“The Playmobil Ambulance is nice and sturdy, and it really encourages imaginative play. As an added bonus, it introduces the idea of kids getting knocked off bicycles, so we’ve been chatting about road safety”.
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Initial thoughts: The Playmobil Ambulance had more pieces than I expected, and it does take a reasonable amount of time to put together – probably about half an hour. As ever, I took this out of the packaging in daylight hours, so I had an audience, which may have extended the process somewhat. Basically, it’s an ambulance, two paramedics, a trolley, various medical cases and accessories. And a kid with a bandaged head. Complete with a broken down bicycle. Genius.
We liked: This is one of Flea’s favourite ever Playmobil sets – after “teacher punishes naughty boys”, I think that “naughty boys fall off things and hurt themselves” might be her favourite game of all time. The ambulance has a side and rear door, so it’s easy for little hands to manipulate, and both the roof and the entire front windscreen lift of so little ones can easily get to everything while playing.
This ambulance has one special feature that was designed with parents in mind – there’s a flashing blue light on the roof of the ambulance, which flashes for a few minutes when you push down on it. But there is no sound. That’s right. No annoying siren, whatsoever. Brilliant.
We weren’t keen: I can’t think of anything bad about this the Playmobil Ambulance. It’s remarkably sturdy, so you’re not forever reattaching bits and pieces. It’s simple enough for smaller kids to play with, and it comes with a nice selection of figures. If there was one thing, it’s that the stretcher is difficult for Flea to put in the right position inside the ambulance – but she never worries if the patient falls off the bed – that’s just a bonus for your average four year old, it seems.
Overall: The Playmobil Ambulance is a great value set considering how much play value it has. Nice and sturdy, and it really encourages imaginative play. As an added bonus, it introduces the idea of kids getting knocked off bicycles, so we’ve been chatting about road safety, too. Totally recommend this one.