Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... so a good scooter for a little one to have when they are first learning what to do with it. Hope was 2 and a half when we first bought thi... more
Hello Kitty 3 Wheeler Scooter
Member Name: arleek
Hello Kitty 3 Wheeler Scooter
Advantages: 3 wheels makes it stable, well made, nice to look at
When my youngest daughter turned 3 last year, I wanted to get her something special for her birthday, something totally different to anything her older sister has because she tends to live in her sister's shadow, so I wanted to get her something unique just for herself. And a scooter is what I came up with - a Hello Kitty one - as Hello Kitty seems to be all the rage at the moment.
**A 3 Wheeler**
With her only being 3 I decided to get her a 3 rather than 2 wheeler because I thought she would be more stable on this with her not ever having used a scooter before. I did a bit of shopping around because I didn't want to spend too much; I found this one for half price in Tescos, I think I paid about £15 for it, which I thought was pretty good.
The scooter required a small amount of assembly, which my husband tackled with ease, and it has not fallen apart yet so he must have done a pretty good job because it has certainly been through the motions since October last year.
After my husband had assembled it, he was not particularly impressed with the scooter's appearance or with the materials it has been made with - he thought it seemed a bit flimsy and easily breakable (I think he was expecting a miniature bike or something!), he also thought it seemed very lightweight. I however, was quite impressed with the way it looked, the entire thing is pink and white and covered in Hello Kitty writing and logos. Even the wheels are pink and although they are not made from rubber but from some sort of soft plastic, they seemed pretty sturdy, and I had to point out to my husband that our daughter who is only 3 years old is not going to make much of an impact on these wheels. The frame is made from metal, with the main bulk of it being quite a thick column which shows it is strong and will take the weight of a child. The foot plate is made from plastic which is rough so the child's foot can grip easily; this footplate is also quite broad so there is room for movement of the child's foot as they are scootering along. The handlebar grips are made from a soft rubber with lots of little bobbles on, so the child's hand can grip them easily, they also have buffers on each end so the child's hands will not slip off.
The entire thing to me looks lovely and well made, and the fact that it is lightweight is brilliant because it is meant for a younger child so they can easily manoeuvre it and themselves about. My daughter loves scootering up and down our hallway (which is laminate) and she has no problems with lifting it and turning it around etc.
**Let's Get Scootering**
My daughter loved her scooter from the moment she laid eyes on it, and she uses it most days. It runs really smoothly, especially on our laminate flooring. She tends to play with it a lot inside and she can get going quite fast with it, so far she has never fallen off - and I believe this to be because it has the 3 wheels so it can stand up on its own anyway, and it would be quite difficult for it to topple over once a child is playing on it.
It also runs really well outside although she is not quite as confident on concrete as she is on laminate. I let her ride it to preschool yesterday afternoon and because it was just me and her (no big sister to keep up with and no school-run chaos) she did really well, and I was actually really surprised at how fast she can go on an uneven pavement. This was the first outing we have had with it where she hasn't given up after 2 metres so I was beginning to wonder whether it was any good for outdoor use, but yesterday has proved to me that it is and it was just my daughter being feeble in the past as to why she couldn't get going on it outside, she obviously just needed more practise. Although saying that she has played with it in the garden regularly with no issues, perhaps it was just too daunting for her trying to ride a scooter amongst a load of children on a busy path to school.
We have had this for 4 months now and it still looks great and the wheels have barely been marked, there is just slight wear and tear around the centre of the tyres. I think it will last her at least another year or so before she grows out of it. I would say it is definitely for a child from about age 2 up to about 4 years. My 5 year old is far too big for it, and she now has a 2 wheeler which is perfect for her age group; this 3 wheeler is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
I see this listing states it's from ELC, but I cannot find it on the ELC website - they are available from Tesco Direct for £15 which is where I got ours from.
Summary: Fun scooter for little girls
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