. I did buy ours second hand from ebay for £11 locally. This was obviously a bargain, and I am not sure that I would have paid £70 for it new had I had that money. That is because it is small and really will be outgrown in a couple of years. So had I had more money I would have chosen a bigger one with more features so it would have lasted longer.
On the other hand our one is probably 6 or 7 years old and apart from the usual sun fading is still in very good condition, this stuff is made to last and when we replace it next year I will undoubtedly buy another Little Tikes product.
As most of my garden toys when I decided I wanted a slide for the garden I knew where to look. Little tikes make great durable toys and so was my first choice. It needed built as it was flat packed but it was very easy with clear instructions it took around 10 minutes and simple enough that even I could manage it. No tools were needed which is perfect for me however would advise two people to assembly as it needs clicked into place and this is a lot easier with one person each side.
The toy itself is very simple a climbing frame with a slide on it. As with all little tikes toys it is bright coloured so attracts little ones attention straight away. There are many holes for little one to climb in and out of providing fun for beginner climbers with very easy access at the back to the slide. For the more advanced there are many other small holes on the side meaning they can climb up the side of the climbing frame and over the top.At the bottom of the frame is also a set of holes this is for little one to climb through and use it as a hideaway there is plenty of room for younger children but at the top of the age range it becomes a bit of a tight fit.
This is good for independence, fuelling the imagination letting the children play well together and as always is extremely well made so no worry for their safety. It can be wiped clean and although in the 2 years we have had it the sun has bleached it a little nothing too major and it still look presentable. It has been very well loved in my garden and is a major hit with younger toddlers I would definitely recommend it.
The toy is suitable for around 12-36 months and I believe from experience this is about the right age group my youngest son has just turned 1 and now climbing and walking he is beginning to enjoy his independence of being able to enjoy this climber whereas my eldest is just turning 4 and he is find his feet nearly touch the bottom of the slide already and is all round getting bored with it.It costs between £60-£80 so if possible I would buy at the start of the age guide just so you get your moneys worth for the full 2 years which to be honest it has been well loved by my children.
The Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym is great little piece of play equipment for children aged 1 and a half - 4 years. It is made from robust fade resistant plastic which means it keeps its colour so looks good, which is a plus especially contending with our British weather. Mine has withstood the harsh winter and still looks new.
It comes in 2 colours, "Sunshine" which is a burst of yellow, with a little green and red, as pictured here or "Evergreen", either way both colours are unisex, and depends on whether you want something jazzy and bright or something that blends in more with your garden.
I bought this for my little girl and for when my nephews and nieces visit, also I am in the process of becoming a childminder, so wanted something that would with stand being played with by a lot of young children, which this most certainly has been able to. Anyone with toddlers know that they can reek havoc with their toys, and the junior gym has with stood everything quite literally thrown at it, from balls, to other garden toys, and rammed into by bikes and cars, and of course having my little tykes jump all over it.
My daughter and her cousins have had hours of fun using it, in fact they spend hours in the garden playing with it, come rain or shine, especially if it has been raining I can easily just dry it down with a towel and they are good to go.
It is great, from climbing, crawling through the holes and peek-a-boo, but the most obvious is sliding, which my daughter loves, and the gym is such a compact size that she can navigate it quite easily on her own, which means I can have a much deserved cup of tea, or tend to my plants in the garden while I watch her play. The design is such that she can climb around without catching himself on sharp edges or get a splinter as with wooden activity toys, and the slide is very stable.
The Little Tikes Junior Gym is a Compact size so is fantastic for smaller gardens like mine, and if you have enough space in the house, it can be used indoors, however it is a little too wide to carry through a door so you may need to decided where you want it before assembly, if you have patio doors then I don't think there will be a problem with moving it from the house to the garden.
It was very easy to assemble and I was able to do this by myself, it requires no tools which is a bonus, it is quite weighty in the original box so you may need someone to help carry it to where you want to assemble it, but once you open the box you can quite easily put it together on your own. It comes as four lightweight panels and slide attachment which push and lock into place with moderate force and once assembled, which takes only a few minutes, is there to stay.
