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Galimoto Boy

Handcrafted in Kenya

Availability:
in stock
SKU 4102210

Galimoto Boy

Handcrafted in Kenya

Availability:
in stock
SKU 4102210
Original price $16.99 - Original price $16.99
Original price
$16.99
$16.99 - $16.99
Current price $16.99
STORY
In Africa, homemade galimotos are fashioned by children out of anything from sticks to cornstalks, and can be vehicles of any sort. This ingeniously crafted "galimoto" push-toy bicycle rider is created from shaped wire wrapped around fabric by artisans of the Chuma Wires workshop based in the Dandora area of Nairobi, Kenya. Chuma Wires provides valuable work for artisans who have little or no other opportunities for employment in this marginal section of Kenya's sprawling capital.

DETAILS
  • Wire and cloth
  • 24H inches (including handle)
  • Made in Kenya
ABOUT THE ARTISAN
OTICART International
KENYA
In 1995 Claytone Ombasyi, a Christian businessman in Nairobi, Kenya, started OTIC, a privately held export and marketing company. Ombasyi, with professional exper...
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Customer Reviews

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Betsy
fantastic toy

My 2.5 year old loves this. She asks to go on walks so she can push it along, and then she runs instead of walks. It makes getting to the playground so much faster. Big hit!

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Eman
Wonderful meaningful fun

I bought this little guy for my son when he was 2...he's 7 now and we love him. It's great bringing him up every one in a while and sharing where he came from. My son loves when we have handmade things from all over the world. Great gift for any little one! And since he's made of metal if he warps it's an easy light twist.

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Dianne
Simple, Wonderful Toy

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.

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Lauren
My son loves it - holds up to a 3 year old

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.

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Daisi
Nice toy

Nice clever toy. It moves and is very whimsical and colorful