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We moved house earlier this year and are now fortunate enough to benefit from both a larger garden and a garage for storage. With this in mind we decided to purchase a few more outdoor toys for my son who is now two and loves the outdoors. As he is still young I was dubious about buying anything too big as safety is obviously paramount. He loves playing on slides when we visit parks so I knew that would be ideal but was also mindful that I wanted one that would last him rather than a small baby/toddler slide.
I searched online and came across this slide by little tikes, priced at £54 on Amazon. (It is currently more expensive at £67) This meant that I could have the added benefit of using some of my dooyoo miles towards it. I was familiar with the brand as we have other little tikes toys, as do friends of ours, and I have always been impressed with the quality.
The slide is suitable for children from 2 years to 6 years, with a maximum weight of 34kg. It is 1.5 metres long and is collapsable for storage. Our slide has blue plastic steps and a red slide, so I would describe it as unisex . It is available in other colour variations though. It has four steps and large feet at the base to ensure that it is sturdy on the ground. The steps themselves are also thick and sturdy and nicely spaced for little legs. Being at the lower end of the age scale, my son has to put in some effort to climb them but this only adds to his enjoyment and enhances the exercise he gets from it,, as well as the developmental aspect of learning to climb. The top of the slide made me nervous at first as there didn't seem much room for manoeuvre. However, my son got to grips with it quickly and is very confident on it.
The slide stands well in our garden but it is quite flat. I would be cautious using it on less flat ground as it is freestanding and may rock as the child climbs the steps. My son loves the slide and he slides down quite quickly which he definitely enjoys. The end of the slide is well shaped so that he doesn't shoot off the end. I personally can't see this holding his interest until he is 6 as it will be so much smaller to him then, but I think it will last him a good couple more years at least. We don't find the slide particularly easy to fold to store, which is a shame as this was the feature that really appealed to us. It does fit in the garage easily as it is though and we like to store it in there to protect from the elements - sunlight can fade the plastic quite significantly. It can be bulky to move about but you can manage this by yourself.
We also found it tricky to put together initially. There were not many parts to it but the spindle on which the slide sits was quite hard to secure in place so that it was straight. I can't help thinking that this was a little over complicated and could have been easier.
Overall, a lovely slide for toddlers. It is study, secure and fun but loses a star for the difficulty we have collapsing and the putting together.
The Little Tikes Slide is an piece of outdoor apparatus that my son has had since he was 18 months old. He is now 3 years old and he is still playing on it and enjoying it - although I suspect this is the last year he will get enjoyment out of it considering the fact that it's quite small and my son is a bit of a daredevil! It costs £69.99 from ToysRus and so it's not a cheap option for a present - and to be honest, I think it is probably a little overpriced for a kids toys that is made entirely out of plastic and for which there are other alternatives out there. But having said that, Little Tykes is a popular brand which is probably why it can get away with the high price tag.
The slide is made out of pieces of plastic which can be assembled together to form a slide which is 168cm x 97cm x 97cm - which is quite chunky really, although the great thing about this product is that it can be folded up when not in use to preserve space in the garden or even allow it to be stored in the garage or shed over the winter months when it's use is going to be very limited. When the slide comes, it does need to be assembled, but this assembly is very simple......so simple that even I could manage it without any help from my partner. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and it can be fully assembled in about five steps.
The slide is attractive to look at and comprises of yellow, green and red colours - which are eye catching. Because it is so chunky, it means that it's very stable on the ground and in the time we've had it, not once has it fallen over, despite my son hanging from it at times like a monkey. It has a wide and stable base - and this is impressive. At the back of the slide there are a series of steps which are equally chunky and not to far apart and so they are also easy for young children to navigate. In total, it takes five steps to get to the top, and the side of the stairs can be used as handles. Even when my son was 18 months old he had no trouble getting up the steps and never fell off. The actual slide itself is also wide and has rounded edges which mean there is nothing for my son to injure himself on - and he also manages to slide down without anything impeding his slide. The plastic is quite shiny and so this also helps the ride be unimpeded.
