Why don’t we have both? {review and giveaway}

by Shae on November 20, 2012

Electronic toys or open ended toys? Hi-tech or lo-tech? Which toys should you buy for your kids?



My kids are lucky to live in a time where they have access to both amazing creative wooden toys as well as awesome electronics. I think variety is a good thing and we have all manner of things in our house for the girls to play with,

We have an iPad and home made wooden tree blocks, a Nintendo DSi and click clack cars, a playstation 3 and a play mat.

And all of these things get played with.


So when I was lucky enough to be offered two products on either end of the scale to be reviewed-I said yes to both.


Eco Toys gave me a set of the Green Hat Workshop Planks to try after me “suggesting” (read pleading) that they let my kids have a go because they looked so ace,


The toy is simply a box of 100 planks of identical wood made from sustainably farmed pine. Now I’m going to make a pretty big statement. This is one of the best toys we have ever played with. Really.

My big girls have spent HOURS making different structures and seeing who can build the tallest. They have been learning a lot of patience and tenacity as their structure falls down and they have to rebuild over and over. They have also been making roads, stables, weapons and pony food out of the planks. Harper has enjoyed making lines as well as smashing her sister’s structures down-not really my favorite.

It’s not really a take-anywhere toy and you do need a stable surface to build on. I also recommend getting the biggest box available as we’ve run out of planks a few times mid construction (guess what Tannah is getting for christmas?).

Open-ended-we love it.


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We were also given an VTech InnoTab2 for the girls to have a go of. I said yes to this one as I knew my kids would love it. And they do.

It comes with a touch screen that my kids are familiar with from using an iPad and they quickly figured out, with no outside help, how to navigate the built in games and make profiles for each of them. Even Harper, at three, had no trouble.

I’ll tell you what has been used the most. The camera. It has a twist camera that also takes movies with sound. I’m sure that most of the onboard memory has been used up with movies Tannah has made of herself rocking out.

It does run on batteries which is a massive drawback and you could spend lots of additional money on games. Though I must say my kids are not yet bored with the ones that it comes with.

Hi-tech-we love it.


And I’m going to give away an InnoTab 2 to one of my readers! It’s worth $179.95 and would be a great christmas present.


All you need to do is tell me you favorite childhood toy and why. I’ll choose the best answer this Friday 23/11/12 and notify the winner by email so make sure I can contact you.


Disclosure- I was given a set of green Hat Workshop planks and an InnoTab2 for my kids. No payment was received and all opinions are my own

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