Product Type: Little Tikes baby toys
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Little Tikes Rocking Horse
Member Name: sandemp
Little Tikes Rocking Horse
Advantages: Safe fun for younger toddlers, weatherproof, durable, a classic
Disadvantages: May not be adventurous enough for older toddlers
==Ride a cock horse - A Parent's View==
I purchased this rocker from the ELC for £17.59 during a recent 20% off promotion (the standard price is £21.99), and it was delivered in a very large box. Refreshingly for a child's outdoor toy it required absolutely no assembly, having no small (or even large) parts to put together. The rocker is formed from a hard-wearing, thick moulded plastic and is actually hollow, meaning that it is deceptively light and easy to move from room to room or even from indoors to outdoors. Being completely made of plastic the rocker can be left outdoors without fear that it will rust, rot or otherwise deteriorate and is easy to wipe clean. Although this particular rocker lives indoors, my previous rocker spent a considerable number of summers outside and the only ill-effects were that it faded a little and gained some scratches on the base from being played with on concrete.
The horse rocker is the one of the smallest in a range of rockers manufactured by Little Tikes and is suitable for children aged between one and three years. As it is suitable for such young children it has a wide base, the seat is low in relation to the ground and the rocking curve is relatively shallow. To help support the child there is a backrest, a foot rest and a pair of handles for the child to hold on to, which helps make this one of the safest rocking horses on the market.
Although the rocker is very basic in design with the only decoration being the eyes, it is still recognisably a horse and looks very cute if a little babyish. I especially like that there are no stickers decorating the rocker, as I've found that there will always come a point when inquisitive little fingers start removing these. I also like that there is now a range of colours available, although I must say that as far as I'm concerned the green is by far the most attractive colour. Although not huge, at 86cm in length, 29cm in width and 87cm in height the rocker does take up a fair bit of space, especially if kept indoors and it's best to ensure that there is clear floor space around it to reduce the chance of accidents.
All in all this is a very well made and attractive toy that certainly lives up to it's predecessors and fills me with confidence that it will provide many, many hours of fun during the next year or so until my 20 month old son outgrows it and then still be in good enough condition to pass on to another child.
==To Banbury Cross - A Child's View==
As Freddy is only 20 months and has only had his rocker for a relatively short period of time, I'm going combine my experience of watching Freddy play with his with the experience of watching his siblings play with their's over many years. But before I go any further, I'm going to tell you a little bit about Freddy as when and indeed whether this rocker is suitable for your child depends very much on their developmental stage. Although Freddy has very good fine motor skills his gross motor skills are delayed due to a condition called hypermobility which means he has low muscle tone. He was very late sitting and crawling and has only took his first steps about a month ago. This means that he is not as confident a walker and climber as most children his age. Saying this, Freddy is quite the little thrill-seeker, who loves the swings and rockers at the park and is relatively tall for his age (97th percentile).
On first spotting the rocker, Freddy's smile transformed into a huge grin and he immediately ran over to investigate. To begin with, we allowed him to simply explore the rocker without putting him on it and he soon discovered it rocked and spent a good ten minutes standing next to it rocking it. Freddy still doesn't quite have the gross motor skills to climb onto the rocker (he's almost there now though), so the next stage was to put him on and see if he could make it rock himself. The rocker is the perfect size for him, his feet can touch the floor, but he isn't cramped with his knees up to his chest. This means it's easy for him to make it rock all by himself and this is something he loves. The look on his face and giggles he sounds show just how much he loves the rocker, if the fact that he would stay on it for hours if could didn't make it obvious enough. It's safe to say that this rocker has been a big hit as far as Freddy is concerned, definitely one of our better purchases.
From my experiences with my older children, I know this is going to be a hit for some time to come. Although the maximum recommended age for this rocker is three, I know from experience that Freddy is likely to still have sneaky goes well beyond this age. My older children were still having sneaky rocks up to and over the age of ten. But as the child gets older the rocker does become a little more dangerous as they start to rock harder and the force of these stronger rocks will make it steadily move across the floor, even a carpeted floor.
==To See A Fine Lady - Developmental Benefits and more==
This isn't a toy that is going to turn your toddler into a linguistic genius, but it is one that will help them improve their gross motor skills, balance and sense of adventure while having fun. It is also a toy that will go a long way to increasing their level of activity, even the most dedicated of junior lounge potatoes will find the simple charm of rocking a miss.
Durability-wise this rocker appears to be just as tough as it's predecessor, it's made of the same tough plastic, which means that it's rust-proof and extremely easy to wipe clean. It is also able to take weights far exceeding that of the children at the upper end of the age range.
==On A White Horse - Final Words==
The Little Tikes Horse Rocker is a classic for a reason, it is a simple toy that provides hours of fun for any toddler between one and four years of age. Apart from the colour the design of the rocker has remained the same for twenty years now, after all why mess with perfection? All that remains is my star rating and recommendation, well as far as stars out of five go, I have no hesitation in awarding a full five. And my recommendation is that this is perfect for toddlers from about a year, even those unsteady on their feet. But if you are thinking of buying this for an older toddler, say approaching two and a half, you buy the slightly more adventurous Whale Teeter Totter.
Summary: Brilliant toy for toddlers
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