Thomas and Friends toys are very popular with Biggest. He loves vehicles with wheels, as I have mentioned before, and very much enjoys the repetitive action of train tracks. He particularly enjoyed Thomas and Friends Adventures Shark Escape set, because it has a dramatic mechanism that propels Thomas through a loop of water, where he narrowly escapes a shark’s jaws. One reader can win this track set for their own little Thomas the Tank Engine fan. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
You can see how much both Biggest and Littlest enjoyed playing with the adventure set in our unboxing video below:
Thomas and Friends Adventures Shark Escape Review
The Thomas and Friends Shark Escape set is very easy to assemble. I can dismantle and put it away in the box each day. It only takes a few seconds to snap the pieces together again when the children ask to play with it.
We were really impressed with the toy. Biggest was very excited by the dramatic action of Thomas loop-the-looping. As it is a very repetitive action, and he has autism, Biggest found the best fun in making Thomas loop over and over again. The fine and gross motor skills needed to make the action work correctly were a little tricky for him – but this is a good thing. Often, it is hard to get him to practise the motor skills he finds difficult because he avoids things he finds challenging. However, with this set, he was so enchanted by watching Thomas spin round that he was motivated to keep trying. This meant that, eventually, he mastered being able to work the mechanism entirely by himself.
Littlest enjoyed more imaginative play with Thomas. I saw her talking to him, pushing him around the track and making him talk to the shark! In fact, Thomas and Friends toys are designed to help your child’s development in a range of areas, from physical and motor skills to cognitive skills and problem solving. Find out more here.
Finally, if you would like to win a Thomas and Friends Adventures Shark Escape set for your little one, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Please note, you must be a UK resident and terms and conditions apply. For full details, see Rafflecopter.
*Mattel gave us a Thomas and Friends Adventures Shark Escape toy for the purposes of this review. All words, images and opinions are my own*