Because the whole apparatus is made out of plastic, it is easily cleaned and can be wiped over - or alternatively set the hose on it as I tend to do. It's made of very durable plastic and so it's definitely made to last.
Overall, I think this is a great piece of apparatus and my son has enjoyed having it. I do think it's quite expensive, but of all the alternatives available, I do think that this is the best one.
The Little Tikes Slide is a great first slide for young children, it is aimed at the two and over age range, what I like most about it is the fact that it has a sturdy feel to it and is ergonomically designed so that all the edges are curved which makes it a lot safer. It has a length of 150cm and is a four step climb to the top so it is ideal for when your little one is walking about and developing some balance. It cost £44.99 which is a reasonable price in my opinion and was bought as a birthday present for my daughter.
It is a brightly coloured slide with the steps a green colour and the slide itself is yellow with a red securing rod underneath. It is easy to wipe down with a damp cloth to keep clean. It is a sturdy construction and quite heavy which is a good thing as it makes it nice and stable and it is easy to construct as it only has the three parts. The steps have a textured effect to provide some extra grip and the sides of the slide are quite high as well for a bit of extra security.
The slide certainly has a bit of zip about it giving a nice shiny smooth sliding surface and my little one and her friends love to play on this all be it my daughter still needs a bit of help with it her older friends have no such problems.
This is an ideal first slide, it is easy to store in a garden shed as it breaks down easily enough and I feel very safe recommending it given the quality of the construction however I would still advise close supervision when it is in use.
My daughter is aged 8 now, but for Christmas when she was aged two (three in January), we felt that she had enough indoor toys and we wanted to concentrate on the garden play side of things. My Mum bought her a Little Tikes playhouse, My Dad bought her the Little Tikes climbing frame, and amongst other things, her Dad and I purchased this slide.
Little Tikes was formed as a company in 1970 and along with their catchphrase 'Get up and Grow' are renowned for their durable and imaginative toys which are above all, fun. Some of their products are design icons and are instantly recognisable as being LT - the cosy coupe for example.
This slide couldn't have been a better choice for my daughter. The colours are bright and cheerful, the design is spot on, and it is so much fun to play on.
We purchased this from Toys 'r' Us at the time, and because we had purchased the playhouse, and the climbing frame at the same time, we were offered free home delivery. On arrival we were eager to get things set up, and seeing the big box, we were initially daunted, but assembly was simple and was a one man job. I got my other half to do it while I made a cuppa, and when I came back it was done. Why can't everything be so easy?
The ladder section of the slide is solid and sturdy due to the extra wide base; this stops the slide from rocking on slightly uneven surfaces, and a great safety feature. The steps have a grip, non slip texture to them, which is doesn't hurt little feet if they are too eager to get socks and shoes on, an occurrence that happened on a regular basis in our house. The side posts where you hold as you climb the ladder are quite chunky and easy to maintain a hold onto - no worries there then.
The slide has a flat section at the top, with plenty of room for little legs to manoeuvre onto the seating section, and as you slide down, the sides are somewhat enclosed, to prevent accidents happening. There is only one way to go with this slide, and that is down. The slide has a nice angle to it; it's not too fast, but not too slow as to remain a toddler toy.
When you have slid down, you again come to another flat section. This is raised off the floor, and so the child can get up from a seating position, rather than scrambling around on the floor.
Although my daughter has now grown out of this slide, it has been passed on to my niece. She is now coming up to six, and although she's a little dot, and can still play on this, is doesn't hold much appeal now - she prefers something a little more daring. This toy is now six years old and although faded from being outdoors most of the time, it still performs well, and could easily be passed down a few more children yet. I got more than my money's worth from this slide, from seeing by daughter enjoying herself, and being entertained; the fact that other children hve also benefitted as it gets passed along, is a bonus.
In summary, this is an expensive purchase initially, but has great play value and it would be the perfect addition to any garden and something that would give any child a great amount of pleasure.
Quick update: Looking around today, this is available from Tesco Direct for £60 plus there's a code for an extra 20% off - making this a much more affordable £48.
My son has one of these slides in his garden. We went with him to buy it last year. He wanted something that was going to last a while as they are expecting another child later this year so wanted something that would still be there when the new one gets old enough to use a slide.
