8/9/11

Step2 Wild Side Riders Giraffe - Review

Every fall, at least one of my daycare kids goes off to kindergarten and at least one more toddler joins the bunch. This month, I'll be losing one to kindergarten and one to preschool, and my two new toddlers have already started. Whenever I'm purchasing new items, I try to buy them so everyone in the group can use them, even though they are of mixed ages. Oftentimes, though, I will get some that are for "just toddlers" or "just preschoolers" and sometimes even "just four and five year olds." Although this limits who can use the materials, it also gives the younger ones something to look forward to being big enough to use someday. I recently received something just for my toddlers and I'm surprised at how much the big kids really want to use it!
The Step2 Wild Side Riders Giraffe came ready to assemble and that means my darling husband is happy to help me out. It only took him about ten minutes to put the whole thing together, including applying the stickers.
I just love the sad, sleepy eyes on this giraffe. I knew the kids were going to simply love this toy. The wheels roll easily and the "bridle" is a sturdy plastic, as is the body and wheels, and will last a good long time, like all my Step2 toys.
We named him Gerry the Giraffe (which is a throwback to a song my little sister and I learned as kids) and I placed him in the dramatic play area that evening. The next morning, my first arrival lit up like a firefly as soon as he saw it. He climbed right on (he's almost 2) and scooted all around the room. He has loved playing with the bridle too. It flips from the front over the head in one clean sweep. My toddler loves pulling Gerry by the bridle too.
The next arrival that morning was a boy a little older and he loved Gerry just as much. He's had just as much fun pushing the giraffe around the room as he has riding it. Riding, pushing and pulling are all very important motor skills. Sharing is something that doesn't come as easily to these two boys, but we're working on it.
Several times I've discovered my four and five year olds trying to ride Gerry the Giraffe and even though I know it's sturdy enough to hold them, I'm saving this toy for the younger crowd. The big kids have settled for putting the teddy bear on Gerry's back and pushing it around. Look, she loves him so much she's kissing his nose!
Thank you Step2 for another fabulous toy that I can count on for quality and educational value! I might just have to order that Wild Side Riders Zebra now!
Disclosure: I received a giraffe at no charge for this review. My opinions are always true.

The Giraffe Giveaway
Yes, you heard me right! I get to give one away too! I'm going to use Rafflecopter for this giveaway, so just fill out the form below as you finish each task. I'll close the contest at midnight on Friday, August 19th, and email the winner for their shipping address. Must be 18 years or older to enter and win. Entries will be verified before winner notification.


88 comments:

  1. Hi! Great giveaway!! It's soooo cute.

    Patricia @ http://lemondropsdreamtoo.blogspot.com/

    P.s. Your GFC is not showing. I'll be back later to make sure I am a follower ;o)

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  2. I like their lifestyle dream kitchen. Thanks!

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  3. My kids would love the LifeStyle™ Grand Walk-In Kitchen

    sweetpanda2010 at gmail dot com

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  4. i would love to have this for my youngest

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  5. He looks really cute, I love giraffes!

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  6. My little one would love the Neat & Tidy Cottage™
    tomokofive at gmail dot com

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  7. My kids would love a train table.

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  8. My grandkidlets would love the Play Up™ Adjustable Sand & Water Table

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

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  9. I don't need ANYTHING ... just wanted to comment. What a cute little giraffe. :o)

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  10. I would like the Art Easel Desk
    Art Easel Desk
    bec.shockley@gmail.com

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  11. i like the cozy cuisine kitchen

    timmiedeluca@comcast.net
    Laura DeLuca

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  12. Puppet Theater
    My son always talks about puppets. He loves them!

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  13. taylor marves8/9/11, 9:50 PM

    my son would also love the clubhouse climber
    taylorcmarves at aol dot com

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  14. They would love the Play Up™ Teeter Totter.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  15. I love the Naturally Playful Picnic Table with Umbrella!

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  16. My oldest son (5) wanted to name my youngest (7 months) giraffe...so this toy would be perfect! ;) We chose a different name but it was the thought that counted! The ride in race car is cool too!

    nmuroski at aol dot com

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  17. My twin grandchildren would Play Up Teeter Totter

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  18. We would love the Complete Choo Choo Train Combo - USA Edition!

    linniegurl14 at gmail {dot} com

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  19. I love this giraffe! I think from their website I would love love love The picnic table! :) HOW FUN!!!!

    aprillivingwell at gmail dot com

    aprillivingwell@gmail.com

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  20. I like the LifeStyle Gourmet Cafe Kitchen.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  21. my child would love the Gather & Grille Playhouse™

    heyfrugalmommy at hotmail dot com

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  22. I love the wild side riders zebra from Step 2 I would buy it except it has pink and looks to girly and I have a 15 month old son. Thank you very much for the chance to win I love the Giraffe
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com
    Jamie Brigham

