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Wheeled Toys

  • Lighter nights mean kids on balance bikes

     

    Now that the clocks have gone forward, it is a great time to start thinking about getting your toddler ready to learn how to ride a bike. Lighter evenings are a perfect opportunity to introduce your child to a small set of wheels which will begin to increase their abilities and most importantly, boost their confidence ready for the next step towards bike riding.

    There are many reasons why choosing a balance bike over a normal bike could prove beneficial for your child and their bike riding.

    ·         Balance bikes don’t rely on stabilisers unlike a normal starter bike. Without these your child’s independence and confidence will grow as they avoid becoming too reliant on them. It won’t be as scary for them as there is no big moment when the stabilisers have to come off and it is like learning to ride a bike all over again. As they move up to a bigger normal bike, it is unlikely that they will even notice the difference.

    • Balance bikes are available for as young as two years old meaning that you can get your child into riding a bike from a very young and quick-learning age. When you’re young you haven’t developed as many irrational fears and arguably, you are a lot more adventurous. So encourage them not to be afraid and instead, enjoy bike riding.

     

    • As the name demonstrates, these bikes encourage excellent balancing abilities; a great skill to develop at such a young age. Maybe your child could go on to become a gymnast.

     

    We have several wonderful balance bikes among our selection of wheeled products here at Wicken Toys.

    Kettler Speedy Balance Bike in blue

    This Kettler Speedy is a great choice for a first-timer and fantastic value for money. It has been designed to withstand lots of tumbles with its high-quality frame in scratch resistant polyester coating and synthetic tyres filled with foam. It also has a foam protector on the safety handles, child-sized hand brakes, and height-adjustable padded seats (ideal for those sudden growth spurts).

    Kettler Run Air Layana balance bike

    If you have a higher price range and something a bit fancier in mind, then take a look at our Kettler Run Air Layana. This has adopted standard features from other Kettler bikes of its kind along with its own more advanced characteristics. It also has a sturdy parking stand, air filled tyres, and easy access frame, and an ergonomic seat.

    Feel free to contact us for more information about all of our product ranges.

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  • Christmas gift ideas - their first tricycle

    Parents can get stuck when it comes to Christmas gift ideas for children. There’s so much choice out there that your mind starts to fry when you think of them. Add to that the stresses of your son or daughter’s ever growing list of wants from the jolly man in red and you start to have a festive-breakdown. Children want everything. Continue reading

  • Grab a bargain Trike in time for Christmas

    If you are looking for a fun and engaging Christmas present for your toddler then there is nothing better than a trike. Imagine your little one unwrapping what will undoubtedly be the biggest present under the tree to reveal a colourful and exciting tricycle. This is a present that will provide instant fun as it requires no building and can therefore be used right away.

     

    Then it's simply a case of sitting back and watching your children and waiting for that magical moment when their imaginations kick in. Here at Wicken Toys it never ceases to amaze us how imaginative kids can be. Something as simple as a trike can become as spaceship, racing car or motorbike and before long your little ones will be racing around the house imagining that they are flying through space or riding across the desert. Moreover, like many of our toys, Kettler Trikes are in their element when they are outdoors. They are also a great excuse to take you children to the park or recreation ground  or simply to spend more time having fun in the garden.

     

     

    Trikes are very versatile and can be used both indoors and outdoors, making them ideal for the festive season. Your little one can have great fun pushing the trike unaided around the house on Christmas day, and the can easily packed into the car for that post-lunch or Boxing Day walk.

     

     

    Kettler Trikes are German-made and  not only strong and resilient, but are also a fun way to get your little ones to learn about balance and motion. Moreover, the parent pole feature makes deciding on levels of interactivity easy. Whether pushing your toddler along in the park or letting them shuffle freely around the house, the detachable parent pole allows you to decide how much freedom you allow them. Our top of the range trikes like Kettler Top Trike Air Fly and Air Layana include air tyres and a freewheel function so the pedals won't hurt your child while you are pushing them along. They also feature extendable frame that allow you to increase the size of the trike to grow with your child. Our higher end also come with lockable handlebars to assist pushing, rear handbrakes and FREE harnesses for that extra level of safety.

