Product Type: Scuttlebug baby toys
Newest Review: ... assistance from an adult. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? You can buy them in three different colours. Red/black, yellow/black and blue/green. ... more
Great scuttling fun for toddlers.
Bug Red Scuttlebug
Member Name: mcfcdave12
Bug Red Scuttlebug
Advantages: Easily transportable, not overly expensive, my son loves it.
Disadvantages: Light enough for a child to pick up themselves.
My mum can't walk out of a toy shop without buying her grandson a new present. For weeks she kept on telling me she was going to get a scuttle bug to have at her house so my son and my niece could play on it. After a while she finally got around to buying one.
I didn't know she had bought one and when I took my son around to visit he kept on saying "go on motorbike". I had no idea just what motorbike my parents had been letting him play on. It turned out this is what he calls the scuttle bug. Believe me it isn't anything like a motorbike but I'll let him off, he's only twenty months old. At least he has a good imagination.
WHAT IS A SCUTTLEBUG?
The only way I can describe a scuttle bug is to say it resembles a tricycle without any pedals.
The child sits on the seat and pushes the scuttle bug along with their feet, or in my sons case he stands over the seat lifts the scuttle bug up and walks with it. He'll learn sooner or later.
It can be steered by the child and the wheels are designed to allow for outdoor and indoor play.
The scuttle bug is aimed at any children over the age of one year old. It can probably be used by most children that are just beginning to find their feet although children of a younger age might just need that little bit of assistance from an adult.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
You can buy them in three different colours. Red/black, yellow/black and blue/green. My son has the red/black.
Like I said earlier it looks like a trike. It has thin legs for the wheels and handlebars and doesn't look especially strong but looks can be deceptive. On the front there is two eyes and a mouth with a tongue sticking out and the seat is about a foot long and is red with black dots to make it look like a ladybird.
The wheels are red and are quite narrow again adding to the feeling that the scuttle bug isn't exactly sturdy enough to withstand a battering from a young child.
I don't know where my parents bought the scuttle bug from but my mum told me it cost £22.99. In my opinion quite cheap. This is a toy that your child will get your moneys worth from.
This seems to be around the average price for scuttle bugs.
What impressed me most is when I first seen the scuttle bug. My son was shouting for his motorbike my mum said the scuttle bug was under a chair in the dining room. I couldn't see it. She got it out and handed it to me.
It certainly wasn't what I expected. It was folded up. The wheel legs all fold in under the seat. The legs pulled down and clicked into to place. When you want to fold the legs back up there are special levers that make it child safe.
Another feature of the scuttle bug is the weight. It hardly weighed anything at all and when folded was quite small. If you had to carry it anywhere it wouldn't be too much of a burden. Wouldn't take up too much room in the boot of your car and could possibly fit in a rucksack. It's ideal for a day at the park.
Although the scuttle bug is lightweight is feels quite sturdy. Certainly sturdy enough for children from one to three years. My niece is currently two years and five months and she flies around my mums living room.
It can be used both indoors and outdoors because of the design of the wheels. They are really smooth and even very quiet when being used on laminate flooring and doesn't seem to leave marks.. Although I would add that extended use outdoors would probably rough the wheels up a bit. Maybe after a while it would be an idea to keep if off your laminate.
Although I have just included the fact is weighs very little in the best features it can also be a hindrance. It is even very easy for a child to pick up. My son sometimes walks around with it and throws it rather than just placing it on the floor. It hasn't damaged the scuttle bug as yet but I fear for my mums furniture.
It also doesn't seem to steer very well with my son and niece preferring to shuffle the scuttle bug around rather than steer it. The turning circle is rather large and you would need a big space in order to fully turn it around using the handlebars.
Having no idea what a scuttle bug was before I seen it I have to say I'm impressed. I always like the most simple ideas.
The fact that it is easily transportable and easy to use earn it a lot of points in my book.
My son loves it, for how long, time will tell but he always goes looking for it when he gets to his grandparents house. He sits on the seat pretending to be revving a motorbike.
It really is a good value toy for the money when I consider some of the other toys my son has that cost far more money than the scuttle bug did. We already have a tricycle and the only thing I worry about is that when it comes to use the tricycle we will struggle to get him to use the pedals after so much time scuttling. It will hopefully give him confidence in the future when it comes to using tricycles and bicycles.
If you know any toddlers that have a birthday coming up or you just fancy buying a present for one then definitely think about checking out the scuttle bug, I'm sure any child would appreciate one.
Summary: Well worth the money, good fun for small children.
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