Christmas Bonanza 2017 | Design And Drill Take-Along Toolkit

With so many toys coming out this Christmas it’s hard to get caught up about what my boys might like, what they actually want and things they might actually need. This year has been the first year that Toby has pointed to things, or has said off the cuff, that ‘Father Christmas bring me one of these’. It’s so lovely to be able to get a feel for what things he thinks he’s interested in and what kind of thing catches his eye.
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From a young age Toby has been very hands on with anything. He’ll get his head down to the ground to work out how, why and when a wheel turns on his car and he’ll want to pull things apart and put them back together again. He likes to build things up and knock them down to the ground and he loves to ask ‘why’ which I think is so important in his development. This has absolutely shaped the kind of toys we’ve thought about getting him in the past and it’s certainly helping us now.
One thing that was recently brought to my attention was the ‘Design And Drill Take-Along Toolkit’ from Learning Resources. Since moving house we’ve had a lot of tools out that Toby’s gotten hold of and has started ‘helping’ us build things. He loves to turn a screwdriver, push an Allen key round and bang things with a hammer so this set look perfect to keep his hands and mind occupied.
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Design And Drill Take-Along Toolkit

This super compact and portable play set is a great way to take learning on the go. There are 60 coloured bolts which each allow for three different screw bits (flat tip, Phillips, socket), an electronic screwdriver and an activity board which also doubles as the storage for everything and has a handle to carry it.

Toby, Teddy and I sat down to play with this and, at first, I just gave them total free reign over how they played with it. Normally if they get a new toy the last thing they want to do is be told how to play and what to do with it so it’s always good to let them explore first.

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There were, obviously, quite a few arguments between the boys over who would have the screwdriver first and for how long and so we all then took it in turns, including me, to have a go at screwing the bolts down to the activity board.

Once the boys were familiar with the ‘Design and Drill’ Toby and I sat down and did a few different activities. We separated the bolts into colours, then we counted how many we had.

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In the booklet that comes with the Design & Drill Toolkit there are 13 patterns to make and we did this together, as well as make our own too. We haven’t yet moved on to relative positions in terms of empty bolt holes but this is the next step when it comes to creating the patterns.

The screwdriver does require 3xAA batteries but it can be used like a normal screwdriver without the power if necessary. It doesn’t allow the bolts to be screwed in ridiculously tight which is perfect for the boys because it means they can get them in and out easily.

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It’s the perfect rainy day toy and can be used to refine gross and motor skills, help with colour recognition, counting and creating patterns – the fun is endless and it’s less than £25!

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87 Comments

  1. Lindsey Smith
    December 8, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    It would have to be the Blurt Game, looks so much fun!

  2. Tammy Neal
    December 8, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope looks great x

  3. Hayley F
    December 8, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Love the Pretend & Play® Original School Set. My brother and I used to plays schools as kids, wish we had this x

  4. Tee Simpson
    December 8, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I like the Primary Science® Lab Set

  5. Miss Tracy Hanson
    December 8, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game sounds great fun. Might have order it for my great-nephew’s birthday in February.

  6. Simone Griffin
    December 8, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    The take along toolkit

  7. Terea sheldon
    December 8, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Magic moves electronic wand looks great fun

  8. Kirsteen MacKay
    December 8, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    My favourite toy is the Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register with Play Money

  9. paula cheadle
    December 8, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Robot Face Race, Colour Recognition & Attribute Game

  10. A.E. ADKINS
    December 8, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Nancy B’s Science Club® Moon Scope and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal™, also like the look of BLURT

  11. Elizabeth Smith
    December 8, 2017 / 9:43 am

    The GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope looks good

  12. rebecca smith
    December 8, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope

  13. Susan B
    December 8, 2017 / 2:58 am

    Nancy B’s Science Club® Moon Scope and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal™

  14. Rachel Craig
    December 8, 2017 / 1:40 am

    Design and Power Play, Vehicles – Helicopter.

  15. janine atkin
    December 7, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    i like the my first microscope

  16. Diane Nicholl
    December 7, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Gears! Gears! Gears!® Dizzy Fun Land™ Motorised Building Set

  17. Jodie W
    December 7, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I think the gears gears gears building sets look brilliant

  18. sheri Darby
    December 7, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope (Blue)

  19. kelly L
    December 7, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    My favourite is my first telescope kit!