     

    So if you are looking for an exciting and versatile toy that will have more longevity the sort of fad toys that might only hold your child's interest for one season, then why not consider getting your child a Kettler Trike this Christmas.

  • Go Karting at Christmas!

    Every child's dream is to wake up on Christmas morning to find a go kart under the tree. From the moment you child first glimpses the unusually large car-shaped object, it will be apparent that this is no ordinary Christmas present. A go kart is something really special. It is not simply another toy to clutter up your child's bedroom but a rite of passage and moreover something they will remember forever. Moreover, unlike the latest toy or games console, a go kart is something that will encourage your child to get away from the TV and go outside.

    Here at Wicken Toys we know the value of outdoor play. In particular the elements of play that promote interaction and healthy competitiveness between children. Go kart racing is something that facilitates imaginative play as children pretend they the real-life racing drivers they have seen on TV. Moreover, not only will a go kart be used all year round but is also something that children will always want to play with and won't go out of fashion like Power Rangers, Teletubbies and all those other Christmas fad toys.

    Our range of Kettler go karts are particularly special. These are high quality toys that have been built and beautifully engineered in Germany. These go karts not only very resilient metal frames with scratch resistant paint, but also have many other fantastic features like no-tool seat and a freewheel facility for safety.  These go karts are some of our best selling toys and sell out fast during the festive season despite our best efforts to re-stock. So order one today to avoid disappointment!

    So now let's have a look at a couple of go karts from the range. Firstly, the Kettler Melbourne is the perfect kart for a first time racer.  It is a sturdy little car that will stand up to the rough and tumble of everyday play. Moreover, it is a tough little competitor and will have no trouble handling those every day challenges.  It possesses all the features of the larger cars in the range.

     

     

    At the top end of the range we have the Kettler Nitro Extreme, which really is built for speed. It is designed for older children, who love its smooth handling and super fast performance. This is a great car for racing and will be sure to get your child to the finish line first.

     

     

    If you are thinking of getting your child a go kart for Christmas then it's probably best for you to order sooner rather than later. However, if you are in the Milton Keynes area then feel free to come along and let your child try one of the go karts we have on display before you buy.

  • First steps to riding a bike

    The moment your child takes his or her first steps is a magical one matched only by a few things. Their first words, first length of a swimming pool or first mouthful of solid food. All these things are very special to you as a parent and to your little ones. However, besides these events, the moment your child pushes off and rides a bicycle for few yards without the help of stabilizers, a magical moment occurs. Not only a memorable highlight of parenthood, but a real confidence builder for your child.

     

     

    But this moment can be a long time coming and involve the precariousness and potential danger of that instant when you let go of your child's bike and expect them to have the confidence to ride unaided. The biggest problem associated with learning to ride a bike is gaining the confidence to balance in the first place. Children go straight from riding a bike with stabilizers to one without any safety features. And the disadvantage of this is that the skill of balance is not learned gradually over time but instead requires a leap of faith to attain. This is not only a worry for you as a parent but also incurs the extra expense of elbow and knee pads. Not to mention a few plasters or worst still, maybe even a plaster cast!

    At Wicken Toys we understand that you may want your children to have the freedom of their own bicycle and therefore, we have a range of balance bikes that are the perfect solution.

    Our balance bikes are much is smaller than  standard bikes, enabling the rider to walk with both feet on the ground, whilst sitting comfortably on the saddle. Whether you want to take them to the shops or to their favourite park, the balance bike will allow your child to gain confidence over time.

     

     

    While a balance bike imitates riding a regular bike, you can also be confident that they are perfectly safe, with you in control.

    Whatever age you want your child to start riding a bike, at Wicken Toys we know how you feel about letting them loose on a bike without the extra support and security of stabilizers. However, we can assure you that a balance bike is safe way for your child to learn to ride as they have control of their speed and are able to gain the confidence and ability that will enable them to ride a regular bike without the high risk of falling over and hurting themselves.

  • Beat the Christmas shopping rush with Wicken Toys

    Christmas blogging in October? We must be out of our minds! But wait; there is method to our madness...

     

    Wicken Toys has been in the business of playtime for a long time and we know better than most outdoor toy suppliers the importance of getting Christmas shopping lists ticked off early. Unless you enjoy the Christmas rush in December and the queuing, the cold weather and the increased pricing, we’ll bet that you would actually prefer to avoid it at all costs.