We had already talked about buying a little tikes slide as we knew from past experience that they are strong and will stand a lot of play.
This slide looked a good deal, it cost about £45 to buy and it came in a massive box so good job he has a big enough car to take it in.
When we got home we decided to put it up ready for when his son came home from school. There were only three pieces to the slide and they were quite simple to fix together although it did seem quite heavy to lift about so was easier with two of us. Once put together though it seemed really tough and my son even had to have a quick go on it although I would not recommend this to anyone else.
My grandson loved it when he got home from playschool, he has always been asking for a slide in the garden and now he can ask his friends round and they all play out there quite happily. The stairs are quite good for little ones as they have a pattern on them which makes them more grippy so they don't slip while climbing. The slide is easy to keep clean, it just needs a wipe over every now and then especially if we have had some bad rainy weather. It comes up a treat though and still looks like new even after a year of playing with. The colours are nice for a garden too, not too bright that it shows up, it blends in with the garden,
When the summer was over last year the slide was easy to fold up and put away in the shed to keep it better over the winter months and it was easy to put it back up for this summer.
I can see this slide getting used over and over again for a good few years to come and would recommend it if you are looking for a slide. The price seems to have gone up a lot since last year when we bought this one as it is now £70 in Tesco but you might be able to get a second hand one if you look about. They would certainly still be good to play on as the materials used are built to last.
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My son's Little Tikes Slide was a second birthday present from his grandparents. He had previously played on the toddler version of this slide at playgroup and loved it, so with a small nudge from the ever grateful daughter in law- this slide was etched at the top of Nanna's shopping list.
*Time to Des'l'ide*
I had seen both versions of this slide in displays so I had a good idea of the size before it was purchased (I know you can read the dimensions before you buy, but it's much easier for me to actually see things as I'm not good with estimating). The toddler slide, which we decided against, is owned by his friend and when he's sitting at the top, his legs are almost at the bottom. We decided that this one would be much more suitable as it would do him for a couple of years beyond his second birthday as it's a metre and a half long.
In bright yellow and green plastic, I liked the bright summery colours and thought that it would look fine in the back garden. My in laws found this for around £40 last September- I believe it was in a sale as it's current price averages at over £60, so if you're thinking of buying this- keep an eye out for bargains!
On the day of his birthday, we decided to put the slide up before his friends arrived. The box was huge (understandably) and the whole thing was quite heavy (but if it wasn't I'd be concerned!). Armed with the three main pieces that make up the slide, my husband began huffing and puffing and generally making the job of popping up a plastic slide look like a bit of SAS training. I believe that in theory, it's very simple though! My son and his little friends had a great time on his new toy and it was very much the centre piece of the day! The children that played on it ranged between two and six (and I can just about squeeze my bottom on it!). There was all manner of daring stunts and acrobatics to be had, and even a little bit of sliding down it in the conventional manner!
*Still a firm favourite*
Unfortunately, the weather turned at the end of September and the poor lonely slide has sat as patiently as we have, waiting for sunnier climes and happier times! That said- it's seen all manner of snow, gales and rain and is still looking quite handsome indeed! It's not rusted as it's mainly plastic, meaning that if you don't have a storage area for it when not in use, it's fine to stay outside. The plastic is completely robust and can take quite a battering without it having any effect. The only time it does mark, is if a child scrapes the rubber of a shoe on it- but I imagine this would come off with a bit of a scrub. The steps are lovely and chunky- textured for grip, so ideal for little ones to gain their confidence without slipping. It is a little high, so best to place it in a soft area on the lawn (or carpet if you have a lot of room in your home!) The whole structure is sturdy and all edges are rounded- so it's a very safe toy to clamber on. Children love it because the colours are fun and it's big enough to get quite a queue of children on it at once, given that there's four steps. A fun toy for the solo child or a crowd!
*Pop it on the shopping list!*
I would recommend this toy to friends as I've been very impressed with it so far. The only thing that I don't like about it- is the bright yellow plastic- as lovely as it looks, seems to attract flies! Every time we go to play on it when it's warm, we have to brush off at least 20 little pests! But this is a minor point really, considering the joy it brings to my little boy and his buddies!
