Toddler Rickshaws: Radical Ride-on Toy Roundup

I am so glad I did a Google search for “Toddler Ben Hur.”

All of the following toys are intended for daycare and preschool settings, with retail prices ranging from $200 to $300.

Photo of a red ride-on toy that a child scoots along the ground. A platform is located on the back where another toddler can stand.

Mini Ben Hur Push-Bike for Two by Winther. A horse-like toddler scoots the chariot forward while a human taskmaster stands in the back and whips the horse for greater speed. The product name is of course a veiled reference to the 1959 Charlton Heston film classic Ben-Hur that featured a gruesome chariot race. There is also a Ben Hur Tricycle.

Of course, you could pretend the bike is any type of vehicle—fire truck, ambulance, school bus, etc. When my 3-year-old daughter uses a ride-on toy, she likes to pretend she is driving our car, performing mundane tasks like going to the grocery store.

Photo of a wooden toddler-size rickshaw with rubber wheels and a metal underframe.

Sulky by Haba. It’s a rickshaw, although “sulky” means a two-wheeled horse-drawn racing cart. Equating a child with a horse is apparently more palatable to parents.

Photo of a blue metal rickshaw with rubber wheels and an inset photo of two children using it.

Viking Rickshaw by Winther. Kids must love running each other around a playground with this thing.

Photo of a yellow metal tricycle with a standing platform behind the rider. Signage on the tricycle stylizes it as a school bus.

Pilot 300 Yellow Trike by Italtrike. Carry a standing passenger in the back seat. The tricycle also comes in firetruck and police car themes. I still prefer the Mini Ben Hur push chariot by Winther because it hasn’t been limited to being a particular type of vehicle.

Photo of a red ride-on toy that is propelled by three seated toddlers scooting their feet.

Push-Bike for Three by Winther. I would call this one the Human Centipede. It must take some coordination to get three toddlers scooting in unison. Winther makes a lot of ride-on toys in a huge variety of configurations.

See previous: Sextuplet Stroller Roundup

Comments

4 Responses to “Toddler Rickshaws: Radical Ride-on Toy Roundup”

  1. Monique says:

    Ever since my son started preschool at 3 1/2 years old, he has played on these and wanted one of his own. We just cannot fathom spending that much money. This is part of the fun of going to school. The kids love these Rickshaws!

    August 8th, 2007 at 8:00 am

  2. STL Mom says:

    Why, why, why did I open this blog with my kids in the room? Now they are not only begging for rickshaws, they are trying to convince me to have another child so they can get the centipede.
    Now I just need directions on how to scavenge old trikes and bikes to build my own sukey. Google search: child ben hur tutorial…

    August 8th, 2007 at 9:54 am

  3. thordora says:

    I need to know why you were googling “Toddler Ben Hur.” :)

    August 8th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

  4. Heino says:

    They have the Asian girl pulling the rickshaw! How sensitive to not offending anyone and enforcing stereotypes. NOT!

    April 16th, 2009 at 7:35 pm