We seem to have a thing for playsets at the moment in our home and we were more than happy to try out these new playsets from the very popular Bob the Builder show.
We received the Building Site complete with a Bob figurine and the Suppliers Yard which features Rosie.
As soon as Beastie saw the Building Site he set about using the wheelbarrow and moving the tiles around on the floor. At one point it caused him much frustration trying to place them all to fit, I could have left him for ages trying to fathom how they slotted together. In the end he calmed down and worked out how they all should be laid down. It taught him a valuable lesson in patience!
We opened one set to start with so that Beastie would pay more attention to each one rather than just grabbing them and losing all the pieces once he gets bored. I actually waited until he was asleep the following day to open the second one after the faff trying to get into the first one. They tend to be so well sealed that it is a mission and a half to actually prise them open. Who would have thought a screw driver would be required? So to save the hassle of having a small child bouncing around impatiently while you fail miserably to open it, I would suggest you do it when they don’t know about it.
The playsets come with lots of little fiddlly parts and this inevitably leads to lost parts unless you have an incredibly mindful child. They’re also not very pleasant if you tread on them with bare feet! Having said all that these are the only negative aspects to the sets and like lots of children’s toys pieces are bound to go missing from time to time.
Beastie said a few times that he loved ‘Bob’ and he really enjoyed learning what all the pieces of equipment were and how they worked. These sets are aimed at boys between 3-5 years old but I know that a fair few little girls would equally enjoy learning about construction, especially with ‘Rosie’ in the Yard.