Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: Our first impressions
A brilliant, innovative Winnie the Pooh design playhouse which has additional features such as the swing and slide. Suitable for age 2 plus it will give the children and grandchildren hours of fun. The children can enter and exit the playhouse through two different points – great for peek a boo! In a natural colour with a green roof, window feature and bright graphics it’s a wonderful choice and will look great in any garden. The plastic is UV resistant so will not fade meaning it will look good for years to come and it is extremely easy to assemble.
As you can see from the pictured this playhose is designed to be a forest hut that could be found in the magic of Hundred Acre Wood that Winnie the Pooh lives in. The Winnie the Pooh playhouse is decorated with official imagery from Disney -Pixar Winnie. The little fans will love the pictures of the honey-loving Pooh that decorate the main playhouse exterior.
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Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: How safe is it?
Overall as with all of the Smoby playhouses we feel this is a very safe plastic playhouse. As the playhouse is manufactured in the EU you can be assured that it has passed all the appropriate safety tests. Below we will focus on a few of the areas that we thought might concern parents a little.
Swing: The swing on the playhouse is pretty good. It has a two component make up, this allows for either young child that can’t fully hold on to the ropes to be secured in the swing. This safety harness can be easily removed (as seen by the picture). Overall this feature is perfect for a child that is growing; as such this is perfect for 2 to 5 year olds. In many ways the versatility of this playhouse gives it an edge over many of its rivals.
Slide: The next thing we want to take a look at is the slide. Overall this is not very high but all the same for the younger end of the playhouses age range we feel that adult supervision should be given to avoid any falls.
Ladder at back: As with the above point on the slide, we feel that a slight risk might be posed by the ladder for the younger users. For a typical 2 year old the ladders top will be at around shoulder height and due to the rounded edges of the plastic it might be harder for a small 2 year olds fingers to grab. Overall this is not a big concern and as we a crawl space under the main playhouse we feel that there is enough to keep your little ones occupied from 2 to 5 years old with this product.
Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: How easy is it to build?
Like most of the plastic playhouses that we have reviewed this Smoby playhouse is very easy to assemble. It’s very much a slot, click and tighten construction model. By that we mean you slot or click the bits of the playhouse together. The tighten bit refers to the thick plastic screws that are supplied that you just need to tighten to make the whole structure more ridged. The bottom line is all the plastic playhouses are very easy to construct and very sturdy once built.
Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: What is the overall quality like?
For those that don’t know Smoby is a French company and all design and manufacturing is done in France. A random fact, they are based in Jura also known as the birthplace of the French toy industry. Smoby proudly say its team’s know-how is unique and incomparable. They also say that they provide high quality, fantastic innovation and high-end finishing for maximum playing joy.
So with all that we have pretty high hopes for the Smoby playhouses. The big question is, are they as good as they say they are? Well the review team at WhatShed.co.uk have to say that our first impressions are a resounding YES.
We were particularly impressed with the thick plastic that was used in this construction. The thicker plastic has given this a much sturdier feel. As is standard with moist quality playhouses this one has an Anti-UV treatment within the plastic to reduce the chances of its colour fading.
Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: Technical Information.
Age range: This is designed for children aged between 2 and 5 years.
Size of playhouse assembled:
W = 220cm
D = 160cm
H = 163cm
Slide length =70cm
Smoby Winnie The Pooh Hut and Swing: Our final thoughts.
Overall we think for a 2 to 5 year old this is a pretty cool little playhouse. It’s very sturdy and strong and has enough features to keep imaginative kids occupied for hours at a time. Due the size and flexibility we feel that this will be a very solid product that will give years of continues use before your children finally grow out of it.
Quality of construction 7/10 Longevity of material 7/10
Prices around: £452.99
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