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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Chomp and Clack Alligator Wooden Push Toy and Activity Walker
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- Wooden walker with engaging activities for babies on the move
- Sturdy construction and craftsmanship
- Features three chomping alligators, fish on wheels, spinning butterfly and ladybug beads
- Makes noise as child pushes
- Ages 12 months and up
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Learning to walk is a joyful event, and the Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy makes it even more fun. With sturdy construction, this handcrafted wooden toy serves as a playful, dependable tool to help children ages one and up work on motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and take their first steps. The push toy encourages exploration and discovery. Three green gators in a blue pool are the centerpieces of the toy, and each of the four wheels features a multicolored fish that appears to be swimming as the wheels turn. A wooden handle extends from the back of the base and includes colorful details of cattails and butterflies on its supports. Butterfly and ladybug beads attached to the supports are fun for little hands to slide and spin. With each step your child takes, the alligators take turns opening and closing their mouths with a gentle clacking noise. The alligators’ noise and animation encourage movement and development of gross motor skills, while spinning, sliding beads on the handle supports help improve fine motor skills.
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Three alligators will charm toddlers as they take turns chomping with every step! This multisensory wooden push toy encourages walking and discovery. Graphic details feature cattails on the handle supports, fish on the wheels and spinning butterfly and ladybug beads. This cheerful toy encourages gross and fine motor skills, while developing hand-eye coordination. Brightly painted with child-safe paint.
Learning to walk is a joyful event, and the Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy from Melissa & Doug makes it even more fun. With a colorful swamp scene and sturdy construction, this handcrafted wooden toy serves as a playful, dependable tool to help children ages one and up work on motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and take their first steps.
Learn to Walk with the Animals
The Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy encourages exploration and discovery with a playful, brightly colored swamp scene. Three green gators in a blue pool are the centerpieces of the toy, and each of the four wheels features a multicolored fish that appears to be swimming as the wheels turn.
A wooden handle extends from the back of the base and includes colorful details of cattails and butterflies on its supports. Butterfly and ladybug beads attached to the supports are fun for little hands to slide and spin.
Designed to Encourage Movement and Discovery
The toy's design helps teach motor skills as well as basic cause and effect. With each step your child takes, the alligators take turns opening and closing their mouths with a gentle clacking noise. The alligators' noise and animation encourages movement and development of gross motor skills, while spinnable, slidable beads on the handle supports help improve fine motor skills.
In addition, the toy promotes agility, balance, and exercise. The handle is simple to grab and hold, so your little one can steer the push toy in straight lines or along wandering paths. Non-skid wheels let your child walk along smooth surfaces without moving too fast or leaving any unsightly marks on your floor. The wheels also allow your waddler to move forward and backward without veering off course or getting stuck.
Durable, Dependable Handcrafted Construction
The Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy is handcrafted and hand sanded from select hardwood and made with nontoxic dyes and paints. Measuring 15 by 11-3/4 by 15 inches (H x W x D), the toy is wide and weighty enough to give wobbly babies the support they need to fearlessly take their first steps. Tiny hands can easily grasp the raised handlebar. The push toy requires adult assembly, which is simple to do with only a Phillips-head screwdriver.
While our testers were pleased by the overall construction of the toy, they did note that the three cutouts in which the alligators move are a little rough at the edges. This was not an issue during testing, but parents should keep an eye out for possible splinters.
About Melissa & Doug
Started in the garage at Doug's parents' house in 1988, Melissa & Doug has become one of the most popular toy makers in the world. Its toys have garnered dozens of awards and have been widely featured in national media.
Melissa & Doug toys meet all US consumer product safety regulations. The toys are tested at the factory of origin during various phases of the production process to ensure they meet the company's stringent safety requirements. In particular, the paints and coatings on Melissa & Doug toys are tested frequently to meet or exceed government recommendations limiting heavy metals and lead in children's items.
What's in the Box
Base, handlebar, two Phillips-head screws, and assembly instructions.
