Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse
- Kids will love helping to put this house together. They can build the fence and hang the flower box all by themselves!
- Includes pounding bench and toolbox, and a sand & water/planting play area.
- Kitchenette has pretend stove with clicker knobs and a faucet for imaginative play!
- Plant and grow real flowers in the flower box!
- Playhouse features an open design with a working door, mailbox with flag, and multiple play areas
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The Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse is the fun fixer-upper! Bring out the do-it-yourself skills in your kids! They can build the fence and hang the flower box all by themselves! The Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse features an open design with a working door, mailbox with flag and multiple play areas. The kitchenette has a pretend stove with clicker knobs and a faucet for imaginative play. Kids are even able to plant and grow real flowers in the flower bed. The Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse also include a pounding bench with tools and sand and water/planting area. The Little Tikes Company, founded in 1970, is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, innovative children's products. In November of 2006, Little Tikes became a part of MGA Entertainment. MGA Entertainment is a leader in the revolution of family entertainment. Little Tikes headquarters and largest manufacturing facility are located in Hudson, Ohio. The company also has a number of locations outside the United States, including several manufacturing and distribution centers in Europe and Asia. Little Tikes products are known for providing durable, imaginative and active fun. Products are manufactured in a wide variety of categories for young children, including infant toys, popular sports, play trucks, ride-on toys, sandboxes, activity gyms and climbers, slides, pre-school development, role-play toys, creative arts and juvenile furniture. The red and yellow Cozy Coupe Car, an international icon in toys, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004, with more than 6 million units sold since its creation. Little Tikes goal is to create and supply innovative products to customers and consumers around the world. To reach that goal, Little Tikes associates actions are guided by the principles of Customer Satisfaction, Teamwork, Innovation, Marketing and Continuous Improvement.
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Be very aware, however, that this is one of the more annoying toys to assemble. Let me be clear: it's not that the instructions are bad, or unclear. It's just very labor intensive to put together. How many screws do you think something like this might have? 30? Try 61. There are 7 different types of screw (was it really necessary to have 6 each of screws that are just about 2 mm different in length?) that get screwed into the molded plastic, with no pilot holes.
So, my suggestions for you are: be prepared to set aside a few hours to assemble it. DEFINITELY drill pilot holes, even though it doesn't say so anywhere in the instructions. DEFINITELY use a drill rather than just a screw driver. If you have a bad back, get someone else to put it together because you will spend all of the 2 hours hunched over this, screwing 61 little screws where probably half that would have been just fine.
I didn't give this product 1 star because at least, once it's assembled it's done and then the kids can enjoy it. However, I have never run into such an obnoxious product to assemble.
My daughter is thrilled with it, and she loves showing it off to everyone that comes over.
So, why 3 stars?
I have to take 2 stars off for the assembly; one for time spent (>3 hours) and another for how annoying it was.
Read many of the other reviews here for comments along the same lines, but here is my story:
While maybe this is just a lapse in concentration, my mother-in-law and wife tried assembling it while I was gone, and they got stuck at the first step that required the drill because there are no pre-drilled holes for any of the screws. With a drill, the screws eat through the plastic no problem, but it feels like this should have been made more clear in the instructions. To make it worse, quite a few of the areas are not reachable with a moderately-sized power drill (meaning, you need to either have an extension bit, or screw them in by hand, which is painful and takes awhile)
After getting all the bits and pieces put together for the base structure, it was time to get the roof put together. How hard can it be? Set it on top, screw it in, done. Right? Well, the roof is a gigantic piece of molded plastic that you need to physically bend at its edge (the instructions state "use your elbows") in order to get the holes aligned for 4 bolts to go through, so that it will be at the correct pitch. Now, I'm a healthy, physically fit, 29 year old male, and I could barely make the edges meet. This part of the process probably took well over an hour to accomplish. Having a second person helps, but even then, I needed to use two clamps in order to apply enough pressure to thread the bolts through far enough.
Finally, the little picket fences connect to the sides of the house (and the mailbox) by a gravity-fit mechanism, except the holes were only partially cut, and one of them was so badly off-angle that there's no way they would have fit together. I ended up needing to use an exacto knife to cut the plastic to the proper size and angle in order to have them fit together.
Wasn't too hard to build. Definitely need a drill and a soft hammer/mallet. I thought we were missing the mailbox for a second and then my husband realized that it comes flat and you just bend it and secure it with screws. Had a good laugh about that one, we were looking for it everywhere!
Have noticed a little fading, but nothing out of the ordinary. Great product!