Friday, April 8, 2011

Little Tikes Toddler Flower Cart Wheelbarrow Toy Review


Little Tikes was founded in 1970. Today, it is owned and operated by MGA Entertainment which still markets some of company's original classic toys, as well as rolling out new and innovative products that engage kids each season.

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My daughter with Little Tikes Barn

The brand certainly has multi-generational appeal and longevity.  I still can picture in my mind the bright red-orange and yellow Little Tikes Coupe Classic that's still available.  In fact, this iconic product celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004 and to date has sold more than 6 million units and counting. Check out the current Little Tikes toy collection to see lots more.

2 of my Triplets  with Little Tikes Beauty Bar

I also recall my nephews and friends' kids playing with various Little Tikes toys in the 1980s.  For sure, I can't even remember all the Little Tikes products my own children owned, loved and played with during the last decade because there were so many.

Daddy, Son with Little Tikes Gym

Today,  Little Tikes is still delivering some of the most imaginative, colorful and sturdy toys for young children from birth to 4+ years-old.   

Just in time for spring and summer Little Tikes asked me to review the 2-in-1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow, which had already sold old. This particular product, is one of the newest and most popular additions to the Little Tikes pretend play line. 

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Toddler Barrow Tester

Since my own children are now teens, my two 13 year-old girls and I brought the flower cart to a friend's house in the box.  Initially, I had thought it would be fun to have our budding product tester (a friend's two year-old) "help" and watch his mom and I put this new toy together for him to try out. 

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Flower Cart

In retrospect we both realized that wasn't such a good idea.  That's because the little guy was insistent on using the real screwdriver and hammer from his daddy's tool box that is required to assemble this and obviously these tools are meant only for adults to handle.  

To be fair, I doubt many toddlers his age would have the attention span to wait while their moms spend about a half hour reading the directions and putting this together, either.  So, for parents buying this product, I'd definitely suggest that you put it together and surprise your child with it ready to play with, instead.

After spending about 30 minutes assembling this under the watchful eyes of our toddler supervisor, my friend and I watched as her son started exploring this new toy.  It was great fun to just sit back and watch him try everything out.

This is definitely a good toy for spring and summer not only because this product's theme ties in directly with warmer weather.  It's also two toys in one, not to mention that it includes a cute spray bottle for kids to fill with real H2O to "water" the flowers.  For sure, it was a real hit with this active toddler who loves to get wet.  Really, what kid wouldn't enjoy this on a hot summer day?

Fun with included water spray bottle

Little Tikes stuff just keeps getting cuter and more interactive, in a non high tech kind of way, doesn't it?  I absolutely love this brand's new addition to the line and I'm sure it will provide many hours of enjoyment for just about any two to five year-old child this spring and summer.

Little Tikes
2-in-1 Garden Cart & Wheel Barrow
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The adorable and durable Little Tikes Garden Cart & Wheel Barrow features a traditional style garden cart push toy with removable fabric shade canopy that actually rolls on real wheels.

It includes a working water sprinkler and removable tray for flower pots and converts easily into a flower cart or wheelbarrow, either that your child can push.  This comes with several child-size gardening accessories: 2 garden hand tools, 2 flower pots, 2 plastic flowers, 2 plastic soil discs, and a portable water sprinkler.

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