The boys love their wooden toys, especially their train sets, and were delighted when this wooden Crane Lift from Hape arrived for review. They couldn’t wait to get it out of the box and wanted to use it with their train set.
The Hape Crane Lift contains 10 pieces and needs some quick assembly (the pieces just need slotting together and the base screwed on, which is just one screw). Once assembled it is very sturdy. It stands approx. cm high, so is quite large and has moveable lift.
It comes with with a cab on the crane (for little figures to sit in, none are supplied), cones and barriers. The lifting platform attaches to a hook and two wheels can be turned to lift and lower the platform and move it backwards and forwards. The cab turns so the lifting platform can be moved.
Overall, this is a great quality wooden toy. It’s bright yellow colour and moving parts makes it very realistic. It encourages problem solving, imagination and discovery, pretend play, all while helping to develop flexibility and fine motor skills.
The boys have spent hours playing with this and pretending to be construction workers and incorporating it in their train and road sets. As with all Hape toys we have tried, the quality of the build is excellent. Made from wood and water-based paints in a natural wood inspired design, it looks fantastic.
With Christmas nearly here, this would make a great gift for this festive season and an excellent way to create imaginative play. To expand the set there is also a Dumper Truck that can accompany the crane (this is sold separately).
It is suitable for children aged 3 year +.