Step2 My First Christmas Tree Review

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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The Christmas tree features 8 ornaments, 3-piece train set and adorable 4 clear ornaments

Kids can decorate and un-decorate the tree with the ornaments as much as they like

Kids can put the star on the top of the tree and spin it around

Durable and sturdy tree

Encourages fine motor skills

We don’t like

The tree can be a little wobbly sometimes

The plastic of the toy is not of highest quality

How it works

Christmas is coming! Among many traditions putting up the Christmas tree is on the top of the lists for bringing the Christmas spirit into your house. Kids are especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree and love pulling up the branches of the tree and messing up with the decorations. So, parents around the world have indeed trouble making the kids stay away from the tree and for the families who have cats, keeping the Christmas tree stay alive, is a double challenge. So this Christmas, the company Step2 has found a way for your little ones to participate in the holiday traditions and make everybody happy. Make this Christmas an enjoyment for the entire family and enjoy in stress-free holidays without having to worry about fragile Christmas decorations and falling of the Christmas tree. Decorate this Christmas Tree, that is specially designed for your young ones, together with them. Not only kids can decorate the tree but they can also play afterward with it, which is a real treat for kids – to be allowed to touch and play with the Christmas tree. Kids can decorate and un-decorate it over and over again. Today we are reviewing a toy that can be a great addition to your Christmas and holiday décor – Step2 My First Christmas Tree with Bonus Ornaments.

Product Size and Description

Product Size and Description

The product dimensions are 31x21x21 inches and it comes in a simple brown box and it weighs around 15.8 ounces. The tree itself is 33 inches tall from the base to top and 26 inches in diameter, which makes it perfect sized tree for youngsters to play during the holiday seasons. It comes in two pieces plus brown base part – a stand for the tree. The tree is very simple to assemble and what you have to do is just snap the two green parts of the tree and insert them into the brown stand but yet as recommended by the manufacturer an adult is required to do the assembly. The tree stand besides being used as a stand for the Christmas tree can be used as a built-in storage area for the Christmas ornaments and in addition as a train track for the train set. The package also includes 8 colorful ornaments and 4 exclusive clear ornaments with Christmas surprises and a 3 –piece train set. Besides the 12 decorations there is a bright star that kids can put it by themselves on the top of the tree. This toy is recommended for kids who are at least 18 months plus although there are customers who claim that younger kids than the recommended age also play safely with the Christmas tree, the ornaments and the train set.
Attractive Design

Attractive Design

The tree is super cute and comes with 12 ornaments in bright colors. The ornaments are adorable and solid. The 8 ornaments are in different colors: 2 yellow, 2 purple, 2 blue and 2 red with some simple design on them. The purple ones have stars on them, gingerbread man on the red ones, hearts on the blue ones and the yellow are just plain ornaments without a design. The additional 4 ornaments are clear and feature a snowflake, wreath, snowman and a Christmas tree. Kids can spin and shake them and this is why these 4 ornaments are the most loved. Kids can spin the star on the top of the tree, too. It would have been nice if the tree was musical with Christmas songs or melodies. Its sturdy design makes it easy for storage and it can be used for many years. The tree itself contains ledges (two on each side) where kids can put the ornaments and they are big enough to fit different kinds of decorations. The only thing is that the ornaments just stand there without being clipped into the ledges and are very easily knocked down and can keep falling from the tree. On the other hand the tree is sturdy enough and does not fall even if the kids sometimes use it to assist them in the process of standing up, although sometimes it can be a little wobbly.
Durability

Durability

The plastic of the tree is durable and sturdy. The “branches” of the tree are easily set up which also means that it is easy to pack the tree again and store it for the upcoming years. The ornaments are hard plastic but with great quality. It is inevitable for the ornaments to fall on the floor and it is really nice that they are made of quality plastic and they do not break. The ornaments cannot be hanged but just put on the designated places on the branches. Although this makes the ornaments fall off more often it is also much easier for the kids to manipulate with the ornaments. The base of the tree is great size and large enough to hold the tree sturdy and to prevent it from tipping over. The whole construction is durable and with stable design. The tree has rounded edges which provide safety for the kids and worry-free independent play. Sometimes parents buy this toy for kids that are under the recommended age and according to the claims this toy can endure the toddlers “abuse”. Kids also in this period can put the ornaments in their mouth but there is no choking hazard because of the size of the ornaments.
Is it fun?

Is it fun?

