Thursday, November 4, 2010

Make this Holiday Season the Best Ever with Retro Pedal Cars and Pedal Planes

These days, it seems like even the youngest of children are more tech-savvy than ever, with thousands of electronic toys and games at their disposal. Kids seem to spend more and more time in front of a screen, playing high-tech video games or watching cartoons; for parents, it can often seem like some of the former innocence of childhood is missing. But some of the most popular toys from decades ago can still delight young children; what little girl or boy would not be thrilled to have a “ride” of their own? You can make this holiday season one they will surely remember with retro pedal cars and pedal planes that bring back memories of simpler times.

If you are thinking about buying a pedal car or pedal plane for your toddler, here are some of the things you should keep in mind.

1. While you can buy vintage cars and planes from the 40’s and 50’s, these are not usually the best choice for young children. Older models are sold mainly as collector’s items and can contain toxic materials, such as lead paint, that are dangerous for small children.

2. Avoid purchasing plastic cars or planes. While these are lightweight, and often less expensive than those made from metal, they are unlikely to last for more than one season. Investing in a metal car or plane will guarantee that the vehicle will survive to be passed on to your younger children, or even grandchildren, later on.

3. Stay away from battery-operated cars and trucks. While these can make young kids feel like they are really “driving,” they can be difficult to control and are potentially very dangerous. No type of kids’ vehicle should ever be ridden without adult supervision, but pedal-operated vehicles are much safer for your precious little ones.

4. Take the size of your child into account when selecting your vehicle. While many cars and planes are made to accommodate a wide range of sizes, some are mainly intended for smaller toddlers. Be sure to select a size that your child will be able to manage easily, but offers some growing room – this is a toy that will last for years.

5. Whether you order your plane or car online or purchase it at a specialty store, some assembly may be required. Make sure you schedule enough time to put this special gift together when making arrangements for delivery.

There are many options available when it comes to buying just the right pedal car or pedal plane for your child. At, you will find a great selection of cars, planes, and other pedal toys – taxi cabs, police cars, and fire engines, and yes, even Thomas the Tank Engine. Order early to ensure that yours arrives on time to make this the best holiday ever for your little one.

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