With Halloween and Bonfire Night now behind us for another year, it was only a matter of time before the C word was mentioned – no, not that one! As every parent knows, Christmas can be an expensive and stressful period. I’ve therefore teamed up with BrightMinds to offer one lucky winner the chance to bag themselves a £50 voucher to spend on their awesome range of toys ahead of Christmas. You can enter via Rafflecopter below.
BrightMinds is an online children’s gift shop which brings together the best educational toys on the market. This means you can find fun toys for all ages which focus on helping your little one to develop their skills. With a particular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), there’s a huge range of toys and gifts to choose from. I should know – as part of teaming up with BrightMinds, I was offered the chance to pick something from their range to review.
Now I like to think that I’m pretty decent at making decisions. BUT, when faced with a huge array of amazingly cool toys, it took me far longer than it should have done to decide on which one Toddler L would like best. I was able to filter by age group though, which suggested the toys that would be suitable for her and made things slightly easier. I was really tempted to go with something from Big Jigs – either the crane and construction set or fire station train set – but instead chose the Tidlo Workbench (RRP £59.99).
Tidlo Workbench Review
This looked a proper cool bit of kit. With various tools, construction pieces and the actual workbench, I could see Toddler L playing with it for the next few years. It was also very different to any other toys she has, and most importantly, looked like it would help develop things like her imagination and motor skills. I placed the order, and withing 24 hours, it had arrived at our door.
The workbench required a bit of assembly before we could play with it. This was a pretty simple process though and probably took half an hour. Assembly involved screwing the front and back panels to the legs, attaching the tray, then screwing on two more side panels and the top panel. It probably would have taken less time if I hadn’t been hampered by a toddler keen to play!
We’ve had the Tidlo Workbench for a number of weeks now and it’s been played with a lot – by us both! There are 43 separate pieces in total, which includes a hammer, saw, screwdriver, spanner, vice, nuts, bolts, coloured pieces with holes and wooden blocks with holes. Depending on your little one’s age, this means they can play with it in a number of ways.
For instance, Toddler L enjoys hammering the screws into the Workbench holes, stacking the various bits on top of each other and sorting everything based on colour. As she gets older, I can imagine that the imaginative play will kick in that bit more and she’ll get better at putting the pieces together to create things.
Even in a few short weeks, I’ve seen her get more skilled with what she does. For instance, she can now screw the nuts and bolts together, which is something she couldn’t do at the start. Her aim has also improved – whereas she may have missed her target when hammering, now she’s pretty spot on with what she does. That’s great for the Workbench, but less so for me if she decides to come at me! The more she plays, the more I imagine her fine motor skills and hand / eye coordination will improve.
I really like how you can let your imagination run wild because of all of the bits. You can pretend to saw using the vice, you can turn the screws with the screwdriver or bang bits in and pull things out with the hammer. You can then start to put pieces together – my proudest moment so far is when I made a flower. Even Toddler L knew what it was.
From a practical perspective, the tray underneath is great for keeping everything tidy and all the bits together, whilst the dimensions (60cm x 36cm x 48cm) mean that it doesn’t take up loads of space. I had visions of it being a lot bigger than it actually is, so I was pleasantly surprised that it’s big enough, but not too big. It’s also really sturdy and solidly made – as tested by Toddler L standing on the top of it when I wasn’t looking.
It’s also worth mentioning the gender neutrality of the product. In a world where we’re still told what is a boy toy and what is a girl toy, it’s great that this product is ‘just for kids’. Far too often, I see something like this marketed for boys, which is ridiculous as Toddler L loves stuff like this. Often, you’ll also see a ‘girl’s version’ too which has been pinkified so that it supposedly appeals to them. It’s therefore great to see that Tidlo have made the Workbench a unisex product with the bold colours and that BrightMinds market it as a product for all. Just as it should be.
As you can hopefully tell, I’ve been really impressed with both the Tidlo Workbench and the rest of the kid’s toys that BrightMinds stock.
Win £50 To Spend At BrightMinds
To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend on children’s gifts and kids’ educational toys at BrightMinds, simply login to Rafflecopter below and complete one, or a combination, of the optional entry options. Good luck and happy comping!
Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for a £50 voucher to spend at BrightMinds. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Sunday 27th November 2016 and is open to UK entrants only.
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The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has ten days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be provided to the winner directly by BrightMinds within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative and it must be redeemed in a single transaction. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with BrightMinds.
N.B. This is a collaborative post. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The Tidlo workbench was sent to me by BrightMinds with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.