The Le Toy Van Tool Box comes complete with eleven accessories: a fabric bag, pliers, a screw driver, a plank of wood with two holes, two nails, a bolt, a screw, wood glue and a hammer. Three of the tools (pliers, screw driver and hammer) have got their outline shapes printed on the base of the drawer for easy tidy.
All pieces including the tool box are coloured using water based paints.
What our testers said
“The hammer doesn’t go there, it’s the wrong shape.” – Boy aged 4
“Daddy has these.” – Boy aged 2
What our experts think
This is a well made wooden toy which helps children to copy what they see in the real world. There was lots of learning as the children asked about the specific tools and used the new related vocabulary – this was not just limited to the naming of the tools as they also spoke and learned about the different actions they performed (for example sawing, cutting, banging…). This develops a child’s understanding of the world and mirroring and acting out scenarios they have seen helps them make sense of it, benefiting their personal, social and emotional development.
We liked the fact that the children could have a go at using the tools, which promotes hand-eye coordination and teaches cause and effect logic (i.e. I hammer the peg and it fits in the hole), which is important for developing problem solving skills. However, some of the children found the screwing part tricky – our testers found that the product needed a lot of adult modelling and explaining. The children also enjoyed putting the tools away in the appropriate spaces; this led to lots of talk about sizes and shapes, which promotes spatial awareness, problem solving and develops numeracy skills.
– Promotes imaginative play and storytelling
– Teaches children new vocabulary
– Improves hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness