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What a brilliant buy! There is a reason why every playgroup has at least one of these - the children absolutely love them. We bought one after noticing that this was all my son was interested in at the playgroups. Then we had to buy another because my daughter loved it just as much. These cars are really easy for little ones to get in and out of and learn to manoeuvre. Because of their light weight, they can use these from an early age and can move them around obstacles if need be. My children particularly liked the doors. The only complaint I have is that the wheels sometimes become stuck but my children can easily sort this out themselves so no real problem. The cars are robust enough to take the knocks and crashes that come from racing them around and are easy to hose down if kept outside. The little boot at the back is also great for transporting all sorts of little toys or in my son's case, mud and stones! Despite the relatively simple design, they provide hours of fun, especially in the garden. I would say that this is probably one of the best toys we have purchased for our children. Highly recommended.
The little tykes cosy coupe car is just absolutely brilliant!!
We regularly take my son to a soft play area that has a few cosy coupe cars in it and we always leave wondering why we wasted our money paying for him to go to the play area to only sit in the cosy coupe for the entire hour!!
Upon leaving the play area a few weeks ago we headed straight to Argos and brought one.
I have to admit I left the building to my husband but he did require my help a few times as it really is quite difficult to put together (definitely need two pairs of hands!!)
My son could hardly contain his excitement once it was built and he hasn't been off it since! He uses it numerous times daily and he now HAS to store his drinks in the drinks holder.
It is extremely well built and sturdy - I would know this as I've attempted to sit in it myself haha!
If you are hesitating on buying one due to the price I can assure you they are worth every single penny and it is the most played with toy in our house!!
I first bought one of these great little cars for my daughter when she was a toddler, she is now 21. She obviously remembered the little car and the fun she had with it, because she asked me to buy another one, this time for her own daughter's birthday last August.
The original car was brought in store from Harringtons in Brighton and when it arrived it came in a huge box ready assembled. I remember the only downside being when we had gone out somewhere and she got tired the combination of foot powered car and sleepy toddler was problematic. We solved that problem by tying a piece of rope onto the front to pull her along when she tired. This was later modified to a hook and ring attachment, so that the rope could be kept in a coat pocket out of the way. That was a system that worked very well. She just had to sit with her feet up when being pulled along.
This time the car was ordered on-line and delivered only partly assembled. We had to click the yellow roof onto the main car, attach the wheels and steering wheel and stick on the number plates ourselves too! This was all quite easy to do, just as well as the only instructions were on the outside of the box. Being prepared I also bought a ring and hook and length of rope ready for the pulling part of the car ride. As both my daughter and I live near steep hills and walk up and down them, we also decided to create another system at the back, to prevent the car running away down the steep hills. The newer version does not seem quite as bulky as the older one, but it is still a tough outdoor toy.
Well my granddaughter's little face lit up when she was led out to the garden and saw a great big parcel with a ribbon and the garden table laid out for a tea party. She was delighted with her gift and even exclaimed "Mum, it's just like the one of you in that photo!"
She has had lots of use of the car and it is a good way to exercise little legs. There are no pedals to get the hang off the child just walks their feet whilst sitting on the seat and steering with the steering wheel, this is a great fun way to improve coordination and fitness. The car is a bit too bulky for indoor use, and it's bulk makes it problematic to move in the car, which is a shame as it limits the amount of use it gets.
The cars can be used on grass, tarmac or concrete, but are a little tricky on pebbles and I would be very careful of using on rough terrain or on steep hills unless you modify as we have done so an adult can walk behind to hold back if required. Actually, I would not recommend for rough terrain at all.
My little granddaughter loves to get a couple of toys to sit in the car with her and pretends they are her children. She also sits one of my little dogs in the car, when he allows and it is very sweet to see them together.
None, except I would love to see them modified to incorporate a built in parent puller and hold back as well as a foot rest area for when the child gets tired.
These great little cars are aimed at the 2-5 year market and I should imagine that is the ideal age to have one.
I remember we sold my daughter's little car when she stopped using for some time and if they are looked after they do sell well second hand.
This is a very nice outdoor toy that gives hours of fun, however, someone will have to push or pull them home if you go very far and not many gardens are ideal for their use.
Price & Availability:
I paid £65.00 from Argos delivered and was very pleased with the service. These little cars are available new and used from Amazon and eBay as well as toy shops and other outlets.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful?
