Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
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.
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 vehicleâ€”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.
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.
Viking Rickshaw by Winther. Kids must love running each other around a playground with this thing.
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.
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