I’m a little late posting this as we’ve been busy having a mega clear out at home! Babies come with a lot of ‘stuff’ don’t they? Cots, cribs, bouncers, baby gyms… it quickly fills the house. But then after a few months, when they’ve outgrown various bits and pieces, you have a clear out and all of a sudden the house looks quite empty again.
Handy….because now it’s time for proper toys! Gone are the days when Dottie would be happy to play in a chair or on my lap, now she’s mobile (sort of) and wants to investigate everything! In an attempt to distract her from things like mugs, magazines, mobile phones, candles and balls of wool (all things Dottie has attempted to ‘investigate’), we’ve been on the look out for a big toy. Something speacial. Something bright and busy that will stimulate her and encourage her newly developed mobility. And here’s what we found.
The Little Tikes Activity Garden Tree House has a lot of names and a lot going on! In fact there are over 80 activities to keep Dottie busy.
Probably the most notable is the lantern which projects blue, red and green ‘fireflies’ (lights). It has three buttons – one that teaches colours, one that plays jungle music and one that plays games, encouraging Dottie to ‘catch the fireflies’. This function is particularly fun if you have cats as like ours, they may try to catch the fireflies too!! I’ve never heard Dottie laugh so much!
There is something quite magical about watching her play with the lights, getting onto her knees to peer right into the lantern. I find myself coming over all emotional – then she presses the jungle music button and starts wiggling her bum and we’re laughing again.
The treehouse is designed to be used by children aged 6-36 months. Dottie has just turned 9 months so she’s at the lower end of the age range and yet there’s a lot that she can already do. She loves pressing buttons, so the lantern is a big hit but there’s also a doorbell that announces who’s visiting and a gate that opens and closes and says ‘welcome to the jungle’. Predictably, these noisy functions are her favourites 🙂
There are two ball runs which she needs a little bit of help with at the moment, but as soon as she can stand up she’ll be able to do it all by herself. She chases after the balls when they fall off the giraffe’s back so we’ve seen a significant development in her crawling abilities! Nothing like a bit of brightly coloured motivation.
She may be struggling to reach the ball runs but she’s sussed out how to post things – notably rice cakes into the post box! Once she can stand up, she’ll be able to post the shapes.
As it’s made up of four ‘walls’ you can position the treehouse in a variety of ways – a zig-zag, an L-shape or a square. First however, you have to put it together, which is really the only downside. It took my poor husband precisely 1 hour and 46 minutes, with a short selfie break of course ?
Dottie LOVES this toy and without a doubt it’s encouraged her development over the past week.
If there’s a little one in your life who you think might love it too, why not enter my competition to win your own and right in time for Christmas too!
What was your favourite toy when you were a child?
*we were gifted this toy for the purpose of a review but these are my honest opinions.