“ Brand: Playskool / Age: 12 months „
This was a Christmas gift for my youngest daughter who was 14 months at the time. And I have to admit I was a little bit astounded at the size of the gift considering it was a gift from friends!
Anyway, it's a big plastic giraffe rocker toy, which can also be used as a seat (not actually sure how this works) for a younger child. The toy requires a small amount of assembly before use, but my husband took care of this and I think it was just a matter of clipping a couple of parts together.
The toy itself is very sturdy, but also lightweight (i.e. both my children can drag it around quite easily). It's made from smooth moulded plastic and there doesn't appear to be any sharp edges or corners which could do any damage. I think it really is meant to be a giraffe, but obviously one with a very short neck!!
There is a small handle at the back which can be used to carry the toy about, but also as a back rest for the child. I think this handle can also be used if the child wants to sit the other way, and use the neck part as a back rest.
The seat part is quite low to the ground, and the base is very wide with footrests either side, which keep the rocker steady while children climb on and off. Both my children (aged 1 and 2) can climb on and off with ease, although my two year old fell off it the other day, how she managed this I don't know because it's quite difficult to tip over with the base being so wide.
The front part is obviously the head of the giraffe and on his head are two red cloth ears, one has crinkly material inside and the other is a squeaker. This is not something either of my daughters make use of actually, but some children may enjoy this aspect. Either side of the head are two orange handles, which the child obviously holds onto when rocking.
So is it any good? Well to be honest it's probably one of the less popular rocker toys on the market, not that I have had much experience of them. The base has only got a very slight curvature to it, so the rock motion is not very big, what I mean is that the kids can't really get going on it, not like I remember you could on the old rocking horses, nose nearly touching the floor as you rock forwards (but I suppose it is aimed at very young children so a massive rocking motion would probably be too dangerous!!).
When my youngest sits on it, she does rock it a little bit, but soon gets bored and climbs off again. I think she spends more time climbing on and off (she's a child who likes to climb) than she does rocking. But my eldest is quite taken with it and likes to sit on it, and also spends a lot of time rocking and moving herself across the floor - if a child is rocking on it on a carpeted floor, then they will find that they can work themselves across the room, this is because the base is quite smooth underneath, so the motion of the rocking makes it move.
The toy is aimed at children aged 12 months plus, and I think this is about right, although I think my youngest would have probably got use out of it before she turned one, and I think once a child gets to about age 2 they are starting to grow out of it. But saying that, my 2 year old, who is 3 in less than a week, is currently sat on it watching TV!
I think for a child who is not quite steady then they may not be able to hold themselves on here safely. The seat is quite smooth and slippery so there is a chance the child could slide off, and this is what I'm thinking happened to my 2 year old - she probably got too excited and slid right off the side (she was uninjured, there's not far to fall!).
I have to say, after writing this review I have realised that I do actually like this toy, it looks nice, is very simple (no electronic noises!) and my eldest really does love it, and she is really rocking it now! But is also getting annoyed as it moves too close to the TV, she has to keep dragging it back. I think it will be something that will be hanging around in our house for a few years to come, I think as my youngest grows up a bit more she will enjoy the toy more as she begins to understand its purpose.
I think the recommended retail price is £29.99 but currently available at Argos for £14.99.
This cute giraffe is based on a rocking horse design. It is bright orange with bright red ears which are filled with a crunchy type of plastic which baby will love and one ear also squeeks when squeezed which I think is a nice little addition to the toy. Thats what my son likes most too.
The giraffe is made from a very sturdy plastic for durability however I don't think it is very comforable for baby to sit on. Baby can sit frontwards or backwards on the giraffe and there is a little handle on the back for baby to hold onto and extra back support when sitting babckwards. Smaller babies can therefore sit on it backwards and bigger babies will enjoy sitting forwards and holding the front handles and rocking themselves.
All in all this is a simple design which babies should like but I have found that my son will only sit on it for a minute or so after me placing him on, I am not sure whether he finds it uncomfortable or he just gets bored but I do think a softer seat area would be a good idea.
You can purchase the rocking girrafe for approx. £30 which I think is a bit expensive for a bland product. Another negative point about the rocking giraffe is that baby will not get much play out of it after 1 year old. My son is of an average size and got the girrafe for his first birthday and has had it for 1 month exactly and I only see him getting another couple of months at the most from it.
The Playskool Go and Grow giraffe has been a favourite of my sons up until recently. He had it as a Christmas pressie when he was eleven months old and now outgrown it, he is 21 months old. This toy is recommended for children 12 months and over.
So what does it do? The Giraffe is a rocking horse type of toy. A younger child can sit on it backwards and be rocked, holding onto the rear handle and having the head of the giraffe to lean up against. An older child can turn to face the correct way and hold onto the handles nearer the giraffes ears. In both directions the child or parent can rock the giraffe forwards and backwards. For some reason most children like this rocking motion?! My son was one of those children.
This toy is very brightly coloured, a bright yellow. It has two bright orange/red coloured ears that are made of material and one has a rustleing material inside and the other has a squeaky sound.
This toy is very durable. There are no marks or scratches at all and my son played on this most days. It has been well used and well loved but unfortunately is not a toy that is long lasting as a child will quickly grow out of it. The reason my son can no longer play on this toy is because he was rocking on it one day last week and nearly tipped it over backwards, in fact he would have done had I not been sat next to him. My son is only small for his age, I don't know if this toy would have been able to be played with for as long with a bigger child. Therefore the giraffe has now been banished to the loft to be stored ready for number 2 one day.
Overall the giraffe has been a well loved and fun toy to play with. It playing power only lasts for short time but this is because the child will more likey outgrow it physically before they outgrow wanting to play on it.
This toy is available to purchase in many stores for about £29.99.
Comes with a Let's Play Together tip card and a play along activity book.