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Children's toys

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vampirequeen Tue 02-Apr-13 07:37:04

AIBU to expect that a toy designed for children can actually be used by them. Our five year old bought a Transformer with his birthday money. It's supposed to change from a robot into a truck and, although it does eventually, you need a degree in engineering and the patience of a saint to actually achieve it. My DH spend about an hour trying to make the change and although it looked OK it still wasn't quite as it should be.

Then to crown it all five minutes after he started to play with it as a truck our son asked my DH to change it back into a robot lol.

What's the point of a toy that a child can't play with without adult support?

Orca Tue 02-Apr-13 07:42:47

Has he got the age appropriate one? Some are very complex but others are far simpler for little hands. I suspect it's the case that he's bought one more suitable for an older child.

absent Tue 02-Apr-13 07:47:10

Generally children are much more adept than adults at that sort of thing. Orca could well be right about the appropriate age.

glammanana Tue 02-Apr-13 08:53:21

Some are so so difficult to do even our youngest DGS aged 9 had problems with one he got for Christmas,mind you mr.glamma has mega problems with something as simple as a rubic cube which DGS can do in seconds,yes definenatley an age thing maybe.

dorsetpennt Tue 02-Apr-13 09:07:08

It's also packaging and assembling that is daunting. This has been going on since my children were little. I remember many a Xmas morning assembling toys, realising we'd forgotten batteries and wondering what on earth we were going to do with all the cardboard. Transformers were around when my son was 8 years old and it is difficult until you realise the knack of 'transforming ' them - but they are really fiddley.

vampirequeen Wed 03-Apr-13 07:06:23

I admit he's at the lower end of the age range but then my DH is well over the age range and he struggled lol.

absent Wed 03-Apr-13 07:10:48

vampirequeen I once watched 10 adult dinner guests struggle for about an hour to construct a set of three-dimensional jigsaws that pre-schoolers could manage in minutes. It's true that they – the adults not the pre-schoolers of course – had consumed quite a lot of wine with dinner and were constantly reduced to helpless laughter, but it just goes to show.