Thomas the Tank Engine has always been a favourite in our house. We recently reviewed the Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Demolition at the Docks toy, and it reminded me just how much the kids love the little blue engine. I can’t blame them – he was a favourite of mine when I was little! Benjamin, in particular, loves him, and his little face lit up when he saw the My First Thomas Activity Toy when he woke from a nap!
The plush toy can be used from birth, and it’s definitely aimed at children younger than Benjamin. However, Ben hasn’t left him alone since, and even the older two have enjoyed playing with him. Let’s face it, Thomas is timeless, and who doesn’t love a squishy toy?
Benjamin went straight for the shiny mirror hidden behind Thomas’ face. He’s at that age where he is still exploring his own face and reflection and shouting ‘me’ at it. He also loved the fact that the face itself makes a crinkly sound.
Hidden in a pocket on the side is a red train-shaped teething toy, attached to the toy with a ribbon. This is obviously for younger babies and Benjamin hasn’t really paid any attention to it, but it’s a nice addition and I like the fact it’s attached to the Thomas toy so there is no chance of it getting lost. There’s also lots of different textures on the toy, which again, for younger children is brilliant for their sensory development.
Inside the toy is a jingle bell, which Ben loves to shake about so he can hear the noise. Not only that but the toy, if you press the button on the funnel, talks. It did take me quite a while to find it, but once we worked out where the button was, Benjamin could do it himself. It makes three noises: a train horn hooting, a chuffing sound and Thomas saying ‘I’m the number one blue engine’.
At £22.99, I do think this is a little pricey, especially as when the batteries (included) eventually run out, they are almost impossible to change without destroying the toy. However, it is a toy that could rapidly become a favourite and be taken everywhere, so perhaps in that sense, it’s ok value for money.
*We were sent this toy for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.