“ Brand: Orange Tree / Age: 12 months / Type: Push, Pull & Roll „
I purchased the Wooden Pull Along Zebra from Amazon in the run up to Christmas last year. It is currently available at just £4.50. My little boy was one year old at the time and like lots of little boys he had a fascination with toys on wheels.
This little zebra is beautifully hand crafted from wood and painted in non-toxic paint. It has a smooth varnished finish with no sharp or rough edges and is suitable for children of 12 months upwards.
The body is painted in typical black and white colours with a contrasting bright red nose and red wheels. At the front there is a short white rope to pull the toy along. This is rather short and so the toy is best pulled along while the child is sitting, it will not reach the ground if held while the child is standing. At the back there is another rope, this time red, which acts as the zebra's tail. On top of the zebra's head are two felt yellow ears and a felt black main.
The Wooden Pull Along Zebra fits nicely into the palm of your hand and has an overall strong and sturdy appearance. My son is often very rough with his toys and it has been durable enough to withstand biting, chewing and throwing without any noticeable damage whatsoever.
This has been a great addition to my son's toy box. Although he does not play with it as regularly as some of his other toys it has had plenty of use. He will often push it around his Fisherprice Little People Garage which he has discovered will accommodate anything with wheels!
He will also carry it around by the rope, though if the rope was longer I do feel that he would use it more. My son also owns a small wooden pull along dog, Selecta Nico, which has a rather long rope and he will run around the house pulling it along on the floor behind him as though taking it for a walk. He is simply not able to do this with the Pull Along Zebra and this does somewhat limit its appeal.
Traditional wooden toys like this one however are a great way to encourage imaginative and role play. They do not 'do anything' like their modern plastic counterparts and instead encourage imagination.
Overall this is a lovely, quirky little toy and at just £4.50 it makes a great little inexpensive gift.