Hape Battery Powered Engine Train Set and Pepe Pull Along Toy Review *

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We were recently sent two wooden toys made by Hape Wooden Toys to be reviewed, the first was a Battery Powered Train Engine Set (Model HAP-E3721) while the second was a Pepe Pull Along Wooden Puppy. The train set was recomended for kids aged 3+ while the pull along toys was recommended for a child from the ages of 12 months and above. We had fun playing with these toys and have shared our blogger review here on both the items. Hope you enjoy viewing the photos and reading our comments about it.

Battery Powered Train Engine Set (Model HAP-E3721)
The train set came beautifull packaged in a box and would make a very nice gift. It consisted of a battery powered engine set with two carriages, two trees, wooden tracks and a crane (18-pcs in total). The train carriages are brightly colored and quite attractive to look at. The wooden train felt sturdy and well made and once we inserted the 2 x AA batteries (which were not included) the train went around the track smoothly and made a very nice chugging noise.

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We passed these to Stanley who is just about 18 months month and it was perfect for him.  He seemed very attracted to the toy and started expressing himself by talking and saying train and choo choo.  We found that they toy encouraged play between mum and child, and it also helps with hand-eye coordination, creativity and fine motor skills as we noticed Stanley was picking the train pieces and moving the trees and pushing the train on the track by himself when the motor was not running.  It also helps that the on / off button is placed on the top of the engine (which is great for a little fingers to turn it on and off by themselves).

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The carriages’s wooden pieces had a magnetic top which was wonderful as this meant Stanley could move the carriages using the crane, so they was a lot of learning through play just and movement going on. For a young child, this is just perfect as it lets their imagination run wild.

Pepe Pull Along Toy 

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We were also sent Pepe Pull Along Wooden Puppy which is made from natural wood design with bright simple colours. We totally loved that the toy puppy was not rigid and that its tails, legs (which are on wheels) and head could move. The pull along toy also came with a string which is connected to the nose of Pepe. With a dimension of 22L X 9.2W X 16.2H cm its a great size for todllers who are learning to walk and stand up and problem solving especially when Pepe flipped upside down and little Stanley was trying to figure out how to get Pepe upright again. We found that the toy encouraged imginative play as Stanley took Pepe for a walk around his home which was super fun to see.

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Verdict

We totally enjoyed playing with both the wooden toys from Hape.  The company which is originally from Germany now has all its items being produced in China, we found the toys very durable with more natural based materials such as wood and bamboo being used.  There was also minimal packaging which we thought was a bonus. We also found the toys were able to promote:

  • Imagination & Creativity
  • Social Skills
  • Self Discovery
  • Problem Solving
  • Physical Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

How much are they and where can I purchase these toys from?

The Hape Battery Powered Engine Set is priced at £24.05 and you can order a set from Amazon
The Hape Pepe Pull Along is priced at £14.99 and you can purchase one from Smyths

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About Hape Toys

Hape’s story begins with Peter Handstein’s story. Peter grew up in a rural town in central Germany, where he was raised with a deeprooted respect for family, honesty, compassion, and a love of nature. Hape is a reflection of Peter’s lifelong values. Peter began his career as a salesman for an educational toy company servicing German kindergartens. Visiting hundreds of schools and talking with hundreds of educators gave him a unique understanding of the power of play. In 1986, Peter formed Hape Kindergarten Supply with his sister, Sabine, and their close friend, Renate Gies. This significantly increased Hape’s size. However, the partners knew that in order to be recognized outside of Germany, they would have to grow internationally. With his trademark vision and determination, Peter embarked on the next phase of Hape’s growth, strategically expanding the company country by country. In 1995, due to expansion of the business, he expanded to Ningbo, China, where he created an innovative factory embracing ecological, technological, and efficiency practices. Intrigued by the bamboo plants surrounding his new home, Peter encouraged his designers to experiment with this highly renewable resource. This led to an alliance with UNESCO and the first full line of bamboo toys in 2005. The Hape bamboo collection now holds its place along with Hape Eco-toys and Hape line to make up the total Hape brand.

Today, Hape Toys is a multifaceted, multinational company selling toys in over 50 countries. But Peter’s ideals extend far beyond creating safe, innovative products. A lifetime commitment to learning and education, led him to work with local communities educating their children by building schools and enhancing their lives by teaching them to use available resources. Social responsibility, education, ecology, and innovation are ingrained in Peter’s heritage, and are reflected in every aspect of the Hape business, past, present, and future.

 

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* We were sent these toys in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

 

50 Comments

  1. July 13, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    These look great, it is not going to be long before my granddaughter is walking, I need to get her the dog to pull around she will love it x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 13, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      How wonderful Samantha, she would totally love this, especially since its made from wood and not just plastic

  2. July 13, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Oh how absolutely adorable does this look! I love the pull along dog that is just so so cute!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 13, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Haha we had more fun than little Stanley pulling that around, Pepe is super cute!

