Sunday, 11 February 2018

Review: Brio Pull Along Bumblebee

Little was sent a Pull Along Bumblebee from BRIO and she has fast become a big fan. For my part the review has been challenging, not because of the toy itself, but because trying to get a photo of it while my youngest runs around the living room in circles resulted in rather a lot of images with blurry flashes of black, yellow, white and red.

My toddler holding the Brio Pull Along Bumblebee in front of her face

The concept of pull along toys is an old one; one of the earliest found is thought to be a 3000 year old pull along horse and BRIO themselves have been making toys since 1884. Many of us will have had BRIO toys as a child and it is easy to see that their ongoing popularity isn’t just down to nostalgia. The concept of a pull along toy is simple, but surprisingly appealing. The Pull Along Bumblebee has red wheels and a yellow string to pull it along as well as white wings which spin round as it moves, the faster it is pulled along the quicker it’s little wings spin around. It also has antennae made from springs which gently bob around.

The Brio Pull Along Bumblebee being pulled along by a child just out of frame. The wings of the bee are blurred from movement

Suitable from 12 months this toy will really come into it’s own when a child can walk around confidently pulling it behind them. The pull along string is only 70cm long which is good to stop it getting all tangled up, but does mean if the child (or adult!) is too tall it is harder to use because it gets pulled over and then dragged along on it’s back, poor bumblebee.

A toddler playing with the Brio Pull Along Bumblebee

The Pull Along Bumblebee is mostly made from painted wood with the addition of metal for the antennae stalks, wheel axis and screws, rubbery rims of the wheels, soft plastic for the wings and fabric for the string (plus anything else internally which I can’t see). It works by the wings resting on the wheels which then rotate when the wheels go round. There is also a mechanism inside which makes a clicking noise, it doesn’t really sound like a buzz to me, but it’s an endearing noise.

Hands and feet of a toddler in the background and close up view of the bee in the foreground

This Pull Along Bumblebee has fast become a favourite in our family. The appeal is in the bright colours, big eyes and simplicity. This would be ideal as a first birthday gift. I can picture children crawling along behind it as a parent pulls it along before they are able to pull it along themselves. Little has just turned two and she loves it so it could easily have a couple of years use by each child before being passed on to younger siblings.

The BRIO Pull Along Bumblebee is available online and from a large number of stores at £17.99 RRP.

***Disclosure: We were sent the BRIO Pull Along Bumblebee for an honest review***

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  1. Pull along toys are perfect for little ones. This looks adorable #TriedTested

    1. Thank you, I love how the simple toys have such appeal

  2. My kids have all loved pull along toys, and this one is beautiful. It's always good when the noise isn't too irritating isn't it?! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Absolutely especially because they seem to use annoying toys the most!

  3. Aww! That is just adorable. I remember toys like this when I was a child and I loved them x

    1. I love the nostalgia that comes with classic children's toys, it brings back memories

  4. Awww how cute is this! My daughter would have loved one of these when she was younger. #TriedTested

  5. How lovely! Brio are a fab brand and their toys are always well made. We have had quite a few over the years :)

    Thanks so much for sharing with #TheGreatToyReveal x

  6. Oh, I do love wooden toys! This looks so lovely and being Brio should last a long time too. #TheGreatToyReveal