Nov 10, 2011

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ImagineToys.com Ride On Zebra Review: Green Christmas Event Sponsor!

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We all want our little ones to grow up big and strong, learning how to walk and talk and get along in the world, so there are toys out in the stores that cater just to this very need!  When SAP got to the stage where a walk and ride-on toy was needed we took a hand-me-down plastic car…and although she played with it we were soon disappointed in it’s lack of use.  She could either push it or ride on it, it could never be used for both things at the same time, us parents had to change it over to it’s other use/feature.  It also broke quite easily, and it lacked good old imagination!  There really was nothing special about it and it soon got left in her toy closet to be pulled out on rainy days.

Wonderworld’s wooden Ride On Zebra one-ups typical ride on toys–its head bobs up and down when it moves.

Just in time for the holidays SAP received from ImagineToys.com what I think of as the most ideal push / ride-on toy for a child!  The Ride On Zebra by Wonder World is rated for kids 18 -36 months old  in their “I can Ride” phase of learning! I was very excited to see SAP’s reaction to it and see what she enjoyed most with her new toy.

Assembling the Ride On Zebra took only 5 minutes, a perfect easy and fun gift for your little one  on Xmas morning or any holiday celebration!

Why is the Ride On Zebra different from other ride-on and push toys on the market?  Well, for starters, it is made out of natural Rubber Wood!  Not only is this toxin-free and better for the environment and you, but it will be able to sustain your little one’s play over the years as well as those of any future children that it gets passed down to!  I just love the durability of rubberwood toys, and this one seems to be no exception.  No plastic here, not even in the wheels, which have rubber on the outside so the toy does not slip all over on a hard wood or linoleum floors!

Once SAP figured out she could push the zebra there was no stopping her, she was on a roll!

The zebra can be ridden, pushed, or just plain played with as a type of “toy box” to store some nick-knacks, which is one of SAP’s favorite things to do!  I like that us parents do not have to do anything at all to switch the toy, our child can explore the toy and use it how they please without asking for help or getting frustrated, which interferes with the learning process.  One very unique thing I discovered about the Ride On Zebra is that when it is ridden or pushed it goes up and down, not just forward!  Due to the different sized wheels and how they are connected to the zebra you get a “galloping” feeling as if you are actually riding the zebra!  I really love this feature, it helps with make-believe and imagination when SAP is playing her little games, it teaches movement and how things interact and work, and that’s awesome!  I know of no other ride on toy that can simulate a movement like that.

SAP on an adventure, riding her Zebra around the apartment!

The seat on the Ride On Zebra is very stable, yet simple and easy for your child to use.  SAP could very easily lift it, store her goodies, and put it back down.  Weighing 30lbs she is getting up there for the weight limit of some of her toddler toys  and this toy could take her weight very well without question.  What she will do is store her cars or other fun toys in the zebra and ride to her new destination in our apartment!  It’s really cute to watch.

The storage compartment in the Ride On Zebra fits some pretty decent sized toys!  Here SAP has her wooden green “hybrid” car in her zebra!

There is one feature I am in a love-hate relationship with on the zebra: the spinners on the wheels!  They’re a wonderful idea and very unique, they capture SAP’s attention easily and work great, but as a parent I’m not fond of noisy toys!  The Zebra is not very noisy at all in our apartment and it’s carpeting, but I can imagine given a large hardwood floor or linoleum opening it might get a bit irritating after a while!  It kind of sounds like little hooves when she’s moving around, so it goes well with the zebra  theme, unlike other noises that could have been added to entertain a baby/toddler.

The green and yellow balls make clickity noises as the orange circle rolls on top of the wheel when your little one is riding around!  I thought this was a pretty smart way of doing it!

I can happily say that SAP’s older forgotten plastic ride-on toy will now be handed down to the next little one interested, with her Zebra in town she is no longer slightly interested in it!  I’m very happy to see her playing with something not made of plastic and more realistic and conductive to her learning her fine and gross motor skills that are so important around this age.  The only difficulty we’ve experienced so far is SAP has a difficult time riding the Zebra, I’m thinking she may be getting a bit too tall for it (she’s 85th percentile for age, which is odd since SAPsDaDa and I are so short!), or it might just take some getting used to for her with the up and down motion of the zebra.  I can’t wait to have SAP’s friends over next time and see how they play together with the Zebra and the games they come up with!  SAPsDaDa already had fun with SAP pushing her around on her zebra, I’m sure this will become a new game that will be played for the next few weeks!

SAP could easily lift the sturdy top on the Zebra to store her Knick-knacks!

