I am a strong believer in giving kids many opportunities to move around, to explore, to feel in control. So I am always on the lookout for options.
Thanks to a parent I discovered the Wild Thing from Fisher Price. We got one this week! Check this video.
- It looks cool, kids love it, siblings want one too.
- It weighs 40 lbs, it is smaller than a ride-on jeep, I am able to lift it and put it in the trunk of a car no problem.
- It has 4 speeds. I have not tested it yet on grass and gravel but I have no doubt it will handle rough terrain to a certain degree.
- The joysticks are sensitive, and do not require much strength. No foot pedal, no need to use legs.
- It has a higher weight capacity than many other power ride-on. It is designed for the weight of kids ages 5-10 (it worked fine when I sat in it and drove it around!).
- It has space for legs and enough room to add additional supports. Many kids don’t fit in ride-on jeeps when their legs get longer. Leg room should not be a problem with the Wild Thing. There is also enough room to improve the seating (see below).
- Available locally (we got ours on line from Fisher Price Canada but they have them in stores too). $330. http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=98759456 Note: there might be funding options for you kid.
- It is noisy.
- The seat is uncomfortable and the backrest is short and reclined. Most kids would probable need some changes made to the seat. Add padding, add a higher backrest, etc.
- The joysticks are sensitive, it takes a few minutes to get used to the driving technique. it requires the use of both hands. (Once switch-adapted it should be easy for kids would cannot control the joysticks or can only use one hand).
Our Rehab Engineer is adapting our Wild Thing to accept switches. We will also get additional supports for the seat. If all goes well and we are happy with it once adapted, my dream it to get a few more Wild Things . Unfortunately these toys tend to come and go on the market so it may be a good idea to obtain a few before they eventually get discontinued.
Contact me if you would like to try it with your kid.