The Wheelybug Bee - Large
We decided when I was expecting my second son we would buy my first born a present for when he arrived and say it was from the baby. I had a dvd in mind but my husband had grander ideas. He had seen this wheelybug on line and loved it. We decided on the bee just because we liked the look of it. So that was that we had a bee wheely bug on order for when the baby arrived. Of course things never go to plan my son was two weeks early so my eldest had to wait for his present. It was worth waiting for, my son loved it and rode round on it like the cat who got all the cream!
At first we looked at getting the small instead of the large as it was for age range 1 to 2 ½ years. My son was going to be 19 months when my second son arrived. We're as the large is for age range 3 to 5 years, but it does say it can be suitable for 2 year olds. But after reading online and getting the tape measure out for length and width we realized that the small wasn't going to last him five minutes. So we opted for the large and I don't regret it one bit. It wasn't too big for my son and he sat on it perfectly with both feet sitting flat on the floor with no problem, and I have to say my son is below average on height. The measurements for the large are 46cm long, 28cm wide and 26cm high this is how high the seat is not including the handle. Just to compare for you the small is 38cm long, 22cm wide and 22cm high. My son is now 2 ½ years old and fits it nicely.
The wheelybug is a wooden toy ours is shaped as a bee. It is covered with a soft layer of padding and has a polyurethane cover. Our cover is striped black and yellow for the bee. I have found it wipes clean very easily and nearly a year on looks as new as when we first bought it.
Underneath it has four plastic castors to move it around. These are bolted into the base I can't see you having any worries of them coming lose. The bee moves around the floor with ease and is as good on carpet. The only concern I had when we first got it was the speed my son could go on it on the wooden floor. We had a couple of accidents, nothing that bad though. It has a bit of weight too it which makes it very sturdy and doesn't tip up when your little one gets on and off. The weight doesn't affect the movement of the bee and hasn't caused my son any problems. From the first time we got it he managed to move it himself.
The handle is fastened into the wooden base and is made from aluminum and is coated with the polyurethane again. This gives you little one a great grip especially needed for my son!
The bee has two antennas at the front attached to the base. They are made from a metal spring and have a large ball attached to the top of each one. This is my only snag with the wheelybug on my sons one of the antennas has broken a little. It is still attached but it flops down a bit. I think this was my son's doing though being a little rough with it.
There is a number of different style wheelybugs you can get other then the bee. There is a cow, a ladybird, a tiger and a mouse. They are easily suited for a boy or a girl any child will get hours of fun wheelying around on one.
The whole wheelybug has been well made everything on it has been attached without seams so I can't see anything coming apart. Everything is smooth and there is no shape edges the wooden base is curved. It has been made to the highest of standards. I think this can be seen in the price.
The large is around the £55 but is worth every penny. So ok it's not a cheap toy but it beats any plastic electronic toy you get everywhere. My son loves it to bits and I'm glad we chose this over the dvd, even if it did cost us quite a bit more!!