  20. Anthea Holloway
    December 7, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I love the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set

  21. Laura Pritchard
    December 7, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game

  22. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 7, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I absolutely love the Gears! Gears! Gears!® Dizzy Fun Land™ Motorised Building Set and I know my children would too xxx

  23. Rich Tyler
    December 7, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope

  24. Rachael O'Brien
    December 7, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I think my son would love the movin monkeys building set ! Thanks for this chance x

  25. Rebecca Mercer
    December 6, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Robot face race

  26. Kev Cannon
    December 6, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I like the Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope

  27. Sandra Fortune
    December 6, 2017 / 7:47 am

    The my first microscope

  28. michelle o'neill
    December 4, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    My First Microscope

  29. leanne weir
    December 2, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Colour Matching Game

  30. Hayley Colburn
    December 1, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    The pretend and play school set looks really good

  31. ADEINNE TONNER
    November 29, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Has To Be Crowded Waters Game Survival of the Fishiest

  32. Christina Palmer
    November 28, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Colour Matching Game.

  33. Ruth Harwood
    November 28, 2017 / 10:40 am

    the my first telescope kit xx

  34. jemma dwyer
    November 27, 2017 / 10:51 am

    The code and go game x

  35. EMMA WALTERS
    November 26, 2017 / 8:30 am

    the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope looks fab x

  36. Angie McDonald
    November 25, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love the look of the Geo Safari Junior My 1st Telescope

  37. Jade Hewlett
    November 25, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game looks lovely

  38. Jackie Howell
    November 25, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I love the Gears! Gears! Gears!® Movin’ Monkeys™ Building Set

  39. amy bondoc
    November 25, 2017 / 1:22 am

    my first microscope is my favourite

  40. Tanya Deliyska
    November 23, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    I like the The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game.

  41. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 23, 2017 / 9:59 am

    We love the jumbo jungle animals.

  42. Sally Collingwood
    November 23, 2017 / 7:20 am

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game looks fun!

  43. Helen Thurston
    November 22, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    The GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope

  44. Martina Pichova
    November 22, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I like the Cash register – I think it would be used by both of my kids.

  45. June Lord
    November 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I like the Design & Drill® Power Play Vehicles™ – Race Car

  46. Danielle Spencer
    November 21, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register with Play Money

  47. jo liddement
    November 21, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Nancy B’s Science Club Nature Keeper & Tree Diary

  48. francis lee
    November 21, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    The Zoomy Microscope looks cool

  49. Sharon Lou Johnson
    November 21, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    the Code and go game looks good x

  50. Chris Andrews
    November 21, 2017 / 11:29 am

    it’s Jumbo Jungle Animals

  51. Ray Dodds
    November 21, 2017 / 7:54 am

    GeoSafari my first microscope

  52. Emma Whitworth
    November 20, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Pretend & Play® Original School Set

  53. laura jones
    November 20, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    my first microscope is a brilliant idea

  54. Angela Treadway
    November 20, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Frida’s Fruit Fiesta™ Alphabet Game

  55. iain maciver
    November 20, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    The pretend & play camp set

  56. sherri Hough
    November 19, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register with Play Money

  57. Lorna Ledger
    November 19, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Crowded Waters™ Game Survival of the Fishiest™

  58. Katie Skeoch
    November 18, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    The pretend & play camp set looks fun!

  59. Kat Allinson
    November 18, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    The Geosafara My First Telescope

  60. Liam Bishop
    November 17, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I like the look of the squirrel matching game, our garden is full of squirrels and my kids love watching them. They’d like that!

  61. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 16, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope

  62. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 16, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    The Zoomy Microscope

  63. JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    November 16, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    I actually love the Design & Drill® Take-Along Toolkit my little grandson would love to imitate his dad doing the DIY around their home.

  64. Dana park
    November 16, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    My first microscope! I think my daughter would’ve glued to this all day, such inquisitive creatures they are

  65. Emma
    November 15, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    The code and go game! :)

  66. Victoria N
    November 15, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    The pretend and play cash register

  67. Kelly Hirst
    November 15, 2017 / 11:36 am

    There’s so many fantastic toys, I love the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope

  68. Kirsty Ward
    November 14, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I love the Cash Register!

  69. Jo Hutchinson
    November 14, 2017 / 1:13 am

    Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register with Play Money

  70. laura banks
    November 13, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope

  71. Sarah Parkin
    November 13, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    My favourite is the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope.

  72. Ren Taylor
    November 13, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    The code game looks good for my nephew

  73. katrina walsh
    November 13, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Colour Matching Game

  74. Mehnaz Begum
    November 13, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I would say the pretend and play school set everytime time ????

  75. Anthony Harrington
    November 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I like Ready, Set, Woof! Colour Matching Game

  76. Alana Walker
    November 12, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I like the look of the Pancake Pile-Up! Matching Relay Race Game.x

  77. Cathryn Crawshaw
    November 12, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Colour Matching Game

  78. Solange
    November 12, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Colour Matching Game.

  79. Margaret GALLAGHER
    November 12, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Code and go is my favourite

  80. Lorraine Stone
    November 12, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope

  81. Kim Neville
    November 12, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I like the Zoomy™ 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope (Blue)

  82. Tracy Nixon
    November 12, 2017 / 10:40 am

    The Pretend & Play® Original School Set

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