Friday, November 25, 2016

Click Clack Toys to the rescue

For the last few weeks bub's been obsessed with firemen and fire engines. "Firemen help people mummy, they put out the fires". She gets so excited each afternoon when Fireman Sam comes on tv and nearly pees her pants with excitement if we ever drive past a real life fire truck {thankfully she's still in nappies or that'd be a problem}. So she was beyond excited when she received a parcel from Click Clack Toys and opened it to discover a fire station and fire engine {she loves the helicopter too, but was beside herself excited about the fire station}.

Click Clack Toys are an Australian owned and designed environmentally conscious company focused on providing fun for today's kids while also looking after tomorrow's world. The wood used in their toys is sourced from sustainably managed plantation timber forests. They're made using non toxic glue and brought to life with water based paints {so no nasties for the little ones}. The toys also come in recycled cardboard packaging {even the rubbish is environmentally friendly}.

Their range is primarily based on vehicles including construction vehicles such as diggers, dump trucks and cement trucks; rescue vehicles including a police car, ambulance, fire truck and helicopter as well as delivery vehicles including a post van, tractor and semi trailer. Of course all these vehicles will need somewhere to park so Click Clack also have a police station, fire station and airport available.

It's no secret that we love wooden toys around here. Wooden toys just have a natural nostalgia about them, not to mention the hours of imaginary play they create. They also seem to last a lot longer than plastic toys, which is why I've been slowly replacing all our plastic toys with wooden alternatives over the past few months. I'm totally hoarding all her wooden toys for the grandkids later on.

The main feature that sets Click Clack Toys apart from other wooden toy companies is that each item has a build-able component, right down to the individual vehicles. I love that this brings an added dimension to the toys and also helps kids use their cognitive skills, hand/eye co-ordination and work on their fine motor skills. Bub loved being able to build the toys because she felt like she made them herself. Obviously being 3 she doesn't have the skills to put them all together properly, but she did assemble the fire truck and had a good go at putting the helicopter together.



"Look mummy I builded it. I made it all byed myself". She was super proud of herself when the individual pieces turned into proper functioning vehicles. While the toy vehicles are relatively easy for younger kids to put together, the fire station is a little more complicated and did require mummy's expertise {although it could probably be built by a child over the age of about 8}. Each piece of the station is separate and slots together easily with an interlocking dowel system {just like flat packed furniture, but it's much less frustrating to put together}. Thankfully the instructions are also clearly listed on the back of the packaging including pictures which makes it easier for budding child engineers, or clueless mummy's, to construct.

The fire station was pretty easy to put together and only took about ten minutes in total from start to finish {including being interrupted by her "helping" me a few times}. Considering I never assemble toys and usually leave that to daddy I was actually super proud that I put the fire station together {correctly, the first time}. Is that a little sad? I don't really care if it is I'm totally owning it. Bub was super proud of me too "yay mummy you did it, you build the fire house, now I can play with it". Okay so she was probably more excited that she could play with it rather than my construction skills, but I'll take any praise I can get. Here's the finished product, not bad hey?



The fire station has two opening doors on the garage allowing the fire truck to exit in either direction when there's an emergency. It can also fit comfortably under the helipad. The helipad is the perfect place to store the helicopter while it's awaiting the next emergency. The helicopter and fire truck are both sold separately, but are the perfect toys to accompany the fire station for hours of imaginary play

Since we put the Click Clack toys together I've left them on her play table and at least a few times a day I hear "weeee-aw, weee-aw, weee-aw quick, quick there's a fire! Quick helicopter we have to go. Okay I'm coming let's go put out the fire. Firemen to the rescue". It's beyond cute listening in on her scenarios as she plays with the toys. Her daddy and I often just sit quietly listening to her, smiling to ourselves at how fun her imagination is {other parents do this too right?}.


I really love that the toys have provided hours of imaginary play already, no doubt with many more to come. I also love that they give kids the added satisfaction of being able to construct them themselves. Seeing the look of accomplishment and pride on her face once she made the little toys was pretty cool. The fact that she was also working on important developmental skills whilst doing that was an added bonus. Click Clack Toys really are a unique, affordable and environmentally friendly option for Christmas and birthday presents {or just because} and they're also loads of fun! I'm thinking we might have to add to our collection for her birthday next year.