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  23. http://www.step2.com/product.cfm?product_id=1843

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  24. I like the Explore & Store Elephant Gym.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I No my Nephew and great Nephew would like Canopy Wagon

    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  26. I would love to have the Fresh Market Kitchen!
    mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

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  27. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    THE Lift & Hide Bookcase Storage Chest LOOKS LIKE A GOOD ITEM TO HAVE

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  28. I like the Gather and grill playhouse.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  29. My kids would love the dream kitchen!
    JulsB20 at aol dot com

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  30. I love anything that promotes creative play so one item I think is super is the All Around Art Tower. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  31. love the step 2 extreme coaster!
    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  32. I really want the stock car bed and their pin pals bowling set!
    sabrina radke
    sradke1024 at gmail dot com

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  33. we would love one of their kitchen sets.

    lovenlearnwlittlei (at) gmal (dot) com

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  34. play and shade pool.amandahoffman35@yahoo.com

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  35. Complete Choo Choo Train Combo would be great.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. We've looked into the Lifestyle Gourmet Kitchen on craigslist...but could never afford it at full price...

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  37. My grandkids would love the Picnic Play Table.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  38. My son would have a blast with the pedal farm tractor and trailer!

    Happysou1l2 at att dot net

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  39. I like the Boogie Woogie Bug Gym

    Mandinav (at) aol (dot) com

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  40. I like Lil' Lion Happy Hang Out Gym

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  41. My child would love the Blue Canyon Construction Site Sandbox.

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

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  42. I have wanted the Up and Down Roller Coaster for years for my kids.

    Mickey Coutts

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  43. that looks like fun for a child

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  44. Saw this at a play group - nice toy

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  45. My daughter would love the easel :)

    allisonjunk13 at gmail.com

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  46. My nephew would love this =) thanks
    buildingblockscc@hotmail.com
    thanks
    brandon

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  47. Why the Clubhouse Climber, of course! :)

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  48. Would love the Water Wheel Play Table

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  49. awesome giveaway!!

    scottnanney20@yahoo.com

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  50. I would like to get the Clubhouse Climber for the boys.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  51. I follow you on GFC(Linda G)
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  52. the Up and Down Elephant slide

    kimberlyboland80@yahoo.com

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  53. My son would love the push around buggy.
    angella13 at gmail dot com

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  54. crabbie sandbox crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  55. My son would love the LifeStyle Twin Bed :)

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  56. My fav is firefly soother! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  57. This is adorable! My daughter would love it!

    heathergalawhat@yahoo.com

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  58. He would absolutely love the Clubhouse jandplee@att.net

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  59. I would also love to get the Deluxe Art Master Desk/

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  60. our little one would love the Up & Down Elephant slide
    karenmed409@comcast.net

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  61. My son would love the Barn Shape Sorter

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. My child would love the Backyard Basics Combo.

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  63. Holly Pelletier8/17/11, 1:24 PM

    Water Wheel Play table looks like something my g randchildren would love

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  64. The Basic Rhythms Bongos are awesome- my daughter loves to bang on things- these would be PERFECT.
    I might have to order some!
    bonnye sensenig
    bonnyejean at gmail dot com

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  65. My daughter would also love the Art Master Activity Desk from Step2.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  66. We would also love the Sports-tastic Activity Center
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  67. I really like the Flip And Doodle Easle Desk.

    jrazbillx at gmail dot com

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  68. I have always wanted to get my kids the 50's Diner

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  69. I would love the clubhouse climber
    shmilgah at yahoo.com

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  70. I like the Toddler Swing.

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  71. My daughter would also love the all around art tower.

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  72. I love the Life style grand walk in kitchen

    Lm-save at yadda dt net

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  73. I also love the clubhouse climber

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  74. I love the Clubhouse Climber

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  75. I love the all-around-art tower.

    amybrown16 (at) insightbb (dot) com

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  76. Creative Projects Table

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  77. I would love the Neat & Tidy Cottage

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  78. My kids would love the clubhouse climber. It looks fun

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

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  79. The first thing I saw that the kids would go googoo over was the AWESOME Clubhouse Climber!!!

    tesashel225 (@) aol (.com)

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  80. I really love the Extreme Coaster and my son loves playing on this at his daycare!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  81. train table ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  82. like this Merry Monkey Gym
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. Tristan would like the Clubhouse Climber.
    traymona(at)aol.com

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  84. Another toy that the kids would love is the grand balcony dollhouse

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  85. My son would love the LifeStyle walk-in kitchen!

    brandi.westmoreland(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. My kids would love the Naturally Playful Sand Dunes Sandbox!

    camisolesandcammies@gmail.com

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  87. firefly soother ty.
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  88. rt-http://twitter.com/#!/gummasplace/status/106145782020841472
    karenmed409@comcast.net

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