12 We Love: Pull-along Toysby Suzanne Milne on 08/12/2015
Sitting in the corner, eagerly awaiting a walk, a pull-along toy is a little piece of puzzling possibility for the just-toddling child.
After all, without its owner, a pull toy is nothing, so it delivers up some of the earliest lessons in cause-and-effect for a child. “When I pull this string, what happens…” “The faster I go, the faster it goes too…” Oh the power that lies in that holder of that string!
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1. It’s colourful, it’s cute, it’s got spinning circles and spines on its back and a nose that pops. You just gotta see Hape‘s Walk-along Hedgehog ($25/£18) in action (above)!
2. Issy the Donkey ($40/£35) is a classic retro toy from Steiff and sure to stay in your family for generations to come…
3. With its brilliant colouring and quirky character, Frizzy the Dog ($40/£22) from Djeco isn’t one to fade away unnoticed in a corner.
4. A handmade wooden heirloom toy, Baby Elephant from Hop and Peck (£28) has wheels in duck egg blue, white or pink.
5. “Oh my, little Pull-along Frog ($20/£15) from Janod – what a long tongue you have!”, “All the better for taking me for a walk, my dear!”
6. A much sought-after designer pooch from Studio delle Alpi, Enzo the Pull-along Dog is available in Australia ($89), USA ($65) and Europe (£42).
7. His little head wobbles, his tail wags and his ears flip-flop with happiness! Which is probably why the Classic Pull-along Daschund ($15/£12) from Brio has been around since 1953.
8. With each of its wheels a different colour, the vibrant Island Bird Pull-along ($28/£40) from Vilac is a French beauty indeed.
9. Danish designers Bloomingville deliver up monochrome cool with the Pullalong Hedgehog Family ($46/A$70).
10. The Noah Elephant ($50/£30) from Franck & Fischer is a big softie with its flapping fabric ears and little baby in tow.
11. This Hopping Rabbit ($25/£15) from Plan Toys really does hop along behind its owner, due to the cleverly wobbly wheels!
12. Straight from the pages of Eric Carle’s book, The Hungry Caterpillar ($22/£20) is the perfect character to inspire a little toddling from even the most-dedicated crawler.
13. With its tail bouncing behind it, The Nutty Squirrel from Kid-O chases the little acorn around and around and around and around… ($22 £25)
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