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I bought the scuttle bug for my son when he was ten months old, and he was a little small for it. He has been able to play on it since he was twelve months old, and he is average size. Due to the size if I had tried him on it now (aged nineteen months) I don't think I would have bought it for him as I don't think he would have been able to play with it for very long.
The scuttle bug is built very well, and can be used indoors and outdoors. Due to the way it can be folded, it is easy to store which is a great plus. The design also makes it easy to carry, I have taken it camping, and it came everywhere with us in the summer. The shape of the seat means that it is easy for him to climb on and off himself, which is very important as he is quite independent. The handle bars are easy to steer and the wheels move very well.
My son absolutely loves his scuttle bug and I feel it has helped with his development. he loves the fact that it has eyes on the front. I am sure he will have fun on it for a little longer yet, but will probably be too big for it by next summer.
Overall it provides great value for money providing you but it at the right time for your child.
When buying gifts for my children my Mum likes to buy toys for the garden as it encourages the children to play outside and doesn't clutter up our house. When my fourth child turned one we couldn't think of anything she might need as we had so many garden toys. My Mum had been to visit my brother and noticed my nephew had a little trike that he played on inside the house but was obviously a favourite. After a quick search on the internet my Mum found the trike online and ordered one for my daughter and another for my two year old nephew.
As with most things the price of these scuttlebugs varies greatly from around £18 up to around £30 at the moment (August 2011) these are available online from www.amazon.co.uk for £21.99 with free postage or the red one is available at Argos for £24.99.
The scuttlebug is made up of a hard plastic seat with metal legs and hard rubber wheels. The steering is controlled by the small handle bars that move the front wheel and the back legs are rigid. The seat is quite long and shaped to fit nicely between little legs. The scuttlebug comes in a variety of colours such as yellow, blue, green, red and pink. Each scuttlebug has little eyes and a mouth on the front which are just stickers but look very cute. We have the pink scuttlebug and it has bright pink wheels and purple flowers on the seat. The flowers are not stickers but sprt of sprayed or painted on. The back of the seat has a shaped groove that looks to me like it could be there for the child to rest it's knee while using the other leg to propel itself along a bit like a skateboard or scooter but I haven't seen it used like this yet.
The scuttlebug comes in a box and is completely assembled including the stickers. Once you get it out of the box all you have to do is unfold the legs and away you go. I think this is a real bonus because it can save time on Christmas Eve assembling things and also means that you don't have to fight your way through wire and screws to get at your new toy.
When my daughter first received the scuttlebug she had a sit on it but wasn't impressed as it was a big too high for her to reach the ground properly. Also as we didn't know what my Mum had bought we had also bought a little car ride-on for our daughter which she could sit on more easily and was able to whizz about on within minutes of getting onto it.
My Mum assured me that both my nephews (both aged two) really liked theirs and although she hadn't seen them used outside as it was only March they were great fun for indoors too.
Our daughter in now 16months old and the scuttlebug has become a real favourite for both inside and in the garden. She still hasn't quite worked out how to get the scuttlebug to move but she can get up to quite a speed anyway. Sometimes it looks like she is just standing over the scuttlebug with it between her legs and walking along but other times she is definitely sitting down.
We have been away a few times and it is so easy just to fold the legs up and sling the scuttlebug in the back of the car as it takes up hardly any space and a lot less than a normal ride-on or trike. I imagine that this would also be beneficial if your little one wanted to ride the scuttlebug on an outing because you could always fold the legs up and put it in the basket of your buggy when they got fed up.
I would recommend the scuttlebug to anyone with children aged between one and about two and a half. My three year old does play on the trike but is a bit too big really. The scuttlebug is very sturdy and robust and really well made so in my opinion it will be a good toy to hand down as it won't perish like some of the plastic ride-ons.
Mookie scuttlebugs were a hug hit at our local mother and toddler group last year and both my girls took a shine to them without being able to actually have a go on the scuttlebug , as their was only three scuttlebugs between twenty toddlers their were loads of tantrums and tear between the children not able to share , the bikes were removed from the group so unfair. I decided to check them out online in hope to buy two of them so my girls would have a something to play with in the garden. I choose to buy the scuttlebugs from amazon for £24.99 each. I was unsure after reading the reviews on amazon however i took a chance. My girls were two years old when i bought them their scuttlebugs and as these are made for age 1 - 3 years i was also wary at the time about how quickly the girls would grow out of them but this has not been an issue.
Scuttlebugs come in different colours such as blue representing a dragonfly, bumble bee in yellow, red being a beetle, pink being a butterfly. I choose a pink one and red so the colours were different save any fighting between the girls of the who is who's nonsense.
