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Our daughter started standing on her own at 7 months and by 9 months she was almost running so we thought we'd buy this for her first birthday so she could take her bricks between rooms. She's had it around 8 months now so time to share her adventures!
~~ The Toddle Truck ~~
The toddle truck is made from wood, has 4 wheels and a handle which is nice and basic. The wheels have green grippers on the bottom to stop it from going too fast for them and enables them to hold on when learning to walk too. There's a space inside the toddle truck for the bricks that are included with it which is handy for storage too. It's advertised as 12months+ but my daughter did use it at around 8 months at a friends house and had a blast.
~~ What to do with it ~~
Lots of people are using the toddle truck as a walking aid when their kids are learning to walk but we like to use it as a way of transporting things around the house. We've used it for a variety of activities and find it ever so nice to watch her moving the paints to the kitchen at art time, the bricks to the living room for building castles with and using it to tidy her toys up at the end of the day. We've recently lost their dolls buggy after she decided sitting in it would be a good idea and it caved so the newest use is for moving the dolls around the house and letting her dolls sleep in it. It looks like a simple walker but it's great for their little imaginations!
~~ Eep! ~~
There is one problem we've found with it though in that it's extremely noisy to roll on a wooden floor. The green grippers do their jobs so it doesn't run way with her but you stand no chance of watching the tv with this in the room! You do need to watch the little ones when playing with this too as we've discovered! She once tried to crawl through the gap between the handles and found herself a little bit stuck when it tipped up on her and she couldn't get back out. It's been a one off occurance but it just goes to show even the simplest of toys have their dangers.
~~ Overall ~~
Overall, it's a lovely traditional toy that will keep them occupied for hours. The bricks that come with it are handy but by no means the only thing you can do with it. It is far noisier than we imagined but the fun far outweighs that.
The Toddle Truck came into our household via my friend who purchased it for my son's first birthday two years back. It's still taking up valuable space in our dining room as we speak.
**What's it all About?**
The Toddle Truck is basically a baby walker which holds bricks. It's made from good solid brightly painted wood which can do a fair bit of damage when rammed into furniture/white goods/the walls/my shins/over my toes when wearing flip flops. But that said, it's a sturdy old boy and my son has pushed it around for two years now. It has a nice chunky horizontal handle to grip onto, ideal for little grubby hands. The wheels have a rubbery bumpy grip meaning that if your child were to use it on a tiled or laminated floor, they wouldn't go skidding around like Jane Torville. Contained within is a set of brightly coloured wooden bricks shaped as rectangles, squares, semi circles, triangles and arches. They fit into the truck snuggly tesselating in a variety of ways. It goes without saying that there is hours of fun to be had building with the bricks- making a variety of towers and knocking them over gleefully. The Truck retails at around £25 which is a good price for it's multiple uses.
**What do I love?**
Well, it's a good robust toy which has lasted my son for a couple of years and he's certainly not ready to part with it yet! Although I've never been mad keen on the idea of baby walkers- this is a relatively simple one which doesn't do much to encourage your child to rely on it as a walking aide. I'm happy enough for him to trundle along pushing it around as he does his little shopping trolley (despite damages along the way!). He can excercise both his gross and fine motor skills, switching between pushing and pulling- to playing with the bricks in a variety of ways. I have always really loved wooden toys- they are so much more aesthetically pleasing than garish plastic items and have a nostalgic appeal. So despite the fact that it does take up quite a chunk of space, it's an attractive item! Every child that has entered my house has played with this- it certainly has appeal!
**What do I Moan About?**
All sorts. But in the case of the toy in question -a couple of things. The bricks' pattern has worn and the colour faded a fair bit- but well, general wear and tear I guess. The other annoyance is that it makes an almighty row when your little one throws the bricks into it with some force- so if you're easily startled beware!
**Should you Own One?**
Yes- if you have the space in your home and have a child that enjoys playing with anything at all- they will love this!
Toddle Trucks - or Brick Truck as ours is known - is a traditional L shaped frame used to encourage a toddler to walk from about a year old. It was not something I thought of buying as Little Man was showing no interest in walking, and due to his other disabilities it just wasn't on our radar. When Little Man was about 18 months old his lovely Physiotherapist tried to try to get little man walking with a toddle truck as all the walking frames available were too big for him - to be honest it was not long after he had his spinal surgery so at first he had very little interest in it, but eventually she managed to get him to take a few faltering steps. I decided to get one to have at home so I could encourage him to try to walk at home.
Having looked at several toddle trucks I decided on the ELC one. AT £25 it was almost twice the price of some of the ones we looked at, but it was definitely twice as sturdy. The frame is made of thick robust wood which is painted red at the sides and blue at the front, and comes with a red non slip handle and chunky wooden wheels which are covered in small bumps - an all terrain model!! It comes with 15 bricks, and as Little Man is brick mad this was an added bonus.
