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My youngest boy got this hammer as a birthday present and as we love little tikes toys we knew it would be very good quality as all toys we have with there brand name on last the years. We found this toy in TK max for the small price of £4 looking around on the net I can see it retails up to £15 so we got a great deal.
It is made from durable plastic that is guaranteed to last little ones even if it is a toy designed to be banged against every wall. It is bright in colour with primary colours shooting through and catching little ones attention. There different textures on the hammer on the handle is a rubber textured handle with lots of little grips all over so little one can get a good hold without dropping it. The rest of the hammer is made just as well with strong plastic and it has buttons and lights to attract little one.
The on off button on the front is easy to turn on but younger children may need mummy and daddies help but once switched on the fun begins. The light on the tip of the hammer lights up and the more baby shakes and taps the hammer the more interactive the toy gets. The light on the tip of the toy dances as baby continues to tap the hammer and while they move it in different directions the noises imitate baby working hard building. Although there are only 8 sounds in total it seems to amuse my son and hold his attention really well.
It took him a while to figure how to make the hammer make noises but this is all part of the learning and letting them figure out problems. Although it is a very noisy toy it does not get annoying as a lot of noisy toys are. There is no volume control but this does not really matter as the toy is not set too high in volume but still high enough to be entertaining for baby. He still seems amazed each time the button is switched to on which after 6 months for such a simple toy I think is great. The hammer itself is fairly light so that it is easy for little hands to pick up and hold easily.
I notice in the description on here it states age recommendation from 12 months but on the box we received with the hammer it states this toy is suitable for children over 6 months which I believe is suitable as my older children get bored with it very easily but at 18 months old Logan still loves it. Kiana who is 2 still has a go now and then but it will be a 2 minute attention holder and then she is on to the next toy. My eldest boy Connor will use the hammer too in his workshop but this is also on a rare occasion. It requires 2 AA batteries that are included when you purchase it and 6 months later ours are still going strong with no sign of needing to change soon.
My daughter turned one in September and some of the family having no idea what to buy for her had given her money on the condition that it was spent on her not saved for her (strange I know) we went shopping to see what we could find that she didn't have passed down from her elder sister or recently recieved as a present. We went to our local Tesco store and found this Little Tikes hammer on offer at £6, I think it is generally about £8 and so as it made a noise and we were pretty sure she would like it we bought her it.
There are two colour options for the hammer that I have seen one which we bought which is pink yellow and red and then another being blue yellow and red. The hammer came packaged in a cardboard box which was open at the front to allow you to have a little play with the hammer before purchasing. The hammer is made of plastic and rubber, there is a hard rubber bottom in pink which has lots of little circular bumps sticking off it to allow babies easy grip then a yellow plastic hammer top with red at either side of the hammer one side being made of a softer rubber which bangs off the floor and the other side being hard plastic and lights up red when the hammer is hit.
The toy is aimed at ages 12 months and up and I would have to say this is about the right age as any younger would probably bang themselves on the head with it which is probably hurt. The toy has an on off switch on the front with the switch being a little pink sliding button and then there is the little tikes logo on the top of the hammer and a little speaker on the back of the hammer to allow the noise to sound. The hammer makes two different sets of noises each set being made of at least two if not three noises put together, the noises sound when he hammer is moved back and forth or hit off the floor.
My daughter loves this hammer, she holds the light to her eye as if to try and work out where the light is coming from and she giggles when she bangs it off the floor and it makes a noise. My eldest daughter tries to teach her that you hit things with a hammer which I am trying to discourage as god know what she would end up hitting with it. It really amazes me how long she will sit playng with this and simply hitting it off the floor seems to give her a great deal of enjoyment. When we bought this I thought the novelty would probably wear off pretty quickly but it hasn't and I can say all ages enjoy this toy as even my 19 year old sister thinks the toy is fun!