This tree is extremely cute seasonal roleplay toy and the best thing is that kids can mess up with this Christmas tree as much as they like. They can constantly change the place of the ornaments, spin them and play with the tree. They can decorate the Christmas tree and un-decorate it many times. The train set is additional fun. It has three wagons in three different colors and kids can play with the train off the tree as well as drive it around the tree on the tracks that are part of the tree skirt base. This Christmas tree is a great decoration and now kids can have their own Christmas tree in the playroom. Most of the users claim that kids spend quite a time in playing with the tree and the ornaments, especially kids around 2 -3 years old. One of the fun activities that kids love is putting up and spinning the adorable star on the top of the tree. They also love to knock the ornaments from the tree and put them back again on it. It is interesting for toddlers because in this period they are learning about cause and effect relationship and this Christmas tree is a great tool that encourages put-and-take play. Users rate the durability and the quality of the ornaments with flying colors that endure lots of throwing around and this is what makes the fun for the kids. It is great that kids this year are allowed to touch the Christmas tree and play with the ornaments.
Educational feature

Educational feature

Kids learn by playing and the toys besides the function of a simple play usually offer encouragement of development of essential skills among which problem-solving, thinking outside the box, reasoning, etc. This year the Step 2 Christmas tree can be a great tool for teaching and learning color differentiation. The ornaments that come in a form of small balls are really good way of introducing colors to toddlers together with the other parts of the tree. For example the base is brown and the parts of the tree are green. The ornaments are bright, colorful and fun for the little hands to hold. They come in pair, for example two blue and they can be used for color matching or maybe symbol matching according to the design on each of the ornaments. You can name a color and kids should bring that color ornament and put it on the tree. The ornaments, 12 in total, can also be used for teaching and learning numbers and counting. The train set also features three wagons in red, green and white color that kids love to drive around and because the wagons have wheels kids can also drive it off the track. Since the concept of pretend play starts in this period, kids can make “choo choo” noises when pushing and driving the train around the tree.
Motor Skills Development

Motor Skills Development

This Step2 Christmas tree with ornaments is a great toy for development of motor skills because kids grasp the balls to put them on the tree or to throw them away and pick them up again and again. The little hands have to manipulate with the ornaments and place them on a particular place on the tree. They can put and take the ornaments many times. Kids can place the ornaments also on the brown base, too. Balls regardless of what toddlers do with them, bouncing, rolling, catching, throwing, stimulate and enhance motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Putting, taking-off and spinning of the star at the top of the tree is also a great exercise for fine motor skills development. The train set also offers options for playing and skill development for the little hands because the three wagons are detachable and can be detached and then connected again. Kids can push and drag the train around the track of the base but also on the floor. Quite a number of users complain about the quality of the train and claim that it is poorly made and can come off the track easily. However, keeping the train on the track and driving around the track is a perfect exercise for hand coordination and fine motor skills development.
Price

Price

For a price under 40 dollars now your child can have his or her own personal Christmas tree. The best thing about this product is that it is really durable plastic tree that comes together with ornaments and when the holidays are over you can just packed it away for the next year. It does not take up plenty of room. It is definitely worth the cost because this is not a breakable toy and is to be used for many holiday seasons. For this price you get an adorable family tree without having to worry that kids will not leave the Christmas tree alone and all the ornaments will be on the floor instead on the Christmas tree itself.

Bottom line

It would be nice to avoid broken ornaments and fallen Christmas tree this holiday season. So let the holiday shine bright with this Christmas tree made by Step2 Company. Kids love that this tree comes in their size and that they are able to put the star on the top of the tree. It a great that this super durable and sturdy tree comes with ornaments, 8 colorful and 4 bonus ones. The ornaments are of great quality and durability and besides the decorative purpose they can also serve for color differentiation purpose as well as numbering, counting and imaginary play. The tree is super easy to assemble and also easy to disassemble again and store it for next year. Kids develop their fine motor skills by grabbing, holding, playing with and placing the ornaments on the Christmas tree but also love shaking the tree and knocking the ornaments down on the floor. The four bonus ornaments are also exclusive clear ornaments that contain four different features inside them and kids love spinning around these clear ornaments. Finally Step2 Christmas tree is a tree that your toddler can decorate, have fun with, build fine motor skills and learn colors with the help of the ornaments. Overall it is a great product that can be a keepsake for the years to come and this is only one of the reasons of popularity of the product.
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