Value for money with much much more milage left (hooray- sell it on in a few years!)
Tip- make sure that, if you have your slide on the lawn and it is to stay outside, keep moving the position every couple of days to prevent the grass from dying underneath the contact points.
My youngest son is 34 months old, he'll be three in October, and since he started walking he has wanted to play in the back garden especially on the Little Tikes large slide. Our slide was given to us by my sister-in-law so is about 10 years old. This slide is really durable and my son has great fun using it every day.
The slide is yellow and green, the slide bit is yellow and the steps up are green, there is a small plaque at the top of the slide with the Little Tikes logo on it. There are three steps on the ladder part to be climbed and then the top of the slide part counts as a fourth step. The ladder part is quite chunky and little hands can easily hold on when climbing up. The slide at the highest point is approximately 31 inches and for a toddler this is quite high. My son has no fear of the slide and really enjoys sliding down it, he goes down on his back, on his front and even head first. My little son can entertain himself for ages playing on the slide.
The slide comes in one hinged piece and can be folded down for storage, there is a plastic bar attaching the slide part to the ladder and this disconnects to allow the slide to be folded in half for storage. The slide was very easy to put together when we first got it, basically it was opened out and the bar part attached to the ladder, there were no tools needed. We have had this slide for a number of years and it is never been folded down, it just stays in our garden all year round, it has been out in sun, snow, rain and frost and it is still in excellent order. There are no sharp edges or rough parts on the slide, everything is very curved and suited to small children. The slide is sturdy and is well weighted, ours has never toppled over and so far we have not had any accidents on the slide. Children should not be left unsupervised on the slide as they could fall off but my son is now at the stage where he plays independently in the garden although we still keep a watchful eye on him.
The slide can be used indoors or outdoors but ours stays in the garden. We didn't buy the slide but I have seen them in most large toy stores and they are available from the likes of Tesco Direct and Asda etc. The usual price for this slide seems to be around the £50-£60 mark. This slide is very durable and ours gets plenty of playing with but it is still in good order. There is no maintenance required other than sometimes it needs dried off or wiped over to clean muddy footprints.
There is also a smaller version of this slide available to buy. This slide is a great piece of play equipment and we would definitely recommend it.
I have just bought this slide for my 21 month old daughter to have in the garden over the summer. It is currently on sale at Toys R Us for £49.99 with an rrp of £69.99. This is the cheapest i could manage to find it anywhere at the moment so I would definitely recommend a trip to toys r us if you are after this slide - also check out ebay for any money off vouchers as I managed to get a booklet full of them for 99p and therefore got it even cheaper!
The slide itself is very sturdy and well made. It has a yellow slide and green steps although you can buy it in red and blue and also pink. I personally would have preferred a pink one for my little girl but they are full price so opted for the cheaper one but it is still very nice and fits into the garden well. I did consider buyer the smaller version of this slide as wasn't sure if it would be too big for my little girl as it has a recommended age of 2-6 years old. However when we put it up for her she climbed straight up to the top on her own with no problems. The slide does look quite steep and I was scared of her bumping her bottom on the ground because of it so I put a cushion at the bottom of it at first and she went down holding my hands but I soon found that there was no need for it and within a couple of goes she was throwing herself down the slide and laughing uncontrollably! Please be warned that it is also a very quick slide so be prepared to have your heart in your mouth the first time your little one goes down it!
The slide was relatively easy to put together apart from the silly red knobs that you have to hammer on to each side to keep it all together. Myself and my partner both had difficulty doing this - they are the same ones that you have to hammer onto the little tikes cosy coupe wheels too and we have found them to be quite awkward to fit. Apart from that it all slotted together quite well and I love the fact that it folds in half for easy storage. If you are planning on buying this slide you will also need to take a car with a lot of room in it and be quite strong - I purchased the slide on my own and wasn't quite prepared for the huge box that was given to me! Luckily I have a 4x4 so managed to fit it into my car by putting one of the back seats down but I don't think that it would fit into a regular sized car very easily.
