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With 3 young children In the house we have so many toys that just lay around unused but this is not true for this push along toy. We purchased this from our local B&M for the bargain price of £1.99 which I think is very good.
The toy is very sturdy and made out of plastic. The paintwork on the plane is lovely and bright and attracts little ones attention and help. The plane itself is just the right size small yet chunky so that little hands can get a good grip but it can also with hold any rough play dealt from younger children.
It has 2 movable wheels on the bottom and a moving propeller on the front. There is a driver in the seat of the plane and to make the toy move baby just pushes the head of the driver and off it goes. It only need a slight push and it fly's off really well on wooden flooring allowing for baby to chase after it.
On carpeted floor it still rolls well but does not go as far and baby only usually needs to shuffle a little to reach the toy but they love it all the same. I brought it for my 1 year old but to be fair it has had equal use from him my daughter who is 2 and my son who is 4.
I would recommend this to anyone it is a sturdy toy that provides great entertainment for little one sit is not bank breaking very simple but productive in play. There are different variations of this toy a car a dumper truck and I am sure I will be buying one for my son again this Christmas.
Whilst my daughter was an independent and determined little thing, my son was much more placid as a baby, happy to just sit and watch the world go by. When he got to seven months without even the slightest attempt at crawling we looked at ways we could encourage him to move around a little bit. A toy he could follow was suggested as the most likely method to succeed and after trying two or three rolling/moving toys we finally hit on this one and bought it for £5.99 (RRP is around £7.99). The plane is just one of the Push N Go (argh the pedant in me hated typing that) made by Tomy, I know there is a dumper truck, train, car and bus as well.
Although the recommended age range is 12-36 months, this is more a guide for the age range that will get the most out of it rather than for safety reasons. The plane is made of moulded plastic and is very sturdy, all moving parts are carefully hidden away securely, there are no batteries or bits that can be popped off, all screws are recessed deeply into the body of the plane, there are places little fingers can get trapped and nothing that will be damaged by little mouths and teeth. The propeller at the front does spin, but its powered by fingers and not the mechanism inside the plane, so no change of knocked fingers. It is very well fixed onto the body of the plane.
The colours and the friendly smiling pilot instantly appealed to my son who spent some time examining it and mouthing the wheels. When we showed him how it worked he was entranced and watched it avidly. You simply press down on the pilot until his helmet touches the plane, release and whoooooooooosh off the little plane goes. After watching the plane for a couple of days, my son finally decided to get off his delectable little bottom and move properly for the first time, prompted by the plane zooming off into the kitchen out of his sight. By the time he was 8 months he was happily moving all over the place and had worked out that by hitting the plane excitedly he could sometimes get lucky and get it to move a little.
It's a comparable size (15cm x 15cm x 10cm) to other similar cars we have e.g. the WOW police car, so it is regularly used for races by my daughter and her friends. Because the wheels are widely spaced it is very stable and can cope with all the ridges and bumps of rugs and the laminate floor fixings between rooms. In addition the two red wheels have a rubber line around them which grips the floor very well and keeps the speed down, so it doesn't whizz off so fast a toddler can't catch it. It starts slowly and builds the speed up so my son also likes to race it at 24months old. Obviously it is faster on the laminate and lino floors in my house, but its speed is not hindered too much by the thick rug in the lounge or the upstairs carpets, it still goes a respectable speed and distance. Of course it doesn't always go in a straight line which just adds to the fun!
Over the 17 months that we have owned this toy I have noticed how my son's determination to use it himself (and not rely on adults) have really improved his fine motor skills. From hitting it randomly with his hand, he has moved onto being able to press the pilot with more and more accuracy and control. He now happily uses both his fingers and the palm of his hand to activate it before racing after it at top speed.
So would I recommend it? Definitely yes. This is a lovely sturdy bright toddler toy with lots of life in it, I should think it will around for at least another year or two which works out at about £1.99 a year for almost daily play. Even though my daughter plays with it at 6, I wouldn't buy it for a child older than 1-2, in our case I think the lure of a younger sibling's toys can be strong but I doubt my son will still be interested when faced with all the new and exciting toys to come as he gets older. It is tremendous fun though and is the cause of an awful lot of giggling and screaming in our house!