This is a brilliant idea although not maybe one I'd want to do each year unless of course the WOW company came up with different Birthday sets. The countdown calendar is similar to an advent calendar in that your little one gets to open a different window each day in the countdown to their Birthday. Unlike a traditional advent calendar, there are toys behind each window rather than chocolate and the idea is that they all go together to become a little play set in the end.
There are 10 windows to count down the 10 days days up to and including your little one's Birthday and it's a fun way to start the excitement up to the big day (although as any parent of a young child already knows, they are normally bouncing around for days before their Birthday, along with a very early wake up call for us parents on the actual day too!).
The 10 windows each have a different toy behind and include:
Mr Magic Figure
Birthday Party Table & Chairs
Jelly on a Plate Piece
Birthday Parcel Piece
Millie (Girl) Figure
Trixie the Bunny
Iggy the Trike
Ice Cream Trike Piece
Will (Boy) Figure
Birthday Cake Piece
One of the big things I love about the set, other than the idea, is that the toys are (according to the packaging) all PVC free, do not have any toxic paint and have no super small parts and so they really have given thought to this being a pre-school toy. I have two children and both are under pre-school age and so this little bit of extra thought is reassuring to know.
Not only have WOW thought of the toys' and their actual make-up but they have also put some thought into making them a little bit more interesting than just standard figurine pieces and the ice cream spins around on the top of the trike, the table top spins around and of course the trike moves. The table top has a shape sorter style to it with the jelly, cake and birthday present all being different shapes as so only fitting in their specific slots and so a bit of an educational slant has also been put onto the set too which is another thing I like about it.
In addition to this the actual box has some play value too as they have incorporated a slide on one side, which has a tree top door which you can put your little ones name on and your little one can pop the figure into here with the figure popping out of the tree base door below. There is also a small activity sheet which has ten different activities for each day such as colouring in, dot to dot, counting, maze game, spot the difference, hide and seek (a sort of wheres Wally but with Trixie the Rabbit) and a word game too.
The first countdown number which is the number 10 is already open and reveals the Mr Magic Figure which at first I was disappointed about as it sort of loses a window for your little one to open but considering the slide top and bottom doors open I think this makes up for that small fact.
The set is beautifully presented and all of the box, activity sheet and toys are in bright colours to catch your little ones eye. A brilliant idea and a truly lovely set which I shall add pictures for as soon as possible. I am definitely interested now in trying some of their other products and in particular their other countdown calendars with the holiday countdown being a must for our upcoming holiday and I believe this includes bath toys so a definite win win! WOW was once a brand that hand on heart I completely overlooked and sort of snubbed but having now seen this calendar and the quality of their product I'm not ashamed to say I hastily judged them to begin with. A definite recommendation from me for this countdown calendar.WOW Toys Holiday Countdown CalendarWOW Toys Pre-School Countdown CalendarWOW Toys Special Day Countdown Calendar