A review by Jolanta Ryba
New exciting parking toy
Good toy choice
New exciting parking toy “Park and Go wooden garage ” produced by Hape Company from Germany follows the biggest boys’ dream of having their own parking space with the miniature cars on it.
My dear grandson, 5yrs old Billy, has just received the end of school year certificate – he has been successful in art. What he loves to do recently – is drawing the roads with the marked directions on them, lamps and cars. He is obviously very aware of the huge city traffic. After my introduction about traffic lights, he likes to observe the car’s movements on the roads.
Billy’s grandfather, knowing his passion to roads and the cars, has decided to spoil him with the exciting wooden parking toy “Park and Go wooden garage ” produced by Hape. Simple instruction let them assemble the parking with the screwdriver only.
Miniature parking design
The parking toy has 5 levels and the lift helps the drivers to reach each level. The ground floor has the white direction lines, the STOP and the parking space marks. On the one side, we see the electric car chargers. They are charging 2 wooden cars – red and blue one. The ground floor has rather a rectangular shape. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors are round in shape and let the cars to drive in the circles. The cars can also move between each floor. The 5th floor is designed specifically for helicopters and the wooden helicopter is there. Billy could see them already, the medical one. They are starting and landing on the hospital site, where his mother works. That is why it is so enjoyable toy for him!
Ways of playing
He can create his own air and street traffic situations; Billy’s mother is happy to see him busy playing. She can do some house works in the meantime. Billy needed to do a lot of exercises to put the parking together, to play with that and to develop the toy parking traffic with more small cars. Any small car in appropriate size was able to use Billy’s parking.
Interesting, the parking increased Billy’s interest in the road signs and now our grandson started to enjoy maps and more road signs from the Car Atlas. Who could predict, that this good toy can have such effect? To be honest, more children are visiting our Billy now, partly because of the new toy parking space (just like in the adult’s world!). Everyone wants to see the parking, which is like the real one. It is good for Billy to have more friends and spend an interesting time with them. Children are learning a lot when playing.
This toy answers to futuristic predictions of having the majority of electric cars up to 2020 in the UK. With the older child, we can open the discussion about climate change and necessity of environmental awareness. Our cities are much polluted; children can be partners in our discussion about it and I am sure, that they would like it. You would be surprised, how much they know already about environmental issues from school.
In conclusion, we can advise parents and grandparents or other family members to buy the parking toy from Hape Company. As any other toy from them, the toy has CE EU Certificate of Safety. The parking is a new, modern, challenging and creative toy for our children, having all the educational benefits. Intelligent family members will know how to play with them to have the most from playing.
|Item Weight||5 Kg|
|Product Dimensions||48 x 30 x 37.4 cm|
|Manufacturer recommended age:||3 years and up|
|Item model number||E3002|
|Educational Objective(s)||Numeracy, Literacy & Spacial Awareness|
|Number of Puzzle Pieces||4|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Radio Control Suitability||indoor|