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M received this trike for her second birthday back in September 2013.  She has loved it from the beginning, however, she’s refused to take it outside.  All that changed last week.  We were finally able to take it out and she absolutely loves it more than ever!

Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike

This trike was pretty easy to assemble.  Of course, Hubby did all the assembling.  The directions were fairly easy to read and he had it put together in less than an hour.

This trike is awesome because M doesn’t necessarily have to pedal in order for it to go forward.  That handle in the back acts as a stroller handle.  You can steer and push the trike around.  You have complete control of the tricycle with that handle. 

If M doesn’t move the pedals, the trike makes a ticking noise that can get a bit annoying.  Hubby seems to think that there is a setting within the front wheel that can remove that ticking noise, but so far, we haven’t figured it out.

The back has a little “trunk space”.  You can lift the little back area and there is a small storage space.  It can’t really hold much.  It can probably hold a little baggie of snacks, but nothing major.  We usually find small random objects in them that M likes to place. 

The wheels are hollow plastic, which makes them fairly easy to clean, but I’m not sure how long they will actually last in the long run. 

M loves this trike.  Ever since we finally used it outside, she has been wanting to go everyday! 

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I highly recommend this since you actually have a lot of control of the tricycle, especially when a two-year old is at the front!

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 I’ve been trying introduce M to activities that keep her busy and entertained.  She enjoys drawing and markers, so I figured she’d enjoy painting. 


Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaint

This is great.  This paint only works with the Crayola Color Wonder paper.  The color doesn’t get anywhere.  Because it’s a gel, it’s easy to clean up.

At first, M was a little apprehensive about touching it, but it didn’t take her long to get used to it.  She loved making splotches all over the paper.

The colors are a little muted on the Color Wonder paper.  The colors are not bold, but it’s a only a kid’s fingerpaint.  She’s not the next Monet.  We did notice that the longer the paint sits on the paper, the stronger the colors came out. 

The gel dries a little sticky, so if you want to save your child’s artistic creations, I would not stack the pages on top of each other, even if you think that the paints are dry. 

This set seems to be a “one time use” fingerpaint set.  M dug through the gel pots and used up the fingerpaint in one sitting that lasted about an hour.  I did try to save as much as I could by scooping up the globs of gel on the piece of paper and scraping it back into the pots. 

You can find fingerpaint refills here:

 


Crayola Color Wonder Paint Refill – Set of 2 (Tropical and Classic 75-2038)

M enjoyed this very much.  I look foward to getting some refills and letting her paint again.  It’s a great activity that keeps her still and quiet for at least an hour. 

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Masha and the Bear is a Russian cartoon about a little girl and her bear, obviously. 

It’s all in Russian, so I’m not 100% sure what going on.  From the looks of it, it’s a little girl named Masha that lives in the forest and has a bunch of animal friends…

It’s super cute and the stories are super entertaining.  Masha is a bit mischevious and that seem to get her into trouble at times..

This picture is from M’s favorite episode:

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How did we find this?

Well.. M did.

I’ve mentioned before that M’s current obsession is Youtube.  She knows how to navigate around the site and will usually click on video thumbnails that seem to spark her interest.  This particular show’s thumbnail sparked her interest and she loves to watch it.

For the longest time she was calling it “rice” because of what little Masha is eating in the video.  When it wasn’t on and she would ask for it, would couldn’t figure out what “rice” was.. until she found it herself and exclaimed, “rice!”

When Hubby and I used Google Translator to figure out what this show was about, we learned that it was called Masha and the bear..

So when she asked for “rice” we told her what it was actually called. 

Now, she calls it “Masha beah.”

I actually like this cartoon.  It’s cute and playful.  I don’t speak Russian, but I pick up the storyline easily. 

I do recommend this for kids because it’s too darn cute! 

Just do a search for “Masha and the bear” on Youtube and you’ll find so many more episodes.


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