Little Man loves his brick truck - He loved to play with the bricks inside it, and to crawl around pushing it, use it as a toy transporter, but as a walking aid not so much!! Luckily he turned 2 and grew into a teeny walking frame so I wasn't so worried about that. He had fun playing with it as a toy and that was the most important thing. However, a few weeks before Christmas out of the blue he pulled out brick truck, stumbled to his feet and used it to walk across the living room!! I was so gobsmacked I had to go wake his Dad to come and see! Little man tends to crawl when at home as his walking frame is too wide to manoeuvre easily around our little house (our next move is to get him on teeny crutches - definitely a challenge!) and it was like he realised that this was narrower and easier to get through doors. I have had to get used to it making little dents in the paintwork and my ankles, but I can't blame brick truck - just the boisterous driver! And I wouldn't have it any other way!!
So I would really recommend the ELC Toddle Truck for any budding walker - it is recommended from age one, and Little Man is coming up 2 and a half and it has never tipped or fallen on him so could definitely safely support a littler one as intended. I think once your little one starts sofa surfing with ease it then they may be read to try the toddle truck. The truck is 17 inches high, and just over 10 inches wide so doesn't take up too much room, and ours still looks new a year on despite several knocks - the door frames suffered more than the toy did. Although it was pricier than similar models I would say it is value for money, and once little man has grown too tall for this then it definitely has enough wear left to be passed on to another little one - hence it may be worth looking out at the boot sales for a bargain used one.
Available from ELC, Mothercare and ELC.co.uk for £25 - also available in pink
At the age of 9 months my little boy was starting to pull himself up on anything he could reach although he was not yet starting to take steps. Eager to encourage him to learn to walk, I looked around for some kind of toddle truck for him. At about the same time he had begun to take a real interest in three plastic cubes that came with a different toy so when I found out the Early Learning Centre Toddle Truck had bricks inside it I went out and bought it.
~~~ Product Description ~~~
The handle for the Toddle Truck is about 45cm from the ground so is the perfect height for little people. The truck contains 28 bricks which are plain and patterned in four different colours - green, blue, orange and red.
The bricks you get in the truck are as follows:
8 small rectangles
2 large rectangles
2 arches (the same shape as the large rectangle but with a semi-circle missing)
2 semi-circles (which fit inside the arch shapes)
The wheels of the truck are wooden with a knobbly green rubber tread to them. When the truck is pushed over hard, flat ground (for example the laminate floor in our living room) the truck makes a nice rattly kind of noise which my son loves. Sometimes he stands holding onto the sofa and pushes the truck backwards and forwards just to hear the noise.
You have to assemble this toddle truck yourself. Well, I got my husband to do it actually. According to him it was not at all complicated and only took a few minutes (although he probably wouldn't admit to finding it tricky to put a child's toy together). The body of the truck is pre-assembled, you just have to put the handle and the wheels on it so I reckon I probably could have managed it myself.
~~~ Quality and Safety ~~~
The truck feels very solid and well put together. The horizontal part of the handle does spin around unless you tighten the screws at either end frequently. However my son does not appear to have any problem when the handle is loose, he is still able to toddle along whilst holding onto it.
There do not appear to be any loose small parts which could present a choking hazard.
~~~ Age Recommendation ~~~
The recommended age for this toy is 1 to 2 years however I had no problem with giving it to my son from 9 months as he was ready to start walking at that age. Having said that, he was a bit young to play with the bricks in the truck properly although he did get a lot of enjoyment out of taking them out and carrying them around with him.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
I was a little disappointed by the bricks that come in this truck. They are only 2.4cm deep so the square shaped ones are not actually cubes but instead are flat squares. This means that they are not so good for using as building blocks as being so narrow anything you build is quite unstable and I doubt that a young child would be able to stack these very easily. I was also a bit disappointed by the selection of shapes and sizes of the bricks as the majority are squares.
When I first gave my son this toy I kept a very close eye on him as he would try to pull himself up while holding onto it and I was worried he might tip it over. However, the handle for the truck is attached about a third of the way along the body which makes it quite stable and so he never actually managed to tip it over.
The wheels of the truck spin freely which means that it does roll quite quickly, especially over hard floors. When my son was not very competent at taking steps I frequently found that he was hanging on to the truck with it at arms length whilst he struggled to catch it back up again.
I think that this toddle truck has definitely helped my son to learn to walk. I have taken him out in our back garden and to the park with it and let him loose on the grass which he loves because he can walk around more independently rather than just going backwards and forwards in our small living room. Also the truck does not move so quickly over grass so he is better able to keep up with it.