Overall, in my opinion this is probably the best toy I have ever bought for my little girl. She has only had it a few days but keeps on pestering me to go out in the garden so she can do some sliding!
I bought my little grandson this slide for his first birthday last Christmas eve, I was thinking what could we buy him that he will like for the coming year and many years to come and I came up with the idea something for the garden.
He absolutely loves it, although he cannot climb the steps himself as yet but with our help and his mummy and daddy he can sit on it and slide all the way down and have some fun.
It is very nice and colourful in yellow and green and it is made of a very strong plastic which is very safe for a young child, it has 4 steps which are easy for him or her to climb easily onto to reach the top and there are 2 side panels for them to hold onto, to steady themselves before sliding down to the bottom.
It is weather proof so it can be left outside in the summer and in the winter it can easily be folded to put into a garage or shed for the next year.
I bought mine from Toys R Us and it cost £49.99 in a sale, I think the normal price was around £60 but I cannot be certain as mine was reduced.
It can be used indoors, as that is where it was when he saw it, and it stayed indoors until after Christmas and then my daughter put it in her garage but it is in the garden now as the weather is getting a little bit better and he is older.
It can be transported in a car if it needs to be at another home etc but the car needs to be probably with drop down seats at the back as it is quite big, it will not be arriving at my home as I plan to buy another one if I can later this year in a sale and then when he visits he has one here too to slide down.
It will be like a playground soon at my home as I now have a few outdoor items for him to play with when he comes to stay, so he will not be bored.
It does need assembling but the instructions are inside the box and it only takes around 10 minutes or so to fix together, they sides just slot together etc, very easy to do, although I did not do it myself, my hubby did the job.
Little Tikes do all kinds of outdoor toys etc and they are all very good value for money and can last years if you take care of them.
It is really designed for 18 months plus but a baby can use it with adult supervision as with any child's age but with a baby they just cannot climb the steps by themselves so it is even more important to be with them at all times, while they use it.
I recommend this item for anyone with a small child to have some fun.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
We got this at a reduced price in the sale, we had been looking out for it as our daughter LOVES slides!
This one is great, it is still quite small (she is only 16 months so we didn't want anything huge for her to fall off the top of!) but is big enough for her to get a decent slide. Ours is slightly different to the one pictured and doesn't have the red support, only has 2 steps and has a bump mat attached to the bottom.
When we got it home it took my hubby about 5 mins to slot together and push the pegs in to fasten the spongy mat on the bottom. And away she went!
She finds it easy to climb up and as it isn't too big it isn't too daunting to slide down and she can now do it all by herself. She loves going bump off the bottom as well.
The only draw abck we realised the first time we put it outside is that with it being yellow ALL the bugs think it is a dandelion and swarm to it - which then either measn a load of squished bugs as she goes down or she refuses to go down as it it is 'dity' (dirty).
I brought the Little Tikes slide from Toys R Us for my daughters 2nd birthday. The slide cost £59.99 and came in a huge cardboard box. If you plan to pick this slide up I advise bringing a car or veichle with lots of space because it wouldn't fit in my car - we had to take the slide out of the box in the carpark, crush the box and put all the pieces in the car separately!
I've had a look around but haven't seen the slide cheaper anywhere else other than Wilkinsons Plus where it is £45.00, bargain! At £59.99 I still think it's good value for money.
The slide was relatively easy to put together, it took about 15 minutes for me to set it up by myself. The box included a care sheet in all different languages and an instruction sheet but with diagrams instead of writing. There were 4 main parts to the slide and a couple of fiddly bits (nails etc). Everything is provided, although you may need a hammer.
The slide is made of solid, tough, sturdy and most important of all safe plastic. All the edges are rounded. The slide itself is yellow and the steps are green. There are 3 steps and they are very thick and chunky so it's easy for the child to find their footing. It also has a base on it which means it is steady and wont topple over. Because of the colours it makes the slide completley unisex. I personally would have liked a pink version to match her other stuff but it's not a big deal. The slide is also available in blue and red but I don't like this colour as much as the yellow and green.