My toddler loves a variety of toys from pushchairs to bricks to books. His longest lasting love though has to be his cars.
My partners mum got this for him on his 1st birthday. She had it set up and ready and he was very pleased and curious to say the least!
The car we have is the same as the one in the picture- red with a yellow roof. It has a little tikes sticker on the front which have pictures of indicators on either side. It has a blue key which WAS stuck in the keyhole (he somehow pulled it out) and a black steering wheel with a red horn. There is a door on one side which Tyler used to love opening and closing. There is also an opening and closing petrol valve.
There's a small dip in the back of the car which tyler likes to put various small toys (usually his small cars!) or his beaker of drink in.
When we originally got this we planned to keep it outside but once my partner rearranged the living room we found we had enough space for him to play with it in there. It hadn't had a lot of use in the garden and my partner had done this living room swap while Tyler was with me on holiday seeing family. When we got back Daddy barely got a look in, the first thing he ran to (in utter amazement) was the car! He couldn't wait to play with it.
Tyler is 22 months now and its still a big favourite of his. The way he's played with it has evolved of course. At the start he enjoyed opening and closing the door and could only move backwards in it. He's recently learnt to move forwards in it and now enjoys moving around in it. He also now enjoys pushing friends in the car.
The only thing I don't like about this car is I find the steering wheel very stiff. I'm not sure if this is due to the way it was set up as I wasn't there whilst it was being set up!
As I mentioned he did manage to pull the key out of the ignition. This isn't a problem though as he has his own little set of keys (I got annoyed with him stealing mine) which also fit and he enjoys alternating between them and the big blue plastic key!
I'd definitely recommend this. A toddler group I regularly go to has one of these in their huge toy collection and its very rare to see it unoccupied for more than 15 seconds!
You don't actually need a huge amount of space either for a toddler to play around in it. One of my friends came over recently and remarked she didn't realise how little space she'd need for it (she's now buying one for her sons 2nd birthday).
I had a quick search on Google and I can't seem to locate the original one we have, they all seem to have eyes on the front! These versions can be bought at Argos for £44.99 They are a tad cheaper if you buy them via Amazon where they are around £37. I know times are hard for some and this is a little expensive but unlike the toys that get grown out of this one has been Tyler's favourite for almost a year and he has shown no signs of this changing anytime soon!
My daughter seems to have an awful lot of toys in her bedroom and with her 2nd birthday fast approaching we were at a loss as to what to get her. It was only after a visit to an indoor kids centre that the Cosy Coupe came to mind. My daughter spent the whole time she was in the soft play centre in the car, she loved to open and shut the door as well as get in and out this led to a struggled when it was time to go as she really didn't want to get out of the car. From that moment on any time I went in Toys R Us she wanted to have a go of the Cosy Coupe and stay in there all day if she had her way!
This was a present from my Mum after looking around together we decided on the Rosy Cosy Coupe which is a limited edition from Argos and according to the catalogue and exclusive. The car cost £44.99. There are a variety of styles the classic red and white which I have seen retail at £30 in Asda, there is also various pink colours, blue and also a fire engine, police car and a New York taxi.
The box was smaller than I expected and it fitted nicely in the boot. My mum gave it to me I'm the box and said I could put it together so on the morning of her birthday my daughter would have it waiting. I assumed it would be easy to assemble unfortunately it wasn't. There are a variety of screws which you need to keep it together and there are just little marks for the screws no actual holes so I used a drill to make the holes. You also have to pop a lot of the pieces together which again was a nightmare. I am normally pretty good at assembling things however this really tried my patience and after two hours and a lot of swearing I managed to assemble it.
The car is for ages 18 months to 5 years. It is kid powered so they use their feet to move it. For younger children there is a tray to place in the foot well and you can use the parent handle to push them along. For younger kids there is also a slider on the door which acts as a lock to prevent them getting out.
Once assembled the car looks great. Ours is a bright pink with a pale pink roof. The front of the car has big eyes and a smiley face. To the rear of the car there are lights and a numberplate. The car has an opening door to allow your child to get in. The car is very sturdy and the plastic is good quality. There is also a fuel cap which opens and you can separately get a fuel pump so your child can refuel.
