“ Brand: Kids Choice Direct / Type: Childrens „
Knowing what to buy my 2 nieces is always very difficult as whatever game or toy we buy them it gets wrecked within a day or two. So for last years Christmas we decided to purchase two of these trolleys for them. They looked very bright an attractive and can be used as either a trolley bag or a backpack. When my nieces opened their presents they were over joyed with them and I did notice that they were wheeling them about all of Christmas day. They were stashing what they could into them, right from their little pots of make-up to quite large books. The pull handle is telescopic and my youngest niece was fascinated by this. The 2 in 1 backpack has a little mess pocket on the side and is great for carrying their drinks around in. Needless to say it has nice padded straps on the back so that it can be used as a backpack. The overall size of the backpack is: H30cm X W 25cm (this excludes the handle and feet). As far as I'm aware both trolley bags are still all in one piece and get used on a daily basis as my eldest niece takes this to school with her. I'd recommed this to any parent wishing to buy their child (no matter what sex they are) a lovely bright, pretty storage back that is very durable. It's ideal for taking to school, wheeling around the house, storing things in and taking on holiday. I'd say that they are suitable for ages 2 - 6. Purchased both back packs for £15 via Amazon.
Since I planned to go on holiday I knew I would have a challenge entertaining my two and a half year old daughter with all the travelling we had to do, 3 hours by car, 2 hours by plane then another 2 hours on a coach transfer. It was going to be hard. I wanted her to have a some independence and bought her a pull along child size hand luggage so she could have all of her stuff in there and pull it along like the other members of our party were doing. I found it quite tricky searching for the perfect case as there isn't a lot of variety around. After trawling through Amazon, I settled on this Dora the Explorer case. It is the same size as the Dora the Explorer backpack, the only difference was that this one also had wheels on the bottom and an extendable handle to pull it along. The size of the bag is approximately 31cm high, 16cm wide and 10cm deep. It has a nice shape where the majority of the bag is square and it rounds off at the top. It has a smaller zip front pocket on the front and two mesh pockets on either side. The large main part of the bag has a zip that runs along the rounded top. On the underside of the bag is two stubs to stop the bag from tipping over and also two small wheels so that it can be pulled along. The handle extends to around 25 cm high. As the bag was going to be used for my daughters entertainment it didn't need to be huge, it seemed like the perfect size. I had bought an A4 sized book full of stickers as they can keep her entertained for hours, however, when I tried to place it into the bag it wouldn't fit as the rounded top stopped the book from fitting in. I think, had the bag be square shaped instead of rounded, that it would have fit inside. Besides that problem, everything else fit in fine. The main body held a full pencil case, an A5 pad, the sticker book folded in half, two dollies, play food and cups and plates, a few snacks and drinks bottle from what I can remember. I could just about squeeze in a small teddy into one of the mesh side pockets, they wouldn't hold anything substantial. The bag handled the journey there well, my daughter had great fun wheeling her hand luggage around the airport and I fully believe that if she didn't have this, on arriving in Spain and walking to the baggage collection before we got her pushchair, she would have run off. The handle is the perfect height for my two and a half year old to wheel the bag along without any troubles with it banging into the back of her legs. When we was on the journey back to sunny England, I realised there was a rip near the bottom of the bag. The stitching towards the bottom of the back of the bag had come undone, it was quite big at roughly 5cm, thankfully nothing had fallen out of the hole. I don't understand how it had happened as it wasn't overloaded and still had a little room left inside. If it was bursting full of belongings I wouldn't be surprised. I was very disappointed as this is the only time we have used the bag. The wheeled Dora the Explorer bag cost £15 from Amazon. If the stitching hadn't come undone I would sing the praises of this bag, it is fantastic. The fun character design and wheeled aspect of the bag makes it perfect to give toddlers their own bit of independence when travelling. However, being used for this one holiday and the stitching tearing already has made me rate this bag down. I don't want to spend £15 to get one holiday use out of a bag.