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Wooden Toy With Hammer

Wooden Toy With Hammer
Wooden Toy With Hammer

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet

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Wooden Toy With Hammer is very nice product. First let me start by saying I generally love all Melissa and Dog toys. They are simple, great quality products. I had been thinking about getting some sort of peg-pounding device for some time and figured approaching 2.5 years old was probably a good time – especially since my son is currently intent on “fixing” everything in the house (including the dogs and myself) by beating them with plastic wrenches and screwdrivers.

I’ve seen so many of these toys where the pegs go through too easily (so really what’s the point) or are just about impossible to pound down (requiring the child to “practice” by hitting it harder and harder and harder – thereby developing a sense that full strength is needed for every endeavor and endangering the health and lives of all living and non-living things crossing their path). These go down pretty easily but the mechanism that keeps the pegs always attached to the bench at least creates a little resistance – making it “just right”

Now, when I decided to purchase the toy, I thought the idea of keeping the pegs attached to the bench was a fabulous idea. I am an older parent and the little one doesn’t understand that I have to bend much farther to pick up the 43 billion toys that inevitably end up just under the couch, the radiators, the cabinets, etc. I was looking forward to keeping this particular device all together all of the time. And then we get the toy. When you pound down a peg on one side, the opposite peg pokes it’s little face up. Once I actually experienced the toy – I panicked.

There was no way he is going to enjoy this! How frustrating – You can never pound all of the pegs down! How is he going to take out his frustration? Will this very solid wooden toy be thrown across the room, shattering windows, cracking skulls? Am I dooming him to a life of suffering – creating a young Sisyphus? Depriving him of any hope for the future? Any chance for success? Only time will tell.

We’ve had it for a few days now and he absolutely loves it, he gets to pound down four colored smiley faced pegs and then, magically, there are four more different colors to pound. He calls it his “work tool bench” and as soon as he wakes up he asks to go downstairs and play with it.

Promised Review by J. Smith