I left the car in my living room so on her birthday my daughter would be surprised. She was thrilled to say the least. The first thing she did was get in the car. The door is of huge amusement to my daughter she loves to open and shut it once she is sat inside. The car has a steering wheel which has a horn that squeaks when pressed it also has a key in the ignition that turns and makes a clicking noise. My daughter has learnt to start the engine and then while she is moving around she squeaks the horn. In the back of the car there is a parcel shelf which has two drink holders as the weather has been so cold since her birthday last month she has taken to sitting in the car in the house and she likes juice and a snack available. The car is easy to use my daughter has mastered the art of whizzing around the kitchen and living room. She has been outside once or twice in too on our decking she thoroughly enjoys playing in this car.
We have had this for about 5 weeks now and every day my daughter has a go she tells me its her car and mummy's car is outside.
I would recommend these cars they are something every child should have. They have been around for over 30 years and for good reason they are simple fun and can be played with indoors and out. My only issue was the putting together which thankfully only has to be done once it won't be coming apart!!
A great little car 5 out of 5 as my daughter loves it.
I bought this for my nephew as I bought my daughter an identical one but in pink. It is brilliant and will keep your little ones entertained for hours.
I purchased mine from smyths toy store for £44.99 which I think was an offer price but I am sure it is still that price now. It is red with a yellow roof and has a black plastic steering wheel with a horn in the middle.
The stickers seem to stay on too unlike some other children's toys and the plastic is very sturdy and even though my active nephew plays in this almost daily it has yet to get any damage whatsoever.
The only minor issue I have is the colour on ours looks a little faded but this is due to the fact it is stored outdoors all day every day and has seen the seasons, but it was also left outside during the snow and ice during winter and still withstood this.
If you are looking for a good quality children's car this is the one as with all my little tikes products it is strong, lasting and lots of fun, definitely worth every penny.
As I said in my headline just watch your ankles as my daughter and my nephew find it hysterical to 'drive' at me when I'm not looking but that's because they have so much fun!
This was without a doubt the most loved toy I think I've ever bought, and having four kids that's a lot of buying over the years, it was sturdy and well built. The design of it was thought out and provided hours of driving. This car belonged to my son who was 3 at the time. The manufacturer recommends the ages 18mnths - 5 years, but it was used for longer than that. I paid a very reasonable price for this approx 15 years ago I think about £35. Even now that price is around the same, Amazon and e-bay are selling them for £30- £40. Toy R US have the 30th anniversary edition for £49.99.
This came without the need for much assembly (I think!). It is a simple design, there are no peddles or brakes, the vehicle is powered along using your feet.
The coupe has swivel front wheels that move 360 degrees so it's very easy to manoeuvre. The steering wheel has a horn and is also easy to turn. The car is made from strong plastic, there are no sharp edges, the body is stylish in red with an opening and closing drivers door. There is a petrol cap that opens so you can fill up at the pump- of which he also had. It has a rounded yellow roof that gives it a more real 'car feel' my son loved getting in and out of it, opening the door sitting down, shutting himself in and turning the key (just like his dad in his car!!). This model is the Cosy Coupe 2 it doesn't have a light on the top or big plastic eyes like newer models but is still available.
I think it's a good size- 43.6 x 45.4 x 79 cm, my son used it for several years and still managed to fit in it, even gave his elder brother the odd lift.
The sticker lights and grill on the front are long gone, but the coupe itself is still in one piece and will be brought out again one day when grandchildren come along (not for a long while yet I hope!). After 15 years of being kept outside the only damage is cosmetic, the colour has faded in the sun.
I would recommend this toy , I can't fault it- not even the price. It was sturdy, well built, well loved, played with alot, it never injured anyone and is still standing even though the kids hammered it!.
~A very Cosy Coupe!~
Of all the outdoor toys that you can buy the Cozy Coupe in my opinion has to be one of the most indestructible and fun to play with younger childrens ride in toys that you can buy. When we had one of these which we bought from the local car boot sale for the bargain price of just £10 it was one of the most used outdoor toys that we had, with it very often seeming to make its way indoors too! The idea of these big-little plastic coupes is so very simple yet it works so well, as I feel that these cars have a wide appeal and are made of sturdy long lasting materials.
