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Trick or TREAT! Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop Review

Trick or treat, trick or treat, give me something nice to eat!


I love Halloween, it’s so much fun. Pumpkins, spooky costumes, fireworks, I love it all. But my favourite thing about halloween is trick or treating. Why? Because I love sweets, and so do my children. Luckily in our village the response to ‘trick or treat’ is a big hand full of sweeties, when we went out last year my children came back with two full carrier bags each. Imagine the sugar rush we experienced that half term!

In all seriousness though, we all know too many sweeties are bad for your health (and your sanity, when your children are bouncing from the walls), so it’s usually a good idea to find something fun to do that doesn’t involve stuffing your face full of sugar. If you are looking for something sweet to keep the children entertained during the school break, this super sweet Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop from Learning Resources is just the thing to put the ‘treat’ in to trick or treat.

The Sweet Shop building set is a cog based construction set designed for children aged 4-8, encouraging creative thinking, fine motor skills, and teaching children about cause and effect. It looks pretty delicious, too!

The box comes filled with 28 plastic gears, along with 5 bases, a sticker sheet and a handful of yummy looking cupcakes, ice creams and lollypops. It’s all well packaged in little bags too, so you don’t have cogs falling all over the place when you open the box for the first time.

The cogs are so bright and colourful, very eye-catching and immediately appealing to the kids. They couldn’t wait to get in to the bags and start building. The first task was to make the cogs even more lovely looking by putting sweet stickers on. I let the kids do this themselves, as it is a good way to practice their hand eye coordination.

Once the sticker were in place, the kids began to build some wonderful creations. The set includes some instructions to build the ultimate sweet shop, so we started out with that. Once they had the idea of how it worked, they started using their imaginations to build their own.

To play, you simply place the cogs on the base plates, place the turning gear in to one of the cogs and give it a twirl. If everything is placed correctly all of the cogs should turn creating a beautiful swirling motion. It teaches children about cause and effect, if I place this cog here next to another cog, they will both spin when I turn the gear. It was great to watch the kids give it a go, and see them thinking about where to place the cogs and how moving them around could change the way it worked.

I have to say, once you have built something and start turning the cogs, the combinations of bright colours spinning is pretty mesmerising!

The Sweet Shop Building Set is great for children to play with together. My two spent a couple of hours with it, and it was great to see them working together to problem solve and get all of the gears moving. Another great thing about the set is that the cupcakes and ice creams can be used to role playing games too, and Caitlin enjoyed playing some trick or treat role-play with them.

The toy is something a bit different from toys I would usually buy for my children, and so far it has been a big hit. The kids both love construction toys, but sometimes they are often fiddly and they can be a bit of a struggle for Neil as he struggles with fine motor. The cogs on the Gears! sets are larger and easier to handle for him, while still helping him improve his fine motor skills. Their size makes them easy to put away at the end of play too!
The kids loved playing with the Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop Building Set, and they were pretty chuffed with some of their creations, as I’m sure you can see from the picture above! We’ve had hours of play out of it already. I think what the kids loved the most is being able to to take it all apart and build something new, it has so many combinations and possibilities.
If you would like to purchase your own Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop, you can do so at Learning Resources for £39.54, and you can get 20% off everything with code TREAT15 until the 4th of November.
As a special Halloween treat, the lovely people at Learning Resources are offering one of my lucky readers a Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop of their own. To win, simply enter below. Good Luck!
We were sent a Sweet Shop Building Set free of charge for the purpose of this review, however as always, all opinions remain my own.
 

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101 Comments

  • Reply mummy24 October 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Toffee apples!

    Ashleigh

  • Reply Tracy K Nixon October 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Haribo Halloween specials!

  • Reply amy fidler October 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    popping candy chocolate eyeballs

  • Reply Kim Carberry October 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Any sort of Haribo! Yum! 😀

  • Reply Jessica Powell October 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This looks like so much fun! My fave Halloween treat is those gummy insects with goo inside. 😀

  • Reply Jesswoods1992 October 27, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Toffee apples x

  • Reply magical October 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Toffee apples x

  • Reply Judith Luscombe October 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Toffee apples

  • Reply julie eley October 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I love a good jelly wiggly worm

  • Reply Catherine McAlinden October 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Chocolate eyeballs!

  • Reply Angie McDonald October 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I love Cadbury Screme-Eggs!

  • Reply sarah Mackay October 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Whizz bars

  • Reply peter campbell October 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Drumstick lollies

  • Reply mata777 October 27, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    haribos

  • Reply samantha loughlin October 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Halloween haribos

  • Reply ProductReview's2014 October 28, 2015 at 1:01 am

    toffee apples love them

  • Reply joanie October 28, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Mini bags of malteasers

  • Reply Ruth Harwood October 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Scream Eggs 🙂

  • Reply michaelaeloise October 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Toffee apples

  • Reply Liam Bishop October 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I like the Haribo fried eggs 🙂

  • Reply JON SELLERS October 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Treacle Toffee

  • Reply Aaron Broad October 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Nerds are the best if you can find them

  • Reply elliebearbabi October 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Favourite halloween sweet has to be pumpkin spice m&m's!

  • Reply Jade H October 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Toffee apples

  • Reply Chantelle Binge October 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    TOFFEE APPLES!

