Wooden Toys: Oxybul Stands Up To Destructive Beings
f you have been a reader of Dinker & Giggles for a while you’ve probably noticed that I love wooden and bamboo products for my kids and household.
From bamboo cutting boards to wooden puzzles, I just love the quality of the items and the lack of weird plastic smells.
You know what I’m talking about [and if you don't just walk into a Five Below store and prepare to become ill] that odd stench that surrounds plastic items.
When a rep from Oxybul contacted me to tell me about their toys now being available in the United States I really wanted to know more. A line of quality wooden toys that were unique and allowed the child to use their imagination vs being over powered by flashing lights and sounds – this was just up my alley.
Oxybul Trolley Walker Review
Our youngest son was pushing the boys lap trays around when Oxybul contacted me. I knew that the toy trolley would be perfect for him to hang onto as he waddled his way around the house. I was totally right (see, dear I am right once in a while)!
Our seven-year old helped me put it together. Following the pictures we quickly had it assembled. It really was not a lot of parts and it went quickly. A bit too quickly actually. In my haste to put it together we forgot to completely tighten all the bolts before we put the wheels on. Sadly, once the wheels are on it’s next to impossible to get behind them to tighten the bolts up.
Make sure you tighten all bolts and screws before putting the axle and wheels on the trolley!
Tucker practically runs behind the trolley cart pushing it all around and has tried pulling it as well. He’s a quick learner and discovered it doesn’t work as well when pulled. Even though it’s not the intended purpose he also loves climbing into the trolley and being pushed around.
It’s fun watching him push the cart around the house and gathering up toys and placing them in the bin area. The dogs aren’t too happy about being run over but it sure does make the baby laugh when they jump up and run. Oh, I have a feeling he’s going to be one interesting character in a few years!
Oxybul Wooden Push Trolley Info
- Green Trolley Walker for the first steps of the child
- Great Stability, Sturdy construction, with a toy box
- Painted Wood _ Dimensions: H 17.1 x L 16.7 x W 13 in.
- To Be Assembled By An Adult
Overall, the quality of the product is dead on. Colors are soft and fit our home and lifestyle. Even with my lack of making all bolts tight it’s still holding up to a little boy 13 months old and his three older brothers.
Speaking of the brothers, we also received a wooden castle that they have taken over with G.I. Joe action figures.
Oxybul Wooden Folding Medieval Castle
This one was totally unexpected but the surprise on the boys face when seeing a castle that was all theirs was priceless. It’s a really neat one too. The boys have never had a wooden castle like this and I really love the simplicity. It folds up so it’s easy to store on the toy shelves and to even carry around the house.
Because of course mommy did not know that playing under the dinning room table is the most awesome of areas to play. Geez, I guess I’ve been stuck in the dark ages!
What the wooden castle does not have:
- Motorized parts.
- Predetermined rooms.
It’s just the basic, high quality wooden castle one would look for when wanting their child’s imagination to do the grunt work.
Oxybul Wooden Castle Info
- A lovely painted wooden castle very convenient with its handle, it can be carried anywhere
- Includes 1 Castle with 2 Wooden Handles
- 2 Play Modes: Castle Closed / Castle Open
- Dim. Castle Closed: L 14.2 x W 6.9 x H 10.6 in.
- Dim. Castle Opened: L 28.4 x W 6.9 x H 10.6 in
So to be totally honest, transparent and all that happy FTC jazz I wanted to clarify that had Oxybul not sent these items to us for review we probably would have saved up and purchased them for birthday presents. But I’m honored and blessed that we did have the chance to work with them. Their customer service was wonderful and took to heart my suggestion that it needs to be marked on the directions to fully tighten all bolts before assembling the wheels.
I’m trying very hard to think of negatives to round out the review and one would be that it would be nice if the trolley came with some large wooden shapes that could fit into the toy bin like a puzzle but also be used to build with. That really is my only complaint with the trolley that it is in fact just a trolley.
Then again it goes back to my desire to have toys that are simple and don’t tell or suggest to a child what to do with them. Thus allowing their imagination to take the leading role not some flashing over-the-top lights.
Where to Find Oxybul
Right now you can only find the Oxybul products in their online Amazon store as they are new to the United States.
They are working on an English Facebook page but in the meantime if you know French you should check out their Facebook page at Oxybul éveil et jeux
A Final Negative About Oxybul
Oh, I did think of another negative but this one is coming direct from Mr. Rocco:
“Hey guys, I know you love those wooden toys but…
you think you can come play with me!!!”
That Official Disclosure Thing: We received product and/or monetary compensation for our review of these products. As always we provide the destructive powers known has children to thoroughly test the items out. Our opinion is and always will be our own. Official disclosure thingy out.
Share your tips for getting your kids to use their imaginations in the comments below!!
Don’t miss our giveaway for an Oxybul product – ends August 5, 2013
Alaina Frederick, publisher of Dinker & Giggles, loves helping to create a healthy environment for her four boys and husband. Her favorite time of year is winter - trees blanketed with fresh snow, hot cocoa in hand, and a great book completing the package.
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