What SAPsMaMa Loves about the Ride On Zebra:

  • Made of natural rubber wood (non-toxic, eco-friendly!)
  • Durable, can withstand a kiddo’s pushing, riding, pulling and all the adventures they will have!
  • Moves not only forward but also has a up and down “galloping” motion that makes it feel like they are riding a real zebra
  • No need for mommy/daddy to help child with the toy, they can push or ride the zebra whenever they want and can explore it freely without frustration
  • A nice roomy area to store goodies and nick-knacks for traveling around the house in their zebra!
  • Rattles on the wheels are interesting to watch and engage their senses
  • Helps babies and toddlers gain fine and gross motor control
  • A toy that can be used for years with many children and last

Suggestions For Improvement:

  • Though easy to put together, the instructions for assembly (all 5 minutes of it!) were just pictures and no words.  We figured it out easy enough but I think words would definitely have made it easier to understand how to put the Zebra together.
  • With the description of the Zebra I had thought the Zebra’s head moved back and forth, whereas in truth the zebra itself goes up and down due to the different sized wheels assembly.  I think it would be a good idea to clarify the zebra’s movement on the outside of the box and the online description so that customers know exactly what to expect when they buy.
  • Would be nice if there was a way to increase the elevation of the Zebra seat as our little one’s get older (and taller!) so they can still ride on the zebra easily.
  • SAPsDaDa would be keen on an extendable push handle so it can move taller and he can push SAP around easier himself!  You know how guys can be kids too!

Meet ImagineToys.com!

Imagine Toys is a specialty toy store guided by a mission of providing quality toys that encourage children to use their imaginations.  We’re picky about the toys we select and strive to offer unique toys and accessories that are fresh and different from what you might find at a mass-market toy store.  Imagine Toys buyers are parents themselves and have taken the time to test products with children of appropriate age to make sure our products offer plenty of fun and educational play value.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ImagineToys

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  1. What a great toy for a toddler learning to walk and use ride-on toys!! I love that it is so durable and creative!! Thank you for introducing Imagine Toys…I’m definitely entering the giveaway tomorrow and checking them out now!!

  2. This is too cute!! Wish my youngest was younger. Definately worth the investment in something so cute!
    Melanie

  3. Tiffany @ Home Grown Families says:

    That is such a neat toy!! I can’t wait to enter for the GC!!

  4. I love that it is made solely of wood! The galloping motion seems cool, too!

  5. Leslie Guenther says:

    I love the hiding spot. My son loves to hide things.

  6. It’s a zebra! How many of those do you see in the toy store?

  7. Jessi Greenmamajama says:

    Super cute! Love how it has the compartment to store things!
    Thanks for the review!!

  8. Joyce Mlinek says:

    Looks like a very sturdy riding/push toy for a toddler and would be very versatile in its use.

  9. Amanda Alvarado says:

    That is so cute! I love that it has the storage under the seat!

  10. Terri Babin says:

    What an awesome review & fantastic ride-on zebra! The only thing I’m left wondering is how much the zebra retails for, but I’m heading over to the website now to find out! My daughter is 13 months old now, so a toy like this would perfect for her!

    Smiles,
    Terri

  11. my grandson would love this especially a place to hide all his treasures! love that is is easy to assemble also
    pkeintz@gmail.com

  12. ashley rexrode says:

    it looks great. my daughter would probably do everything with this

  13. This is so cute! My little one has just started walking so this would be a great idea for a push toy and he would look so cute riding on it when he’s more coordinated. This is absolutely adorable

  14. Lynda Clark says:

    This is darling. I have a 2 year old nephew that would just love this.

  15. I’m a HUGE fan of natural wood & rubber wood toys already. Most of our 2 1/2 yr olds toys are of the natural variety. I really like the simplicity in design of this zebra And they look much more unique than any of the plastic cheapo’s that you find in the store! My son would really enjoy this & we are planning for our second child next June so it would also be a great hand-me-down!
    chevsweeps(@)yahoo.com

  16. Super cute, I think a toy like this would be perfect for my son now that he’s getting around and starting to walk.

  17. I love the versatility of this toy. My son would love the contrasting colors and the little storage area in the seat. How neat is this?

  18. That is so cute and I love the storage space.

  19. kathy pease says:

    This is so adorable and would make a wonderful christmas gift for any young child..i have never seen anything like it so cute 🙂

  20. That is a super cute and practical but still very fun toy. How cool for your little one to have a place to put their stuff as they travel along 🙂

  21. My son loves to ride on anything and everything. He’d be tickled by this. I especially love the extra storage “inside” the zebra

  22. my kids love to stash their toys- what a great design feature!!

  23. My nephew would definitely love it and the galloping motion is so cool..

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