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A good solid push along then ride on, we brought this for my son when he was already walking so we probably missed out on some of the 'use' of the walker, but as a ride on its great.
Its a strong, solid design that has a wheel to hold and turn, thomas's face at the front, a lift up seat that our son uses to store some little toys and a handle at the back that would be used for a walker/push a long.
We did use this product mostly inside but as the weather got nicer he kept taking it in the garden it has now become a bit sun faded and the stickers are starting to rub off but its still a very much loved toy.
I like the bright colours, and the smiley faace on the front. The price (we paid £21.99) was a bargain for the amount of use we have had out of it.
This Thomas sit and ride is a firm favourite in our house. The design is simple and easy to assemble. The main part is designed to look like Thomas, with an electric blue colour and red wheels, there is a lift up seat with a small storage area where a toy or two can be kept. There is a red steering wheel with a horn and a red handle to push/pull your child along.
It is a reasonable height and perfect for children to push each other along on, the wheels work on most floor types, wooden, carpet, grass, concrete. There are not restraints so if you do take it outside to use be aware it is easy to fall off. It is low enough for a child to climb on and off relatively easily
A must have for any Thomas fan we have had ours for 2years now and it is still in perfect working order. Although when we got it, it only cost £20. Im sure it could be found cheaper. It is easy to clean and the colours are vibrant, they haven't faded with age. The handles on most sit and rides can be rather fragile and break easily but I have found this one to be stable and robust enough for my youngest son to push and pull his big brother on. Great for little hands and small enough to store out of the way when the children are in bed.
My youngest child has just had his first birthday. I'm not sure how that is possible as I swear it's not a year since he was born but the date on the calendar states that it has been so I've got to believe it! For his birthday we wanted to buy him a ride-on toy to play with. Both of my elder children got similar toys for their first birthdays and loved them so I wanted to carry on the tradition.
The difficulty was, which ride-on to choose from so many on the market. As it turned out, this wasn't a difficult choice after all. My one year old's name is Thomas, so what better toy to choose than a Thomas the Tank Engine ride on?
**PUTTING IT TOGETHER**
I couldn't have picked an easier toy to put together. As we opened the box Thomas the Tank Engine's face peeped out, eliciting a squeak of excitement (or maybe surprise) from our baby. It pulled easily out of the box and all I had to do was push the wheels through the bottom of the toy and attach them to the steering wheel, then add the handle at the back, both of which could be done with one easy click. Hey Presto... ready to ride!
Unless you've been on a desert island for the last twenty years most people know what Thomas the Tank Engine looks like. The toy is a brightly coloured, blue and red plastic with Thomas' cheeky face at the front. It has a chunky red handle to push it along and a steering wheel with a push-in squeaker in the middle. The black seat lifts up to enable children to store things inside the seat.
**PLAYING WITH THE TOY**
The ride on is quite a sturdy little thing and I would imagine it can stand up to a lot of rough play. My ten year old was desperate to try it out despite the fact that it states the age range is 1-3 years and on more than one occasion we have found her scooting about on it; she can make it go quite quickly!
My one year old was intially not very keen to ride on it, but has had a lot of enjoyment pushing it around. It is light enough for him to be able to manoeuvre it, even if he needs to change direction. I only wish he would anticipate when he needs to change direction as he seems to need to crash before he turns around - though this is similar to the Thomas the Tank Engine stories which seem to feature a lot of crashes. Who would dare travel by Sodor rail?
He also gets a lot of enjoyment from lifting and dropping the seat lid, though this can get a bit annoying after a while. It also provides a handy storage area and our one year old spends a lot of time putting things in and taking them out - good for developing his motor skills.
If I had one tiny criticism of the ride-on it would be that the squeaker on the steering wheel tends to stick down when pushed in and takes quite a while to come back out so that it can be pressed again, though I suppose this could be a blessing in disguise. At least we won't be driven mad by incessant squeaking.
We paid £15 for this when it was on special offer with Additions before Christmas though I notice it is currently available from Amazon at £12.49, half the recommended retail price and a bit of a bargain I think.
In conclusion, I am very happy with the choice that we made and I would recommend this toy for any child.
My mum bought these for my twins for their 1st birthday, my nan also bought other car ride ons for them. What a difference. The ones my nans bought were not a particular brand and you can see they were cheap. They are meant to be 'ride ons" but when my boys sat on them they fell backwards. My mum bought the Thomas ones as my boys were walking from 10months onwards, and it states on the Argos website where she purchased them they are for 1 year and over! Perfect for a first birthday. They cost my mum £25 each, but so far it's definitely been money well spent.
These Thomas ones though I think are great. They are not too heavy to carry, but they are strong and sturdy enough for a child to sit on. They are shaped like Thomas the Tank Engine itself so perfect for any little Thomas fan. I think I'm more of a Thomas fan than my boys though (lol). They havn't worked out how to sit on them themselves yet but they still make alot of fun out of them. The seat lifts up and they like to store their little toys in the little compartment underneath. They push them around by the handles, it looks so funny to see them laughing and whizzing up and down the house, racing each other and unloading and loading them. It's only now I see them go to lift their legs up as if trying to get on them but they are not quite tall enough yet for their feet to touch the ground and them move themselves along. Although I don't think it will be long.
Instead I sit them on, show them how to go "Choo Choo" by pressing the button thats on the steering wheel. When pressed it beeps. And I push them up and down the house, I don't know who has more fun me or them. They love that game to. They walk up the street pushing them too when I take them to go and see their Bampa which they think is absolutely hilarious, they definitely have my sense of humour already. I find they encourage them to walk more though rather than crawl which is something I like.
I also sit their teddies on the seat and they enjoy pushing them around on them too. Even though the ride ons were only bought for their 1st birthday in November so far they have really provided hours of fun. I definitely reccomend a Thomas ride on to anybody looking for something sturdy, which can take the knocks and bumps and which is fun for the little one too. I'm sure they will last my boys at least another year or so.
For the younger child its a walker, then its a sit and ride toy for toddlers. Open Thomas' cab to reveal a secret storage compartment. Press the horn for a beep, beep then off you go on another adventure! Thomas Sit 'n' Ride is ideal for use in summer or winter, indoors or out. Manufacturer's recommended age 12 months +.