The slide is quite tall and long from a young childs point of view. The dimensions are 168 (l) x 97 (w) x 97 (h) cm. There is a smaller version of this slide - about half the size for half the price but I figured the bigger slide would be better for her as she is getting bigger and more independent everyday. She would have enjoyed the smaller slide if I had brought it about a year ago but would have got bored of it by now. The beauty of the bigger slide is the age range is 2 - 6 years which is a good few years and I'm quite sure she'll get loads of use out of it in this time too.
The slide appears to have a bump in it but it doesn't - it is just the way the sides of it go. The slide is nice and slippery (not like those ones where you just stop half way down) - my girl has even been down it in her nappy and hasn't got stuck or got any friction burns off of it. My top tip for getting more speed out of it is to spray a little furniture polish on to it! It doesn't damage the slide and makes it super slippery, I guarentee your little one will thank you for it.
Another fantastic thing about the slide is it can be folded up for easy storage if the slide is not in use or it is bad weather outside. There is a red catch underneath the slide, just unclip it and fold it up.
My little girl got a ton of stuff on her birthday but this is undoubtidly her favourite. She will quite happily go up and down it repeatidly for hours on end! She also enjoys putting her teddies on it and doing countdowns - 3, 2, 1 blastoff! The slide is not only fun but helps with balance and coordination - she really concentrates on getting up the steps. It is also easy to wipe down which is always handy.
All in all total value for money. Another quality product from a trusted brand. I would recommend to everybody.
This is a great first slide and I have recommended this slide to many friends and family over the years.
It gets a make over every few years where the colours change but in essence the slide hasn't really changed over the last 15 years. This is the sign of a really solid design and good quality.
The quality is up to the same standard as you would expect from the little tikes range - a very chunky, solid, thick plastic. The base is very solid and spreads out so you don't have to worry about it toppling over if the little one isn't very steady.
The only downside to this slide is that it won't be long before you find that the child has outgrown it - as with many toys designed for this age range (1 - 3) they grow so quickly both in size and confidence that this slide just won't be big enough or exciting enough.
However you will probably find that it will then get used for other things - ours was often in the paddling pool in the summer because it was easy to move around and as it was plastic didn't make holes in the pool.
A really safe (with supervision of course) piece of play equipment that will give children lots of confidence.
Anyone that knows me knows I dont like paying full price for anything, my motto is that if you can get it cheaper then why dont you! I shopped around loads for this slide and the prices ranged for around £40-£60 and I really dont think its necessary to get a garden toy at full price which will fade in a years time when you can get one second hand from Ebay, or the local papers. I got mine off Ebay for £15. My daughter has used it a few times - she only 2 but she prefers the larger slides in the park (the fearless little madam!) Its probably fine for kids under two though so we will keep it until our little boy is old enough to use it. Its a good sturdy slide with a flap underneath that locks in place. Who knows, in a few years I could probably sell it for the same price so Iv lost nothing.
i was very lucky to be given the little tykes slide by my neighbour who was moving house and didnt have room to take it with her. it think they normally retail at £40.
my two daughters absolutely love playing on the slide, its very sturdy - there is an arm underneath that locks on to the slide bit making it very safe. the high sides and curved sides make it again, very safe. made from extremely hard wearing plastic - as most little tykes toys and im sure will last for many more years im sure!
it folds away very easily to store and doesnt take up too much room, but to be honest i normally keep it out all year round as its so durable it stands all weathers.
The slide its self isnt your average boring straight slide it has a small wave to itfor that smooth ride - the children have great fun on it!
hi, I bought this slide for my daughter to go in our garden, she had got to the climbing stage and instead of climbing our fencing it gave her something safe to climb. It is a very stable slide and it didnt take my daughter long to figure out how to get up the steps, and since she figured it out she has had hours and hours of fun. For the money and what else is on the market I would definately recommend, as feel it is very safe, stable, easy to wipe off or hose off any dirt and perfect entertainment for my now 15month old. I dont think its too big but also isnt too small, and believe my daughter will continue to enjoy this for years to come. I cant think of any faults with this slide so overall, a must for safe play in your gardens.
Slide that unlocks and folds for compact. With high sides and rounded corners which aim to provide a smooth ride, and wide steps and base which aim to provide stability.