Reviewed by Brian Grehan
When this Plan Toys Wooden Parking Garage from Great Gizmos arrived I felt the weight of the box and then looked at the picture on it and I thought “Oh dear this is going to tax my somewhat limited DIY abilities! Fortunately I need not have worried as putting the garage together was not as complicated as I had first feared.
When I opened the box and had checked that all the required pieces were there I was impressed by the quality of the unit. There are no sharp edges for little fingers to get cut on. Now as I mentioned anyone who knows me will say I am not gifted when it comes to DIY but as soon as I understood the straightforward instructions it took me less than 5 minutes to assemble the garage.
This pleased not only our 2½ year old twins but a 9 year old girl who was also eager to take this garage on a test run. So eager in fact that the 2½ year old boys hardly got a look in! When they eventually did push their way in and then pushed the 9 year old out of the way the shrieks of delight as the car rolled down the slide from level 2 to level 1 were enormous.
Next they drove the car into the lift and brought it all the way from the bottom to the top. They were very excited that they could use and understand the mechanism of the lift. They were particularly impressed with the noise the lift made when the wheel was turned.
I really like the simplistic realism of the design. There are clearly marked parking bays a petrol pump and other realistic features. The fact that there are no easily removed stickers that can find their way into little mouths is another plus. The garage is brilliant. It is solid and the fact that it is held together with only 4 screws is somewhat surprising.
This is another plus. Only 4 screws to hold it together means for me that firstly it is easy to assemble and secondly less screws means less chance of the screws disappearing into little mouths.
The garage is a huge hit in our house. Not only with 2½ year old boys but also with a 9 year old girl for some reason! A definite 5 out 5!
Available to buy from Great Gizmos here.