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It has got to be a bit of a tradition that every year my Mum and Dad buy me and my Husband advent calendars, this year they wanted to buy our Son Jayden something as well, however at 8 months old he was a bit young to have an advent calendar of his own so they decided to buy him a little present, they gave him a Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train, the train is extremely cute and Jayden loves it.
The Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train come in a cardboard box of sorts, however it had the top and front missing allowing you to see and touch the train whilst it was inside, various information appears on what would be the back of the inside of the box. The box was colourful with the name along the top of the box in large white letters against a blue background, next to this was the brand logo which is Fun Times. The word Loco appears at the bottom of the box in white lettering against a red background. Pictures of the train also appear on the front and back of the box along with product information, for example the age ground this product is suitable for and various warnings.
The design of this toy is quite simple but it is something that children will love, the Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train is basically a chunky plastic steam train, the main top part of the train is made from a bright blue plastic with the base of it being made from a green plastic.
The large funnel on the top of the train is also bright blue with a smaller red one next to is, the front buffers and all 4 wheels are bright red and the pistons and face of the train are yellow, the colours of the train do contrast each other however this makes it eye catching for younger children.
On either side of the trains cabin area there is a small rectangle sticker on it with the picture of a train driver giving the effect of a window with the driver sitting inside the train, the train itself also has a smiley face on the front of it giving it a friendly appearance.
The main feature of this toy is the funnel, coming from the large funnel on the front of the train is a large plastic tube which is moulded into an arch shape, this then feeds into the top of the trains cabin at the back of the train, as the train is pushed along the floor brightly coloured plastic balls (yellow, purple, green and orange) come up out of the funnel, go through the plastic tube and back into the cabin, these balls go round and round for as long as the train is being pushed along the floor, also as the train is pushed along the wheels spin round and the pistons move backwards and forwards in the style of a real train making a little bit more realistic for you child.
The Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train is of a decent size and measures 23cm (L) x 23cm (H) it is not huge so that is difficult to store, but it is large enough for small hands to easily grip and manage as they play. The toy is reasonably strong and durable as well, the plastic that it is made from is tough and can withstand a bit of rough play that toys often get with young children.
Cleaning the item is also easy there are no real small parts or areas that might be difficult to clean, when I clean Jayden's train I tend to wipe it with Dettol wipes that are suitable for toys, however you can also use soap and water to clean it, although I would not put it directly into a bowl of water I would just use a cloth to wipe it over, the smooth surface of the plastic make it quick and easy to clean without having to worry about whether you have missed a bit.
This toy is designed for children 12 months onwards, it is something that you baby can use for several years to come, pushing the train along and making the balls go around the funnel will give them a sense of achievement and help with their motor skills and as they get older they can make up stories with the train helping to develop their imaginary play.
Jayden was under 12 months when he had his train and whilst he didn't always get it quite right when it came to pushing the train along he soon learnt and had fun trying.
There are warnings on the back of the box and these tend to focus mainly around not leaving your child unattended with the toy, there are no real small parts to the train that could come off, there are some screws which hold the train together, however these are set well into the plastic and cannot hardly be seen never mind removed by your baby. There are screws that hold the pistons to the wheels but again these could not be removed without a screwdriver, however despite this Jayden is not left unattended with his train, there is always someone nearby when he is playing with it.
My parents bough the Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train from a local shop (Store 21) that often sells baby toys and clothes, however you have to buy something when you see it as they do no always have a large stock of everything in. I'm not sure how much the train cost from here but I have found the same train available online from places such as Amazon, here they are being sold for between £3.69 and £7.50, the price does vary quite a lot depending on where you purchase it from so it is worth shopping round so that you do not pay too much for the same item you could have bought else where at half the price.
Since Jayden has had his Push Along Ball Blowing Loco Train he has had a lot of fun with it, when he first got it he didn't really know what to do with it, but after a few goes of playing with it with me or my Husband he soon got the hang of it, the train doesn't always end up the right way up when he is playing with it but he enjoys himself.
The quality of the train is excellent, it is strong and sturdy with no small breakable parts or parts that could be a hazard for your baby, the train requires no batteries so can be played with for as long as you like without having t worry about the batteries running out. The toy is very reasonably priced and in my opinion worth the money. This is definitely a toy that I would recommend to anyone as it is something that is going to last and give your little one hours of fun.