Bigjigs Toys are a family operated business who sell a range of fabulous toys from lots of different manufacturers. One of those manufacturers is Green Toys. I have been lucky enough to review one of their toys already, which we loved, so to have some more of their toys is wonderful. This time, the toy comes with its own storybook.
Bigjigs Green Toys Train (Blue)
All aboard! Toby and Teddy both wanted to play with this as soon as I’d showed them to it in the box. The bright colours coupled with the fact they both love anything with wheels, this couldn’t be any more of a hit.
The train is shaped like a steam engine and pulls along two additional cars which are linked together really easily. One thing I have to mention here is that I’d have liked the links to be a little higher so that the one hooking up didn’t come apart so easily. However, this mostly happened on the carpet but would be fine on a flatter and sturdier surface. I loved that it came apart because it meant the boys could both play with it – hallelujah! It didn’t necessarily stop the arguing though.
The train set is completely plastic and comes with a further two plastic conductors in the form of bears. These figures tend to be interchangeable between all Green Toys products and Toby’s had lots of fun putting in his construction worker bulldog, as though he catches the train to work!
One of the cars has a removable roof and all of the cars are super spacious. Perfect for indoor or outdoor play, when the weather picks up, and if they get dirty outside they’re dishwasher safe – yes parents, you don’t have to spend ages cleaning them in the sink if they get a shed load of mud on them, which is inevitable.
The boys loved this toy. It’s really robust and it’ll be a long time before it shows signs of wear and tear. A big thumbs up from us!
Train Off The Rails Storybook
Now this book actually goes hand in hand with the train set above. I love that the book is relatable to something the boys have physically played with and can see. We even use it as a prop when we’re reading it.
The book is about two train delivery drivers, Kody and Dot who do the same route every day. One day, their train jumps the tracks. They go on an adventure that discovers how big the Green Toys world is, and they find a whole new way to look at their jobs. The idea behind the book is to reinforce the company’s commitment to creative play and development for children and they do this by bringing the characters to life.
The boys loved reading this book with anyone, especially with the toy train as a prop. The story is good, rhythmic and doesn’t fall flat in any places. It’s probably not great as a bed time book, as Toby just wants to get the train out because he’s already made that connection, but it’s great for a nice, calm 10 minutes in the afternoon followed by a play with the trains.
*I was sent these products as part of the Bigjigs Play Patrol team 2016. All views and opinions are my own.