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REVIEW: Brio Pounding Bench

July 9, 2010

When our children are little, all they want to do is copy and be a “big girl” or “big boy” – well that is what I have found with our two anyway.  They want to hinder help you as much as they can.  This is fine when it comes to sorting out the washing, or pairing up socks but when the necessity arises for DIY to be done around the house, things can become a little tricky.

I will never forget the time that we were decorating our lounge when Curly was about 3 years old.  He was so determined he wanted to have a go with the paint roller that he waited until Hubby had to take a trip to the little boy’s room, took his chance and grabbed the roller.  But of course, why would he want to paint the walls, that was just boring!  No, Curly decided it would be more fun to roller himself from head to toe and then sit on the sofa to admire his work.  But he hadn’t just painted the front of his clothes, he was able to reach the backs of his legs too, so the paint went everywhere!  Thankfully it was emulsion, so it did wash off.  But what happens when the power tools come out or the dreaded hammer!  There is so much damage they can do with a hammer.

Little Bean is very much at the hindering helping age and wants to be just like Mummy and Daddy.  So when I was contacted by the online nursery shop Hello Baby to see if I would like to test and review the Brio Classic Pounding Bench, I thought anything to save my furniture!

Brio Pounding Bench Preview

The design of the pounding bench is very modern and unisex in a black, white and red plastic.  It comes with a rubber mallet which is perfectly weighted for smashing the pegs through the block.  It is a classic hand-eye coordination toy which has been around since 1957 and teaches children how to direct their strength and firmly grasp a tool.  At only £11.99 I think this would make a superb present for your little one, the age recommendation is 24 months plus.

When I opened the box, Little Bean declarations of “ooooh” sounded promising.  She quickly ran off with it into the lounge and needed no explanation as to what to do with it, she started pounding away at the pegs shouting “bash, bash, bash”.   

Being the neat freak good housewife that I am, I like to keep my house tidy so at the end of every day, when the kids have gone to bed, the toys get put back in their toy boxes to make way for grown-up space.  This morning, upon returning from Curly’s school assembly, Little Bean ran into the lounge shouting “bash, bash” and quickly reclaiming her pounding bench from the toy box.  I think that is a pretty fair indication that she likes it, and I just know that it will come in handy when we move house again in a few weeks and Hubby needs to hang pictures, mirrors and the like as his little “helper” will be able to do a bit of hammering herself!

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