Reviewed by Sian Manning
We (myself and Thomas, age 2) were very excited to get chosen to review the Special Day Countdown Calendar from WOW toys. It’s a bit like an advent calendar but for any time of the year instead of just Christmas. The one we have is for a “Special Day” this could mean something different to everyone but some of the examples given are play dates, festivals, New Year, Halloween, a family visit the list is as long as your imagination.
Upon opening the package your attention is immediately caught by the bright primary colours and large images used to illustrate the box. The box itself is around A4 size and quite deep so you know you are going to get 10 reasonable sized toys before you even tear off the cellophane. The cellophane can easily be ripped off in 0.5 seconds by an excited 2 year old and cast to one side.
If you get a second to look at the box you can see what is included, what you can do with your toys, what your toys do and what other calendars are available in the range.
The toys are designed for pre-school children between 1-5 with no small parts so you can be happy that there will be no choking hazards or nasty surprises.
Inside the box is a large fold out piece of paper with a little description about the calendar and how to use the built in slide for the toys and 10 fun countdown activities, colouring, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, counting, a maze and other fun activities. These do seem to be aimed more at the older age range as most require some counting and spelling. However, the colouring tasks Thomas was more than happy to scribble over!
On the other side of the paper is a large colourful scene of all the WOW toys together, the perfect place for you and your little one to pick out birthday and Christmas presents together.
The calendar itself has two main doors for you to open to reveal the 10 countdown doors and the play slide. On the top door for the play slide there is a little section for you to personalise with your child’s name, the bottom door has a really cute alien on it.
The first countdown door (number 10) has a cut out so that you can see the first toy WOW boy. The rest of the doors are numbered with how many days to go and the final door, number 1 is decorated with stars and says your day has arrived. The doors are all varying sizes and all open nice and easily for little fingers.
The toys themselves are all nice and chunky, with bright bold colours to capture your attention immediately. They are easy for little hands to hold and interactive enough for bigger children to play with.
You get a WOW boy and girl perfect to pop down the little slide, robots, aliens, a smiley sun, motorbike and 2 ufo’s. A great little set for little imaginations to play with for a long time to come.
We are very happy with this brilliant set of toys, It’s really nice that on each day you get another toy to do more with and by the end have 10 toys that can all be played with together.
They really are perfect for any occasion, adding some extra excitement to any date. The toys are small enough that they can be taken anywhere but big enough for little ones to play with and chew on without any worries.
We will definitely be having a look at the other calendars in the range for upcoming holidays and special occasions.
Includes: 1 x Girl Super Hero Figure, 1 x Boy Super Hero Figure, 2 x Robot Figures, 1 x Speedy Space, 2 x Emotion Alien spinner tops, 2 x UFO Spinners, 1 x Sun Awake /Moon Asleep Ball.
Suitable age: 1-5 years
Available to buy from Amazon here.
WOW’s exciting range of award winning toys, are designed exclusively for the under-fives. With exciting functions and features built into them, they don’t require batteries to work so the fun never ends! Easily wiped clean, they are extremely durable and exceed toy safety regulations. Should you wish to browse through their website visit www.wowtoys.com.