In my experience I have found that the ages of children who can benefit from playing in one of these ride in cars can range from younger toddlers who can sit in the car and enjoy playing in it, with a little help from mum and dad, up to much older nursery school aged children who are able to use the car on their own. I found that once the car is able to be used by a slightly older child it can be used to pick up quite a bit of speed when used outside, which for something that is basically a lump of several bits of plastic set on to some over sized wheels that look as though they may spin off at any moment, is quite an achievement.
Oddly enough whilst the wheels are fixed with slim metal anchors to the body of the car they do stay on well, as our coupe never had any issues with the wheels coming of or with the fixings at all during the time we had it in use. The main frame of the Cosy Coupe is made from a very sturdy plastic material and in the case of the one we had it was a bold red and yellow mix, which I feel makes the car stand out and look appealing to young children. I found that the simple side door that allowed access to the inside of the coupe held up really quite well on the car too, as it was still working after many hours of play and rough handling.
The plastic surfaces of the car are really easy to wash and wipe down if they become a little grubby from being played with too much, which is another aspect of the coupe that makes it a fuss free garden toy. I always felt that the nice high head height inside the car was a bonus, as it helped to prevent too many banged heads from over keen drivers wanting to push themselves in to the car before their friends had a chance to have a go. The simple seat area of the car was really quite sturdy too as it stayed in place at all times and never let anyone down even when more than one driver wanted to prize themselves on to it.
The steering wheel of the car did take some battering at times as the car was often rather roughly dragged around the garden from one place to another and yet it too remained in good working order. The simple horn that was set in to the middle of the wheel worked well enough for a long time, although it did give up a little towards the end of the time that the car was in use. Over all I feel that the car was a really good buy second hand as it had already lost most of its sale price, yet still retained all its original charm which is what made it so appealing as a childrens outdoor toy.
As these ride on cars seem to be able to keep going and going year after year I feel they can be a good option as they can be passed on through the family and recycled which means that they end up being really good value for money. I know that the initial outlay is at least £40 to £50 for one of these in many stores now, although my opinion is that they can often be picked up second hand with a little looking around, as so many have been sold. I feel that these cars have a well made feel to them with no overly sharp surfaces to them. As the Cozy Coupe I am reviewing lasted for a very long time even with repeated energetic use, I feel the car is worthy of a 4 star product rating.
**What to buy next!?**
Ahhh Birthdays and Christmas and that dreaded 'what to buy next?!' feeling. There you are surrounded by catalogues, pc/laptop on, tab after tab open. Amazon, Play.com, Ebay, ToysRus.... arghhhh what to buy?!
The questions in your head run wild ' I want something that will last a few years' ' I want something that I don't have to pay a fortune for' , ' I want something sturdy, entertaining, safe' .... sound familiar?
Would you like your Childs next present to be something that will keep them entertained from the ages of 18 months, right through to 5? That can provide hours of fun both inside the home and out? Would you like to be buying something reliable, safe, and sturdy that has been a firm popular favourite with children over the past 30 years? Has your child started to recognise cars? What to drive like mum/dad? Likes pushing things around? and more than anything......... likes opening and SLAMMING doors?!
The cosy coupe car could be your next gift!
**30 year plus history!**
Over 30 years, these cars have been around! My brother had one and it's his 30th Birthday this year. I've bought 2 in the past 17 years. My first one was from Argos back in ' 96. It lasted until 2003, by which time both my children had had their uses from it. It was still in good nick all those 7 years later as well. It had been played with for many summers out the garden as well as around the house and had withstained alot of bashing into walls! It's definitely built to last! Very robust!
I bought out newest cosy coupe car just last Christmas. It was the anniversary edition for £39.99, but you can expect to pay up to £60 for it. I'd say its still worth the higher price as well. There are several variations of the car now - a fire and rescue coupe, police coupe, pink coupe, grand coupe. I opted for the anniversary edition as liked the big eyes and smiling mouth on the front. I thought it looked friendly and approachable. Perhaps if your child has a tendency to like police or fire engines, one of the other options would suit them better.
**Anniversary edition - same as the picture, but with 2 huge plastic solid eyes on the front of the car**
The mouth is actually a sticker. There are several to put on - lights, bit of a dashboard .... unfortunately my son didn't take long to find the pleasure in ripping these off, so only the mouth is on it now. It doesn't make a difference though at all as long as you remove the mess of the torn ones.
