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Review: Design & Drill Take-Along Toolkit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 04-07-2013

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You’ll all be aware of the fact that I am a big fan of wooden toys. Once in a while however a quality plastic toy comes along that just bowls me over. Learning Resources sent Little Man the Design & Drill Take Along Toolkit recently to test out, and he is addicted to it. The toolkit consists of 60 plastic coloured bolts, a battery powered screwdriver, three screwdriver bits, and an activity board which is also a very handy carry case. As soon as it arrived he was walking around the house with it, and as we were just about to head off to visit his Nana and Grandad, he decided it better come with us for further inspection.

learning resources design and drill set being carried out the front door As you can see he was rather keen to get going and to take his new toy with him. Already I was loving the set as despite having rather a large number of toys at his Nana and Grandad’s house, its great being able to take others with us easily. The take-along kit also accompanied us on holiday recently, and will no doubt be coming on our camping trip in September. Its so compact and easy to carry, and most importantly Little Man loves carrying it, so I don’t have to!

Before you can start start playing with the set you need to put batteries into the screwdriver. Now whilst I am a big fan of safety when it comes to toys, and whilst I understand that we don’t want our children opening up toys and taking out batteries, the designer of this toy may have been a tad over cautious. It took us about half an hour to locate a screwdriver with a small enough head that was long enough to fit into the tiny yet deep gap to where the screws were located. Once we had it was simple enough to open, pop the batteries in, and fasten up again. You may wish to do this before your child knows about the toy as patience is not a virtue with toddlers.

Once the batteries were in Little Man was off. Now the general point of this toy is to use the coloured bolts to make pictures on the board. For Little Man its all about screwing lots of bolts in, and then taking them all out again, and then repeating this process. Endlessly. For HOURS. The drill isn’t too noisy so I am happy for him to play with it for as long as he likes. Educationally its great for fine motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and colour recognition. For Little Man its all about having a screwdriver like Daddy’s which actually works and makes a bit of noise at the same time.

learning resources design and drill take along set in use

As you can see here he is very efficient at getting the bolts in and filling as many holes as he can. You can also buy additional bolts, screwdrivers and a alternative drill separately from the Learning Resources website. This set – and there are a couple of other Design & Drill options available – retails at £27.54 inc VAT.

Product Review: Sit & Go

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-08-2012

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With festival season well under way and the summer weather back for another go, long days out are becoming increasingly likely. So if you’re heading down to the beach for the day, going to a festival, heading to the Paralympics, or even taking up residence in the local park for an all day picnic, you’re going to need something to carry your food in. Picnics are brilliant as you always know what you are getting and wont have to battle the queues – or the inflated prices – by buying food when you arrive. You want something strong and sturdy, ideally that will keep your picnic nice and cool, and that’s easily transportable. What you need, is a Sit & Go.

Now I realise it looks a little bit like one of those shopping trolleys that you see elderly people dragging down the high street and around the supermarkets, but I assure you it is much cooler than that. Literally.

The bag itself is insulated meaning your food will stay nice and cool – or warm – in there as you pull it around the Olympic Park, or park it up on the beach or at your next music festival. Its very easy to move about and it stands up by itself. But this is no ordinary bag. Oh no. This bag is much cleverer than your average shopping bag. The Sit & Go comes with a fold down chair built in, and the Union Jack model comes with a parasol/umbrella too. You might not fancy sitting down on the floor, or you might have an elderly relative with you who just can’t sit down on the floor, so this chair is ready and available. You can sit in comfort whilst helping yourself to the food stored in the bag behind you.

This bag would also be great for an elderly person to do their weekly shop in. They could pull it up to the shops, store their food safely in it as they head home, and if they need a rest they have a chair with them so they can sit down for a while.

Perhaps you’re a frequent visitor of food fairs and shows which are often large and crowded with limited seating. You can buy all your tasty goodies without worrying about the carrying them or returning to the stands as you leave, and you’ll be able to take a seat for a well deserved cup of tea in comfort and style.

The Sit & Go would also be great at Wimbledon or at the cricket for some patriotic support, and I can see us using it this summer in the garden to keep drinks cold in during picnics or barbecues.

The Sit & Go is available now in four designs from the Direct To Your Door online store.