To find out more about Click Clack Toys follow them on Facebook and Instagram. If you know a little one who'd love these toys just as much as bub does then I have good news, I'm giving a set away, enter to win below.

WIN A CLICK CLACK TOYS FIRE STATION SET




Thanks to the team at Click Clack Toys, I have another fire station set to give away to one lucky reader. The set includes the fire station, fire truck and helicopter {usually sold separately}. To be in the chance to win simply fill in the rafflecopter form below and leave me a comment letting me know which Click Clack toy is your child's favourite and why.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Competition commences upon publication and ends at 11:59pm December 4th 2016. One winner will receive a fire engine {RRP $12.95}, helicopter {RRP $12.95} and fire station {RRP $19.95}, total prize pool $45.85. Finding Myself Young will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit. Competition is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook.

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Disclosure - I was provided with the Click Clack toys mentioned above for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are based on our experience with the toys. I did not receive payment for this review.

29 comments:

  1. There's no rubbish truck in the range (she's obsessed!), so I think the police car wins favourites here!

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  2. My little miss would love love LOVE the construction vehicles! She's all about the "diggers" and dirt.

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  3. My son would love the fire truck and fire station. He has a book that he loves and he goes around the house, putting out "fires" and making the siren noises. Fire engines are definitely his favourite.

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  4. My son loves his tip truck! He has the crane too but it doesn't get a look in if he sees the tip truck in sight!

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    1. Haha so many boys love tip trucks. That's probably one she's never really taken to, but she'd love a crane if she saw one.

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  5. My son is a big fan of firetrucks & fire engines and loves the red colour of the fire trucks. He loves to make play fire using red,yellow & orange paper & tries to stop the fire using his red cardboard truck that his grandfather has made for him.

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    1. That's so cute that he makes play fire to put out :)

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  6. How cool are these?! I would've loved these when I was a kid!

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    1. Me too! There's so many cool toys these days. I'm so glad I can relive it all with her.

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  7. The fire truck would be a favourite here too! Fireman Sam is all the rage at the moment, we HAVE to get up and dance every time the theme song is on and throw in a cool pose at the end. It's quite cute but I have no idea who taught him to pose at the end of a song! Haha!!

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  8. My son is all about the construction vehicles. As we're pretty stocked with those, he's getting the ambulance for Christmas. Although hard to find, the road roller is my favourite.

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    1. I love the ambulance too. I think I {I mean she haha} would love the ambulance and police car so we have all the rescue vehicles.

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  9. The cement truck would be the winner with our little man. He loves watching them in real life, he has been lucky enough to be allowed onto a few building sites to watch them do the concrete which he loved.

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    1. I bet he was super excited to see them in real life, how cool.

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  10. The Australia Post van! My little one loves making deliveries and collecting the mail for his toy collection.

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  11. Such a great range! All three of my daughters would love the pullback lady beetle as it is cute and would be lots of fun to watch scooting around. I could just imagine my bubba laughing away at it running across our floor.

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    1. We have the tiger one and she loves racing it across the floor.

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  12. My daughter and I have been sitting out on the trampoline watching all the road trains and tractors and harvest aid machines and waving to the Vanuatuans picking mango's. She gets to help dad drive the tractors on weekends and all 3 kids ride in the trailer behind the rubbish tractor. Their favourite would be the tractor and trailer for sure.

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  13. My girls would love any of it but Izzy for sure would go for the helicopter as it looks like something out of her favourite kids shows.

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  14. My son would love the airport. He's always asking when are we going on a plane again. With his own airport he can imagine as much as he wants. ;)

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  15. Airport for all the exciting future adventures that my little one will have.

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  16. My daughter would love the helicopter. She is obsessed with them. She made us all sit through a documentary on them the other day, she is 2 lol

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  17. An ambulance is my little miss's favourite rescue vehicle.She always comments that someone could be sick or hurt and they are going to help.

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  18. My children love all things vehicle related: trains, planes and cars/trucks. Particularly my 3 year old daughter who regularly insists we go for drives to see the trains in our local area.
    From the click clack range she'd love the rubbish truck and crane, two things she gets very excited about in real life.
    The fire station with helicopter and fire truck would be the perfect addition to the oyoy adventure rug they are getting this Christmas.

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