Dylan is BIG into his noisy toys! The noisier, the better for him and if the noises are silly, then that’s a big bonus. So we delighted to have the opportunity to review a Crate Creature with him, it’s nice seeing a toy and thinking YES my autistic child which is hard to shop for, is totally going to LOVE it!
Now our Crate Creature – Sizzle has been on a right adventure with us so far! It arrived while we were on holiday, so he took a trip to the post office where he waited for us to pick him up, which we did a week later only to then break down in the car on the way home. Queue us trying to keep Dylan and Charlotte entertained during our breakdown recovery wait. So I had chuck out all plans of presenting this exciting toy to them at home and instead give it to them to play with by the side of the road.
So that was the start of Dylan’s and Sizzle’s adventure together, he was just sat there in his crate with Dylan pulling his tongue to set off the noises and vibration (amazing sensory sensation for someone like Dylan who likes that kind of stimulation) waiting to be released from his cage.
By the time we got back home from the car being recovered, Sizzle was put on the side ready to be snipped open for us to get into, only then we were off on our travels again before that could happen! We then got back to then have to go off again, but this time around we popped the Crate Creature into our luggage, so Dylan could play with him once we arrived so we could begin our actual review of him. We chuckled when we thought about the airport security x-raying him and most likely hearing the creatures noises and vibrations go off; I told you he had been on a right adventure!
Come this point I had 3 children who were eager to get Sizzle out of his crate, I took off the protected surrounding the lock and chain which I think it an adorable detail which adds to the ‘locked in the crate’ aspect to the creature, and let Dylan pull it off in his own time. I then showed him that we use the crowbar to open the crate to release his new beasty friend.
Inside the create along with sizzle the creature was a marshmallow stick to feed him with, which when placed in Sizzle’s mouth unlocks chomping sounds – this aspect had our 4-year-old Charlotte in fits of giggles, especially when he burped and farted!
Sensory is a big part to Dylan’s play, he stroked the creatures hairy beard and his soft back, he stimmed in excitement when Sizzle vibrated, and he repeatedly enjoyed pulling his tongue to hear one of his 45+ sounds. The play aspects don’t stop there though, the creatures (there are 4 different ones) come with a motion sensor which reacts when they’re knocked down, put upside down or is just simply laying down. There is also the option to record your voice with the creature playing it back in a monster voice; our 9-year-old has since adopted Sizzle as a room guard with it saying ‘stay out of my room’.
So it’s not just one of those toys which makes noises, it does so much more than that, and to us it’s worth it’s RRP £39.99 price tag, it comes with batteries included so no disappointed face on your child when they realise they’ll have to wait until you next go to the shop to grab batteries, tell me I’m not the only one that’s happened to?
As soon as we’re back in the world of wifi, we will be adding a video of our Crate Creature in action to our review so you can see for yourself just how much fun Sizzle was for the children! In the meantime, I think Dylan’s smile and laugh says it all, and for us, that is exactly what we look for in a toy.
Available from Smyths and all other good toy retailers.