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Wooden trike and trailer
ELC Wooden Trike N Trailer
Member Name: Whizz11
ELC Wooden Trike N Trailer
Advantages: Fun, well made
We've had this wooden trike for our little girl for a little over a year now having bought it as a present for her 1st birthday. She wasn't walking then and I would probably say that this trike works best if your little one is walking as because it does not have any pedals the aim of the trike is for them to propel it along by pushing their feet against the floor so if they are able to walk and know what to do with their feet its much better. However, saying that, at one my little girl still got a lot of enjoyment out of the trike. Obviously she was able to sit up by herself so she would sit on the back of the trike and put both of her feet on the sit as its wide enough to be able to do this and charmed her Grandad into pushing her around. Backbreaking!!, as the trike is very low to the ground so I think it could almost benefit from a long handle on the back that helps you push it around but once she started to walk she was able to push this herself with her feet. She started out going backwards as I think its an easier skill to learn but then learnt how to go forwards too.
We bought the trike in pink, obviously, all our girls toys are pink and its a really nice looking trike. I love wooden toys as I think they look really well made and classic and will last a lot longer than plastic toys of a similar nature. This trike is pretty simple, it has a solid wood seat with handle bars at the front and four wheels, two at the front and two at the back. The seat is a wood colour but then the wheels are a dark pink colour and then there are accents of light pink on the handlebars, back seat and bars which holds the back wheels together.
The front wheels are the ones that move with the handle bars as they are just basically on a big column that goes all the way from the handle bars to the wheel joints so if you move the handle bars to the right the front wheels will move to the right and if you move the handle bars to the left the front wheels will move to the left. The back wheels are solid and stay where they are as they are attached to a solid wooden bar.
At the back of the trike there is a wooden cog to which the little trailer hooks onto. It stays on pretty well when you are wheeling the trike around but comes off easily when you want to take it off. I love the inclusion of this trailer as my little girl always finds something to put in it such as her bears or dollies. The sides are not very tall so you can't put much in it but to transport your favourite friends in it, it works perfectly.
The trike cost £35 from The Early Learning Centre and I think thats a good price for a well made trike. It came in a big box and required a little bit of assembly but not too much as all you needed to do was screw in the wheels and the column. The wheels are nice and chunky and made of a thick tough plastic so the trike is perfect for outdoor use as well as indoor use. We use ours in both places and the wheels are holding up really well and have not got any damage on them.
All in all a great trike for your little ones to enjoy.
Summary: ELC Wooden trike and trailer