My only complaint with this product is that it is hard to get my daughter to come inside when I need her too, she hides underneath which she find hilarious, she loves to play on it so much. In fact my 8 year old even tries to squeeze through the holes , and I am constantly having to tell him to get off, as the maximum weight for the gym is 23kg, I even had to weight him to shoe him he was too heavy for it.
It may seem a little expensive to some, but I think that It pays for itself with the amount of time it gets played with, and the use it gets, it is sturdy and I have no worry of it falling apart. This is a fantastic out door or indoor toy which will be loved by any child.
At the moment on Amazon they have the Evergreen version with 25% off, I just bought one for my nephew for his birthday for £70, and they also have the sunshine with 14% off (June 2011)
My daughter was given this as a birthday present by her grandparents. As her birthday is in December it meant that we had to keep it inside for a few months taking up most of the space in the playroom. However one of the advantages of this climbing frame / slide combination is that is can be used inside and I have since seen several at toddler groups.
The activity gym is made of very strong, durable plastic as with all Little Tikes products. The colours are bright and attractive to young children. It comes in 4 main pieces (the sides of the cube) plus the slide and a raised platform. The pieces slot together and then you have to do up 4 screws. It was a little tricky slotting the pieces together as it is a very tight fit, but once done at least you know it isn't going to come undone easily.
The activity gym basically consists of a slide and several holes to climb up or through. Children can climb through the lower ones and hide under the platform or climb up the holes on to the raised platform and pretend to be 'king of the castle'. The slide itself is not very big.
This is marketed for children 18 months - 4 years. To be honest I think they can use it younger than this - as long as it is on a safe surface if they were to fall off - ie lawn. My children grew out of it very quickly (before 3) because the slide was just too short and the whole thing not really adventurous enough. However for if you are only thinking of it for short term it is perfect for a 1 year old.
This cost my Parents in Law £80 when they purchased it. This is a lot of money but it will last years and you can always sell on to get some of the outlay back.
Despite the initial outlay of some £80, this slide and climbing frame made of solid plastic is good value for money and is suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years.
We have had the activity gym for more than 10 years (bought as a present for 1st child) and it has been well used by three boys and sundry friends and neighbours children over that time. It is relatively small so doesn't take up much room in a small garden.
All of the Little Tikes range of toys that my children have had have been durable and hard wearing. The activity gym that we have, has sat in the garden for almost all of the last 10 years and has hardly weathered or discolored at all.
The slide is multi-coloured and you will probably need a mallet of some description to make the sides join together as the plastic is very hard and not bendy at all, probably why it has been so durable! It is available in a Sunshine variety and also shades if green variety and is the smallest slide/climbing activity toy for outdoor use that Little Tikes make.
Very good for toddlers for sliding, crawling, climbing and peek-a-boo fun
The Sunshine toddler gym. It's not just for toddlers! My three children are 9, 7 and 5 and they still play on this toy. I add, at his point in time they do get a bit adventurous, ie. they tip it on its side, stand on the very, very top of the sides, so I do know for a fact that this play equipment is as safe as it can get.
The unit itself has not got any fixings, it all slots together like a large puzzle. So you don't have to worry about your child catching themselves on screws or nails and things.
The gym is four sided and has a platform in the middle of the cube which enables your child to go across and down the small slide which slots on what i describe as the front of the unit.
It has a couple of large circular openings so your child can crawl through, although my children very rarely go underneath as they describe it as the spiders house!
It definately inspires role play and co-ordination for climbing for the youngsters. It's not at all high so is more than suitable for the little nippers that are just beginning to learn to climb, supervised of course, as the platform is still tall enough to give a big bump onthe head should an accident occur! Not that it would.
But I think this brightly coloured unit is fantastic for small children and is tough and durable enough to last a fair number of years.
For months I have been wanting to buy this cube and slide for my son. I checked online and saw the price was close to £100! Not wanting to pay that much, I looked at 2nd hand ones on Ebay, these were going for around £60 and looked very popular.
