We’ve had a few warmer days and the sun seems to be coming out more than it’s in now (sort of), so we are venturing out more and more. We are lucky to have a good sized garden, one of the reasons we bought our house. We have room enough for a trampoline, swing and more plus still room to run around and squeeze a barbecue in. We’ve taken delivery of the Little Tikes Tumblin’ Tower Climber, and if you watched my Instagram stories you’ll know it took me more than one attempt to put it together! I definitely advise two people to do it, especially the end part when you have to screw in the massive screws. The instructions are easy to follow though. All the parts are made of thick sturdy plastic and they seem really durable. It comes in a large box with all you need. Once assembled, it was still light enough that I could move it unaided if I needed to, but it would stay put in a storm.
Once it was assembled the fun could start! We waited for a dry day to test it out. Daniel is in love with the conveyor belt function. He’s interested in cause and effect, how things work. I spot a future engineer possibly – he enjoys putting the balls in the cups and watching them go up to the top. It was a bit cold to test out the water features, but I can tell we’re going to enjoy that come Summer time. There are several ways to play – it’s a slide, a climbing frame and a STEAM activity all in one. The water pipes attach to your hosepipe and flow through to the shower above, then they can pull the cord and splash the bucket (I predict much hilarity and also tears when that comes into play). They can also use the water cannon shooter, again that is going to be a hit with lots of water gun games! The other option is to put water in the conveyor belt cups to fill the top bucket. It comes with a pack of 25 coloured balls which we used instead of water for the time being. It was great fun pulling the string and showering us with balls.
Is it worth the investment? It retails at around £229.99 – £279.99 depending where you order it from. The recommended age is 2+, I’d say the age range is about up to 6/7 yrs old. Daniel is 3 and it’s perfect for him. Phoebe has just turned 7 and happily plays on it, William is 8, he is too big for the slide and climber, but he will play with the conveyor belt and water cannon. The measurements are as follows: depth – 76.2 cm, height – 190.5 cm, width – 203.2 cm. It depends what you are looking for, this is a good all rounder for young children, it’s a bit more than a slide and has multiple options for play. It will last through for as long as you need it for and you can leave it outside all year round. It’s new for this Summer and something a bit different rather than a slide or climbing frame. What do you think?
Disclosure: we were gifted the climbing frame in return for my honest review.