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Martin Yaffe Dora the Explorer Quad Skates

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      10.03.2011 21:21
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      Not the most suitable for a clumsy three year old

      My daughter has recently been given these as my niece has outgrown them, I have to say I'm not overly sure of them. The skates are Dora the Explorer which is a character that my daughter does like, the skates sell for about £10 although they have copyright 2005 on them so I can't be sure that you can still get hold of these particular ones. The skates are to fit UK sizes 8 - 13 and are made to go over the childs shoes. The skates are designed so that the front wheel is locked meaning that they can only go forwards meaning my daughter falls when she tries to go backwards, there are 4 wheels so not like rollerblades and have a stopper at the front to help the child stop. The skates are very brightly coloured, the base is red with yellow and orange sides, the ankle strap also has some purple added into the mix, one skate has a picture of Boots on the front and the other has a picture of Dora on the front.

      The skates are not adjustable over the toes at all so if your child has narrow feet then the toe area may slip from side to side, the strap around the ankle is fastened with Velcro and it does worry me if this could come loose with a lot of skating. The base expands depending on the childs foot size, this is done by pulling up a level on the base and basically it is a piece of plastic with rectangular holes in and the level has a piece of rectangular plastic underneath to slot into the required hole. Maybe I'm getting old but I had a pair of skates when I was young and they were adjusted with screws so I needed help and couldn't muck about with them on my own, they were also fastened across the toes and round the ankle with buckles so were secure and they were raised behind the ankle for support.

      My daughter enjoys these skates but does often fall over and decide she doesn't like them anymore, they are made for 3 years plus and she is heading for 4 years so they are supposed to be suitable for her. I really don't think these offer any support at all and would prefer to buy her so roller boots and pay more in the hope we don't end up with a broken ankle. I have hidden these to the back of the cupboard in the hope she will forget about them for the time being at least.

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        13.05.2010 01:01
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        Have fun skating!!

        When we sat down to do our christmas lists last year my then 2 year old picked out from a couple of things from the catelogues that she'd like to put on her list we cut them out and stuck them on. When we put the roller skates on there i did have that conversation that Father Christmas can't always get everything on your list as i thought 2 year old plus roller skates equals disaster!! However she only had a few things on her list so i gave in and got them. (well father christmas did).

        These Dore the Explorer roller skates are made from bright orange and yellow plastic, bright yellow stopper and purple wheels, one has a picture of Dora the Explorer the other has her best friend Boots the monkey on it, all of which makes them very bright but a child magnet. The basic idea is children put them over their shoes and tighten the strap then thats it they're ready to go.

        They are designed for younger children the ones we bought were for shoe size 9 to 12, as such the wheels click round rather than going round freely which at 3 years old is a plus point but as not so good as they get older so they're not a toy thats going to last forever.

        While the skates are lots on fun from the safety aspect i would recomend when purchasing the skates you also buy the safety set which comprises of a safety hat (also ideal for riding the bike), knee pads and elbow pads (this is available in the matching ora the Explorer) at least that way you know they can use them in the garden without a trip to the local a&e department!!

        My daughter loves hers but does use them alot indoors which is fine except she doesn't have shoes on so the strap doesn't tighten quite enough. Also as a big warning if your children are going to use them indoors don't let them on wooden flooring!!!

        Overall i would recommend buying these skates for your child but bare in mind when paying around £20.00 for the skates and £25.00 for the safety set they probably won't get your moneys worth out of them.

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        28.09.2009 10:07
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        A lovely first pair of skates for your little one.

        When my friend arrived for a cuppa yesterday she'd brought her four year old along with her who happened to be wearing a pair of these lovely roller skates featuring Dora the Explorer, a character I'm familiar with due to my two year old granddaughter's love of Nick Jnr.

        These skates are absolutely excellent and I cannot wait until my granddaughter is old enough for a pair as they not only look fantastic but appeared to be sturdy and comfortable while my friend's daughter was wearing them.

        The design of them would please any young Dora fan I'm sure with one skate featuring Dora herself and the other showing Boots, her little monkey friend. The skates my friend's daughter look exactly the same as those pictured above and after looking online I can tell you there are no other colourways available so if garish orange and yellow doesn't appeal then you're a bit stuck!

        These skates adjust to fit child's shoe sizes 8 - 13, the adjustor is located underneath the skate and is simple and fairly smooth to move along - unlike an awful pair of similar Teletubbies skates I recall my now thirteen year old granddaughter owning a number of years ago.

        Unlike normal roller skates, your child will need to keep their shoes on while wearing these and they look to be extremely comfortable and allowed little Ruby to bend her ankles quite naturally despite the fact that they are built up at the back of the skate for safety reasons.

        The wheels move a lot more smoothly than I was expecting them to, again I was thinking of the terribly unweildy Teletubbies skates where I remember my granddaughter was more walking than skating! They will only allow your child to skate forwards and the front wheels are lockable for safety but I must say they allowed Ruby far more skating freedom in my garden than I had expected them to. The stoppers at the front of the skates allowed her to stop when she wanted to, although her mum tells me it was a trial actually teaching her how to use this aspect as her favourite way to stop to start with was simply to drop down onto her bottom and lift her feet into the air!

        I think these are fabulous first roller skates, although I'm not sure why the manufacturer has seen fit to call them Quad Skates as surely all roller skates have four wheels! You can buy a pair from www.amazon.co.uk for £12.75, which is a bargain in my opinion considering the fact that when my friend bought these for Ruby she paid almost £20 for them. I'm not so sure that £20 is such good value for money however as not all children will get enough use out of them to justify spending such a large amount of money on them.

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          23.04.2009 13:22
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          Good at introducing the concept of skating

          My daughter receieved these as a gift for her 4th birthday and they were an instant hit with her as she is a huge Dora the Explorer Fan.
          She started using these in the house to get her used to them but it is great that you can change them mode on them so that you can only go forward as initally she could only go backwards. She has size 8 feet and they fit over her shoes no problem. They fit from size 8 to size 13 and are easy to adjust with the push of a button. Each skate has 4 wheels and a large yellow stopper at the front which is a great saftely feature. The bottoms are made of really sturdy plastic but the plastic on top is flexible which helps fit different styles of shoes. The straps velcro but I have to say that they easily come unstuck which could be dangerous is a child was going fast outdoors.
          These are a good introduction to skating but our daughter quickly moved on to roller blades.

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          11.02.2009 03:40
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          a great toy

          my little girls had a pair of these each for chrismas 2007, they cost me £20 each at the time but you can get them a lot cheaper if they are just plain and not dora the explorer as you are realy paying for just a name here but with my two being dora mad i thought it was worth it.

          This is the first version of roler skates they do for young children and they are suitable for children shoe sized 8 to 13 as they have to wear there ordinary shoes inside the skates, the skates adjust in length too to go larger to accomodate the larger sizes up to a 13. My daughters strugle to put them on them selves but are only 4 and 5 years old.

          The skates are made from a tough well lasting plastic that has 4 wheels set like a cars wheels and a stopper on the front to stop.

          My youngest who is a roughty toughty child loved these from the start and there was no stopping her, crashing down my hall in them and around the garden in the summer my eldest was very wary to start off with but soon got the hang of it and joined her sister having fun with them.

          Ours have lasted over a year now and although the wheels have a few scratches on them they are still in good condition and look like they will last a few more years so are realy worth the price i paid for the fun they bring.

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      • Product Details

        Be the talk of the town with these brightly coloured fun Dora the Explorer skates. With excellent safety function, these are great for beginners. Being easily adjustable, these skates will fit child shoe sizes 8-13.