The car has a petrol cap, storage tray for a drink or whatever your child choose to plonk in it, a high seat support, ignition switch, and the rugged durable tyres rotate 360 degrees. The car is driven by the child's feet as there are no pedals. Gone are the days of your child ending up in a messy accident as someone is pushing them from behind and their foot has become caught in a pedal! The car although solid, is light enough for them to manoeuvre and direct.
**Imaginative play encouraged**
This car would encourage colour recognition, imaginative play, sharing skills, independence, gross motor and fine motor skills. On receiving this present, my son recognised it from his toddlers group and was most pleased to be the proud owner of it. After all, there was nobody to battle against to get into it, and nobody to throw him out of it! It's quite stressful sometimes at toddlers as these cars can become a pain in the butt. They are much the reason for toddlers having tantrums and tears as they battle with someone to have a turn. It's nice to teach them about sharing and taking turns though, so if you have other children, you can continue to use this toy as a teaching aid for sharing as well. Fortunately for my son his older brother and sis at 17 and 13 are too big to get in it, although my 13 year old has tried!
Independence and imaginative play are encouraged with this car, especially with all the features they can play with. As well as pushing the car around, my son on his first play with it was quite happy to stand for an hour opening and closing the door! At 19 months he was old enough to open the door, climb inside, shut the door and say ' Brumm Brummm'!
Now at 23 months it's ' open door, close door, open door, close door, get out, close door, more, beep beep beep' ! Children look really cute sat in these cars. My son sits in it with his elbow hanging out of the window! Actually, its the only time I see my son sit down for longer than 2 minutes! He will sit in it for a max of 10 mins, so it's great for encouraging a bit of a rest from running around!
**Anything to be aware of?**
The horn is a little hard to press as he doesn't seem to bother with it. That's probably a good thing... for me at least. Also be aware that becausae its chunky, its a bit difficult to press the pieces into place when putting it together. Once they are in place though, it's set for life! The stickers, as mentioned can be torn off, but i'm sure you could replace them if really wanted them on. Personally I really don't think they make a drastic difference.
At 21 months my son started to try and climb through the door that doesn't open. This was a bit of a tricky phase and not really to be encouraged as twice he's managed to pull it over. There's been no major accident with it though and they learn fairly quickly that its not the best of things to be trying. I think as long as you are aware of that ' phase' and supervise, its fine. He is 23 months now and not really doing that anymore.
Overall - Well worth the money! A firm favourite!
One of my sons best loved toys is his Little Tikes Cosy Coupe which he bombs around the garden in.
Assembling the car isn't the easiest thing to so in the world - although the instructions are fairly easy to follow. Its just that you have to get everything to fit together perfectly, but getting the pieces of plastic in exactly the right position, is difficult to do and virtually impossible to do by yourself. In the end, I put it together with my partner and having two of us doing it actually made it a lot easier. The good thing that that once it was all put together, it was very secure and it has never come unfixed or fell apart! The only negative this about the way its put together is that you can't really dissemble it for storage or for moving it and so you need somewhere big enough to keep it if you don't want it on display in the garden all of the time.
I love the fact that this toy is so low tech and therefore low maintenance that its always ready to go with no need to change batteries or turn it on or anything like that. Using it is as beautifully simple as my son opening the door and clambering in and then using his feet to whizz around the garden. Occasionally he may request being pushed - but this isn't a necessity and so he's able to play independently in it - which gives me some peace!
I find the car is very sturdy and it definitely copes with any assault kids can hurl at it. My son has bashed into things in it, tried to clamber over it, kicked it (as delightful little boys do) - and still its as good as new. It does have a few scratches on it, but these are very superficial and don't impact on the function at all. It is easier to move if its on the flat - and so if you have a patio then its better to use on this surface - but my son does manage to move in on the grass, but its much slower. The whole time we've had it (which is about a year) it has never tipped over and so its perfectly safe.
Because its plastic, its completely wipeable - infact I just tend to give it a quick blast with the hose to clean it down.
Although this is supposedly for anyone aged between 18 months and 5 years, I would have to say that I think most 5 year olds would be too big to comfortably fit inside the car. My son is 3 and he just about fits comfortably and so I don't think it will be much good for him for much longer.
This car cost me £30 from Amazon about a year ago - and its been really good value! Recommended.
