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My daughter has never watched a Thomas the Tank Engine episode ever, however she seems to recognise the character and theme tune, and will point out the character if she sees him when out and about. I know there are some girls who like watching Thomas the Tank Engine but I tend to think it is aimed more at the boy market. My sister has decided she has had all her children and every so often will pass on a bulk of items that her children have grown out of, and my daughter benefits. One such item was this Thomas and Friends Play Tent, which I see retails on the likes of amazon for just over £25, which I think is pretty hefty for a little flimsy tent. My daughter actually has a house style tent perfect for little girls which she loves so I know she enjoys play tents, so when my sister gave it to her to keep, she was very excited, and recognised it as Thomas. THe only difference between our tent and that pictured above is the fact that this one doesn't have the back carriage, and I don't think that it came with the back carriage either, according to my sister.
This isn't the biggest tent in the world, in fact I would say my daughter has more room in her 'house tent' but at a squeeze I would say two children could just about play comfortably in it at the same time. This blue carriage has a main arch doorway for children to crawl through, and there is a fold down playmat which can be left down or stuck up out of the way. My daughter likes this part and will likes to lie out on this part or play with her toys at this door of the tent. You can also pop your head out through the front of the tent to see out as the driver. If your child likes being the train driver they can stand up in part of the tent and look out over the top. Again, my daughter likes to play 'peek a boo' and pop up and then hide down.
There are a few downsides to this tent. I don't think the shape makes it easy to play in for lengthy times, and front nose of the carriage is pretty small, and if it wasn't for the door that opens to a play mat, I don't think my daughter would play it in for long. The other downside is the storage. Like my daughter's other pop up basic (ball pit) tent, this is a bit of a nuisance to fold away tidily, and to be honest, when my daughter gets bored of it, I am more likely to put it in a spare room out of the way that try to fold it and try and neatly put it away.
So far, my daughter has had a lot of fun out of this tent. She does play in it regularly, and hasn't got tired of it yet, however, I personally don't think it is as good as her house tent, which has much more room for her to sit in and play. All in all, I certainly wouldn't have payed £20+ for this, I really don't think it is worth that, however, if you can pick one up second hand on the likes of ebay, then it will provide those budding train drivers with a lot of fun.
Climb aboard Thomas and his friends with this 4 in 1 play tent.Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabelle and Cranky the Crane.Use together or individually for hours of active fun. Age range: From 2 years.