As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I received a Step2 Home Depot Pro Play Workshop from Step2 for reviewing for this post. All opinions, including the Play Safety Glasses, are mine alone.
The troops are getting restless. I wish that I could say that it has been an eventful summer, full of nonstop activities to tire out a group of energetic boys. But that hasn’t been the case. My little buddy’s health has been on the rocks with a weakened immune system, and in order to minimize his exposure to germs and visits to the ER, we have been keeping all the kids at home. And the kiddos have noticed, to say the least. It was time for a new toy to capture their attention, and the Step2 Home Depot Pro Play Workshop arrived just in time!
Ever since having the boys, I look at toys differently. My main requirements are 1) That the product be durable, and 2) That there be plenty of play space for the boys to share. Step2 always has products that fit this description, thus why they have been a go to brand for our family. The Step2 Home Depot Pro Play Workshop continues to not disappoint!
One of my favorite aspects of the workshop is all of the storage within the product. Yes, the workshop comes with lots of play pieces, but there is more than ample storage for everything.
If my boys could effectively verbalize it, then they would tell you that they are big fans of all the imaginative play pieces that come with this toy. Since they aren’t quite at the “big words” stage yet, they’ve let me know what they like by claiming pieces for their own. For instance, one of my boys loves the drill press. He plays with it on the workshop, and then he takes it over to the play kitchen and uses it to make smoothies. Haha! As long as he wipes off the sawdust, I guess that it will be ok. 🙂
They all enjoy the foam wood pieces. I wasn’t sure how much that they would use them at their age, but they have surprised me by building small little creations with them. They like to make ramps for their cars.
The Step2 Home Depot Pro Play Workshop has an attached sink, as well.
My personal, absolute favorite thing about this toy is the pullout utility bench. It has additional storage, play space, and a play saw on the top.
The utility bench can slide back underneath the workshop for storage, but we leave ours out all the time at our house. It is another great way to provide additional elbow room for my boys.
So, along the lines of a workshop, around the time that I assembled this workshop for the boys, I noticed a particular Facebook video one day. Don’t those darn Facebook videos just drag you in? They do me sometimes! This particular one was of a lady demonstrating how to do something with a saw. She wasn’t wearing safety glasses, and the internet trolls came out of the woodwork. I kind of have to laugh internally. After all, this woman had to be in her mid 30’s or 40’s. I am sure that she knew that she should have been wearing safety glasses without 100 people telling her. Then I wondered what the Internet trolls would say if they (gasp!) saw my boys playing with a play workshop without safety glasses! Heaven forbid! Haha! So, a few supplies later, and this is no longer a problem.
- Utility knife
- Clean and dry plastic bottle
- Black marker
- Cheap sunglasses
Use the utility knife to cut the top and bottom off of the plastic bottle.
With the scissors, cut open the bottle so that there is a flat piece of plastic.
Pop out one of the lenses in the glasses.
Trace the lens VERY CAREFULLY with the black marker.
Cut out the lens from the plastic. Repeat with the other side.
If the plastic lens does not want to go back in the glasses, examine it to see where it is getting stuck. Carefully cut/shave off the plastic until the lens will pop in.
So, there ya’ go! If you’re a DIY junkie, there’s a quick DIY project for you today!
If you’re not looking for a DIY project, but rather a durable, long-lasting toy for hours of play, then you’ll find that here, too! I highly recommend the Step2 Home Depot Pro Play Workshop. Put it on your kiddos Christmas list for sure!