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For my daughters 1st birthday, her Granddad got her a Disney princess ride on car from Asda for around £15. The one we have is slightly different to the photo, we have a purple and pink version with a few more functions than the one photographed here.
WHAT IT DOES
The ride-on car is designed for children to learn to pull themselves along with their legs to move backwards and forwards on it. It has a safety bracket at the back underneath to shop children falling off it backwards and hurting themselves. It has 4 wheels which the front can be steered left and right with the steering wheel on the top of the car. It has a horn which beeps (electronically) when pressed, a "gear stick" which when you move up or down plays music, a pretend light on the side, and next to the gear stick is a disc in the middle which spins when moving a little switch back and forth which also plays music. When moving the switch there are two lights either side of the disc which light up as "indicators" which is a lovely touch for the car. It has nob which is shaped like a key put into the ignition which when turned also plays music. On the front of the car is a phone which detaches and can be played with separate to the car. It is just a plastic phone with no buttons or stickers on, just shaped like a telephone receiver.
My daughter likes to pretend she is ringing her friends then jumps on the car to go visit them. There is some different activities which don't involve the electronics like the cogs on the front which turn together just for fun, and some bits on the sides for turning and sliding.
The seat lifts up which reveals a little storage area for all their little trinkets and things they want to take on their journey around the room. My daughter hides everything in her car. We have found wallets, keys, money, remote controls (as featured in the headline) and lots more things we've searched high and low for. The car needs no constructing except the backrest/ handle at the back which just pushes in.
We haven't changed the battery on this car since she got it a year and a half ago and they are still going strong. It gets used almost everyday and am shocked at the longevity of the battery life!.
It plays music electronically hence the need for batteries. It plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the middle disc section plays a bedtime lullaby.
At current (december 2011) it is on the Asda website for £15 as half price from £30.
WHO TO AND WHY RECOMMEND?
I would recommend this ride on car to anyone with a girl over the age of 1. If their balance isn't too brilliant, they might not be able to sit unaided. For the price it is definitely worth the money. It gets your children's imaginations running when they get older as my daughter is 2.5years tells me she is going off to the park and to the shops. She also puts her teddy bears on her lap and rides along which is fun to watch. Anyone who wants to purchase this car should do so with the intention to use it indoors or outside on slabbed paving. It doesn't work well on grass or on gravel.
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For my youngest daughters first birthday we bought her the My First Disney Princess activity ride on as one of her gifts. The car we have is slightly different to the one picture above in that it has more activities and is coloured slightly differently.
As she is the youngest of four we have so many toys it is harder and harder to find something new. We have a lot of ride on cars but some are way past their best and most are quad bikes and motorbikes so I thought something a bit more girly might be nice.
I didn't chose this toy or go actively looking for a girls ride on but one day while looking through the toys on the Asda Direct website www.asda.com I came across the Disney Princess ride on priced at just £10. I had seen this elsewhere priced at around £30 and immediately dismissed them because there are cheaper ride ons available. The £10 price was only available online and at that time the same Princess Ride on was £15 in Asda stores. Currently (Nov 11) the Disney Princess Ride on is priced at £19.99 from TJ Hughes and £26.98 from Amazon postage is extra from both websites.
The ride on car comes in an open topped box and is supplied with the batteries required. The car is made of hard pink and lilac plastic and comes already assembled apart from the handle that also acts as a back support. The front of the car has various activities including an ignition key that cannot be removed but turns and various other movable pieces including one that activates the music. There is a telephone handset but this is not attached by a cord or elastic and we spend a lot of time searching for this. The seat of the car lifts up and things can be stored inside.
My daughter didn't think much of this toy at first and almost completely ignored it until she was around nineteen months old. Now that she is big enough and has the coordination to control the car we can hardly get her of it. She prefers to ride her car in the kitchen on the tiled floor and will scoot from one end of the room to the other. She enjoys the music very much but I don't think it plays very many different melodies as it always sounds the same to me! My daughter likes to keep things under the seat and we often find things that we have spent ages looking for in there.
