Its a good thing theres a man in the house. Before I sat down to write this review I skimmed the specs on the toy and came across a word that Ive never seen, spanner. My husband informed me that its the Brits word for a wrench. Well, thats good to know. One can only image where I could have gone with that
Recommend this product?
The 18-Piece Tool Kit is a make believe toy recommended for children 3-years and up. All 18-pieces fit inside a toolbox, and the entire toy is made of plastic. The toolbox reminds me of a lunchbox with a handle, and two slide fasteners. Some of the tools have moving parts that work like the real-life counterparts. For instance, the tape measure has a tape that rolls up, and the spanner adjusts by moving a bolt. The saw has a plastic glide that moves back and forth when sawing. It makes a clicking sound when moving. The drill works like an eggbeater that clicks when the handle is turned. The t-square, and the level have plastic beads enclosed in a capsule, which imitate water bubbles. When playing, they rattle a bit. The pliers open, and close, and can actually grab, and pick up things. If you have an evil child like I do, the pliers will pinch mommy's skin.
Like the Mini Dog Vet Kit, which is also made by Battat, the 18-Piece Tool Kit is easy for preschoolers to lift, load, and operate. When loaded, the kit weighs about 3½ pounds; so little ones can carry it with ease. Caution, the nuts and bolts may pose a choking hazard to young toddlers, or preschoolers who still mouth their toys. Its also important to mention that there are no sharp edges in the kit. The nail is flat, not pointed. This kit consists of the following items:
● 1-spanner (2¼ x 5½ long)
● 1-handsaw (4¼ x 7½ long)
● 1-hammer (2¼ x 6 long)
● 1-pliers (2 x 6 long)
● 2-nuts (1½ x ¾ long)
● 1-nail (1 x 2½ long)
● 2-screws (1 x 2½ long)
● 1-tape measure (2 x 2 long)
● 1-screwdriver (1¼ x 3¼ long)
● 3-screwdriver bits (1 x 2½ long)
● 1-level (1½ x 8 long)
● 1-drill (4 x 8 long)
● 1-t-square ruler (3 x 5½ long)
● 1-toolbox (4 wide x 10 long x 8 high)
William received the 18-Piece Tool Kit for his 3rd birthday, so hes enjoyed the toy for more than a year. Im very impressed with the durability of this kit. The toolbox is phenomenal. It actually stows crayons, and goes wherever coloring takes place. Its held up well, considering its use. It will be a dark day when the fasteners break, or the handle falls off. The tools actually live in a bin on the shelf. The toy doesnt receive as much playtime as others, but its certainly entertaining. The tape measure lost its tape long ago; although, Im actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. My son whipped it around in circles 100 times too many, and it ripped off. I discarded the tape portion, but William still plays with the tape measure. It has a clip, and he pretends it still works, and clips it to his pants.
I dont have any complaints about this plaything; yet, wonder if the tool selection could be improved upon. The screws, nail, and bolts receive little to no attention. If the toolbox had an area where the screws could be screwed in, or the nail hammered, it would be more useful. As it is, they just sit in the bin, because what is one supposed to screw, or nail? Perhaps these pieces could be eliminated, and replaced with a tool belt instead. My son would get a kick out of carrying his tools around his hips like a real handyperson.
Like other Battat toys the 18-Piece Tool Kit is available at on-line sites as well as discount department stores like Stein Mart, and T.J. Maxx. Were pleased with this imaginary tool toy, and recommend it to all budding handypersons.
44 Martina Circle, P.O. Box 1264, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901-0149
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Amount Paid (US$): 16.99 (Gift)
Type of Toy: Playscene
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years