Now that my son is a couple of months older he just uses the truck to help him balance and is able to move scarily fast whilst holding on to it. He has just started to take a few steps on his own and if I place the toddle truck a few steps away from the sofa where he is standing he will walk to the truck and then he's off. I suspect that we will get a lot more use out of this toddle truck over the coming year.
~~~ Pricing and Availability ~~~
I purchased this Toddle Truck from the Early Learning Centre for £22 however it seems to have gone up in price over the last few months and is now £25 from www.elc.co.uk.
I got my little girl the 'Toddle Truck' from ELC when she was nearly a year old. She had shown signs of walking from abot 9 months, bt actally didn;t start walking til she was 16 months old. So I really needed things to encorage walking rather than coasting arond the place. This iten really fitted in with the look of things I loved, rather than the ghastly mass of plastic toot I now seem to have littered arond the place.
It comes flat packed, and is very easy to pop together with ascrew driver. It has a selection of different colored shapes and bricks that fit in the trolley section of the Toddle Truck. From day 1 it was a massive hit. Was smashing into every skirting board in the ho*se at a million miles per ho*r and constrction started with the bricks all over the place. They are all different shapes and colors and went a long way to teaching colors and shapes. Motor skills also came on leaps and bo*nds with laying the shapes to fit neatly in the tray at the bottom. Pain the the rear to me having to tidy all the bricks away at night.
So, thoght we had a real bargain loved toy on the go. This soon changed. The screws that hold the handle started to come lose all the time. Simple enogh to fix, jst tighten with a screw driver. It was tiresome after having to do this daily, if not twice a day. Then, something really really got my goat. I went into the sitting room, and coght my little lady DRAWING on the walls with the bricks!! They literally acted like pencils. Bright red, yellow and green scribbles all over the place. Don't come off emltion paint with anything. Tried Cif cream etc. It ended with a re-paint. Not a happy mother. Sticking to ghasly plastic toys that don't act as pencils.
Early Learning Centre Toddle Truck With Bricks.........
This was one of Jack's Christmas presents from last year and it is one toy that is always wheeled out by him and one that I have to wheel away!!!
I know that my friend bought it for Jack from the Early Learning Centre and paid £20 for it and that price I feel is a good one because you are getting two very good toys in one really. The toddle truck is said to be from the age of 1 which was a little over what Jack was last Christmas but he has played with it from day one without any problems.
The Toddle truck is designed for children who are just finding their feet and the truck is able to give them something to hold on to while trying out the art of walking. The truck is made of wood and when bought does need a slight bit of assembling but I found this a doddle (or should that be toddle?). The four wooden wheels have a brilliant brightly coloured rubber grip as tread which really works well at holding the truck firm to the floor.
Jack does love the bricks that are held inside the little truck though and he is now getting rather good at building a big tower. There are 28 bricks of different colours and shapes which of course can be used to build so many different things and he thinks they are great. The colourings on the bricks have been able to withstand being put in the mouth, thrown about and general rough handling so they are truly built to last.
The truck itself has gotten a little rickety but this was easily solved with tightening up the bolts that hold the wheels in place. However I would of said that the rickety wheels would have been because Jack at one point loved emptying all the bricks out from the truck and sitting in the tray bit. He is not the lightest of children but the truck held his weight well and we even indulged him a little by pushing him up and down the hallway!
All in all I think that this Early learning Centre Toddle Truck is a great but for a young child. It is a reasonable price for the two toys in one and I do believe that both the truck and the bricks are built to last. The wood that they bricks and truck are made from seems a good quality as does the pain which is used with the bricks as this doesn't budge from the brick at all. A lot of fun can be had when getting this toy and therefore it truly deserves a 5 star rating and a HIGH RECOMMENDATION!
I would think this would make a lovely present for someone for Christmas and what's good it that it can be bought for either a boy or a girl and whoever were to get it would both enjoy playing with it. I hope this has been of some help and/or interest to you. Thanks for reading.
My son has just received this for his First Birthday and he loves it.
When you first take it out of the box you do need to spend a few minutes putting together the handle bar and the wheels on it, but this only took me around 10 minutes (and im not the best with flat packs).
Once its ready to go it is a very stirdy walker, I really like the wheels as they do have grips on unlike many baby walker that can run away with you or slide. The truck has a good weight to it and my little boy being quite big for his age can still use this to pull himself up to standing.
He was straight up and away as soon as we gave him this gift with a huge smile he loves it.
We now spends ages building towers from the blocks and him knocking them over. He loves the different shapes and coloured blocks.
The truck cost us £19.99 from ELC but we had a 20% off voucher (of which there are a lot around at the moment).
I would definateley say this is a winning toy.
Get your toddler moving with this classic push-along walker. Equipped with secure non-slip wheels for extra confidence. Contains 28 colourful bricks in different shapes to build, load, push around and tip out.