#WhatWoodYouPlay Fire Station Review

If you have a toddler, you’ll know how easy it is to end up collecting lots of colourful plastic toys! Birthday party return gifts, toddler tantrums in the supermarket because they want yet another fire engine/digger/police car, birthday presents, Christmas presents, visiting uncles/aunts presents, generous friends presents, bribe presents, flying presents….you get the gist! S had 3 different toy boxes over flowing with every mode of transport you can imagine! And I don’t mind that he has that many, it’s when they start breaking and pieces fall off that it gets to me. And the problem with plastic, especially plastic toys made in China is that it happens quite often.

My brother bought S an aeroplane the last time he was here and spent a fair amount of money on it. Right from day 1, the pieces never quite fit together properly and they were constantly falling off. It really bugs the perfectionist in me! So when George at Asda got in touch giving us the opportunity to review one of their Wooden Toys as part of their #WhatWoodYouPlay campaign, I jumped at the chance. I’m on a few mum groups in the UK and have only heard rave reviews about their selection of wooden toys, this was my chance to see for myself.

S absolutely loves fire engines and so my obvious choice of Wooden toys was their awesome fire station. Once ordered, it arrived fairly quickly and I couldn’t wait to put it together. I was in the process of redecorating S’s room and moving him into it and the fire station worked as a great incentive for him.

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I was quite impressed with the packaging and the way every piece was numbered, making it quite simple to put together. The booklet mentions 45 minutes as guideline to put it together but it took me closer to 2 hours. That may or may not have something to do with my little helper constantly trying to “read his newspaper” (the instruction manual). Word of advice, put it together when your kids aren’t around or like me, you may have your bedroom turned into Narnia with styrofoam snow!

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S absolutely loves his new fire station and insists on “rescuing people” every evening before he goes to bed. The fire station is sturdy, the colours are bright and it comes with quite a few extra bits and bobs. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of were the actual firemen and the size of the fire engine but seeing as S has quite a few fire engines, we just used those instead. Without all the lights and sounds that are common to plastic toys, wooden toys have the ability to develop a child’s imagination. We’ve only had the fire station for 2 weeks but I can already see S making up new stories each evening and it takes centre stage amongst all his toys. And I’m happy we don’t have bits and pieces falling off!

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With Christmas around the corner, I’ll definately be popping over to order him something solid from their range of wooden toys.

*We were sent this complimentary fire station but all opinions are honest and my own.

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World Book Day

I’ve always enjoyed reading and it’s something I’ve always wanted S to enjoy too. It builds your vocabulary, improves your conversational skills and of course has the ability to transport you to another world (depending on what you’re reading). It also builds your imagination and I’d like to believe makes you a better writer (gets those creative juices going!).

When I was a child I read to my hearts content. First it was books like Mr. Pink Whistle and all the Enid Blyton books. As I approached 11-13, it was Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps and any of the RL Stein books. From 13-20 I loved Sidney Sheldon, Marian Keyes, Sheila O’Flanagan, Cathy Kelly and Cecilia Ahern (I went to school in Dublin, that might explain it). Since then I’ll read anything that catches my fancy. Self help (Mitch Albom, Deepak Chopra and Brian Weiss), page turners (Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown, Chetan Bhagat) and then easy to read feel good books which could be by any author.

I started reading to S every night from the age of 6 months. He may not have understood it but he liked looking at the pictures and now he can hold a book the right way and loves flicking through the pages and pointing to the things he knows. His favourite is The Gruffalo. In honour of world book day, his nursery asked the parents to dress the kids up as their favourite characters. His class did it yesterday and S went in Gruffalo theme.

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The teacher at his nursery also tells me he loves Maisy. We do have one Maisy book at home but we’re off to the library this weekend to get some more.

What book are you reading at the moment? I just started Philomena by Martin Sixsmith.