Product Type: Micro Outdoor Toy
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Great for the school run!
Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Member Name: pootlegirl
Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Advantages: It's quicker than walking anywhere with a toddler!
Disadvantages: Doesn't fold down
This scooter was handed down to my daughter by my neice who was due an upgrade - it has been a huge success!
My daughter was just 2 and a half when we aquired it, so a little under the 3 - 5 recommended age group. She was very confident on it from the word go, though she didn't reach the speeds she does now for some time! The two wheels at the front ensure that the scooter doesn't tip over. The handle bar doesn't turn, you steer the scooter by tilting the handle bars one way or the other. It took my daughter some time to grasp this concept, so for a while changing directoin meant stopping, re-positioning the scooter and setting off again - which made for slow progress if we were actually going somewhere. However, it soon became natural for her and now the speeds she reaches on the school run are a little hair raising! There is a brake on the back wheel, but we haven't started using this yet. She slows herself down in the same way she makes herself go, but with resisitance instead of a push.
As this was handed down I cannot comment on the packaging or initially assembly. The scooter doesn't fold down (this would be a nice improvent as it's not too heavy so could probably be stuck under a pram when necessary) but it is possibly to completely remove the neck/handle bar. This is done by pressing down a catch under the scooter and pulling the handle bar out. It is quite fiddly and would be a messy job if the scooter was wet/dirty so you probably wouldn't want to be doing it regularly, but it is handy for packing in the car to go on holiday, etc. To assemble it again you just push the handle bar back into the hole until it clicks. The scooter looks very smart - and grown up! You're child will only want a new one when they have literally out grown this one (the handle bar doesn't extend), not because it looks 'babyish'.
My daughter is now 3 and a half and has just started nursery school. The school is around a mile away and initially we walked.....a very long, slow walk with lots of singing/games to keep her distracted! After the first week we decided to try the scooter. Now we set off 10 minutes later and I have to do a very brisk walk/trot to keep up (which is good exercise for me!)
As this was handed down I can vouch for the quality of it. My daughter has now had it for a year and my niece must have had it for at least 3 (more if it was initially my nephews!). It certainly doesn't look new - though most of that is probably down to the dirt, but it is in full working order and nothing has fallen off or broken!
I think this is the perfect starter scooter. It's is very age appropriate, the size is perfect for 3 - 5 years olds. The handle bar doesn't extend but I imagine this is because it is the perfect size for the dimensions of the scooter. If your child requires a higher handle bar they are probably ready for a different scooter!
Summary: The perfect starter scooter!