  3. July 14, 2018 / 7:56 am

    The wooden train sets look so much nicer than the plastic ones,, how adorable the kids lok x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      We love wooden toys too Rhian, its more sturdy and long lasting

  4. July 14, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    What gorgeous little toys, I’m sure Olivia would love these – and Jack would probably have a lot of fun too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Yes absolutely, we had a lot of fun playing with these today x

  5. July 14, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    It’s so nice to see traditional wooden toys still being played with. Technology is great but real toys have far much more to teach children.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      And they last a lot longer as well and there is an organic feel to it

  6. July 14, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    The train set and pull along toy look so lovely. I can’t wait until the baby is old enough to play with them! 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Oh wonderful to hear that, glad your little ones like these Hape toys as well

  7. July 14, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Oh this takes me back a couple of years, my son would have loved it as he was train obsessed. It looks really well made 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Yes really nice built with quality material. This will last awhile.

  8. July 15, 2018 / 7:33 am

    I think the train set is really cool, a perfect toy with all the sound stimulation and fun looking track. I love the idea of it being battery operated.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Yes we found that little ones can either push the train set or use the battery powered engine to watch it move

  9. July 15, 2018 / 9:41 am

    We love HAPE toys, and wooden toys in general – they are the best!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 11:58 am

      So glad to hear that Eva, glad you like them

  10. July 15, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Both of mine loved wooden toys when they were younger and these look like lovely quality.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Yes fab quality and great handle as well. We loved it.

  11. July 16, 2018 / 6:34 am

    We love wooden toys although mine are growing out if then now. The train set looks lovely, love the addition of a crane

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 7:26 am

      We thought the crane was really unique too and with great built quality

  12. July 16, 2018 / 8:45 am

    This train set is the cutest! I had one when I was little and have kept it for my little ones! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      How wonderful that you have saved your childhood toys

  13. July 16, 2018 / 9:28 am

    My little boy loves these train sets. There’s also something about wooden toys , they’re not just romantically nostalgic I find kids are more drawn to them, maybe they taste better! 😊

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Hahaha yes they probably taste much better than plastic!

  14. July 16, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Oh, my gosh! Oscar would love this. He’s a big fan of trains, and wooden train sets are his fave. I may have to treat him to one 🙂

    Louise x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Great to hear tha Louise, glad to hear that

  15. July 16, 2018 / 10:23 am

    Wooden toys are the best so sturdy and look great! It’s making me feel nostalgic as my boys outgrew their one a long time ago x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Oh how wonderful they bring great memories to you Karen x

  16. July 16, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I love the story behind the brand and the toys look like they have been made to an excellent standard.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Yes we think their standard is really superb

  17. July 16, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Wooden toys are definitely the best! They have a retro feel to them and kids love playing with them!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Yes they certainly do Amy

  18. July 16, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Used to love pull along toys as a child. So nice to see wooden toys still available and going strong x

  19. July 16, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    These are lovely toys! I think train sets are such classic toys, timeless and would be perfect at most ages

  20. July 16, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    i love to see wooden toys coming back in to fashion, so much better than the plastic rubbish that’s around. plus your boy looks like he loves it!

  21. July 16, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Huge fan of Hape toys here! You cant go wrong with wooden toys and as far as Im concerned, all toy trains should be made of wood!

  22. July 17, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    When my kids were born I was convinced that they were only going to have wooden toys for a while, which of course didn’t last once other people started buying them gifts, but I still think wooden toys are absolutely wonderful.

  23. July 17, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    Love the modern take on the traditional wooden toy. I used to have a dog on wheels too – super cute and a must buy for sure x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Oh how lovely Melanie, nothing like a toy you remember for life

  24. July 17, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Wooden toys are so lovely for kids to play with, these sound great.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Yes we love wooden toys too Jenny

  25. bryanna skye
    July 17, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    ahhhh I love love LOVE these. it is so hard to find toys now that are free from plastic, so it is so refreshing and heartwarming to see wooden toys making a comeback! 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Glad you love these Brayanna

  26. July 18, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I’m a big fan of wooden toys and Haps as they make such great products for kids. This train looks ace, my toddler would love this – one of the Christmas list

    Laura x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Oh this would be fab as a Christmas present for sure Laura x

  27. Michelle Murray
    July 18, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    We love Hape toys. Love the idea of battery operated toys. never seen them by this brand before

  28. July 21, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Such wonderful toys. I recently became mum and now toy reviews excite me the most because I always look for new things to help my baby girl develop her sensory and visual skills. Brilliant review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 7:26 am

      Thank you for your comments Madeeha, so wonderful to hear your feedback

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