     

    When you order with Wicken Toys you get your outdoor toys delivered direct to your door saving you the trouble of having to do all that running about in the last few days before Christmas Day.

     

    We’ve already begun to give you our list of recommendations for the ideal Christmas presents this year, some of which you can read HERE. To continue with our suggestions might we direct you towards the following gift ideas for the kids this year:

     

    For children 2 years+ it’s good to give them something that gets them active and keeps them mobile for playtime outside. Our trikes for girls and boys are always a winner.

     

    For him

    This KETTLER Top Trike Air Fly offers maximum comfort thanks to the use of large air tyres and ball bearing hubs.  A safety harness for the younger children is optional too. What makes this trike particularly special is that its unique frame design can be adjusted and extended to grow with your child. Technically, your child will not “grow-out” of this trike for a long time. It’s a worthwhile investment, and as long as they enjoy riding on it, you can’t really go wrong.

     

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    For her

    The KETTLER Run Air Layana Balance Bike tops the range with an innovative easy access frame design, ergonomic padded seat, wire wheels and all the other standard features from the other models in the range.  It’s a really snazzy and sleek design with a purely pink coating, ideal for young girls.

     

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    For boys and girls

    Nothing beats the bounce of a great trampoline for the juniors. This Plum 6ft Trampoline Enclosure is ideal as a first trampoline for children ages 3-10. It helps to increase and build up the confidence of the kids whilst providing a safe and fun experience for them.

     

    This is a great introduction to trampolines for children and it comes in both blue and pink.

     

    6ft

     

     Wicken Toys is devoted to offering safe, quality and fun outdoor toys and games for children of all ages from climbing frames to garden swings to bicycles to sledges. We’re making Christmas easier on the parents this year and a lot more enjoyable for the kids.

     

    Contact Us for more information on any of our outdoor toy ranges.

  • Benefits of Outdoor Play to Children

    If you’re currently reading this in your living room while your kids are sat on the sofa watching a cartoon then this blog is perfect for you!

    It’s time to switch that TV off and get your kids outdoors!

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  • Why is outside better than indoor for play?

    In the ever growing age of the computer screen and games console, playing outside is a trend that seems to be something some children can’t bear. However, that does not mean to say it isn’t an essential component to development.

    In fact, if anything, playing outside is something that should be encouraged whenever possible.

    The pre-school age and above can learn and develop so much in outdoor play.  When they jump, run or even leap they are actively keeping fit, improving their co-ordination and of course having fun!

    Even things like ball throwing or pushing a swing can all assist them in their handling skills and eye-hand co-ordination.

    So in this blog, we thought we would inspire you (and hopefully your children) to see outdoor play as something preferable to sitting in front of a television or computer to learn and experience the world around.

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  • Burn some rubber with Wicken Toys...

     

    Anyone with any experience of being around kids at all knows they always seem to be on the move. Of course we want to encourage keeping our kids active to improve their health in later life, but keeping up with such high-speed fun and making sure they don't run into any harm can often be a tiring challenge for some parents.

     

    Thankfully though, there is a solution. A sit on tricycle or go-kart will keep your kids entertained for hours on end and let them get the exercise they need without wearing you out too. Brightly coloured go-karts and trikes make it easier to keep a watchful eye on your child safely at play without having to follow them at every step of the way.

     

    Not just that though, trikes and go-karts also fast become one of the most cherished toys for any child, whether male or female and whatever the age. As the trikes and go-karts at Wicken Toys are really built to last from sturdy reinforced plastic and are covered by warranty for several years, they are also one of the best value and most appreciated presents you can buy your children.

     

    It's worth mentioning too that learning to ride a tricycle or go-kart is a good first step towards teaching your child to ride a bike; a useful skill which could come in handy later in life and help them keep fit.

     

    Start off by introducing them to one of Wicken Toys large range of tricycles, built for the smaller kids out there from 2 years and up. Models in the range start from just £39.99 to suit all budgets and are available in an array of colours from candy pink to racy red and black. There are even 'gender-neutral' colour combinations on offer so you'll be able to pass the tricycle down to younger brothers and sisters once your eldest outgrows it. Each of the trikes in the range can also be used with a freewheel facility and 'parent pole' so you can guide the trike if your child is too tired to peddle while out on a walk.

