I’ve always been partial to wooden toys. They tend to be more classic, reminders of back to my youth, and last longer than plastic toys. Right from N being a baby, we’ve tended towards wood for toys, including his first ride on truck and tricycle through to his wooden railway which he’s just got out again ready for more wintry weather when he’s less likely to go outdoors to play.
We were given the opportunity to check out some of George Homes’ wooden toy range and really get into imaginative play as part of their #WhatWoodYouPlay campaign. N is quite interested in the planets and the moon, so the wooden rocket was on our list to try out.
My poor old Phillips screwdriver just wouldn’t screw it together tight enough, so after buying a new ratchet screwdriver, I put the rocket together in under 10 minutes, while N scrabbled around to remove all the play pieces from the packaging. The first thing we noticed was how big the rocket is. When N kneels down, it’s about his height. It’s a 360 degree design so there’s plenty of room around it for several children to play at once. Perfect for when he’s got friends to play.
The only downside we’ve found is that the top cone part of the rocket doesn’t fit into the slots very well, which means it knocks out of place quite easily. N has however used it as a mini rocket on its own, flying it through the sky.
Otherwise, the rocket’s gone down well with N, and even the OH hasn’t referred to it as tat, which he usually does when N gets new toys!
The rocket has several platforms, and is brightly coloured. It’s not too heavy for N to move it around, although he does get a bit impatient expecting to be able to carry it without all the pieces falling off which obviously isn’t going to work.
There are lots of old fashioned space pieces included in the set: 2 spacemen with moveable legs so you can make them sit down, space buggies, signals, consoles and more. These can be played with on or off the rocket.
While the rocket is aimed at age 3+, I think N will have a couple of years of play left in it. He’s already had his string of planet decorations off the shelf so he can put them around where his wooden rocket is currently standing, so I think it will create a lot of educational talking points.
N’s already used some of his other toys to join up with his space play. He’s been flying out his rescue helicopter to it and landing there, and the spacemen have been swimming in the ocean. Because they’re learning about sea creatures at the moment, he’s been talking about the water and where the water goes back into the sky to then go in clouds and fall as rain again (I’m big on talking about the weather and he’s a bit obsessed with watching the weather forecast).
It’s great that toys can really spark an interest in so many other external factors and N can see how the links between weather, earth, sea and sky all come together. It’s one of the reasons we love wooden toys so much – they can mix and match and combine with other wooden toys. Much easier to use different sets together because they blend so well compared with plastic.
Are you a fan of wooden toys? What do your children enjoy playing with?
Disclosure: We were sent the rocket toy for the purpose of this post, all words and opinions are my own.