Product Type: Hippychick Outdoor Toy
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Wheelybug - amazing heirloom quality ride-on that surpasses expectation
Hippychick Wheely Bug Ride On
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Hippychick Wheely Bug Ride On
Advantages: Sturdy, look fab, heirloom quality, castors allow for easy turning around & great manouverability
Disadvantages: None at all!!!!
This is my absolute all time favourite toy EVER. I am not usually quite that full-on enthusiastic, but my children have had so much pleasure out of these ride-ons that I can't help being excited about them!
We have the small tiger wheelybug and the large mouse wheelybug. The small is recommended from 1-2.5 years and this is about right for us (we used it before 1, and I found my little girl could ride on this far before she could walk indepenently. It seems to give confidence and allow them to strengthen their leg muscles. The large is recommended form 2.5 years to 5 years, and I would also say this is about right, although my six-year-old still likes it and my just 2-year-old is absolutely fine on this size too.
The structure of the wheelybug is very solid - it has a wooden base, and a strong arc-shaped handle. The material that covers the back of the animals is wipe-clean and feels tactile and "upholstered "- a bit leathery / smooth and with a bit of give to it - much more comfortable than the usual plastic ride-ons! The mouse has ears that stick out and look really cute, and they are still in position after years of use, despite the fact that my daughter used them as handles! The tiger has little white fluffy ears - again, really cute! Out of the two I probably prefer the mouse but it is a close contest. I have seen the ladybird at other people's houses and that is really nice too, but I thought the mouse and tiger were a bit different.
The best thing about these is the fab castors!!! So much better than wheels, as they allow the child much more control over their movement - my daughter could spin around on it and turn corners from before she was one, whereas on her plastic car she would go in a straight line, reach the wall, and then cry for me to turn her around. Therefore the castors on these wheelybugs are a sanity saver!
Yes, these ride-ons are expensive, but I would describe them as heirloom quality and I know that when my children grow out of them I will have had approximately 6-7 years of solid use out of the large one, across my three children, and I will be able to pass them on to another child for years more.
Summary: Amazing ride-on that kids love, with exceptional build quality, style and playability
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