Then last week in Tescos I spotted the very cube I was wanting. It was reduced to £60 from £90 so I bought it straight away.
This set came in a big box and needed to be built up at home. The cube consists of seven pieces of sturdy plastic. They came with a set of instructions that were simple and easy to follow. Most of the pieces just had to be pushed together although this did require a lot of force. There were 4 screws supplied however some of the holes were missing. From looking at the diagrams in the instructions it seems the holes should be there and for some reason were missing. As the cube feels very sturdy and secure I decided to just leave the screws off, but have saved them 'just in case'!
The cube is brightly coloured and interested my son before it was even fully assembled. In fact, I only had two of the walls slotted together before he was trying to climb through them! It is a slightly different colour than shown in the picture above. The walls are green, two are bright green and two are a darker green. The slide and the floor bit are bright red. I have seen this set available in other colour schemes - bright primary colours and a pink and purple option too.
The walls have circular shaped holes in them, some near the bottom and some higher up. Children can either crawl through them or use them as footholes to climb higher up. This makes the toy more interesting then a normal slide and my son loves climbing through the bottom circle so he ends up inside the cube. The back wall has a bigger cut out shape and this is where children enter in order to use the slide. The slide is made from the same durable plastic. It is raised at the sides so the child doesn't slide off the edge. The slide itself isn't very long and initially we were a bit disappointed with the length of it and the size of the frame in general. However, my son loves it. Also, if it were much bigger I would be hesitant about him playing on it without me hovering there ready to catch him if he fell! As it is, I am happy for him to play on this cube alone while I potter around the garden.
Despite the initial disappointment with the size of the slide, I am pleased we bought it. My son absoloutely loves it and often asks to play on it before he has even had his breakfast. The set is well made and seems very sturdy and safe so I don't worry about it tipping over. Although this cube is more expensive than buying just a slide, it offers much more in terms of playing opportunities. My son makes up all sorts of games using the frame part, his favourite being where he puts all his toys under the frame and tries to squeeze himself in too.
The frame in advertised as being suitable for ages 1-4. My son is 2.5 years and he seems to fit it perfectly. I'm not sure it will be big enough for him when he is 4 though, so I think we will probably buy a bigger one by then.
My little monster is a big fan of climbing so I was on the hunt for an outdoor climbing frame, suitable for her age, when I came across this activity cube.
Basically it consists of just four chunks of durable plastic, plus the slide, and they all slot together to form a cube. The design has holes interspersed around the cube, allowing children to climb up to the platform and use the slide, or climb underneath the platform and hide in the little den below.
My husband is not the best at building toys, yet he managed to put this together in 20 minutes or less with no moaning which I think is a result! There are only a few screws needed, and mostly its just a matter of shoving the pieces together.
As soon as my daughter spotted this she was clambering all over it, and she adores sitting on the little platform and watching the world go by. She is 16-months and she is not that impressed with the slide as she has been on much bigger and better ones.
The slide itself is very small so does not do much for my little thrill-seeker, however at least she can use it herself without having to hold my hand on the bigger slides at the park. On the plus side she thinks it is absolutely hilarious to chuck her soft toys down it instead!
These cubes cost around £80 new, but I hunted for a used one on ebay as I think that's quite a lot for what you get. The search was not easy, as while there are plenty of these about, a lot of them are going for almost the same price, or are very badly faded from the sun. In the end I picked mine up for £40, and it's in great condition so I'm chuffed.
A little tip; our cube is a light pink and lilac colour and has no fading, so if you choose to go down the second-hand route, the lighter colours seem to resist fading a lot better than the bright ones.
Our garden is not the most even in the world, yet this activity cube stands sturdy and is heavy so won't tip over in a hurry. It's very good quailty and safe.
Marketed at children from around 18-months to three years, I think that is slightly ambitious, as I know my daughter will not be as interested in this in a year or two. But then again that depends on what you are looking for. My baby has almost outgrown the slide part already, yet will probably be able to use it for climbing and hiding for several years.
So I guess if you are primarily looking for a slide, there are better options, but if you want a good all rounder, this is it.
