Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Micro Scooters

A Mini or a Maxi scooter?

mini or maxi scooter
There are two questions we are asked a lot. One of them, “would you like another slice of cake” is one of our favourites.  The other, “should I buy a Mini or a Maxi Micro scooter?” is not as tasty but still very simple to answer….
Deciding on which scooter is right for your child is important.  Important for you and for them so we’ve compiled a guide to help make the decision between the two scooters as easy as pie (or second slice of pie).
  • For children ages 3-5 years old
  • Lightweight frame makes it perfect for younger children to lift and carry over kerbs
  • Best for younger children or those new to scooting
  • Children find it easy to learn how to scoot on the Mini Micro because of the tilt and lean style of scooting.  A child leans their body in the direction they want to go. Great confidence boosting and co-ordination building skills.
  • Rear brake
  • Soft padded handlegrips to give a comfy grip
  • Robust and oodles of fun.
We do believe the Mini Micro scooter is the best scooter for young children in the market.  Aside from the technical superiority it is loved by children and parents because it suddenly gives freedom to the whole family.  No more  buggy tantrums, getting out of the house becomes hassle free and being out of the house becomes fun for everyone.
The Mini Micro scooter is for children
  • who need to improve their balance and co-ordination skills
  • who fight about going in the buggy – use the Mini Micro instead!
  • who are steady walkers
  • who weigh less than 3 stone 1lb or 20kgs
  • who are eager to get around and are developing a sense of independence
  • who have hyper mobility issues. The Mini Micro is a great aid to those children who struggle with movement functions.
The Mini Micro scooter is NOT for children
  • who are nearing their 6th birthday (you would be better off buying a Maxi Micro scooter)
  • who are not yet walking

Should I buy a Maxi Micro scooter?

maxi micro scooters

The answer of course is, yes!
The older sister to the Mini Micro scooter, the Maxi Micro scooter;
  • Is for children aged 6-12 years.
  • Has an adjustable handlebar – meaning you can adjust the height of the handle allowing the scooter to grow with your child.
  • Has 3 puncture free wheels to aid balance and co-ordination
  • Has a strong, tough rear brake (some scooters don’t have a brake at all).
  • Steers with the same tilt and lean style as the Mini Micro scooter.
  • Has a robust, durable frame making it a resilient and therefore a long lasting scooter.
The Maxi Micro IS for children who;
  • Have outgrown or are about to outgrow their Mini Micro scooter (around the age of 5)
  • Is recommended for children who enjoy the tilt and lean style of scooting
  • Weigh less than 7 stone 12lbs
  • Who are new to scooting and would benefit from the confidence a three wheeled scooter provides.
  • Are impatient! The Maxi Micro scooter is very simple to put together.
The Maxi Micro scooter is NOT for children who;
  • Weigh more than 7 stone 12 lbs (that includes mum/dad wanting to “give it a go”)
  • Who are younger than 3 or 4.  The Maxi Micro scooter is a heavier scooter than a Mini Micro. Younger children simply will be unable to manage its weight and size.
  • Would like a two-wheeled scooter.
Cuthberts stock a range of the Mini and Maxi Scooters in store only, our stores are listed on our website at www.cuthberts.com 

We would like to thanks Micro Scooters for allowing Cuthberts to publish this article which originally featured on the Micro Scooters blog.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

VTech Toot Toot Drivers Police Station

After looking at the VTech Toot Toot Drivers Fire Station last week, we've now swapped emergency services and we're now testing out the Police Station.

The Police Station is a considerably larger set than the Fire Station, and although it doesn't need batteries in the main body of it, there is still a huge amount going on. The set comes with a Police Car  (requiring 2 AAA batteries) and the play set featured five Smart Points these activate the car to say different appropriate things when it passes over each of them.

When cars arrive at the Police Station there is a flip-up gate that they have to wait behind whilst checking in at the security booth. They then pass on to the up and down vehicle lift and once the car is at the top it can then be launched down the slope by pressing the alarm on top. Also on top of the police station is a radar or satellite dish that a child can turn around and clicks when it moves - helping them build their manual dexterity.

At the base of the slope is a spinning roundabout where a small handle can be used to move cars around it. In the main body of the Police Station is also a jail cell which the car fits neatly in to. The play set also comes with a traffic cone and road block barrier.

The Police Station is one of the larger parts of the Toot Toot Drivers range and therefore there's loads going on to keep your little ones amused. It's also physically big enough that two children can play side by side on it too. The Police Station connects up with track and other parts of the VTech Toot Toot range.

As with all Toot Toot products, the Police Station is well designed for little hands to do everything and also inspires lots of vehicle based role play. So many young children love playing with emergency service vehicles and all the different responses from the police car in this play set make it a firm favourite with our little tester.

The VTech Toot Toot Drivers Police Station is available in store (St Albans, Letchworth and Hatfield Galleria), along with the rest of the Toot Toot Drivers range.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

VTech Toot Toot Drivers Fire Station

We've blogged before here at Cuthberts about the VTech Toot Toot Drivers range which is still really popular with customers. Last year we featured the Toot Toot Drivers Airport and now we're looking at the Fire Station which was released by VTech in 2012.

The Fire Station consists of a main building unit with an entrance gate that lifts up when a vehicle approaches. There is also a slide piece which connects on the side, allowing a fire engine to make a quick getaway when there's an emergency.

The Fire Station has two different volume settings that can be found on a slider switch on the front. On top there is a light up siren which can also be twisted round. There is a music button on the front panel, and also a fire extinguisher button. One the side on a fire hose which can be turned, much as you would a real fire hose. When any of these buttons are pressed the station responds with music or one of several phrases. When playing any of these the siren light on top flashes.

The Fire Station does not come with a Toot Toot vehicle, but these are available separately. In the entrance way of the Fire Station there are special detectors so that the station recognises which Toot Toot Drivers vehicle has driven in to the Fire Station and it greets it by name.

We've even put together a video review and demonstration for you.

The Toot Toot Drivers range continues to be popular with pre-schoolers, especially as the chunky cars and track are perfect for little hands. All the buttons to press on the Fire Station and the interactive way in which it greets vehicles also mean that it's ideal to hold children's attention and keep them busy. The Fire Station connects to all other parts of the VTech Toot Toot Drivers range and any of the vehicles can be used with it.

The VTech Toot Toot Drivers Fire Station is available online here and also in store (St Albans, Letchworth and Hatfield Galleria) along with the rest of the Toot Toot Drivers range.
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