When the scuttlebugs arrived they come in small boxes all folded up. The instructions are way over complicated for such a small toy bike. Each part of the bike has plastic wrap to be removed. The scuttlebug is very easy to set up takes only a few minutes as the legs are clipped together under the seat , just a tug of each leg and they click into place so simple. The handle bar at the front also clips into place. I cant see why the scuttlebugs we have resemble an insect apart from the colours. The pink scuttlebug for instance is hot pink all over with 6 small purple flowers on the seat, looks pretty but doesn't resemble a butterfly.
Scuttlebugs have long shaped seats , wide at the back and narrow at the front. The seat has the patterns and scuttlebug motif on the side. I like the fact the seat is long as it stops the child slipping of the back. The legs of the scuttle bugs are short, made from steel with small thin wheels.
Their are two wheels at the back and only one wheel at the front joined onto the pole that has the handle bars.
The wheels on the back are angled making the wheels stick out to the side and further back on the bike rather than straight, this is to stop toddlers catching the wheels on the back of their feet or shoes making it difficult to use as i have seen with many ride on toys.
The angled poles and wheels are also to stop the bike being toppled over, they act like stabilisers. I also noticed the scuttlebug legs or seat are not adjustable at all so once the child has growen out of the scuttlebug thats it.
The scuttlebug is small in height around 10 inches from the ground to seat making it incredibly easy for toddlers to get on and off even 1 year olds would manage this.
My girls can get on and of the bikes with ease and the scuttlebug one year on still fits them now they are three but if i had waited until this year i wouldn't have bought them one because i think another 6-8 months they will grow out of them , at least we will still get another summer out of them.
I was surprised how lightweight the scuttlebugs are making this an added bonus as they are portable. The scuttlebugs fold down quickly with a simple pull catch a bit like a pram. Each leg has a plastic part with arrows showing where to pull and what direction and the spring releases allowing the legs to be folded down that also clips back into the seat underneath as their is three sections for the legs to be put in. When all folded up the scuttlebug is so compact it can fit in a bag, or under the pushchair to take with you. I often do this as we go to the park etc even good to take to grandmas at the weekend.
The seats down look very comfy as they are made from touch plastic with textured bumps on them but my children haven't moaned about it so much be ok.
The handle bar consist of one plastic bar, very small looking but after all these are perfect size for small toddler hands to grip. The steering of the scuttlebug looks odd as it is only one wheel on the front but the wheel turns with the handle bar going right or left.
My daughters manage the steering fine and as soon as they got to sit on the scuttlebugs they were off just took to them like a duck to water.
What i like most about the scuttlebugs is these can be used indoors as well as out due to the tough rubber wheels do not leave any marks on the floors. My house is not the biggest of houses but my girls get around on the scuttlebugs easily without bumping into furniture , walls or doors.
I don't leave the scuttlebugs outside because i don't want them to be sun damaged therefore they still look like new apart from a few small scuffs to the wheels as outdoor used.
I have found the scuttlebugs to be compact, easy to use, easy to store, portable and very durable. I think the scuttlebugs are a great idea for toddlers and much more appling than the fancy branded ride on toys.
My girls love their scuttlebugs and can really zoom around on them, don't think a day hasn't gone by where they haven't used their scuttlebugs. I always recommend the scuttlebugs to friends with young children so i highly recommend them on dooyoo. Your children will love them too.
If you do wish to buy a scuttlebug i recommend checking out amazon uk first as the scuttlebugs were reduced to £16.99 last week and their seems to be a lot of specials on the scuttlebugs each week with amazon. I did find the amazon reviews worrying but having to a chance i can say now i have never had any problems with the scuttlebugs i really love them great inventions well done mookie!
These little trikes are ideal for young children and also great if you don't have much room as they are only small so are easy to store.
They have three wheels which can be folded inwards so that when your little one has finished playing with this you can store it easily. The trike itself is designed to look a bit like an insect. You can buy them in different colours with different themes; a red one to look like a lady bird, this blue one which looks like a dragonfly etc. This adds a bit of character to them and makes them really interesting and appealing to young children. They come with eyes and a mouth stuck to the front, you don't have to put the stickers on yourself which is good.
When you get this out of the box you don't have to mess around with setting it up. Instead you just unsnap the wheels from the base and it's ready to go! This is great because often with children's toys you have to spend quite a while setting it up and struggling to understand instructions whilst your child is impatiently waiting to play!
The seat of this is very narrow compared to most trikes and at first i was concerned that my daughter would fall off it but actually the narrowness of the seat makes it easier for them to push themselves along. Their feet are able to reach the floor and have better control as they don't have a huge wide seat between their legs which gets in the way. The wheels are only small and the legs splayed at an angle which makes this structurally sound. It may look a bit flimsy and it is very light but this makes it faster and easier for your child to move along which gives them a lot more enjoyment. It is very close to the ground so that if any accidents do happen your child hasn't got far to fall.
