Last week I was offered the chance to do something which I very rarely (if ever?) do on this blog. I was offered a toy review. I was a little hesitant when I replied, because if I can be entirely honest with you I’m quite picky about toys. On my list of dislikes are toys that aren’t made well, or only hold Theo’s attention for 5 minutes, or (and I’m being really honest here) are just plain ugly to look at.
But on the flipside there are some toys that are not just welcomed in this house but positively worshipped…
Jim has been champing at the bit to play with Lego since Theo was born, but I didn’t really realise quite how amazing it was till a year ago when I bought Jim the 1000 piece Lego VW Campervan for Christmas. It not only kept the grown up it was bought for occupied for several days, but had Theo entranced too. The two of them sat at the kitchen table for hours on end (I’m not exaggerating) sorting the blocks and pouring over the instruction booklets, whilst I got on with things completely uninterrupted.
Since then more of the brilliant bricks have made their way into our lives and with every new kit, Theo gets a bit more involved and a bit quicker at assembling it. So when George at Asda offered us the chance to try a kit from their educational toy range, I’m not quite sure who in this family was the most excited.
After quite a lot of deliberation, Theo and Jim decided on a Lego storage box along with the Swamp Police Station which comes with a swamp boat, RIB, 4×4, motorbike, 3 snakes, a dog and a crocodile!
True to expectations construction began almost as soon as Jim was in the door on Friday night and went on for all of Saturday, if it hadn’t been for the fact I was required to take photos they probably wouldn’t have noticed if I’d gone out for the whole day.
It still amazes me that a toy can hold the attention of a three year-old quite so completely and to watch him carefully and methodically work his way through the step by step instructions was quite impressive.
But there’s trouble brewing! Theo is apparently getting so good now that Jim is being pushed out and worst still, there were moments when I saw him step in to correct Theo’s assembling and then realise a second or two later that no, it was him who was wrong. Oh the shame!
Fortunately there are still some things that Daddy is required for. The Friday night Lego mending session is becoming a weekly ritual. It is one thing assembling with instructions, but carrying out repairs without them is still a job for an expert…