Trail of the elephants

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I have an elephant aficionado at my house. He has a huge herd of small plastic elephants, elephant books, elephant t-shirts (surprising how many are actually available), soft toy elephants and for a time would only eat off the Babar plate. Our regular visits to Melbourne Zoo’s impressive elephant enclosure invariably start with ‘riding’ the wooden elephants that are part of a display about elephant herd structure. Every time we visit the zoo there are lots of children milling around these wooden elephants which are just the right height for kids to climb aboard have an imaginary ride.

When I saw the new walking elephant from Plan Toys, I immediately felt thrilled by a new elephant find, but at the same time a little disappointed that my elephant fan is now too big for this superb toy. The Plan Toys Walking Elephant has a touch of Eames about him – simple lines, simple materials and a friendly look.

By rocking side-to-side, children make the elephant walk. So whilst kids are pretending that they are riding an elephant through the jungle, we know that they are actually developing balance, gross motor skills, co-ordination and exercising their imagination. The elephant is suitable for children aged 18 months+ and retails at $349.95.

Also new in the Plan Toys range are some terrific push-along friends. A duck with big feet that slap along the ground and an elephant whose trunk moves up and down as they are pushed. These push-alongs make the perfect toy for children that have started walking and have certainly been a firm favourite of all my kids. The Push-Alongs are $64.95 each.

Plan Toys have also introduced some new pull-alongs, a timeless wooden pounding bench and a beautiful Noah’s Ark set.

The Plan Toys Walking Elephant is available from Bébé
for $349.95 and Bébé offers free shipping for all orders over $150.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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