We are thrilled to be taking part in Georges Homes’ new campaign – the wooden toys campaign. Regular readers will know my dislike for plastic toys. I agree with the saying “the more a toy does, the less your child has to do”. Battery operated toys are now all singing all dancing. They can entertain your child whilst they sit and watch the toy perform but typically plastic battery toys are entertaining rather than educational. Wooden toys require your child to use their imagination and role play skills.
George has a range of wooden toys all under £40. From a wooden kitchen, dolls house, washing machine and a shop/cafe there is something for every little one. We were very excited to see they had a wooden rocket toy!
Retailed at £35 the wooden rocket toy comes in a medium sized cardboard box. I was pleased to see that the wooden pieces wrapped securely in cardboard and tissue paper rather than plastic – another dislike of mine.
Dad-Dad and Adam set about following the nine step instruction booklet. Adam loved following Dad-Dads directions and together they screwed in the 12 screws. A bit of fine motor skill development for Adam as he has never used a screwdriver before.
It wasn’t long before the wooden rocket ship was complete. The rocket is fairly tall at 68.5cm and is only meant to be assembled once.
The top section of the rocket detaches from the main rocket – after all, you need a smaller rocket to explore other planets. However, this means that the rocket has to be picked up from the base. Already I have lost count of the times I have picked up the rocket to move it to find that I only have the small section in my hand.
I liked the fact the wooden rocket came with a number of accessories. Many products do not do this and you open the box to realise you can’t play with the item immediately as you do not have any figures. The box included two astronauts (with removable space helmets), a bed, exercise equipment, monitor screens, a satellite, moon vehicles and a flag – everything you need to immediately start your space adventure.
We were impressed with the quality of the wooden rocket and it is certainly good value for money. The rocket itself is brightly coloured and play can take place on all of the platforms. I loved the 360 degree design which meant that the rocket could be used from all sides.
Adam has got frustrated with the wooden astronauts. He has found it extremely difficult to attach their hands to the exercise equipment or to get them to stand up. Other than that he has thoroughly enjoyed playing with the wooden rocket. The only question remains #WhatWoodYouPlay?
Disclaimer: We were given the wooden rocket from George Home Asda to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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