Sunday, 28 August 2016

Books and toys for fire engine obsessed boys (and girls)

My middle boy Alex has been obsessed with all things fire engine related for the last couple of years and his enthusiasm shows no sign of waning, his dream is to be a fire engine driver. I have become accustomed to browsing for books and toys for fire engine obsessed boys (and girls) so thought I would do a round up of my favourites.

Wooden toys 

Last year I was on the hunt for a large wooden fire engine for Alex birthday,  I love wooden toys and find they stand up really well to boisterous play. I found the Tidlo Fire Engine and ordered it alongside some Firefighters and they are such great quality and a really good size too.
The fire engine was such a hit that I ended up buying the matching Tidlo Fire Station too, the engine can drive and park inside it and there is a room upstairs for the firefighters. Of course over the last few months it has also been used as a shop, garage and so on, I do love imagination.
I absolutely adore the Janod story sets, they are really sweet and a reat size for small hands. This firefighters set may be winging it's way to our house soon as birthdays and Christmas are coming up.


There are ALOT of books out there featuring fire engines and firefighters and we seem to have quite a few of them!
First is Alexs favourite book Emergency by Margaret Mayo this book features a whole range of emergency vehicles. It is beautifully bright and has rhyming get text making is nice to read as well.
Big Red Fire Engine by Ken Wilson-Max is a great interactive book with flaps, ladders to raise and a fire engine to drive along. Alex received this for his birthday last year and loves it.
I recommend the Playtown range of books to anyone with small children,  they are fantastic interactive books full of detailed pictures and little nuggets of information that my boys love and this Emergency one is definitely on our wishlist.
Earlier in the yesr we reviewed the awesome Miles Kelly convertible submarine and the range also has a convertible fire engine book. These are fun playing,  quirky and make a great gift.

The rest

A firefighter dress up outfit is a must have, I love the look of this fireman dress up from George, it comes complete with a plastic hat which is great as some seem to come without a hat and the one we have has a fabric hat which is pretty rubbish if I am honest. To go with the outfit this case of fire fighter accessories by ELC is highly recommended by me, Alex was given one for his last birthday and it is used all the time!
Once kitted up of course your firefighter needs their own engine and this Fire engine play tent from Smyths looks perfect. It can be put up in seconds and folded back down quickly after use, great if you have limited space.
Finally everyone loves a Trunki and Frank the Fire Engine is so cool! Perfect for travelling or keeping all your firefighting kit inside.

If you are near to Sheffield, why not visit the Emergency Services Museum, we visited last year and it was a fantastic trip out and of course Alex was in heaven!

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