With our recent holiday, Miss A has a renewed interest in playing with her princesses. When we were offered to try out some of the new wooden toys from George Home (Asda), we couldn’t say no.
There was no question that our choices would be princess themed, so she chose the Wooden Princess Castle (£30) and the George Home Play Tent (£15)
The wooden castle comes flat packed needing assembly. Before you recoil in horror at having to build a toy, let me reassure you there are only a handful of screws to deal with.
Every piece is wooden with a lovely smooth finish. The pieces have great detailing on, with pretty butterfly cut outs on the window shutters. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the pieces I was piecing together.
The whole castle didn’t take too long to put together at all, and each piece was clearly labelled so it was almost foolproof. The most taxing part for me was working out where the tool box was hidden in the house so I could find the screw driver.
I loved the opening doors and the open back of the castle. It means that there is a great interactive front of the castle which looks great when not being played with, but also by turning it around there are open rooms that you can add people and furniture into. The castle comes with a King and Queen wooden doll, but you can purchase additional furniture. We are improvising with lego furniture and other pieces that we have around.
I think the castle set is a great price at £30. It’s so well built that it can withstand rough play from younger children as well as being loved by older children.
Here’s my video on how easy it was to put together.
The tent was very easy to put together, just a few rods that slotted into the outer material of the tent. Miss A immediately told me it was going to be her dressing room, and despite being aimed at children two years and over, Miss A can stand up inside it, so it’s her changing room and currently holds her pyjamas until it’s time for bed.
I like the simplicity of the tent design, but yet the material makes it a very pretty feature for any little girl’s bedroom. There are sturdy velcro pieces at the base by the door flaps, and little pieces of material to hold the doors open in place.
This is really good value at just £15. Here’s my short video of putting this tent together.
Disclosure – I received the toys free of charge but all opinions are my own