  • Reply Mummy Fever October 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Choc orange pumpkins

  • Reply Libby Noack October 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Toffee Apples and Gooey Marshmellows x

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    Toffee apples

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    toffee apples

  • Reply clairew137 October 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Scream Eggs

  • Reply clairew137 October 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Scream Eggs

  • Reply Louise Fairweather October 31, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    What a fantastic set! My favourite halloween sweets are drumsticks

  • Reply daisybeebee November 1, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Toffee apples.

  • Reply claire griffiths November 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    scream eggs

  • Reply Irene Gilmour November 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    toffee apples

  • Reply Jo Hutchinson November 2, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Dracula foam teeth.

  • Reply Dani Graves November 2, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    i love candy corn its expensive to buy over here in the uk though

  • Reply Rebecca Phillips November 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

    toffee apples!

  • Reply Lizzy Cooper November 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Pumpkin muffins 😀

  • Reply Michelle Cheeseman November 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Toffee Apples : )

  • Reply kimberley ryan November 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Harribos, love them 🙂

  • Reply gemma brown November 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    parma violets

  • Reply Cheryl Kean November 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

    refresher chews x

  • Reply Ray Becker November 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love hearts

  • Reply kim neville November 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Fizzy Haribos

  • Reply Rebecca Smith November 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Ooo I love chocolate covered apples with sprinkles

  • Reply Christine Caple November 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Toffee apples

  • Reply Leanne Lunn November 8, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Sticky toffee apples

  • Reply nuala rees November 8, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Toffee Apples yummy x

  • Reply Brenda Wilkes November 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Just discovered Cadburys Scream Eggs – can’t get enough of them!

  • Reply Katie Walker November 8, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I like a cinder toffee

  • Reply Monica Gilbert November 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins. I don’t think they’re available in the UK, but they’re amazing.

  • Reply Michelle O'Neill November 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Halloween haribos

  • Reply Moany Mike November 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Dark chocolate treats

  • Reply Ema J Lowe November 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    chocolate covered apples with sprinkles on too.

  • Reply Stephs Two Girls November 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I love chocolate buttons – kids ones!

  • Reply Nicky Johnson November 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I love Treacle Toffee and I love the Malteeser reindeer at Christmas and they bring out the bunny at Easter – what about different themes all year round!

    Love the look of Gears, Gears, Gears Sweet Shop for my 2 gorgeous girls

  • Reply Jemma dwyer November 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    toffee apple 😀 x

  • Reply Sheri Darby November 9, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Mini Crunchies or big ones

  • Reply Val Pownall November 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Home made treacle toffee

  • Reply Emma Fox November 10, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Fizzy cola bottles

  • Reply elaine stokes November 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I love candy cones, they are from usa and look like traffic cones

  • Reply Gemma Cook November 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Toffee apples.

    Our little girl and I made some and they were delicious xxx

  • Reply Samantha Atherton November 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Ginger bread

  • Reply Becky Yeomans November 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Toffee Apples! 🙂

  • Reply Jenny Brady November 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Fruit Salad sweets!

  • Reply Chris Michael November 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Toffee Apples

  • Reply caroline walliss November 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I love Scream Eggs.x

  • Reply Jackie ONeill November 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    chocolate eyeballs

  • Reply Jo Jones November 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Haribo Halloween Special sweets

  • Reply Andrew Hindley November 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Treaxle Toffee

  • Reply Patricia Avery November 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Toffee Apples. Yummy!

  • Reply christine shelley November 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Toffee Apples

  • Reply Emily Knight November 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Has to be toasted marshmallows – so good!

  • Reply Steve Williams November 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Old fashioned sherbet lemon.

  • Reply Donna Clinton November 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Toffee Apples

  • Reply jamie millard November 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    toffee apple

  • Reply EMMA WALTERS November 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    cadburys scream eggs 🙂

  • Reply Eleanor Powell November 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Toffee apples

  • Reply lynn mitchell November 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    toffee apples yummy

  • Reply Barbara Handley November 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Humbugs!

  • Reply laura banks November 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    treacle toffee

  • Reply Lisa Evans November 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Treacle toffee

  • Reply Nicola Tayler November 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Mini mars bars 🙂

  • Reply Diana November 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Toffee apples! 🙂

  • Reply Victoria Prince November 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love Smarties Pumpkins!

  • Reply Lynsey Buchanan November 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Candy Apples

  • Reply Jo m welsh November 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Toffee apples

  • Reply Corinne Henson November 10, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Flying saucers 🙂

  • Reply olivia Kirby November 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Any chocolate and also pumpkin cupcakes

  • Reply Holly Boyd November 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Anything chocolatey. Although this year we gave away non sweet treats and gave small colouring books with pencils.

  • Reply Sarah Robinson November 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Doughnuts (Tied on string, No hands) Lots of fun!

  • Reply Anthony Harrington November 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    this year we had Quality Street

  • Reply Emma November 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Cinder toffee

  • Reply Alison Joyce November 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Toffees

  • Reply jodie harvey November 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    toffee apples

  • Reply Zoe November 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Scream Eggs

  • Reply Adam Berger November 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Cadbury screme eggs

  • Reply Robyn Clarke November 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Sweet Hearts

  • Reply Kirsty Ward November 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Sour Lollies!

  • Reply Natalie Crossan November 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    toffee apples xx

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