Monday, September 29, 2014

Never Ending DIY projects for the kids - Review and GIVE-A-WAY of Step2's Deluxe Workshop


I was sent the Step2 Deluxe Worskhop at no cost to facilitate this review.

If you have ever completed a DIY (Do It Yourself) project , you know the satisfaction you feel when you are able to build something with your own two hands. I love DIY projects because it allows me to unleash my creativity, build something for less than it would cost me to buy it in the store, and even instills a greater confidence is myself. Now, the special kids in your life have the opportunity to share in the fun with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop.

Meet the Step2 Deluxe Workshop:

As soon as I began taking the pieces of the Step2 Deluxe Workbench out of the box, I immediately took note of how sturdy this play set was. There was no flimsiness to any of the pieces, and as I finished emptying the box to prepare to put it together, I continued to be impressed with the brightness of the colors and the thickness of the plastic that make up the basic body of the workshop This workshop includes:
  • Large work surface includes screw holes, recesses for nut, and screw storage

  • Realistic Durafoam™ "wood" allows for easy building

  • Features tool chest looking cabinet, slide in/out drawer, parts bin, hanging jars, and pretend shop vac

  • Electronic features: drill and overhead shop light (requires 2 "AA" and 3 "AAA" batteries, not included)

  • 50-piece accessory set included (includes drill bits, screws, nuts, saw, hammer, vise, and much more)

  • Minimal adult assembly required **

This workbench came with so many added items and features. One of my favorites is the Durafoam wood pieces, which not only really look like real wood (but are soft and flexible), but you child is actually able to use these pieces to build any one of four projects (a birdhouse, toy car, plane, or boat). As soon as the workbench was set up, my 6-year old daughter, Eva went right to work "sawing" and "hammering" to build her first birdhouse. Because the workbench comes with four projects, and because the work space is so big, it allows my children to play together, both working on their own unique creations. My husband has his own construction business, and our children see him working on projects at home and of course they see all of his own tools. I was just as excited as my kids to see that this workbench includes a power tool (2 AA batteries not included) that let my kids use tools just like their dad. The variety of tools also add a different dynamic to all of the play activity. We try to teach our kids the value and importance of cleaning up after themselves, and I was so excited to see that this set also includes a pretend shop vac complete with realistic hose and attachment. Slide2 As a Mom, my absolute favorite thing about the Step2 Deluxe Workshop is that each piece and each tool has a place. I don't have to find bins or boxes to keep all the pieces sorted - Step2 has already done that for me! We recently moved our kids bedrooms around, and in that process we worked a lot on organization. In their rooms, everything has a place, and its just the same with this workshop. My kids are able to play freely and when they are done - put everything away by themselves. With realistic workshop bins and containers - even cleanup time is fun - and that's something both me and the kids can get excited about! Slide6

This Workshop is "Single Mom Approved"!

I grew up in a single parent home and like most single mothers, she only had herself and the good Lord to rely on. Instead of running to my husband with his power tools to put this set together, I wanted to make sure all the single mom's out there could be successful in putting this set together with just themselves and a screwdriver (that's right, no power tools were used when I put this set together). Slide5 I would say overall, the Step2 Deluxe Workshop is fairly easy to put together. As pictured above - there are no pre-made holes where the screws go, just indentations showing you where they should be placed. I imagine using a power tool would make the set up even quicker, but even with just me and my screw driver it still only took me about 25 minutes to complete it. The screws were definitely not the easiest to get in. It did take some applied pressure, some elbow grease, and a "can do" attitude, but even as I was in the process of seeing the play set come to life, it was evident that the benefits of a sturdy play set, and one I wasn't going to have to go back and tighten later, greatly outweighed the little bit of extra time it took to put it together. Slide3

"How many pieces does this thing have?"

That is always the first question my husband has when I hand him the box to one of our kids new toys or play sets that has to be put together. I can remember buying my niece a kitchen set for Christmas a few years ago and raved about the great deal that I got. When it arrived and I opened the box, I gasped and laughed out loud thinking of my brother having to put together this kitchen set that had at least 35 plastic pieces to it. I was thrilled to open up the box to the Step2 Deluxe Workshop and find only seven sturdy pieces to assemble. Slide4 Not a fan of having to put thousands of stickers on your child's toys? The Step2 Deluxe workshop only comes with one sheet of brightly colored stickers, which are thick and easy to peel off. They really liven up the play set and are super easy to apply. Each sticker is coded with a letter and a number which corresponds to a picture in the instruction manual. I have put a lot of stickers on a lot of different toys - and by far - these were the easiest! Slide7 There is nothing about this Step2 product that my kids don't love and no reason not to recommend it highly to all of my friends. I love that my kids have hours of endless creative possibilities. They have their own workshop wood creations they can build and accomplish, and when they are through, they even have fun putting it all away. There are so many features and so many ways to play! We all love some of the "real life" effects that this work shop brings to life with the real, working power tool and the overhead LED light my kids can turn on and off as they work. This is a play set I would even love to add to over the years! I know my kids will be busy accomplishing all their own DIY projects over the years with this work shop and I love the hard-working and sense of accomplishment this set brings to my kids as they play. I hope Step2 will consider creating some new additions to this amazing play set - its definitely something I would purchase - and absolutely something my kids will be adding to their wish lists. I cannot recommend this product highly enough. Slide8

With the holidays just around the corner, don't you think your little one would love one of these?!

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Buy it: You can purchase the Step2 Deluxe Workshop directly from the Step2 website. It is priced at $149.99.

Win it: One lucky person is going a Step2 Deluxe Workshop!! Open to the residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18+. Ends 10/13/14 at 11:59 PM EST.

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