“One of the fun things about the Didicar is that it will take a lot of weight – up to 18 stone – so you can have two children on it at once and even an adult and a child!”
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Initial thoughts: The DidiCar required some adult assembly. I would strongly advise tackling this assembly with all children are out, or in bed. It would probably take about 15 minutes to assemble if you did so; it took us closer to an hour, due to constant shouts of ‘No! Don’t touch it until it’s put together!’ and ‘Don’t put that in your mouth!’ and so on.
The instructions were pretty clear, with specific trouble-shooting instructions for many scenarios. I had to ask Chris to help with some of it, but that’s more because I was heavily pregnant and couldn’t do anything too strenuous. You will probably need a hammer or mallet and a screwdriver (or pen). Everything else you need to put the Didicar together is included. You don’t need any batteries, which is part of the attraction. There was lots of bubble wrap and nice well-proportioned box, both of which have got almost as much use out of them as the car itself.
Once assembled, the Didicar is described as “a triumph of fun over physics”. Kids (it’s suitable for 30 months right up to adults) sit on the car and turn the steering wheel – this drives the car’s two wheels against each other, moving the vehicle. Flip the steering wheel round, and you move backwards.
We liked: Rosemary loves the DidiCar. She was excited just seeing it in the box and even more excited watching us put it together (or trying to help!). When it was finally assembled and she was allowed to get on it, she jumped on, put her feet up on the footrests and started wiggling the steering wheel and driving it round the kitchen, while I was still reading the operating instructions. Within about 15 seconds, she declared ‘I love it!’ and she was quite upset that we then had to sit down and have dinner, rather than play with it for the next hour or so.
My sister tried it out that evening, too, and enjoyed it and the next day various relatives were around while we were busy not giving birth (as it turned out) and all had a go. It was popular with both small children and adults alike. One of the fun things about it is that it will take a lot of weight – up to 18 stone – so you can have two children on it at once and even an adult and a child; and the seat is big enough for even my large bum! It’s also of a size that allows it to be used inside, even if you don’t have huge amounts of space, though it would probably be more fun if you have lots and lots of floor space. We don’t have carpets, so I can’t report on whether it works well on carpeted floor.
We weren’t keen: One problem we have found with the DidiCar is that it really should only be used in one way – put feet on footrest and wiggle the steering wheel. However, Rosemary wants to use it in other ways, too, such as putting her feet on the ground and pushing it forwards, sitting backwards, standing on it and jumping off it and so on. And she has hurt herself a few times doing these things. The one that she is naturally inclined to do a lot is put her feet on the floor to push forwards, and she keeps scraping her ankles when she does this. In fact, knowing we were doing a review of the DidiCar, she made a point of saying ‘I don’t think that’s very good, but I still love it.’
Overall: Rosemary loves the Didicar, even if she does get hurt a lot, and she’ll probably come round to using it properly. It seems very sturdy and I think will last a long time. It’s something she can share when a friend comes round, without arguments (except perhaps who gets to sit in front!). All in all, the Didicar is a good toy and good value for money, but older children may well be better at using it in the right way.
[Tasha – WAHM-BAM]