For my sons third birthday we decided on buying a lot of outdoor toys. My eldest son is spiralling into the world of computers quickly, so we are determined to get the children outside as much as we possibly can to deter this. With the recent nice weather this scooter has been receiving a lot of use, so I decided it was time to give my thoughts on it. You will need 2 AA batteries that are not included for the sounds and light feature to work. We found Duracell are the best for this, as cheaper alternatives run out of power extremely quickly.
The scooter is designed on Fireman Sam from the popular books and TV series. My son is not a huge fan, but he does enjoy a good episode or two. The reason we chose this scooter was price and that it had a lights and sound feature. We had our scooter delivered in a reasonable size box and waited until the night before his birthday to build it. Assembly was fairly easy and there are instructions on how to build it. It takes around ten to fifteen minutes to assemble all the pieces and then it is ready to go. My husband put this together and he did need tools to build the scooter and tighten it up.
Once built we were very impressed with the scooter. The main body is all metal and just the footplate is made of plastic. It seemed very sturdy and the bright colours make it attractive to children. Fireman Sam is plastered all over the scooter so it is instantly recognisable to fans. The age recommendation is three years plus which I think is correct as the height of the scooter is perfect. We have had problems before with scooters being too low for older children, but this is perfect for my three year old son. My other children at 6 and 5 can still ride it with ease. It sits at the perfect height to actually be usable by the age range suggested. The handle height is adjustable so you can set it to the perfect level for your child.
This is a tri scooter so it has 2 large wheels at the back and one at the front. This makes it perfect for children learning to keep their balance. The wheels are anti puncture and we have found them to be very durable. My son is able to ride it without any problems, and the handles and footplate are both designed for your child to be able to grip on to the scooter with ease. He is able to use it on any flat surface without any problems at all. The wheels turn freely and he is able to turn and twist and turn however he likes. The whole design is perfect for younger children who are just starting to learn to hold their balance.
It has received lots of play. With five children we have endless amounts of outdoor toys for them to choose from, but this is something my son always starts off with. He loves nothing better than wheeling forwards and back over and over again without becoming bored. It is a little heavy but not overly so it difficult for it to be moved around. It can still be placed in the car and carried around while we are out and about without any problems at all. Maintaining the scooter is also very easy. It wipes down very easily and you just need to tighten the handles every now and then.
The scooter is very durable. There are some scratches to the footplate and small amounts of wear on the handles, and other areas that get dropped to the floor often. It still looks very attractive. The lights and sounds still work perfectly despite the scooter being dropped and bashed numerous times. It has also weathered well. While we tend to put the toys away in the colder weather it has spent time outside exposed to wind and rain without any deterioration. The only part of the scooter we have had any problems with is the plate on the front of the handles. It just clips on and has a picture of Fireman Sam on the front. We found that from the first week of use this kept falling off. It can be clipped back on fairly easily, but in the end we found half the time spent playing was replacing this. Now we have taken this away, and it is still fully useable as the plate was just for show.
The sounds and lights really appeal to my son, but for adults it is a nightmare. There is a small button under the footplate of the scooter to turn the features on and off. When the button is in the on position a siren plays constantly as it is ridden across the ground. At the same time there are flashing lights on both sides of the footplate. The thing is the sound is extremely loud. It really starts to get annoying after 5 minutes, and because it is on constantly rather than stopping and starting it is very annoying. The great thing is he could never become lost while riding the scooter, as I can hear him a mile off. I think for my sanity I may forget to change the batteries when they finally run out.
I managed to pick this scooter up for around £10 when it was on sale in the winter. Usual retail is around £30 which I think may be slightly overpriced, but my son has already received so much use from it. It is well made, stable and manages to get my son up and moving. There are scooters available for a smaller price, but this one has the advantage of being character branded and of course a lights and sound feature. I purchased ours from Amazon but it is widely available if you search in Google. It has been well loved by my son in the few months he has had it and while the novelty may be lost on parents children love the loud siren and flashing lights to boost their imagination.