I'm very pleased with my purchase, all we need now is a few more nice days to enjoy it!
I recently bought this product from Tesco at the reduced price of £60, down from £90.
Assembly was slightly trickier than I had anticipated with a couple of screws that had no screw holes to go into. I knew there should have been holes for the screws as it showed them on the instruction sheet. I considered making the holes myself and then decided against.
But on the whole assembly wasn't too bad and I wouldnt let it put you off buying one. Most of the plastic pieces just slot into other pieces. They need a bit of force to shove them in but that means they won't just pop out again.
Once constructed I was initially disapointed by the size of the slide when considering that the recommended age group was 2 - 4 yrs. My son is 2 and I cant imagine him still using this at 3+.
However even with missing screw holes the whole thing is really sturdy (I've been down the slide and im 6ft and 13 stone). When placed on uneven grass it never looks close to tipping.
For those who have never seen a picture of one, the whole thing is like an apparatus cube with the slide coming down the front, it has circle holes underneath for climbing through into a little den. There is a platform on top which is big enough for my son to eat his dinner at (refering to it as his little restaurant!)
I think there are probably better things on the market for 3+ so will probably look at upgrading this one next year. A quick glance on ebay proves these things hold their money, some second hand ones are going for more than I paid brand new. I probably would have given this a higher mark had it been a bit bigger but I think 3 out of 5 is probably fair.
We inherited this activity gym from my mother in law and it is the best thing we have ever had for our garden!!
The Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym comes in the form of a cube which consists of 4 pieces fixed together using a slot method. This means there are no complicated fixings or dangerous bolts for children to harm themselves on. Little Tikes are known for making good quality, safe toys and this is one of the ways they ensure this - making things very child friendly.
The different sides of the cube contain holes that the child will crawl through, climb over or climb under to get to a platform where a slide is attached. The slide isn't very long at all - no longer than the average 3 year old really but it is a fantastic introduction to climbing and sliding for the young child.
The gym is aimed at children of about 18 months to 3 years and is perfect for this age group. My 1 year old finds this very easy and loves the independence that comes along with being able to climb up himself to slide down, walk round and start it all again.
The gym is made from very durable plastic and so the price of it is worthwhile when you consider it will last for years and years. It is definitely a great investment if you are planning on having further children or passing it to other friends or family.
A definite must for any young child.
We have owned the Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym for about five years now. We didn't get it new as it was given to us by my sister in law who was clearing out her garden after giving up childminding.
The Activity Gym is basically a cube shape with a slide coming off one side. The four sides of the cubes slot together without the need for bolts or screws and each side has cut out pieces to climb through or up on. The slide part is only very short but is big enough for children up to about 3 or four. As you would expect from a Little Tikes toy the whole thing is made of brightly coloured plastic. The plastic is quite hard and not easily broken.
Ours is looking a little sorry for itself now as it has faded a little bit and as it lives in the garden it has become quite dirty. All three of my children still play on the Activity Gym even though my eldest is five. Her legs reach the bottom of the slide when she is sitting at the top but she still has a go. My children tend to use the slide quite a lot to get a better view when Granddad is going past on his tractor but they also enjoy it as a climbing frame.
The slide is still available on www.amazon.co.uk from about £60 and come in all sorts of colours now. If you look on ebay you can often get a real bargain on these, my sister got one for 1p a couple of years ago.
I have no idea how old our one is but it has lasted very well and apart from the fading which is common with Little Tikes toys it is still in one piece and has no broken or worn areas.
I would say that because of its size the Activity Gym isn't suitable for children over three or four but once a child can move climb up onto things I think they would enjoy this.