My daughter has fallen off this a couple of times but never done any damage because it's so close to the ground and, lets face it, what toddler doesn't take a tumble now and again? It is teaching her to keep her balance and how to navigate around angles. It's fascinating to see as at first she would struggle to steer it and now in the matter of months she is able to scoot around the house and navigate around without a problem at all!
This trike can be used inside and outside and because it is plastic and metal it's easy to wipe clean so if you bring it in from the garden a quick wipe of the wheels should make it clean enough to go inside your house again.
It is very light which is great as you cn easily move it and my daughter likes to pick it up and take it places herself. It is very practical that's for sure.
It's aimed at children around 24 months and I think that's a very suitable age for them. Because it is a push along trike it's a great step up from the ride ons that babies use and a step behind their first little bike with pedals. I am really pleased with this and my daughter loves it, she will happily sit on this for hours and scoot around the house and garden looking very proud of herself!
It costs about £25 and you can buy it from Amazon and John Lewis.
My daughter took a shine to these trikes during the summer when she saw one at a kids party, so I decided to wait a few months until Christmas when I vowed to buy her one of her own. Big mistake! By Christmas my daughter was coming up to two and seemed to have outgrown the trike all of a sudden.
With a lightweight aluminium frame, sturdy but light design, and ability to fold down and be portable, I thought the Scuttlebug would be ideal for a two-year-old, but sadly it was not to be. The age range, as far as I remember, is aged one to age three, but personally I would say one to two is much more accurate.
The Scuttlebug my daughter owns is the same as the one in the picture, except it is bright pink. They are available in pink, blue, purple and yellow. They look really great and have narrow seats and sturdy legs. It's really easy to move about on them due to their size and design. The handle turns easily, and they take up very little space, especially since they can be collapsed. For this reason they are a great toy for taking to the park, or over to friends houses. It's easy to carry them one-handed, which is important with a toddler who always demands to be carried like mine!
My daughter does sit on this and scoot about but she looks far too big for it. She would rather play with her other toys, especially her ride on car. I paid £20 on Amazon for this, but it was on special offer and they usually retail for around £25, which is still a good price for what they are.
However I would bear in mind that if your child is 18-months or older, they may not get much use from this trike. The same goes for toddlers who are tall for their age.
I originally bought a Mookie Scuttlebug to complement the selection of ride-ons for my party toy hire business for 0-5 year olds. I was attracted by the simple sleek look, its sturdiness and compact fold up design - which takes up very little space in the car or house. Time and time again the parents at the parties would say that the Scuttlebugs were one of the most popular toys - and where could they get one please?
I sold the business and the 'bugs - but bought another for my own 12 month old son last summer. Maybe he was a little young, but he was more interested in pushing it along rather than sitting on it. However, with it being so compact we always pop it in the car and take it with us to friends, family and on holidays. He may not be riding it yet, but teddy has been on many excursions riding round the garden on the Scuttlebug collecting stones, sticks and wriggly things....possibly not what it was designed for, but in my mind if a toy can keep a child entertained it's doing its job, maybe this summer my son might even ride it himself!
Would I recommend it? Definitely. The scuttlebug is a thing of beauty. It hangs neatly on the coat hooks in the porch and sits in the pushchair basket on walks. Quick and easy to fold up and the price is very reasonable.
I bought this for my baby's First birthday knowing that he was ready for a ride on at that age. All I can say is - WOW! The design of this ride on is Amazing - I wish it was around for my older 2 children as they had the traditionally low down wide seated variety which is by far still the most common type of rideon on the market at the moment.
The problem with the low plastic variety is the baby/toddlers legs are bent at the knee with hardly any space for the child to move their legs (ie the distance from their bum to the floor means their knees are really far up off the ground and well you try moving about like that - it is hard, now trying to do it when you are new to walking!)
Another problem with the conventional style is that they often are difficult to steer and are bulky.
This 'Scuttlebug' seems to have taken a completely fresh approach to the ride on , removing all those design faults and creating an amazing 'must have' product for your toddler, the type that makes you think 'Now why has this never been thought up before?'
It is more like a traditional trike (which incidentally is what I was originally trying to look for) but is made of an incredibly light weight aluminium which means it is incredibly easy to pick up with one hand with baby in the other.
It is also very easy to collapse into a smaller size although we do not actually do this.
It is very easy for my baby to steer, for the first week I pushed him about on it each day then the next day he started slowly moving by himself on it, the following day he was faster and on the third day he was whizzing around steering around obstacles which I have never seen done before by a 1 year old on a ride on. You can see he finds it very liberating to be able to make himself zoom about and move in the direction that he wants to go in.
Colour wise - I opted for boyish blue but you can also get this in red, yellow or girly pink.
It's not too badly priced (I got mine for £24.99) as there is a lot of play value there and hopefully should last a while.
All in all a fab product which I am sure will win awards soon enough for it's practical innovative design.