“ Brand: Tesco / Age: 2 Years+ / Type: Walker „
When my son was not taking a lot of interest in his walker to aid his walking (plenty in the toys on it but not to actually push it!) I decided to try another approach. Knowing how much my son loved wooden blocks and stacking things, I felt a wooden trolley filled with bricks might encourage him. I also liked the fact that this is quite a traditional toy and is made of wood - it is nice for him to have a variety of different textured toys in his collection.
We purchased this with Clubcard vouchers so it was a lovely bargain for us! I can't exactly remember how much this cost (we purchased around a year ago) but I think it was somewhere around the £15-£20 mark. I can't see a price online at the time of writing as I think the item is currently out of stock. The item is flat packed on purchase so you have to assemble when you get home. However, this is not difficult or time consuming and really just consists of attaching and securing the handle to the trolley cart.
The trolley and blocks are made of a solid, smooth wood that seems of decent quality. The cart is a bright green colour and the blocks have a range of bright colours too - reds, yellow, orange, blue and green so it is stimulating to the child and also can be used to aid colour recognition. The blocks also come in different shapes and sizes which challenges your child when stacking and also helps them to learn shapes and words like 'bigger' and 'smaller'. The blocks fit neatly in the trolley but, with all the different shapes and sizes this can take some time to put them away neatly!
The trolley is easily wheeled and pushes easily. It is quite sturdy when weighted with the bricks but I would not let your child use this when they are at the 'pulling' up stage, particularly if no bricks are contained as it topples very easily. The colour on the bricks is great, it has not chipped or scratched despite a lot of use (and a lot of tumbling onto wooden floors). The bricks have dented in various places but this is not overly noticeable nor does it detract from the toy.
As it turned out, my son didn't really take much interest in pushing this toy as he learned to walk either. I am still glad that we bought it though as he loved to help himself to the bricks from the trolley and stack with them. As he got older and was walking confidently, he loved to push this about. Now, at 20 months he still loves pushing this around the house and happily fills it with all his toys to transport them in. Overall, this is a well made toy that my son loves and has gained a lot from. It has good longevity too, so is great value for money.
This was not purchased for my daughter as a walker it was more as a means of transport for her bricks which she liked to move around all over the house. She was very slow at moving her bricks from A to B and she would do it one at a time or two at a time if she was feeling a little more confident though I really wish this had not been purchased for her and it eventually went straight back to Tesco.
My daughter was about 14 months at the time of receiving it though on DooYoo it says it is from age 2+, on the actual product box it was from 12 months and up.
The wooden walker was very easy to assemble. It was just a case of attaching the wooden handle to the base using the 2 screws and bolts. It took all but 3 minutes to do.
When assembled the wooden walker looked much like the one in the picture - a curved green handle, a little wooden tray on 4 wheels with animal designs down the side and then a selection of wooden blocks inside the tray. The blocks are a variety of colours and different shapes - squares, rectangles and round shapes in blue, red, yellow, green and plain wood.
The blocks are a very nice for little hands and easy for a child to pick them up and stack them.
The whole thing is made out of wood and it is nicely smoothed wood. It is very lightweight. The animals on the wooden tray are painted on and the curved handle and the end of the wooden tray are painted a very light green colour.
The wheels of the wooden walker move along easily and do not get stuck at all.
Now comes the problem bit. If your child is pushing the walker along they will naturally put some weight down on to the handle. My daughter did this as I am sure most children will. The problem? Due to the handle being of a curved shape it causes the whole thing to tip up. My daughter fell over and ended up with the thing on top of her. You would think that the weight of the bricks would be enough to keep it weighted down but they do not. My daughter was very upset and cried alot as she was only little when it happened. She tried to use the walker again to transport her bricks but the same thing happened again only this time I caught it so she didn't end up being underneath it.
I feel that the design of this product from Tesco's is very bad and will end up causing a severe injury to a child. It has not been thought out well at all and although the item is of a good quality in other terms, the curved handle just deems it unusable. I ended up getting the receipt for it and taking back to Tesco and lodging a complaint with Terry Leahy (CE of Tesco).
I would say don't waste £20 on this product from Tesco as it will only end up really hurting your child. Instead put the money towards a better toy or walker.
This walker was given to my son for his first birthday by my mother, it does state on the above information that it is suitable from 2 years, but the box and packaging state 12 months+.
**Packaging and Assembley.
It comes in a fairly light cardboard box approx 60cm long, 30cm wide and 10cm deep. Inside there is a little more cardbard and some plastic film. The packaging is not excessive and is easily opened.
The assembley is very quick and simple. All you need to do is affix the handle by tightening 6 bolts (allen keys included) and 2 screws (you will need a crosshead screwdriver to do this). It took me approx 5 minutes to assemble.
The body is a small wooden tray on wheels. It is made from lightweight plywood and is ready assembled. The sides have jungle animals painted on them and the wheels have painted spokes. The ends of the tray are painted green. The quality of the painting is good.
Within the tray are a variey of wooden blocks - Red, blue, green, yellow and plain wood in cubes, rectangles and round shapes. Again, the quality of painting is good.
The handle (which you must attach) has bright green sides and a plain wood top.
**The Play/Development value
The play value of the wooden shapes is ok, my son likes to take them out and try to fit them back in (after chewing them), but I'm not sure that will keep his attention for much longer. The value of the toy as a walker however, is pretty awful at best (and dangerous at worst).
The base tray is very lightweight (even when full of shapes) and will tip up if the handle is pushed/pulled downwards. You have to know to push it along without putting any pressure on the handle to make it move. This is unlike most walkers, for example the Vtech walker, which give a very solid support for baby to lean on when walking.
As the main point of this toy is a walker, and it does not support a baby trying to learn to walk, I think it probably falls into the category of "Not fit for purpose".
I have now removed the handle and baby continues to play with a "tray full of shapes on wheels" which he enjoys, but it's not what it was supposed to do.
This toy was bought from a Tesco store for £20. Definitely not worth the money. Spend a little more and get the Vtech walker instead.
Contains wooden shape blocks so your child can get creative.