The cosy coupe is the most have car for a toddler. I remember them from when my younger brother was growing up and was reunited with them when my eldest son was 15 months and we went to our local toddler group. It was here I became to realise what a magnet they were to young children. Our small toddler group has two of these cars and all the children have fought over them. Some children became a little obsessive over them! Many of the mums, me included have admitted to buying one in the hope they wouldn't be so obsessive over them at toddler group. It hasn't worked!
Last year I hunted for one of these cars, the thing about them is they are quite expensive. So my hunt for a second hand one began and ended in frustration. It was when looking on Amazon for the 20th time I realised they had been put on offer and I could get a brand new one for not much more than a second hand one. They usually cost about £50, I got mine for £35 I was a very pleased mummy. A year on I have realised they are well worth the high price tag and would be happy to pay £50 for one now.
The cosy coupe has been altered slightly in design over the years just like any real car it has gone curvy and small features have been changed but just like when my brother had one it gives many hours of fun to a young child. The one we have is in the traditional red and yellow colours but as it is a 30th year anniversary car it has a face on the front of the car.
The car is made from strong durable plastic and the only down side to it is assembling the thing. It did come in several pieces and wasn't as straight forward as it looked. We did fine a small hammer was needed at times when some pieces just wouldn't push in. So if it's for a present I would highly recommend assembling it the night before.
As I have mentioned the car has changed over the years making it more fun and safe for small children. I have noticed this myself with the toddler group having the older version ones. The bits they have added do make it even better for child and parent.
The cosy coupe is a fun looking car for any child. It has a door on one side that opens and shuts. Inside there is a small catch to slide across to keep the door shut. This is great when you use the foot plate inside with very young children. My eldest son took a while to manage to slide it across but that could off been because of the stiffness with it being new. Inside there is a black steering wheel that moves round with a red horn that squeaks in the centre of it. There is also a blue ignition key to add to that whole realistic aspect of the car. The addition my son has still has a small storage area on the back but I have noticed this is a lot smaller than the older versions. Still my son is happy with it and finds it perfect for his drink to sit in. On the side of the car is a white round petrol cap that pops open with ease. My son is very fond of pretending to fill his car up just like his daddy does. Another added touch on the new version is for the parents! There is a handle hole making it easier when you're pushing your child about in it. All the features of the car make up the fun children get from the car.
I did mention the footplate ours came with. It is a yellow square plastic piece that fits into the hole of the bottom of the car. It is a little tricky to get in but once you have done it a couple of times you get the hang of it. Now for toddlers who like to use their own legs to power the car it is pointless but for children who are just too small it's great. When we first got it my youngest son was about 10 months old and although it does recommend for children 18 months and up we did now and again push him around in it with the front plate in.
I love this car and couldn't recommend it any more highly but it is the children's reaction that counts the most. My son was so happy when he saw he had one for his back garden. He is outside in it at any opportunity and a year on, 3 years old now he still runs to it first. I can see now my youngest son is 18 months there is going to many fights over it! What child wouldn't love their own version of a car? With the cosy coupe you get style for your child but most of all safety.
The Christmas before last Asda seemed to go a bit mad and put loads of highly priced toys on at £15, this was one of them and my daughter nearly ended up with three as it was such a good deal! Finally sorting it so only one person bought her it we put it away for the warmer months. The car can be bought in a few different designs, I have personally seen a police car, a pink one and the standard red and yellow, they generally cost around £50 each so it really was a bargain at £15.
The car came in a strong white cardboard box that was stapled shut with extra strong staples so there was no way there could be anything missing. The box was actually quite hard for an adult to get into but once we did there were all the pieces for the car and the instructions, the instructions did seem to cause a little confusion and there were a couple of things whilst building it that both myself and my husband struggled with. The car has a red base with a door on one side with a yellow roof and black wheels, there is a fuel cap, steering wheel and a pretend key all making the car a little more realistic. We struggled getting the struts of the roof in the right place to line up with the roof at the same time and this did take two of us and working out which wheel went where was fun!! I really don't think it helped matters that we were building this with a just three year old who was eager to have a go. The car comes with stickers to go on the front for the lights and states the little tikes name on it.
Once built our daughter got into the car but couldn't quite understand that she needed to move the car with her own feet, we started by giving her a little push to encourage her and she loved it, she did finally get the idea although most of our back is grass which is doesn't move very well on. Our daughter gets a little annoyed that there is only one door and always wants to get in the side without the door so we have to keep an eye on her with that as she tries to climb in through the gap between base and roof. She also doesn't like that the pretend key is stuck in although this is obviously a good idea as she would be bound to lose it and she does like that the fuel cap opens so she can pretend she is putting petrol in her car.