I would recommend the Little Tikes Activity Gym to anyone with young child as it makes a lovely long lasting toy for the garden.
our son loved playing with this at the toddler group we go to so when grandma needed an idea for christmas this was the obvious choice. Assembly is very easy and was done by one person, it is made of tough plastic which seems very secure. It all just slots together and there are four screws that hold everything in place and ensure there are no accidents with it coming apart. It has a platform in the middle which provides access to the upper level and lower level, you can enter it through many of the circle port holes or there is a bigger enterance area to the rear, it has a little half circle cut out to make climbing in easier, i always worried my son would fall down this part when he was standing on the upper level as toddlers arent the most observant when running and having fun. The slide is a good height and it makes this an ideal first climbing frame. We built this in our house and it managed to fit out the door and into the garden no problem, its not too heavy to move, which makes it better as i keep it on the slabs when not in use so it doesnt damage the grass and put it on the grass when my son is playing in the garden.
Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym
Brought my little girl of these when she was 18 months and she was a big climber and I wanted her to climb some where she was meant to and not some where were she could really hurt herself.
I brought mine from Littlewoods and it cost me £69 but this was 3 years ago but I believe they retail for any where from £50 to £75.
The gym is around a meter high and a meter wide. It is quiet easy to but together and didn't take more than 20 mins which I think is good for an out door toy. The gym looks like a cube but can be climbed all over and has holes in the side so children can have some where to hide. It has a slide that slots in the front and can be taken off if you just want to use this a climbing frame.
The gym is very brightly coloured and even tho mine has been out the garden for 3 years come rain or shine, all year round it still looks good. The whole gym is made of plastic so it is very easy to clean.
I think this toy is very well made it has stood up to 3 years worth of play from what is now three children. Its gets turned on its side upside down and still stay in tack.
My children love this they use it ever time they in the garden, not always for climbing on some times they sit on it and read a book or but a blanket over it and make a den, to pretending its a boat and they off to sea, what ever it may be it always gets used
Little Tykes Junior Activity Gym comes with a climbing area, accessed through a small door, that has a platform so it is divided in to 2, a slide, different sized holes on one side and steps on the outer wall of the other side. It is multi coloured and being a Little Tykes toy is very robust and safe for children to use.
The door is easy to open and close and leads in to the climbing area, children can then hoist themselves up on the platform so they can go down the slide or play underneath the platform. If they are small the platform may be a bit too high but they can use parts of the walls to help them climb. The platform is sturdy and children will find they can stand on it and move about it without worrying they will fall of the edge. The sides come up above the platform and are the perfect size for toddlers to look over but not too small that they can easily fall over. The slide is short and not too high which is also perfect for toddlers but when they reach a certain age (probably about 3) they will find it less of a sliding experience, because their feet are nearly touching the ground anyway! The sides are good for older children (still only about 3+) to climb up using either the stairs on the on side or the holes on the other.
This activity gym encourages active play, imaginative play, role play and motor skills. It is very colourful and attractive to children and will give them a chance to get used to climbing frames before being introduced to them at a park. It is hard to break or damage and can be left outside or covered up, it will fade with time but that wont ruin the effect of the gym.
We were given one of these by a friend who had had it a few years for her children. The colours had faded but after a good wash with hot water and dettol it came up good as new. Our children love to play on it and will play for hours discovering each new thing again and again. Our 4yr old has outgrown the slide but that has not stopped him using the climbing area, it has also encouraged the not so bravest of children who visit to have a go and climb as it looks safe and welcoming. Perfect to use on the grass and although it is now a little weather beaten still something our children play on everytime they go ion the garden.
I would recommend buying one of these as they are perfect for toddlers. They are not too expensive and you will get your moneys worth of entertainment out of it. Little Tykes is well known for its robust toys and this is no exception.
This is a very sturdy little play centre for small children. It is made from strong and smooth plastic so there are no rough edges or sharp corners that may cause scratches.
There is the cube section where the child can crawl through holes and climb in and out of. It is ideal for playing peek a boo.
There is also a small slide.
The two parts together can keep them well entertained as it can be used for climbing, crawling, jumping and sliding. It is quite small though so is really only suitable for children up to about 2 - 3 years old as after that they will really be too big to fit on the slide or through the cube holes. The slide is also a bit on the short side so if you are mainly looking for a slide toy rather than a climbing area too you may be better off just going for a normal slide design.
Toddler Gym for climbing, sliding, crawling and 'peek a boo' fun.