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We bought this Thomas the Tank Engine tent and tunnel combination at the start of the year for our son who is now well over 2 years of age. Firstly we thought we'd get it as he loves Thomas the tank engine whenever the show is on TV and also we were hoping that it would be great weather this summer as he loves the outdoors and thankfully it has been to be honest with you for the last couple of months. Therefore it's better as he doesn't get too muddy out in the garden in his tent. He absolutely loves it and can spend hours playing in it. The whole thing cost us just under £40 on Amazon which wasn't too bad when you think of the use he'll have out of it. We might even try to make some space for it inside somewhere when the weather gets too cold and wet later in the year.
Now, I rember going camping when I was a bit younger and used to get incredibly frustrated standing in the pouring rain with just the light from a tiny flashlight, struggling to put up your tent. Well don't worry as this was very easy to put up and nothing like that nightmare at all that I thought it might be! The tent comes flat packed with plastic poles to help you put it up. There is the tent itself which attaches to the tunnel and then in turn this connects to the Thomas the tank engine part of it.
The great thing about this product we have found is that our son can really go mad in it and loves crawling through the tunnel into either the tent or back out again into the engine part. He really lets his imagination run wild. The one thing I will say is that it's hard to get him in now.
I would recommend this to anyone with young children for hours of run as it's not just one basic tent for them to play in but three things in one to amuse them for hours.
This makes a fantastic outdoor toy!
It is three pop tents in different shapes, all resembling Thomas characters and displays.
There is three parts to this combo, thats Thomas himself which is the largest tent. It is flat when it comes out of the box, but easily opens up, and there are a few poles to put through the holes provided to make it sturdy and aid it whilst it stands. This long and fairly wide and would not be suitable in somebodies living room as a toy as it would take up an aweful lot of space.
The tube resembles carriages that follow at the back of Thomas and the rest of the characters usually. It is brown underneath and a lighter blue and grey at the top. This once untied springs open into it's tube shape, it is a perfect size for a child to crawl through.
Last but not least we have the tent, which is actually shaped like a tent and it acts as the tran sheds that Thomas and his friends sit in. It has to flaps which can be tied up with velcro to allow for easy access for children. This is another large tent which again would take up alot of room.
All three pop up tents can be folded flat to a certain point and tied up if you want to store it away somewhere. All three can also be attached together by slotting the tube in the middle into each open entrance of Thomas and the sheds.
This could provide an awful lot of fun for older children more so who have more of an imagination when it comes to playing with toys etc which don't do it all for you. I'd say these are more an outdoor toy due to the space they take up in a room in the house, whilst indoors they are just not practical to play with unless you live in a very spacious house.
These three tents come in one box when bought, and all three cost roughly £40. I'd say these are woth the money if you have the space to keep them somewhere.
My Auntie bought this for my twins for Christmas, as like I've said in my other Thomas The Tank reviews I am absolutely Thomas mad.
It costs roughly £40+, I think my auntie paid £44 in Argos, but you can purchase it for less on Amazon. It comes flat packed, and it is all tightly tied up to stop it from springing up. A bag of white plastic poles come with it too. Nothing to worry about though this is probably the easiest thing I've ever put together. It does come with instructions, but these are just photo instructions which probably make it more difficult to understand.
It comes in 3 parts, the Thomas tent. You untie it and there we have it the tent literally "pops up". The tent has two available holes, one with 2 flaps that you can tie up with the velcro provided, this hole can be used as the entrance for your child and the other hole is for another part of the Pop Up Combo to fit into.
So this second part is just a tunnel, this goes into the second available hole in the tent, and then attaches into the third part.
The third part of the combo is Thomas The Tank himself! It pops up the same as the tent, and the tunnel but the front of it is a bit floppy which is where the plastic poles come into it. Around the edges at the front of the Thomas Train, are holes for you to slide the poles into. Two of the poles attach together to make one larger pole, then it simply slides in the space provided. Once in, there is a strip of velcro which makes the pole secure. Once the velcro is done up and the poles are secure they are easily hid, so not noticeable by your children for them to pull out.
This Pop Up Combo has been brilliant for my twins so far, it allows them to use their imaginations and make fun for themselves. They were a bit unsure at first of what to do which of course meant mummy (me) had to crawl in the tent and pull funny faces to them on the outside, I didn't attempt crawling through the tunnel as I've only just started my new years resolution of trying to lose weight (lol) and I sat in the train and said "Choo Choo" which they both love to say, but it tends to come out "Dee Dee". How Cute!
This also gives them the option of playing with the three pop ups together and attached or they can seperate them and play with them on their own. Which is usually what happens as they havn't grasped the whole sharing thing yet.
I reccomend this to anybody who has a little Thomas Fan or more at home, it does take up alot of space but it easy to fold back up and flat pack it back into the box again for easy storage.
Pops up and out in seconds.