As I’ve said in previous posts, we are big Learning Resources fans in this house. We have reviewed a number of their products and have always found that they deliver. Just last week Meg and Eli were playing with the Magic Moves Wand which is one of the first products we were sent, I think this is so great as it means that the toys really last the test of time.
So when the lovely folk at Learning Resources asked if we wanted to review their Design & Drill Power Tool Workshop we were very willing volunteers. Eli is big on being a ‘builder’ and the idea of being able to have free reign with a drill that actually worked with ‘real’ nuts and bolts was beyond exciting for him. Although the age limit on this is 3+ once he was shown how to do it, Eli hasn’t had any problem playing with this. There is a slight risk that the small parts may make their way into a mouth, but as long as you are vigilant then I don’t see an issue.
You get a lot with this workshop. As well as an electronic drill and screwdriver, you get a spanner and a manual screwdriver, 100 plastic regular bolts, 20 plastic fun bolts, two drill bits and an activity board which folds up into a carry case, perfect for storing all the loose pieces. The bolts are all brightly coloured which is perfect for educational purposes. We have played many games selecting all of one colour, for example.
This toy also encourages use of fine motor skills and it did take a while for both Meg and Eli to become adept at getting the bolts in and out but as soon as they cracked it, they both had lots of fun. Meg in particular has enjoyed creating colourful patterns on the activity board. With the Workshop you get an activity guide which has some suggestions of patterns you could make, we have worked together to create the different suggestions and although it has required a bit of input from me, I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well Meg did with this particular activity.
The only thing I would note is that the carry case is incredibly heavy. It’s heavy for me to lift, never mind a child so don’t think of it as something that can be carried around with ease. That isn’t the case. Learning Resources have made a Take-Along Toolkit which has been created to be a portable version of this larger Workshop.
Overall, we have really enjoyed playing with this toy. If you are looking for a gift for Christmas for your budding builder then we would really recommend this.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Design & Drill Power Tool Workshop for the purposes of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are our own.