TP Toys Spirobouncer
The TP Toys Spirobouncer makes a fun alternative to a traditional see-daw, but is better suited to children close in age or size!
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Initial Thoughts – The TP Spirobouncer is a bit like a see-saw, except it swivels round as well as bouncing up and down. The toy itself was delivered in bits, but my husband found it very easy to put together. It looks good and the children were keen to play on it. The idea is that you can play on it indoors, as well as outdoors; bouncing and spinning around. You can fill the base with sand to keep it stable and it comes with protective pads to save your floors.
We liked – The Spirobouncer is colourful and sturdy. It can be used inside and out so it’s ideal for rainy days – there aren’t many ride-on toys of this size suitable for indoor use, although you’ll need plenty of space to make the most of it! The children, especially Little S, loved the way it bounced and spun around. It also takes a weight of 25kg on each end so may even last until after age 5, making it really good value for under £50.
We weren’t so keen: The TP Spirobouncer is suitable for ages 2-5 so I thought it would be ideal for my 2 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Unfortunately, though, we did find that having two children of such different heights on it made it a bit uneven. Little S is tall, so seemed to verge on being a bit too big for it. Every time he was down on the floor, Baby B was too high up and fell forwards because the handles are too low to provide enough protection. Meanwhile, Little S kept banging his knees on our wooden floor! However, it was better when Baby B and her friend of the same size were on it together.
Overall – My children do prefer their conventional seesaw in the garden to the Spirobouncer, however I like the idea of it bouncing and spinning around and it did provide lots of fun. Although it can be used indoors, we don’t have enough space so it stays outside, where it seems to wear the weather well. If it’s used with children of a similar age, then it is more evenly balanced, but I still think that the handles should be higher up to prevent children from falling forwards. As such, I’d recommend supervising children closely when they play on this.