Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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A Big Slide for Little Kids
Little Tikes Large Slide
Member Name: loulou22
Little Tikes Large Slide
Advantages: Strong slide. Provides a lot of fun. Outdoor toy.
Disadvantages: Children will grow to big for it fast.
Little Tikes Large Slide
When my brother was around 3 years old my grandparents next door neighbours kindly gave us their Little Tikes Large Slide as their son was too big for it and no longer used it so they thought James might enjoy it when he went to visit.
The version of the slide that we were given had purple steps and a large straight red slide. A quick search online shows me that the slide can be purchased in a range of colours including greens, yellows and blues, depending where it is purchased from. The Little Tikes Large Slide is available in both a wavy and a straight version.
The slide has 4 steps which are made out of a really thick, tough plastic. They are really chunky looking and are hollow inside making them reasonably lightweight. At the bottom of the steps are 2 outwards facing stabilisers which do provide a stable base for the slide and prevent it from tipping over.
The slide itself is made from the same thick, tough plastic as the steps and like the steps it is also hollow throughout and reasonably lightweight. I'm not sure of the exact length of the slide, but I am 5ft 1 inch and if I lie on the slide then I am the same length so I would say it is around 5ft in length.
The slide was already assembled when we received it, however as we have since sold the slide now that James is too big I have experience of both assembling and dismantling the slide.
The slide has 4 parts to it: the actual slide, the steps and 2 support bars. Assembling the slide is really easy and can be done by one person with ease. I found the easiest way to assemble the slide was to stand the steps up, they will balance fairly well without support while you then balance the slide on top of them. There is a yellow plastic support bar attached to the underneath of the slide, this needs to be clipped onto the steps and a metal support rod which needs to be pushed through a hole in the slide and steps to secure the two together. This is it, the slide is complete. To dismantle the slide is also just as easy and is done by unclipping the plastic support bar and removing the metal support rod. If you want to simply store the slide without taking it apart then you can just unclip the plastic support rod and the slide will fold neatly in two and fit nicely into your garden shed or garage.
When James was younger and shorter he used to love playing on this slide during the summer visits to our nan, however as he got older and almost as tall as the slide, the excitement wore off! James is now 8 years old and a huge 4 foot and 9 inches tall, so this summer the decision was made to sell the slide. I took it to a local car boot sale, which obviously involved getting the slide into my car, at the time I had a VW Golf which was rather spacious, I did struggle to get the slide into the back seat and it was longer than the width of the car so in the end I had to knock the seats down and lie it in the car this way, so bear in mind it isn't the type of slide you can easily transport or take away with you.
In the time that we had the slide we found it to be very hardwearing and sturdy. Considering it is so lightweight we were quite impressed to find that even in high winds the slide moved around the patio area but never blew over. This may be due to the fact that there was no resistance like on grass so it didn't have change to fall or it could be due to the wide stabilisers on the steps balancing it. I cannot say for sure which. The slide never got stored away in the winter so it has survived all weathers. We found after the winter we often needed to give it a good clean with hot soapy water as moss seemed to like growing on it and spiders liked to make it their new home.
When I took the slide apart I did notice that the plastic had faded in colour and the red on the underneath of the slide was a lot brighter, but this was only a colour fade and didn't affect the strength of the slide in anyway.
The slide is very durable and withstood not only my brothers weight but also mine and sometimes the two of us together and there were no signs of fatigue in the slide or the steps.
The recommended age for the slide is 3+. I would say this is about right as it is a nice length and will give your children a good few years playtime before they get too big for it.
As I said at the start of my review, we were given this slide as a gift so I don't know how much was originally paid for it, however looking online now I can see a new slide is retailing for around the £50 - £60 mark. Personally I would say this is a little more than I would be willing to pay, not because the slide isn't well made, because it is very well made, but because of the size of the slide and the speed children grow at you might not get many years use from it. I would still recommend the slide, but definitely shop around before paying full price for one!
Thanks for reading! :)
Summary: A great slide for young children