As regular readers will know, I am a massive fan of traditional, wooden toys. Our house is full of wooden toys, a wooden play kitchen, wooden sand and water tables and children’s wooden furniture. I think I have a bit of a wooden obsession to be honest! If there is a wooden version of a toy I will always opt to buy that one over it’s plastic alternative.
However, Little Tikes recently gave me the chance to review one of their range of ‘Exclusively at Asda’ toys. I jumped at the chance because I thought LP would like to play with something different and I have always loved the Little Tikes brand – we even have a Police Car Cosy Coupe in the garden!
We chose to review the Little Tikes Mini Mechanic Playset. This consists of an aeroplane and submarine as well as an electronic screwdriver and manual screwdriver which you use to take apart the two vehicles and put them together again.
Both the aeroplane and submarine come apart completely with plastic screws which are easily unscrewed, and tightened, using the ‘tools’ included in the set. When the aeroplane and submarine are complete they can be used as they are as perfectly functional toys – the aeroplane’s wings even flap as it’s pushed along and the submarine’s periscope rotates! It’s great that the construction aspect of both toys isn’t the only way of playing with them. LP loved taking the screws out of the toys, and loved playing with them when intact but as she’s still quite young she found it hard to put the pieces together again but this was to be expected. It’s great that we now have a toy that will grow with her – LP will happily play with the vehicles and in time will be able to take them apart and put them back together again herself.
I was impressed with how well made everything was and that Little Tikes had even thought to put different colour screws on each vehicle – great when everything gets undone and you’re trying to put it back together. I also love the fact that Little Tikes include four spare screws in the set – very forward thinking!
Overall we loved the playset. I know a lot of people wouldn’t choose a ‘Mechanic’ set for their Daughter – I wasn’t allowed any construction toys as a child because they were ‘boys toys’ however, this playset is as appropriate for a girl as a boy – LP loves it and doesn’t mind that the photos on the packaging are just of a boy playing with it.
I will always love traditional wooden toys but that will not change what LP and Little Man choose to play with. LP loves this play set and it has opened my eyes to different toy options – I may always favour buying wooden toys but plastic ones will probably creep on to Christmas and Birthday lists in the future!
Thanks Little Tikes and Asda for letting us review the Little Tikes Mini Mechanic Playset, LP has loved taking the vehicles apart and I’ve quite enjoyed putting them back together again – obviously making up for the lack of construction in my childhood!
Disclosure: We were given the above toy free of charge in exchange for this review however all opinions are my own.