“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Type: Toy Ride-ons „
Having a little boy is quite a learning curve for me - I was never into outdoor activities much as a child and still am not to be honest! However, Harry is a very active little boy and loves nothing more than running around at the park on the climbing frame, and also playing with his older cousins as well where he keeps noticing all the lovely toys they have. He has recently taken a big interest in his cousin's Bob the Builder scooter, and has been pestering us for one of his own as he can't really work his trike pedals yet and wants to zoom around a little bit. So when I saw this one in Sainsburys with 25% off the price, I decided to treat me little man, and he's very happy that I did!
The scooter bears the image and logos of Roary the Racing Car, a popular animated TV show on Channel 5 and Nick Jnr, so is very well known to the age group of around 3-6 years, which is the target age group of this particular product. It is made by Vivid Imaginations which produce a lot of these character themed toys, and the ones Harry already have seem to be of very good quality so I was fairly hopeful that this would be good. It comes in a flat-pack box with a large colourful picture of the assembled scooter on it, and its a perfect size to fit into the boot of your car.
I was a bit worried about putting it together by myself, but it proved to be very easy indeed. The pieces are all wrapped up separately and the instructions make it easy to identify which piece belongs where. They are nice and clear to follow which is good, and lets you assemble bit by bit i.e. handle, attach to handle then back wheels. You don't need to be strong to do it, the tools needed are provided (a spanner) and all the bits are in a small bag so none can get lost. Of course, you should count the pieces before beginning but everything should be present and correct. I managed to make the scooter in around 15 minutes which no trouble, and managed to tighten the screws enough as well.
It looks very impressive when its all assembled. The frame is black and bright red as per Roary the Racing Car's colours, so its a great scooter for a little boy to have. There is a Roary plaque as well which clips onto the frame and looks cool, and you can remove it when your child outgrows Roary as well which is handy! The build quality is impressive, with the pieces seeming to be strong and hard-wearing, and all the screws etc seem to hold and be good as well. A little niggle is that the handlebar post swings around and around, it doesn't have a bearing to make it stop turning at a certain point, but this doesn't bother Harry too much. I'd prefer it to stop after a while but its not enough bother to make me stop Harry using it. The size of it means that it is easy to store, and fits easily into the boot of your car as well so you can take it to the park for some more fun.
The 3 wheeled scooter is ideal for younger children who are just beginning to find their balance and want to get on the move. The two wheels at the back makes it difficult for the scooter to topple over and therefore children can gain confidence and independence when using the scooter. The wheel are nice and chunky which is good again for balance issues, and the plate for the child's foot is also a good width, plenty big enough for toddler fit to stand on when they're using it. The handlebar height is adjustable so you can make it bigger as they grow so the scooter should last as long as your child wants it or moves onto a 2 wheeled one. Harry loves his scooter, and I am pleased we bought one for him as it is a product that encourages him to be active outdoors, and lets him have fun too!
I got my scooter on offer in Sainsburys but it is on various internet sites for around the £20 mark. For the quality and longevity of the product, I think it is a good price, and your child will certainly love whizzing around on this too!
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Have fun whizzing around on this Roary scooter! With 3 wheels to offer extra stability, this is a great way of introducing younger children to scooters, bikes and skates. This Roary scooter is a wonderful way of developing balance, hand eye co-ordination and motor skills, while encouraging active outdoor play.