    Once your little one outgrows their trike and wants to go peddling off on their own round the park or garden, it’s time to move on to one of Wicken Toys adventurous go-karts. Start with one of the models aimed at younger children such as the bright red Kettler Melbourne for 3-5 year olds; a sturdy-framed 4 wheeler featuring an adjustable seat, non-slip peddles and dual action brakes.

    Bigger kids aged up to 8 would be more suited to larger models such as the Daytona Air kart, with the same features as the Melbourne, plus high performance air tyres and an impact absorption strip in the backrest. This kart offers a more comfortable ride for older kids reaching higher speeds, meaning a bumpier ride, while the noise-reducing air tyres keep neighbours happy.

    Pre-teens can then move on to the Indianapolis Air or Kettquad Air karts, in racy black and red or orange colour schemes with fiery flame detailing on the paintwork for an ultra-cool look. The Indianapolis model features ball bearing wheels and longer bike cranks to increase traction and keep the kart from turning over even at speed, while the Kettquad model has a heightened seat position and off-road tires designed for rougher kart tracks. Both models additionally feature an enhanced sporty frame to support larger riders.

    In fact once they outgrow these final karts, within what seems like no time at all they'll be driving for real! What better reason than that to cherish their childhood years by giving them a toy they'll enjoy playing with day after day, month after month, year after year?

     

    Feel free to browse our ranges on the Wicken Toys site or Contact Us for further details.

  • Toys for your Toddler this summer

     

    Wicken Toys is proud to offer quality toys for children of all ages, taking some of the stress off the hands of busy parents by keeping their kids occupied whether they're cute little angels or boisterous teens. Summer is more or less here, which means the school holidays will indeed be taking households by storm! For the little kiddie-winks they will be really keen to play and have fun during this summer solstice of freedom.

     

    The first few years of any child's life can be so pivotal in their development so we take extra special care to provide a range of options to entertain younger toy lovers. That means choosing our toys to cater for sensitive little people who need a bit of extra care and attention, making sure they discover the world of play in a safe environment.

     

    This can seem like a bit of a challenge when it comes to picking exciting new toys to add to the range, but we've managed to put together quite a collection. Forget the unimaginative toys you might have had as a kid, today even the tiniest toddlers have a world of fun possibilities available to them.

     

    Take the plum first play centre, for example; an ingenious multi-purpose play set aimed at teaching your children to explore and become more independent. This mini climbing frame includes a low, shallow slope slide, a small horizontal climbing net and rock wall and a hollowed out play-den to hide in. With all these features built into one compact playset small enough to fit most gardens, your toddler will be occupied for hours.

     

     

    Another brilliant Wicken Toys creation for any child in the 1+ years age bracket is the tp Junior Trampoline, a tiny square trampoline suitable for indoor or outdoor use with attached handrail for stability. Playing will this will not only make your toddler bounce and giggle with joy, it will also help them learn to stand and develop balance, all for just £30.75.

     

     

    At an even more impressive price of £7.95, the Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool is another of Wicken Toys entertaining play-things suitable for smaller kids. Teach your child to love splashing about in the shallow water pool during the hot Summer months or fill with ball-pit balls for an indoor Winter alternative.

     

     

    Continuing with the watery theme, we present the Safari Sandboat sandpit, a ship-shaped covered sandpit complete with Captain's steering wheel appropriate for kids aged 3 and over. This adventurous playset allows your child to learn to create sandcastle masterpieces or pretend to be pirates on the high seas, developing their imagination and creative skills.

     

    Finally, we come to the Kettler Supertrike, a portable toy for parents on the go. This model is suitable for all children over 2 and comes in a range of different colour options to appeal to both genders. Let your kids peddle for themselves in preparation for learning to ride a bike or push them along using the parent pole and free-wheel capacity for a fun alternative to a pushchair.

     

     

    That just leaves one piece of advice from Wicken Toys to parents of younger kids and toddlers; enjoy watching them play with their new toys while you can, as they always grow up sooner than you think! Contact Us for more information.

     

    Summer holidays are just around the corner!

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