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Ladybug ride-on toy

Updated on June 13, 2015
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The ladybug (and her friends) get the best toy reviews

One of the best things about being a grandparent is being able to spoil your grand-kids when it comes to toys and gifts. We like playing with the toys too.

Great design

Being designers ourselves, we are quite choosy when it comes to selecting gifts for our two granddaughters. So many toys today are totally garish and ugly so we believe in exposing the girls to good design. That's why we, and they, love the ladybug - and her friends. (See them below)

Long-lasting toys

Our youngest granddaughter arrived six years after her big sister and it has always been our policy to buy toys and games that last. The youngest, who is just a year old, now playing with the toys we bought for her big sister. Quality counts - and lasts.

Many buyers feel the same way

Check out the product description and you'll see that it has hundreds of positive reviews (it's awarded 4.7 stars out of a maximum of 5 - fantastic) and many people mention that this ride on toy has lasted for years. This has been our experience too.

Materials

We like to buy toys in natural materials for the girls whenever we can. The problem with this though, is that they're not always practical and rarely easy to clean. That's another thing we like about the ladybug and her colleagues. The main body is made of easy-to-clean, smooth polyurethane, the wheels won't scratch floors and we love the wooden base - but you can see from the photograph that it is smooth with rounded edges so is perfectly safe for our precious little ones.

Developed using real kids

In order to ensure that these products were of the highest possible quality, they were developed and tested in child care facilities where they received far more wear and tear than even our two girls can inflict!

There are some terribly designed toys on the market today - you must have noticed.

And so many of them use materials that I don't really wish to buy and encourage - plastics and other synthetics.

If you'd like to order this beautiful object, you can do so on the right.

Or scroll down to see more examples from the same company.

The ladybug's friends

Hape Award Winning Scoot Around Kid's Wooden Ride On
Hape Award Winning Scoot Around Kid's Wooden Ride On

This is just completely adorable. The design is fantastic - I love the look.This is well-made and helps young children develop their leg muscles. Although I love it simply as a design object.

 
Prince Lionheart Pig Wheely Bug Riding Push Toy
Prince Lionheart Pig Wheely Bug Riding Push Toy

We were unanimous in that we chose the ladybug for our girls but this little guy was very tempting too. Made from the same kid-safe materials and by the same company, this is a great toy for piggy-lovers.

 

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See more about these delightful toys

We have so many photographs and videos of our girls but I'm cheating here and showing you one from You Tube. (I'm a bit funky about showing my girls on a public website - sorry). Do watch - it shows a young mother who has been using this product for her own children for over five years.

Educational toys

I strongly believe in toys being educational for children - even from an early age. When you consider all the skills that children learn in their first five years or so, it's easy to see that everything they come into contact with should be teaching them something in some way.

So how is a ride on toy helpful? Well, on a physical basis, it helps the child to develop their legs and become strong whilst enjoying themselves. They learn motor skills too - how to steer and maneuver the item as they go.

They also learn a sense of self - they discover that they don't need an older person them from place to place; they have the freedom to go in their own direction. (Such a useful life lesson in itself).

Moreover,one of the aspects of this toy that I really enjoy is that it is so stylish. Children are visual - why shouldn't they learn about style and great design at an early age? Developing an aesthetic sense is just as important as other skills. Who knows what this might lead to in later life?

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 

      4 years ago

      These are cute toys. What a great idea.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: Thank you!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a favorite of ours for the little ones too, although when I buy, I always try to get wooden toys with very little plastic in them, and sourced from sustainable, Fair Trade plantations. It is so hard to do sometimes! Our grandchildren have had the opportunity to ride this toy in some of the play centers we take them, and they love(d) it. Excellent review.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Erin Mellor: Isn't it gorgeous?

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      That pig is beyond cute.

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