I have always been a fan of Wheelybugs. I remember Gemma and Jacob playing on them at the playgroup we used to go to, whizzing around the room and screaming with laughter. They were always one of the most popular toys in the group, and there was often a queue of children waiting for their turn.
For one reason or another, we never bought the older 2 their own Wheelybug – lack of money and space meant other things took priority. So when I was sent one for Max to try out, I couldn’t wait to see his reaction to a toy that his brother and sister has loved so much at his age.
We chose the classic bumblebee – this is the one I remember the older children using, and they used to love the springy antennae. It arrived during Max’s nap time and so I unpacked it and left it in the garden for him to discover.
He seemed to know how to use it straight away, and clambered on for a quick spin. It took him a few attempts to push with his feet and get moving, but once he did there was no stopping him. He loves the fact he can climb on and off by himself, as it is fairly low to the floor. Like his brother and sister used to, he also loves the antennae, and spends ages bouncing these around. He also uses the Wheelybug as a push along walker, by turning it around, standing at the ‘head’ end and trundling off around the garden or the living room. I love that it can move in all directions – backwards, forwards, sideways and even round and round so there is no interruption to play. The actual body of the bug is made from padded polyurethane leatheroid, which provides a soft seat for little bottoms, and is wipe clean for any sticky situations!
The Wheelybug has become one of Max’s favourite toys, and it is used on a daily basis, both inside and out. It’s a perfect toy for encouraging independence, strengthening those little legs and having heaps of fun along the way.