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 15 x 11.75 in||16.5 x 14.2 x 18.1 in||13.2 x 13.2 x 10 in||13.11 x 18.11 x 19.88 in||—||14.4 x 13.2 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||7.35 lbs||6 lbs||—||7.14 lbs||—||—|
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My daughter is 11 mos, 18lbs and, well, she totally manhandles this thing. If she tries to pull to standing, it tips. She can tip it easily in any direction. She does love the wooden beads and the crocodiles, so she sits and kneels to push it to and fro, without going anywhere.
So I think it's more of a push toy than a walker. It's beautifully made, and I think once she learns to actually walk, she will love it. Also if I am helping her, she can stand with it and make some progress. So I'm not sorry I bought this, but it isn't the aide-toward-independent-walking that I was hoping for, if that makes sense. Just an awesome toy with some fun features :)
We are members of the Denver Zoo so we take our daughter there 2-3 times a week, and she loves walking around with this little walker and looking at the animals. (See attached video). This walker is very stable, so she is able to pull herself up to standing with it. She uses the handlebar to catch herself when she stumbles and falls and it does not tip over unless she is very off balance, however, we are always right there to catch her in such cases; you can see it coming so there is time to react. The wheels don't run away from her as she's walking unless she is on a steeper incline, and she must control the speed of the walker herself (there is not a break or slowing mechanism to keep her from gaining too much speed, she must control this herself). She must use her core strength to do this and it has improved her balance exponentially. This walker has a very low clearance, which makes it stable, but you will still need to clear small rocks out of the way or pick up the toy when your child gets hung up on a rock. The wheels and all other parts of the toy easily wipe clean, and the little black strip on the wheels is raised rubber which gives the wheels grip and is not hard on floors, so we also use this in our home. I have not noticed that it is loud, as other reviewers have, as there is a green felt strip in each alligator mouth which reduces the noise. To me, it sounds like a wagon being pulled outside. The zoo staff also inspected it before we were allowed to bring it in because if it were too noisy it could scare the animals and would thus not be allowed in. We have gotten many compliments from other parents about what a great little walker this is, and every time we go to the zoo we get asked multiple times where we got it.
The only negative factor, which may have been caused by user error, is that I have noticed the paint on the handle bar rubs off onto hands (both mine and baby's). This didn't start happening until we used it at the zoo for the first time, so it may have been caused by sunscreen, which I apply liberally to my daughter including her hands. I also used baby wipes to clean the dirt off of the handle bar, as my daughter sits down to inspect leaves and other small things she finds while she is pushing this toy, so it may have been caused by that as well. This issue is not worth taking a star off though, I will take a little child-safe paint rubbing off over a smashed chin on the pavement any day! The paint washes off of our hands easily. That said, I still don't like that the handlebar paint rubs off, so I plan to resolve this issue by sanding the paint off of the handle. I will update this review of whether or not that is successful.
(A) 1st problem encountered was a slightly out of place drill hole on the handle assembly. Due to the misalignment I was unable to start the bolt into mate located in the handle. I remediated this problem by drilling out the hole 1/16th of an inch larger. Cool, off we go right? Nope, not just yet, this was the warmup.
(B) At this point I had the handle securely bolted to the body, unfortunately the rear axle/wheels would not turn easily. I removed the rear axle to find that one end had a significant warp to it. The warp was causing one of the wheels to rub on the body. Another effect of the warp was that it made the factory supplied screw work loose far too easily to be considered safe for someone just learning to walk. So to correct this I replaced both screws that attach the wheel to the axle with larger screws with a coarser threading. See picture for reference.
(C) And finally, when the handle was bolted in place to the body, the handle rubbed on the rear axle on both sides. This one confuses me, as it appears to be a design failure by the mfg company. As you can see in the picture, the profile of the axle encroaches into the area where the handle mounts. I resolved this by removing 1/8th inch of wood from each side of the handle where the handle had to pass by or touch the axle.
I like the toy, the assembly was a huge disappointment. I'm glad that I put it together now vs waiting till Christmas morning to do it. If you have basic woodworking or engineering skills and have the tools available you can get through this. If you have neither the tools or the desire, you are going to be staring in the eyes of a disappointed toddler.