ASDA George Home Wooden Play Pirate Ship and Farm Play SetWe love wooden toys in our house and, given the choice between wood and plastic, we will always opt for the former. It's so much more tactile and feels more 'substantial' than the latter and I love how they look just as much as I do the fun my children have with them. We've amassed a fair collection of wooden toys and I spotted ASDA's George Home Wooden Toys range when they were launched a few months ago, in fact we purchased the George Home Wooden Dolls' House Furniture Set for LM for Christmas as her grandparents were buying a dolls' house for her At £15 for a set of over twenty pieces it's been a great buy and one that has been played with lots since it's arrival at Christmas. We also bought the George Home Wooden Dolls' Pram for my niece and she's been very pleased to push her dollies around in it. This was well priced at £25 too.
We were offered the opportunity to review some of the other toys in the excellent range of toys and decided to opt for the George Home Wooden Pirate Ship and George Home Wooden Farm Set. We actually have examples of both of these toys at home already but I knew my nephews and niece would love the chance to make the most of them.
The ship includes two pirates, a treasure chest and cannon ready for some swashbuckling adventures and you can remove the masts and rigging and store them in the body of the ship to put them away easily. This is a great role play toy and one that children will have hours of fun with. At £25 it's really competitively priced compared to some other wooden pirate ships and represents excellent value for money. It is less complex than some other ships on sale but your child could always graduate to a more complex ship if their interest persists, this is a great 'entry level' example of a pirate ship. The price point reflects this but it's a great toy for the specified 3+ age range.
Next up is the Wooden Farm Set which was my favourite of the two toys we received. This has a really clever design allowing your child to pack it all up and take their toy with them using the roof's design as a convenient carrying handle.
Upon receiving the farm I knew that major assembly would be required, it's sent flat packed so the first order was to check all the pieces were present and then start the build. You will need a Philips' screwdriver to screw all of the pieces together. The main structure of the farm is formed with six pieces which need to be screwed together. The instructions for this were clear but be sure to check you have each piece the right way around before starting to construct, this was helped by clear labelling too. I took the assembly slowly and would say it took around forty minutes to complete. The final 'side' of the house is the front, which slides in and out allowing you to store the additional play pieces inside. This piece has a really clever design with the farmhouse front on one side and a garden on the other, simply lie the garden down in front of the house and you have a ready made play set.
The additional play pieces are really lovely with a cow, pig, horse and dog, farmer, tractor, wooden fences and tools included. It really is a ready made play set to allow your children lots of imaginative fun. The age range for this starts at three which is spot on I feel. It's a lovely set for an older toddler and the ability to carry it with you adds an extra fun dimension. I'd expect to pay quite a bit more for this set and I think £20 is excellent value for money.
The full ASDA George Home range includes a kitchen, shop and many more items. Check out the following blog posts to see some other reviews of them:
Wooden Play Shop & Cafe and Cash Register - We're Going on an Adventure
Wooden Princess Castle and Play Tent - The Life of Spicers
Wooden Car Transporter - What the Redhead Said
Wooden 2 in 1 Hob and Grill - Mardy Kerrie
Disclosure: We received these toys for review purposes. All opinions are my own