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Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

As you know, this year I’m on the hunt for gifts that I can get for BOTH of my children. Stuff that they will love, play with together and (if I can help it) get them outside. In our family, there is nothing quite more loved than our scooters. We took them to Hawaii (read about it here) and have used them in place of our pram for over a year. They get the kids active and are just generally the coolest things you can give to kids. The problem is, like bikes, as they grow, so does the need to upgrade their scooters. There is nothing greater in the scooter world than a Micro.  If there is something I’ve learned these last few years as a parent, you get what you pay for. The quality, design and service provided by Micro is second to none. I’ve always wanted to get my kids a Micro, and was utterly thrilled when I recently had the opportunity to try them out for my own children, and am excited to share our findings with you today!

Micro Scooters

In case you don’t know, buying a scooter is kind of like buying a car. There are literally thousands of models out there, but you need to find one that suits your needs, budget and taste. Scooters come in all shapes and sizes, and the micro offerings are no different. In the past, we have used cheaper versions, but now we were ready to invest in the best. The problem is, Ella and Huddy are both at very different stages, skills and physical make up. Ella is super tall, but also still needs support to transition her to a two wheeled version. Micro made it easy, suggesting the perfect type for each of my children. Still having three wheels was our preference and they catered for our needs with no problems. Here is what we chose!

Hudson: 3 Years: Mini Micro Deluxe

The Mini Micro Deluxe is the reimagined version of the world renowned classic Mini Micro preschooler scooter. It features an adjustable t-bar, raised silicon deck for stability, and an anodised finish that looks great and protects from rust.

The Mini Micro Deluxe’s intuitive ‘lean and steer’ scooting style is perfect for younger children and helps your child’s balance and co-ordination which are vital for the development of early motor skills. It’s lightweight and therefore perfectly suited for little ones as it enables them to negotiate pavements, steps and doorways without the help of us Mums and Dads!

The brake is the best. It has been ingeniously designed so even the slightest pressure put on it will bring the scooter to a gentle halt. This is something Huddy needs! The Mini Micro Deluxe’s 3 wheels and sturdy deck provide stability, giving your child the confidence they need to master scooting.

Specifics:

• For ages 2 – 5 years
• Adjustable handlebars
• Unique silicon raised deck
• Anodised stem protects from corrosion
• Develops balance skills
• Stable 3 wheel design
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Lightweight design
• Wide non-slip deck, low to the ground
• Quality non-marking wheels
• Comes in  Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Aqua and Orange
• Please note: Mini Deluxe Red has a pink brake and pink deck logos

Ella: 5 years old: Maxi Micro Deluxe

The next step up from the Mini Micro Deluxe, the Maxi Micro Deluxe 3 wheel scooter is the ideal next stage kids scooter for kids who want all the fun, stability and good safety design of the Mini but are ready a larger, cooler and more robust scooter.

The Maxi Micro Deluxe version has a new weight limit of 70kgs, a unique deck with raised silicone Micro grip, and an anodised stem which not only protects your scooter from corrosion but provides a stylish look.

Your little one can cruise the pavements,  parks smoothly and confidently on their Maxi Micro Deluxe scooter, while further developing their balance and co-ordination skills.

With an adjustable handlebar the Maxi Micro Deluxe is the ideal scooter for the fans of the mini who want to keep riding what they already love.

Specifics:

• For ages 5-12 years
• New 70kg weight limit
• Anodised metallic finish
• Raised silicon non-slip deck
• Adjustable handlebar height
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Superior stability
• Vibrant range of colours: Purple, Red, Green, Black, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Aqua
• Please note: Maxi Deluxe Aqua has a pink brake and pink deck logos

My kids fell in love with their scooters at first sight. I could not recommend Micro more highly. There is nothing better than a Micro Scooter. The perfect Christmas present for any boy or girl.  It is certainly a Christmas choice that will bring you and your family so much joy. All you need is a scooter for yourself!

I’ll finish with some action shots of the kids cruising and having the time of their lives!

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

Friday Find: Explore & Learn

Friday Find: Explore & Learn

I’m always on the look out for local businesses to feature on Friday Finds. In particular, I love to feature ideas and products created by clever Mums and Dads. Usually, they have found a gap in the market, and end up creating products that we all need, or have been searching for for ages! I’m always looking for good quality toys, particularly those that develop imagination and fine motor skills. Normally, these products cost an arm and a leg, and a hefty price is enough to turn anyone off even the most beautiful wooden set!

Cue Janette Colbert, who created her own WAHM (Work At Home Mum) business called “Explore and Learn Toddler.” Explore and Learn Toddler was born after her first son Cian (now 2) entered his toddler years (she also has a second son, Sam – aged 7 months). With a background as a primary school teacher, lots of friends would always ask her ‘what can I get for my toddler to help then learn?’. She wanted to show them that schools help children learn through play and hands-on real-life experiences. With this, the hunt begun for high quality toddler toys (she specialises in wooden toys) that support learning through play. Best of all, they come with a very, very reasonable price tag. Perfect for this time of year as Christmas approaches!

She also has a Facebook page that shares ‘Invitations to Explore and Learn’ – hands-on craft, fine motor and sensory play activities for families to try with their children at home.

Here are some of my favourites from her range:

The Peg & Stack Board – $15.50

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Wooden Shape Threading – $15.50

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Matching Expressions Game – $16Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 10.56.58 AM

Wooden Shape Threading – $21Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 10.57.14 AM

Wooden Chocolate Cake – Currently on sale for $18Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 10.57.46 AM

and finally… the Wooden Animal Magnets – $15. These magnets also come in other ranges, including transport!Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 10.58.14 AM

I just love her idea, and especially think that parents will love the quality and price. Janette has been so kind as to offer Happy Ella After Readers the chance to win their own Christmas gift from her range next week. Stay tuned on Monday to learn more.

In the mean time…you can visit her gorgeous range via Explore and Learn. Janette is also offering readers a special $5 discount off shipping rates. Simply use the code word ‘ELLA’ in the checkout!

kate

Friday Finds: Toy Storey

Friday Finds: Toy Storey

photoThis week’s Friday Find is short and sweet. It’s a simple one, yet it has made such a big impact on my day, life and living room. For the last few weeks I’ve been searching for a colourful, practical, stylish yet relatively inexpensive solution to the adventure park that has become our living room. When my cousin had her daughter, she always told me how her house became invaded by toys, and now I understand that feeling completely. Ella has amassed  nearly a hundred toys, from rattles to blocks, stuffed toys to puzzles. Each night I pack them in the corner to once again remember what our living room looked like. Each morning they gradually spread across the room, into every nook and cranny of the house. I know that Ella is not yet putting ‘salada’s’ in the video player (Aussie in joke), but I tell you, this girl has got a clever way of getting the heaviest toy to the end of the house. Needless to say, that I have always worried that I will be caught out by that ‘last minute’ visitor and they will see the crazy chaos that has become our home. It makes me feel better however, that I know we are not alone!!!

I searched high and low, and today I came across a great product at the good old Reject Shop. Simple flexible plastic tubs that come in a  variety of sizes, they are similar to the very stylish ‘Tub Trug‘, however these are pretty much the same look and feel, for almost a third of the price ($8.95 for a 38L tub). What’s even better is the colour range will suit almost any household. In the end, if they last the test of time, then great, but if they don’t (and find their way into our dog’s mouth), then they haven’t broken the bank.

At least I can now breathe a sigh of relief as our lounge room now looks a little ordered…until Ella decides to turn the buckets upside down.

kate