My little boy is two and a half years old, and I wanted to buy him a toy that suited his age. He has out grown a lot of his toys, and in terms of his educational and interactive development, he is storming ahead of the game (no pun intended).
I constantly struggle with a lot of the toys that he has around our house, in that they are being used strenuously by Joseph (my boy), and simply cannot handle more than a few weeks of remaining in good condition. I also find that a lot of toys that require lots of pieces (jigsaw puzzles etc.) often have missing parts that have either found themselves wedged into my DVD player, or are lost under my ridiculously heavy sofa.
I was thinking about my own childhood toys, and though I love Lego, it is just a bit to early for Joe to be trusted with such small pieces which he could easily choke on. I wanted something that encouraged interactive and imaginative play, and that I could play with him, whilst at the same time being easy to store, robust, well built, and not dependent on every piece of the item being available to make it work.
So with this criteria I happened upon an exceptional toy, which not only fit the requirements for my son, but also was a bit of an excuse for me to play around with it too!
The Big Castle in a Box is exactly that: a big old castle in a box. The toy is a smashing looking square fortress, with a working drawbridge (Happy days!), ladders, portcullis's, and also comes complete with some noble looking knights, and their steeds. It needs assembling, but that is absolutely fine with me because anything that needs assembling can also be disassembled at the end of the day, rather than adding to the long list of trip hazards and booby traps that Joseph leaves lying around.
The box that it comes in is a really nice feature, and means that I can neatly store the toy in my living room, and it actually doesn't look out of place (unlike the monstrous play kitchen that has recently found its way into my front room).
I was also impressed with the price of the item too; at just under