I don't need to tell you how impressed I am with Green Toys, I tell you every review, and I'm not disappointed with the Green Toys Tool Set. It's very nicely done and sturdy enough to withstand a lot of rough play from my 4 year old handyman.
As ever, great recycled and recyclable packaging, and the toy itself is entirely made from 100% recycled plastic milk bottles. It can all be submerged, scrubbed and even washed in the dishwasher.
Although on the face of it, this is a tool set for younger children, it actually has extended play because of the range of tools included, and the use of lettering. My 6 year old is having as much joy learning the names of all of the tools and fixings, as my 4 year old is 'repairing' things.
The inclusion of different tools means that there is ample opportunity for children to practice several different skills. There are lots of strengthening hand movements including grip and twist, and the child has to decide the correct tool for each type of fixing, and use angles and precision to make it work.
There are words to learn and many questions to ask. The child will spot the real-world equivalent in everyday use and this can lead to all sorts of understanding about different materials, crafts, furniture making, DIY and household repairs - and my boys favourite - mechanics!
This is a great toy. All of my children have loved playing with tools, and they've all spent time banging a chair with a play hammer and 'unscrewing' doors and anything else they can find. I love to expand a child's vocabulary, so my 6 year old already knew the difference between a phillips and a flat screwdriver, but he didn't know 'wrench', which led to a chat about English and American English.
The Green Toys Recycled Plastic Children's Tool Set currently retails at £19.99, has 15 pieces and comes in 2 different colour schemes.
We've really enjoyed reviewing and playing with the eco-friendly recycled plastic Green Toys and all of our reviews are listed below:
Cookware & Dining Set
Flatbed Truck with Race Car
As with all of the other Green Toys, we were sent the Tool Set for review by the people behind Bigjigs Toys - and it's been great working with them over the past year or so. Thank you.