The manufacturers recommended age is from one year but this depends on the stage in your Childs development. I would say that once a child reaches 18 months they should be able to manoeuvre the car well enough.
For £10 I cannot fault the Princess car it is nice to look at well built and keeps my daughter occupied for long stretches even if she does insist on ramming it into the back of my legs while I am cooking or washing up. If anything the only complaint I have is that there is no cord on the telephone and apart from the music my daughter has very little interest in the other items on the car.
I would recommend this as a great first car for your little princess.
For my daughter's birthday she was inundated with toys and other gifts which have now taken up a considerable amount of room in our living room and her bedroom! Some will be suitable for her in around 6 months time and others have been instantly played with! Due to my daughter being so petite some toys which are for her age range tend to be a bit too big and she has to grow into them which is a shame especially as they sit unopened in her bedroom.
One toy which she received and is the ideal size for is the Disney Princess Ride On. My aunt is a huge Disney fan and as soon as she saw the Ride On she thought it would be perfect for my daughter. The Disney Princess Ride On is made by Disney and is available at various stores and is readily available online such as Tesco Direct and Amazon not to mention numerous toy shops so it isn't a toy that is hard to get hold of.
The Ride On comes in a fairly large box but is fully made so you won't have to unpack it and spend hours assembling it which with a DIY-phobe partner like mine this was a god send! All you have to do is lift it out of its box and it is ready to play with or ride on! One thing it doesn't come with is instructions which lets face it, it is pretty simple to use. The only thing that it does have is a leaflet regarding health and safety warnings which is a pretty standard thing. There is no packaging to protect the Ride On so it would be best to check the toy if buying in store just in case there are any marks.
The Ride On itself looks exactly the same as the picture it is made of a tough plastic type material and is a variety of pink and purple shades which is bright and obviously appealing to little girls. The Ride On's seat can actually open up into a little compartment which is quite sweet and it isn't too hard for a toddler to open either. There is the back rest which is pink and plastic and really the only job it does is to support the child as it certainly isn't comfortable! The wheels are already on the Ride On as is the steering wheel.
As for components the steering wheel features a yellow button in the middle and if pressed it makes a sound of a car horn and the car horn sounds to change so it isn't always the same sound. At the front you have a sticker with the Disney Princesses on and a little plastic slide which when moved focuses on the face of a Princess. Some simple but my daughter likes sliding it along the pictures of the Princesses. At the side of the front of the Ride On are two plastic features; one is plastic with ridges and when you move the switch over it, it makes a noise and the other is [ ].
The dash board of the Ride On is probably the most exciting part of the toy itself as it has flashing lights which light up when the easy to press button in the steering wheel is pressed. There are also little levers/gears which when pushed up or down there are a small range of melodies which start playing. The melodies actually play quite loudly and there doesn't seem to be a volume switch. There is a lack of variety which is a shame as they do start becoming a bit repetitive and slightly annoying!
Despite my daughter's petite size she can at the grand age of 13 months reach the floor once sat on the Ride On and she has figured after a few weeks of going backwards how to move forwards. Obviously at her age she is yet to learn how to use the steering wheel so we have a lot of banging into either the wall or table but she has got the hang of it. The seat which opens up as a small compartment is very rarely used for anything as she doesn't need to carry anything around with her but it will be nice once she is older and understands somewhat as to how to use it.
Like most children her age she is fascinated with the flashing lights that come on and the tunes that play and it certainly keeps her entertained and whilst it will be a while until she figures out how to steer the fact that she can push herself along and press the buttons and levers is worth the irritating melodies that sound out of it! Because it is made of a hard plastic type material it is also quite resistant to knocks and bangs and it also cleans up well especially if your child is anything like mine and manages to get toys filthy!
No doubt this will be used by my daughter for at least another year or so which I think is great as it really is a sweet little toy and although its functions are fairly limited once she gets the hang of steering and being able to put things in the compartment then I'm sure she will get a lot more use out of it. A very worthy birthday present and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to buy a gift for a little girl from the age of 1 upwards as they won't grow out of it too quickly.
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