The car is very sturdy and was played with every day of last summer and into the beginning of winter before we put it away, she has now got it back out and still enjoys playing with it. There is a small sunken bit on the back where she likes to put her pretend shopping although this is often full of water after rain. Apart form in the really bad weather this car has been left out as it is too much hassle to keep getting it to the back of the shed and it is still in perfect condition even the stickers haven't faded or started to fade.
This toy really was great value and to be honest from the amount she has played with it and the fact I'm sure she is going to play with it all this year too I wouldn't have been disappointed if we had paid full price. I think that this toy is one she will outgrow rather than not want to play with - highly recommended.
Being a mother of four it's fair to say that I have seen allof the fads and novelty items over the years, however, one toy thatnever seems to go out of fashion is this cosy coupe. Each of mychildren has had one of these over the years whether it's a hand medown or a brand new one and my youngest daughter is no exception. Ipurchased her Cosy Coupe with Amazon Vouchers and it cost me just£42.00 on promotion a few months back but it's only the last month orso that she's really got a large amount of use out of it thanks to drydays and fairly nice weather of late.
This car is one that's been very commonly spotted throughout the yearsin gardens, nursery groups and even in the playground of the localplaygroup at my middle childrens school, even though it's been aroundfor 30 years it's still going strong and while the design has beenupdated a little throughout the years it still brings back memories ofme owning one of these as a small child myself, probably costing moremoney than they do now!
The car that we own is the classic red and yellow one and this has alittle face on the front consisting of eyes, nose and lips. It's quitecute to look at and happily sits inoffensively next to my garden shed.The way this car is designed is so your child can open the little doorand sit themselves inside behind the steering wheel (complete withlittle squeaky horn), then you can either push your child around ifthey lift their feet up or your child can use their feet to powerthemselves around obviously controlling how fast or slow they go. Thecar is quite low down so even little legs can have a go at drivingthemselves around (usually complete with sound effects).
This car is made from quite a thick plastic but it's very lightweightensuring it's nice and easy for your little one to steer it and drivearound wherever they want to go. Also, because it's made of thickplastic it's nice and easy just to wipe it clean which means I canleave it out in all weathers and just give it a quick spruce with asponge. This particular one that we have had has been outside for thelast few months when we've had numerous showers of snow and coatingsof ice on it and it's been left looking as good as new with no adverseaffects at all.
Overall the design of the car is fantastic with it having the steeringwheel (complete with squeaky horn), four wheels, a seat, a little doorand a petrol cap. My daughter seems to be particularly interested inthe steering wheel and will happily spend many minutes just sittingstill turning it and looking around as if she is driving. Most of thisbehaviour she must have got from programmes on TV because we don't goout in the car all that often. My son is 6 and even he likes to playaround in this little car from time to time and practice putting inhis petrol.
My daughter absolutely adores playing with this car out in the gardenand now the weather is nicer she is asking to go out there every daywhich is fine by me as I have the perfect excuse to get a good magazine and go and lie in the large patch of sun my garden gets. Ifyou have little ones, of either gender, then I would definitelyrecommend this car. It's usually available for just under £50 andthere are various places that stock it, Amazon being the one Ipurchased ours from. I am sure this car will go on for many a year andonly wish I hadn't got rid of the one my son had at the same age butthen I thought three was the limit and along came another! This carhas already provided hours of fun for my daughter and it's good toknow that this will not teach her anything naughty or allow her toinjury herself even if she goes crashing around the garden. Also, thecar is very weatherproof or accident proof in the case of my littleone as it's all hard plastic that can just be wiped clean.
With it's realistic open and closing door this car is perfect for any little man (or girl) my 3 boys have all had one of these cars, with there being just 2 years between my eldest two boys they each had their own car. My eldest had this particular red and yellow version of the coupe and his brother had the police car version.
Now my youngest also has the red and yellow version as we got rid of all the garden toys when we moved simply because the dog next door had had a good old munch on everything, even the swing set had no ropes for the seats as he had chewed right through them.... Daft dog!
