Educational STEM Toy Reviews: Tin Can Cable Car and Salt Water Engine Car (From Wicked Uncle) 

Tin Can Cable Car review and Salt Water Engine Car review. STEM science and engineering educational toys from Wicked Uncle.

Quite sometime ago we received a Tin Can Cable Car (RRP £14.95) and Salt Water Engine Car (RRP £15.95) as part of our Wicked Uncle review. Now we have had plenty of opportunity to play with these, I would love to share my thoughts with you all!

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Tin Can Cable Car Review

Firstly, the tin can cable car. Here is a quick demo…

This is easy to set up and is fun to play with. Admittedly it is abit of a novelty item that probably won’t have much longevity in terms of holding interest, but that said, we have had it out a few times and she has played with it for several hours. It is pretty durable too; Squiggle had alot of fun attaching her toys to it so they could use it and it held quite an impressive weight! (Note: it is not intended to be used this way!) 

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Overall, it makes quite a cool gift as long as expectations on amount of use aren’t too high. 

Salt Water Engine Car Review

The salt water engine car is great for sparking discussion on natural energy sources. It is also educational in terms of simple mechanics and engineering too. 

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We discovered this kit had far more parts than we might have imagined it and Squiggle personally found it too fiddly to do independently but children with better motor skills and more patience might be able to do so. She enjoyed doing it alongside an adult instead. 

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It didn’t move as fast, or as smoothly, as we hoped but it was on carpet and I suspect we just needed to check connections! However, it was pretty exciting that it went along at all just using salt water! Great learning tool.

This is the salt water car in action…

Thanks to Wicked Uncle for these items to review.

Sylvanian Families

I spotted an article this morning, written a few weeks ago, about Sylvanian Families. Squiggle loves them and they have been a great investment for her; encourages imaginative play, acting out social situations, retelling stories/ recreating events, creative play (she makes things for them) and creates topics for discussion. Here are some pictures of Squiggle playing with her collection…

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Acting out a trip to the seaside
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Possibly inspired by the idea of a roof rack?!
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Tree-house adventures
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Pulling a giant cracker!
SAMSUNG
Acting out Apsley Marina including bridge, canal boat, play area and outdoor eating
SAMSUNG
Cafe inspired by the Sylvanian catalogue
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I love how she has represented water coming out of the tap!
Caravan holiday
SAMSUNG
Inspired by the catalogue, Squiggle builds her Sylvanian families a boat
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Acting out a playground she visited
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Pretending they are going on a cruise
SAMSUNG
Limbo fun!
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Improvising, its a boat
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Having soup
SAMSUNG
They are at a social group
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Climbing the mountain
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Canal boat
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Inside the canal boat
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Not sure what is going on, but its busy!
2015-01-07 13.45.10
Water and sand play
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Ice creams and gardening
sylvanian school game 5-11-14
A day at school
sylvanian skiing aug 14
Skiing

 

Playing at home with sylvanians 29.11.14
Playing at home with sylvanians 29.11.14
Playing at home with sylvanians 29.11.14
I love that she has the baby in a wrap and one of the characters are wearing ear defenders like she does!
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Sylvanians are playing by the water

2014-11-27 16.56.45

Sylvanian games 21.11.14
Dressing up sylvanians
Sylvanians 19.11.14
Sylvanians at a restaurant
Sylvanians 19.11.14
Sylvanians 19.11.14
Sylvanians 19.11.14
Sylvanians decorating their Christmas tree
Imaginary play and construction 18.11.14
Imaginary play and construction 18.11.14
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Writing for a purpose, inspired by sylvanians

 

Father Christmas sylvanians
Father Christmas sylvanians
Rowing
Rowing
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Different types of boats in the water, including the ferry she built

 

Playing with Sylvanians 17.11.14
Sylvanians at the zoo watching the penguins

 

The article is here