Review of Design & Drill® Take-Along Toolkit from Educational Insights10:55 AM
My kids are forever getting into their Daddy's tools. This is a charming habit, but hardly safe. We have also found a few "toy" drills on the market that seem to appeal to the kids for awhile, but they lack innovative uses and the durability that my rough boys need.
Educational Insights let us try one of the most popular toys in our home at the moment: The Design and Drill Take Along Toolkit. It features a real, working plastic drill that's easy enough for small hands to use, but that is sturdy enough to take their kind of play and survive. There is a toolkit/case that doubles as storage for everything, as well as acts as a board for kids to drill into. The chunky screws come in different colors, making it a fun challenge for kids to form patterns or sort the screws by color. There is even 3 different bits or attachments for the drill; kids can use all of the bits on the screws, but use different hand-eye skills for each one.
Even though the toy is meant for kids age PreK and up, my toddler couldn't stay away from it. I supervised him "drilling" some in, but was careful to not let him handle the screws, as they are small enough to present a potential choking hazard.
The drill requires AA batteries, which are not included, and the case, while it holds everything together, can be difficult for kids to get filled in a way that it shuts correctly. They will most likely need help putting everything "just so" into the case for storage; I have my kids start to pick up, and I help them finish.
This toy has entertained my kids for hours at a time. You can find it at the Educational Insights site for $29.99!
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*Sample received to review. Opinions are 100% my own.