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Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit – A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review

A 14 month old boy sitting on the floor (the photograph only shows his legs and torso) and holding onto a wooden push-along rabbit toy from Bigjigs - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

Little Miss and Little Mister H are part of the Bigjigs Play Patrol and previously the lovely people at Bigjigs have sent us a Rainbow Rattle, Garden Bead Box and the ZooBooKoo Spelling Cube Book to play with and test out. But on this occasion, Little Miss H received the Sweetland Express train and Little Mister H was sent the Push Along Rabbit to review.

Our third Bigjigs Play Patrol Review

The Sweetland Express Train

Little Miss H is a big fan of train sets. And she likes to tell me of the train sets that she played with at pre-school and now plays with in big school.

She never thinks of them as being a boy’s toy. She just sees them as a fun toy that she enjoys to play with.

A photograph of a four year old girl sitting on the floor of her grandparent's living room playing happily with a train set and especially the Sweetland Express train from Bigjigs Railway part of Bigjigs Toys - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

We have a basic train set that her brother was given as a Christmas present last year. And when we set it up, Little Miss ends up playing with the trains and track properly. While Little Mister H throws all the trains around our living room. Much to his sister’s annoyance.

So Little Miss H was thrilled when Bigjigs sent us the Sweetland Express Train to review. She now had a train of her very own to play with.

Little Miss H loves sweets. And she loves the colour pink. So the Sweetland Express Train is the perfect train for our daughter.

A close up photograph of the Bigjigs train the Sweetland Express set up with a generic train set on a cream carpet - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

The adorable candy coloured engine pulls three carriages. Each carriage is beautifully designed and features cute images of sweet treats. There is even a little carriage with painted windows and ice creams and lollies. And these carriages are all removable and can be swapped around (something that Little Miss H is quite fond of doing).

This train really fires up Little Miss H’s imagination. And she will often do role play that involves the train arriving and saving the life of someone who is in desperate need of an ice cream.

A photograph of a four year old girl sitting on the floor of her grandparent's living room playing happily with a train set and especially the Sweetland Express train from Bigjigs Railway part of Bigjigs Toys - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

The Sweetland Express comes with two pieces of rail track and a buffer. These connect to all railways from Bigjigs. But they are also compatible with other major branded wooden train tracks. The magnetic couplings on the engine and carriages mean that the Sweetland Express can be joined with any other trains in the Bigjigs Railway collection.

It’s brilliant that not only do Bigjigs sell train sets (and I think that the Dinosaur Train Set and the Pirate Train Sets are my favourites) but it also sells a huge range of accessories and additional trains. Meaning that your child can create a train track that is as individual as they are. Plus there is the added benefit that relatives will always have something they can buy for Christmas and birthday presents.

As I’ve come to expect with Bigjigs toys, the quality of the Sweetland Express is brilliant. The designs on the engine and carriages are lovely. The train feels sturdy and has even survived being thrown across my parents living room by Little Mister H.

A photograph of a four year old girl sitting on the floor of her grandparent's living room playing happily with a train set and especially the Sweetland Express train from Bigjigs Railway part of Bigjigs Toys - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push-Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

The Sweetland Express is recommended for children age 3 and up (which is why Little Mister H insists on trying to eat the carriages – thank heavens for the child-safe paints). And can be purchased for £14.49 from the Bigjigs website.

Push Along Rabbit 

Little Mister H is 14 months old today. And he has been walking independently since he was 13 months and 1 week old (I’m sure I should know that exact age in weeks and days but I don’t – sorry). So the Bigjigs Push Along Rabbit arrived at the perfect time.

A photograph of the legs and tiny feet of a 14 month old baby boy standing independently and holding onto a Wooden Rabbit Push Along Toy from Bigjigs - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

At first, Little Mister H mostly swung the rabbit back and forth on the floor. Using it to swipe at any toy in his sight. Poor rabbit! Thankfully, the Push Along Rabbit is designed for toddlers on the move and can certainly withstand some punishment from my adorable but destructive toddler.

But over the past few weeks, Little Mister H has really found his feet and is walking confidently. And the Rabbit Push Along Toy has helped with this. It aids his balance and has given him that extra confidence that he needed. Plus, the little smile on his face when he gains momentum pushing the rabbit along the floor is the sweetest thing!

A 14 month old baby boy walking independently and pushing a Wooden Rabbit Push Along Toy from Bigjigs - he has a huge smile on his face and looks very happy - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

The Push Along Rabbit has such a lovely design. The rabbit has a very cute and endearing face. And I’m especially taken with the springy little tail and floppy ears which bounce around when the rabbit is pushed along the floor. The green wooden wheels enable the toy to be manoeuvred easily and it can be pushed or pulled across hard floors, rugs and carpets. 

A photograph of a Push Along Rabbit Wooden Toy from Bigjigs - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

This toy also features a sturdy wooden pole and the handle at the top is easy for your little one to grip and hold onto. As I’ve mentioned, the rabbit is well-built and can withstand being pushed and pulled around by a rather rambunctious toddler. Little Mister H currently loves driving the rabbit into our patio windows. Poor rabbit!

A photograph of a 14 month old little boy standing in his living room and pushing a wooden Push Along Rabbit Toy from Bigjigs into his patio window - Bigjigs Sweetland Express and Push Along Rabbit - A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review - Mrs H's favourite things

If you have a toddler on the move then a push along animal is the perfect toy. Bigjigs have a fabulous collection of wooden push along toys including a tiger and a hedgehog. They can be bought from the Bigjigs website for £10.49, which I think is a complete bargain for such a timeless and durable toy.

If you could pick any animal to be made into a push along toy which would you choose? I would love to know.

Hugs

Lucy

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Disclaimer

We are part of the Bigjigs Play Patrol. And we were sent the Sweetland Express and the Push Along Rabbit for the purpose of this review. But as always, all words, photographs and opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

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