Product Type: ELC baby toys
Newest Review: ... 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+ b... more
Toddle, Build and Smash into the Walls!
ELC Toddle Truck
Member Name: Flowerpotted
ELC Toddle Truck
Advantages: A fantastic fun toy that helps your child to develop motor skills.
Disadvantages: You may end up with broken toes!
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!
Summary: A wonderful toy which is withstanding the test of time.
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