With Halloween out of the way and Bonfire Night hot on its heels, Christmas will soon be on people’s minds. Particularly kids! In fact, Dylan and Xander are already on the second drafts of their wishlists.
Both of them have shown an increasing interest in cars recently so it was little surprise to see them mentioned on Xander’s list. Well Christmas came early for him this week although I don’t think he was expecting one he could actually drive!
Halfords believes that kids should spend more time outside and festive season gifts are a great way of encouraging this. Its Kids Zone section is packed with gift ideas for nurturing a love of the great outdoors.
As well as bikes, scooters and a variety of outdoor toys, it has a great range of ride on toys. These include electric cars. I chose a Land Rover Defender Ride On.
The first thing I’ll say about this if you decide to get one for your kids is to prepare it in advance. As well as some fairly straightforward assembly, it needs to charge for eight to ten hours before its first use. You don’t want to leave this until the big day!
Once it was ready, Xander was champing at the bit to take it for a spin. In the interests of other people’s health and safety, I insisted that he mastered the basics indoors. It seems to be very intuitive. There’s a rocker switch for forward and reverse then it’s simply a matter of using the accelerator pedal and steering.
It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it. After a tiny bit of Austin Powers style manoeuvring, he was soon driving into the kitchen to help himself to biscuits.
His favourite three things are the speed it can reach – up to 3km per hour – the realistic engine sounds and the working headlights. Indeed, he rather enjoyed revving at and dazzling me as I was trying to take pictures! Other handy features include a seat belt, real suspension and MP3 facility.
We will, of course, be taking it out and about and he’s looking forward to doing circuits of my parents’ massive garden. With a battery life of 60 – 90 minutes, he should cover quite a distance and get plenty of fresh air in the process so I’m happy with that.
The Land Rover Defender Ride On is currently available from Halfords for £75.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.