Back in the Summer we went to the Lollibop festival in London. One of the sections had a WOW toys area, Chester really loved playing with the toys and using his imagination.
We actually have a WOW toy at home, Harvey Harvester. It is a great toy and one that Chester always goes to when playing imaginative games. So already impressed with the quality of Harvey Harvester I wanted to find out more about other toys in the range.
So recently we were sent an Ernie Fire Engine to have a play with, he is part of the Emergency Range and comes with a fire fighter called Jack and an safety barrier. If you go onto the WOW toys website you can view Ernie's profile and find out all about him. Apparently some of the things he likes are tomatos and hanging out with Robin?!
Ernie is suitable for ages 18months to 5 years and developmental benefits include Sensory stimulation, motor skill development, role-play and exploration. Chester is only just 4 so fits in this age range nicely.
Chester and I were very excited to get him open and have a play, as with most toys in boxes it took be about 10 minutes to get Ernie out of the box!
Chester is a very imaginative child so he instantly set about making up an adventure for Ernie. First he got Jack and placed him in the drivers seat, accessible via the lift up windscreen! Then he starting pushing him around the floor. I pointed out that Ernie was friction powered so I showed Chester how to make him go fast across the floor. This was apparently very cool especially on our wooden floor!
Next I spotted on the box that there is a secret door to open, so I showed Chester how to do that with Jack. However, Chester quickly realised that his finger fit in the secret key hole just perfectly so took to using that! The secret door is actually the storage compartment for the safety barrier, but it quickly became somewhere for Jack to sleep or hide (depending on what adventure he was on!)
You can also place Jack onto a wheel, that when you turn it turns the ladder around. Obviously you do not have to place Jack on the wheel for it to work, but Chester liked to do it that way!
What I love about Ernie Fire Engine, and WOW toys in general is that you do not need batteries for them to work. The fact that they do not need any batteries certainly does not take away from the fun or their ability to have lots of functions.
Ernie Fire Engine and other WOW toys can be purchased online from lots of websites, including Amazon where at the moment they have Ernie Fire Engine on offer for £9.99 which I think is a real bargain!
If you would prefer to buy in store WOW toys website has a great map tool which when you put in your postcode it shows you your nearest stockists.
We really love Ernie Fire Engine, he is so well build and robust. He survived going on adventures with Chester and he still works! Best part about him is having no batteries, if I could change just one thing I would say add another fireman to help Jack do his job!
I have already purchased and put away a couple of WOW toys for Millie, at 10 months old she is a little bit too young but it wont be long before she is enjoying them. As for Chester, he has put a requests in for Christmas for Stanley Street Sweeper and Flip n Tip Fred!
So who would like a giveaway?!!
WOW toys have kindly offered an Ernie Fire Engine to giveaway on my blog, so all you need to do to enter is answer a simple question posted on the rafflecopter form below then leave your answer as a comment below. There are additional entries, however these are not mandatory. The giveaway will close on Friday 23rd November 2012 and the winner will be notified by email after that date. The Ernie Fire Engine will be sent direct from WOW toys once I have handed the delivery details over to them. Entry is open to UK residents and is one entry (for each entry method) per household.
Good luck everyone!
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