When I saw the contents of the box I thought blimey this looks a little tricky but hubbie soon mastered laying out the track and getting everything in place. The boys were pretty excited, they love construction vehicles, so seeing a skip loader, a dumper truck and digger go about their jobs on the site was quite thrilling.
We liked seeing the handover as the motorised chassis moved along picking up the interchangeable vehicle frames. I was surprised by how smooth running it all was; it skilfully takes the “rocks” full circuit round the construction site. You can cleverly re-route the vehicle at any time by pressing down on the blue buttons dotted around the site, so your children can feel quite involved in the process.
But the only real way to explain it clearly is by a small video, so you can see for yourself how it all happens. Hubbie, the boys and myself were more than happy to watch it go around again and again, as it is really quite impressive.
If your children are interested in vehicles and builders and your looking for something slightly different for them, this toy would tick all your boxes (I know every household seems to have a plastic hardhat tucked in a toy box, but how many have this, a real working site to "oooohh" over!).
It is very educational showing the importance of each vehicle for finishing a job. The order it must be completed to work effectively also helps your child think logically. You could also explain more about the different types of jobs, like hauling, tipping, scooping as the vehicle works its way round.
Aimed for children aged 3+, hopefully by that age your child has stopped putting little things up their nose and in their ears! I still keep a close eye on my youngest though as the “rocks” are quite small and he likes to torment me.
The Big Auto Loader with an RRP of £19.99 is a fun and engaging present for any child. I have just seen it in the Debenhams sale for £11.00, at that price it would be good time to get your Christmas shopping started! Everyone loves a bargain. (Update: this is now out of stock sadly!).