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I am a kindergarten/first grade volunteer at our school and use the Galimoto story and the Galimotos as the year end activity. I read the story (depending on the grade I edit for their attention level) and then we play with the Galimotos. I now have 16 so some kids have to double up. I also have small traffic cones (I got them from Oriental Trading Company) that we set up in the classroom and the kids just go haywire. I've done this for over 10 years. In the beginning I tried to devise a game but young kids don't follow game rules very well. I found it better that we just set up the cones, give them a Galimoto, and let them have at it. It is always great fun. I got my first Galimoto while visiting my grandson in Minnesota 6 years ago. He and I and the other grandma bought 3 of them and we created a lot of interest on the street outside the Ten Thousand Villages store in St. Paul. I know from experience that kids up to 6 love these.
This guy is so fun! My son has had it for a year and it's still working perfectly. He loves to race it around the house and watch his legs pump furiously. The fact that the wheels are wrapped with thread makes them grip the ground better so it doesn't just slide over our hardwood floors. sometimes we have to bend the wheels back in line, but it still works even if they look wobbly.
I bought this for him along with the Galimoto book and it was a perfect pair. Today he chose to bring it to preschool for show and tell.
Nice clever toy. It moves and is very whimsical and colorful
Awesome toy kids had a blast with it.
We purchased a galimoto at a store in Rhode Island a few years ago for our daughter when she was 2 or 3 to have something to play with while I walked around the outlets to shop for work clothes. It has been a favorite toy ever since now for our son. It is almost indestructable and so simple and so full of joy!
My daughter play with this everytime we are in our local 10,000 villages store, so she was delighted to receive one of her own this past Christmas. She plays with it all the time, which proves that the simplest of toys can hold the most joy. The little guy/girl on the bike is so cute as it pedals fast or slow as she pushes him along by the long handle. We all enjoy playing with it!
I bought one of these for my husband shortly after Ten Thousand Villages first started carrying them. Ours hangs on the wall beside a work of art I made that symbolizes out family (the colors are perfect - still bright and vivid after all these years). The design hasn't changed much over the years - now the rider and vehicle is just a bit larger. My husband liked it so much, that when they came out with a bicycle built for two, I bought that for him as well (that has since been discontinued).
I also bought one recently for a four year old. She told me she had one at home that she couldn't play with - so I bought her one that she was supposed to play with. She was supposed to share it with her older brother... Well... you know how that goes.... The Galimoto was hers (smile).
When I was shopping a "Villages" affiliate store, the volunteer was playing with one and was having a ball. The store had just gotten in a shipment. I told him he needed to buy one. His response? "I already have one".
These are fun for children - but don't rule out the adults in your life who could use one, too.
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