The lovely on-line toy shop The Toadstool decided that Monkey needed a new challenge for his construction skills!
We recently received the newly launched (January 2013) Wonderworld Trix Track – 2 Way Flipper – a wooden ball track. Along with the 2 Way Flipper the range features Spin & Swirl, Throw & Roll, Hammer Slammer and an additional track set. The main sets can be used independently or joined together in any number of combinations for extended play.
The 2 Way Flipper is aimed at children over the age of 3 years, so perfect for my little Monkey 3 and half-year old son. The set comprises of 11 separate rubber wood trix and track components which slot onto 41 orange blocks made of recycled wood and plastic and 4 wooden coloured balls. All the paint is non-toxic and water based. I was rather surprised by the size of the storage box! Wonderworld is a Thai company who have a great Eco-friendly ethos so it didn’t make sense to me that the box was at least a third bigger than it needed to be, which is a bit of a pain when storage space is at a premium in this household!
You can see from the photos and our Vlog that the rubber wood is brightly coloured and has a lovely finish. I love the feel of Wonderworld products and this is no different to the other items we own.
I decided to construct the 2 Way Flipper myself and have it ready for when Monkey returned from pre-school. I have to say that the first time I built it using the instructions, it took me 10 minutes and it did collapse on me too, but I soon realised that you do need to ensure that all the blocks are really straight and well-connected to ensure better stability. Having now played with the 2 Way Flipper a number of times I can build it from memory in a couple of minutes. In time I’m sure Monkey will be able to build it himself without any help, but he’s still a little young for that.
As usual Brewster had to come and see what all the fuss was about and he loved watching me ‘test’ it before Monkey got home.
As you can see if the photo above I hadn’t quite got all the columns straight! I’m now much better at the initial construction.
So what did Monkey think …… he liked it, he’d never seem a ball track before so it was a totally new concept for him. As with all toys and games he finds his own way of playing with it. Rather than let 1 ball loose from the top of the track, through the 2 way flipper and then see if the ball went down the stairs or down the shoot, he decided to let all 4 balls go at once. He thought it was great. It certainly kept him amused for a long time. As he gets older he’ll really grasp the idea of gravity and that having the track on different levels helps the balls roll through the flipper and other ‘trix’ components. At the moment it’s just fun.
A couple of his older cousins aged 5 and 7 visited him and the three of them enjoyed playing with it together. The eldest could definately construct it by himself. Monkey has also ‘constructed’ his own Trix Track as you can see at the end of our Vlog …..
As I mentioned earlier, and you can see in the photo above there a number of different additional sets. You can join anything from 2 to 5 sets together to make all sorts of interesting combinations and I’m sure we’ll be adding to the collection over the next few years!