So back to the cosy coupe. I can remember my dad buying this for my eldest son's first birthday and I took him for a walk down to my nan's house. He loved it.
It's good great because it has a handy removable section in the floor, it means that little ones can keep their feet in and the parent handle makes it nice to push along. It isn't heavy either, although steering it can take a bit of getting used to!
There's a handy little compartment behind the seat for storing bit's and bob's, whatever toy's your little one decides is going for a ride with them, can be put safely in here.
The removable floor comes away easily for children to then use the car Fred Flinstone style!!
As I never bought any of the cars ourselves as they were all bought as gifts I am unsure of how long it took to put the car together, but it can't have been too hard as my dad would have gotten in a right state and brought it to me, so although they do need some assembly I don't think it is too hard.
They aren't the easiest things to store away in the house as they are rather chunky and sturdy but if you have enough room then there shouldn't be a problem.
I left the other 2 cars in the garden, under the window and although the sun does fade the colours a little, the rain made no difference what so ever.
The one I have now is stored in the shed and is pulled out as soon as the weather comes nice and is used pretty much everyday then and they do wear well. The wheels are not as flimsy as some of the ride on's and seem to last well.
I seem to see kids everywhere with these cars and have done for years, the Nursery my son goes to has a few in the playground and they have lasted years.
I think the popularity of these cars just goes to show how much people think of them. They are robust and great for kids.
Safety information included on instruction leaflet.
Weight restrictions 23kg.
Made from polyethylene plastic.
Component assembly required.
Full instructions included.
Size (H)82.5, (W)40.6, (D)77.5cm.
For ages 18 months to 4 years.
They sell them in most toy places, priced at around £49.99.
Well worth it for a toy that lasts years. They can even be passed on.
They come in few different colour ways now, so giving you more choice.
Kids nowadays grow up so fast - one minute you're decorating their nursery and the next you're buying their first car. An excellent choice of first car is the Cosy Coupe by Little Tikes - assuming of course the child in question is eighteen months rather than eighteen years old!
Anybody who has ever observed a group of toddlers in a nursery setting or in some kind of pre-school or play group would no doubt be familiar with the Cosy Coupe. These chunky plastic ride on (or more accurately 'ride in') toys have been the source of more toddler tantrums and punch ups than anything else, I'm sure! There is always some kind of tussle between two or more children, as one will try and drag the other out of the car. Whoever coined the term 'road rage' must have been thinking about the Cosy Coupe.
The brightly coloured car, complete with chunky door that opens and closes just like Mummy's car, is perfectly proportioned for toddlers from around eighteen months to three years old (although both slightly younger and slightly older children will insist on having a go!) The car is 'driven' by the power of a toddler's feet, as there are no pedals to operate. This design makes it very easy for a child to manoeuvre and to control the direction and speed of travel. Although made from chunky plastic, the car manages to be lightweight enough for a child to control but robust enough to withstand the inevitable bumps, scrapes and crashes!
As well as teaching young children valuable lessons about sharing and taking turns (well, you can hope), this is great for imaginative play as it has lots of little features encouraging little ones to mimic their parents. There is a steering wheel, as you'd expect, complete with working horn - which is, fortunately, fairly quiet. The car even has a petrol cap and my boys always enjoyed trying to fill their car up with 'petrol' using our hose pipe! Above all else, this car is a safe and sturdy toy which will give little ones hours of fun playing outside.
Little Tikes have been making this little car in various designs for years and its latest version - the '30th Anniversary Cosy Coupe' - is currently available for £49.99 from the Early Learning Centre. Our car is an older model as pictured here and was passed on to us by a friend as these are pretty robust toys and likely to survive even the roughest of children. Ours has been enjoyed by three boys to date and is approaching ten years old but is still in full working order, thanks to the extra thick plastic exterior and relatively few components to potentially break. Despite being stored outside in all weathers, and looking pretty grubby, there has been no damage beyond the stickers wearing off on the front. The longevity of our model is testament to its quality and, although the original price might seem high, I think it is great value as it is almost certain to be in good enough condition to pass down to a younger sibling or sell on after use (although ours has reached the end of the road now, I suspect!)
I'd certainly recommend looking out for one of these for a pre-schooler as it will provide them with hours of fun and entertainment. This is not just one for the boys - the original design is perfectly suitable for either gender but, for any pink princesses, there is even a pink model available too.