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I bought these 'tiger feet' for my grandchildren to play with at my house. I bought them from The Early Learning Centre which tend to make some really good quality toys and you can usually find their shop on your highstreet or sometimes within a Mothercare. These Tiger Feet sadly have not been the success I was hoping for with my grandchildren.
They are big foam feet shaped and coloured to look like tigers. The foam is very dense so that if you stand on it it still supports you but is soft enough not to cut into you like plastic would. There is rope leading from the feet which loops back round. There are plastic handles at the top which you hold on to.
When you stand on the feet you are able to walk along with them by holding onto the handles and moving your feet carefully.
When walking with them it does look rather funny, seeing little children walking with great big tiger feet is an amusing sight.
Sadly, that is where the fun ends with this product. My grandchildren thought they were great at first, they seemed delighted with them, thought they looked funny and they couldn't wait to have their turn at trying to walk with them. At first they struggled to get the hang of it so it was a bit of a challenge for them to perfect but then they got the hang of it and that was when they decided that actually these tiger feet are rather boring. My grandchildren are not interested in these at all now, if they ever do use them and play with them it is only ever a very short-lived play session before their minds wander and they want to do something else.
I think that it's a shame as I would have loved for these to have more success but I think it is just the nature of the toy really, there is little you can do with them. Perhaps they would be better in adult size and in packs of two so you could get on them after a few drinks and have a race, then I could see them providing lots of amusement!
In my opinion these tiger feet are just a bit of short lived fun which children will soon become bored with so are not really worth buying. I don't recommend them.
These tiger feet from the Early Learning Centre are currently one of my son's favourite toys for playing with both outside and inside on rainy days.
The feet themselves are aimed at children 3- to 6 years old and my son at 3 and a half is right at the younger end of the age range but he is able to use them correctly after only a short time of learning how they work..
There are two feet in each set and yes tigers have four paws but these are just the front or back pair depending on your imagination. The feet are bright orange with four curved toes at the front complete with embossed white toes and black claw effects. The rest of the feet have black stripes that are lovely and curved. The design on the top of the feet is immediately recognisable to not only my son but too his friends who come to play as tiger feet as the orange and black stripes give it a good tiger effect complete with sharp looking claws on the top. They all seem to think the feet need the accompanying tiger roars as they play with them which causes a lot of giggles amongst themselves.
The feet are a good chunky size for feet to balance on being 5cm thick and around 22 cm long and 19 cm wide. My son is currently a size 7 and a half and there is plenty of room for him to position his feet on the tiger paws to manoeuvre them around. In fact my size five feet also fit on to them well. We have balance and used these both barefoot and with shoes on and despite being a bit smooth no ones feet actually slide off them.
The feet are made from a foam plastic material that is soft to touch and a bit squishy but is actually sturdier than it looks. There are two holes in each of the feet which have some orange rope threaded through them to give them the stilt style that they aim for. The handle to hold on them is again from the same soft foamy plastic but in a lighter colour. The length of the rope is generous and my son is able to lift the rope up and hold the handle with a bit of give in the rope. This allows him to make a few mistakes as he walk without falling off the feet. How well the ropes will stretch to 6 year old children I am uncertain as they come up to my son's chest at the moment and his cousin who is 4 finds they come to her waist. I would imagine on a 6 year old they may have to bend a little for to hold on to the handles as they walk I know I do when its my turn on them in our obstacle race relays. The handles are nice and soft to hold are nice to hold on to rather than rope itself that may cut into small hands if they hold tight.
These feet are really for a bit of fun for children my son loves jumping and walking on them and as he got a bit more adapt at walking on the feet running. We have used them to set up small obstacle courses in the garden with the feet which both my son and his friends enjoy as they use the feet to climb over small obstacles and to balance on them t throw a bean bag into a hoop. As I have mentioned they all love playing tigers with them on and roaring around the place. They are a good toy I think for children to get some co ordination skills with as at first my son would often fall of the feet as he go used to how to co ordinate walking on them.
They seem to be surviving a good few months of play with little sign of damage at present. The feet wipe down easily with a damp cloth to stop them looking dirty and grubby. We have also left them out in the garden by mistake in the rain and they have encountered no damage as a result of this.
They are a great fun summer toy for the garden and are a wonderful way of doing obstacle races and pretending to be tigers. They originally cost £7 in our local ELC shop but they are on sale this week for £3.50 (5ht August 2011) and are a definitely a good buy for garden fun.
My son was bought these tiger feet last year for his birthday, they weren't the first choice, we had seen some dinosaur ones which we preferred but they had sold out when we went back so we got these as a substitute.
They are 2 large feet, designed to look like that of a tiger. They are made of thick foam and are about 5cm thick, 23 cm long and 19cm wide.
The idea is to walk on the tiger feet and use the handles ( thick rope with a foam handle) to pull your feet up as you go. Although it may sound easy these are actually a little tricky! The feet are so large compared to the size of a childs feet that you overstep every time you move and set yourself off balance! The handles are there to help you balance but as soon as you lift one foot off the ground you wobble and inevitably fall.
The feet look great, thery are a luminous orange colour with black stripes. The toes are white and there are black stripes at the top of each toe for claws. The rope is orange and the handles are a bright yellow colour. The foam is sturdy and is smooth to the touch.
These feet caused a great deal of fun in my house when we first got them. All the children were adamant they would do it easily and all soon found out they couldn't! Because they are made of foam you can use them inside or outside the house.
The feet don't get used very often any more, they were more of a novelty thing, but they weren't badly priced and gave everyone a laugh so I am glad we bought them.