I chose this Melissa and Doug Pretend Play Workbench from Gummy Lump, one of the leading online retailers of wooden toys, to feature as a "TWINtuitive Product" because this toy promotes cooperation and collaboration between more than one child through pretend play. Although the work surface is ample for two children, our twins still needed to share the tools and some of the parts. One social skill they both need to work on is teamwork. Usually they each want to make their own creation and will not tolerate anyone else contributing to their project. This toys allows both twins to build something wonderful together and gives each the opportunity to support the other's ideas. Nothing pleases me more than to hear one twin say to the other, "That's a great idea!" or "Wow! You did a great job!"
This workbench by Melissa & Doug was packed very well. It does require adult assembly and each piece was individually wrapped. My husband assembled our workbench without any assistance in approximately 20 minutes. The only complaint I have is that the stickers labeling each part were difficult to remove. You may need to resort to using some Goo Gone.
This set comes with all the wooden tools and hardware your child needs to build many creations. If your child needs a little help with some project ideas, there is an included booklet with step-by-step instructions to build things, such as various vehicles.
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One lucky reader will receive a Melissa & Doug Wooden Workbench OR a Melissa & Doug Folding Princess Castle (winner's choice).
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This contest will be closed on Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.
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