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Walk ‘n Shop

2011 January 12
by distracted daddy

Little Tikes Shop 'n Play WalkerThis is the Little Tikes Shop ‘n Grow Walker. It’s called the Shop ‘n Grow Walker and not the Shop and Grow Walker because children’s toys are not legally allowed to properly spell out conjunctions or linking verbs. Hence, Toys ‘R Us.

It’s the third of three walkers that we own. Though technically, we don’t own this walker because it was lent to us by the nice parents of a little girl across the street. The girl seemed reluctant to part with it, the parents did not. And I know why.

This walker is loud. There are small pieces of plastic fruit and veggies within the front wheel that make the walker sound like the thundering hooves of a stampede of horses when it moves.

It also takes batteries and plays music. It plays three songs: Frere Jacques, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and a third song that goes dun nun nun dun nun nun dun dun nun nun. I have no clue what that last song is. The theme from Jaws maybe?

Frere Jacques is my daughter’s most requested song on the Little Tikes Shop ‘n Grow ‘n DJ Walker. When it plays she grooves to the beat. And by groove I mean she bends her knees and then straightens them. It looks more like lunging than dancing.

The basket is a huge feature on this toy for my daughter. Let’s face it, grocery shopping is fun. Placing various items in a basket and then removing said items from the basket after a monetary transaction is sheer joy. My daughter has spent hours replicating grocery shopping with this toy, except she never pretends to pay for the items she places in her cart. So essentially she’s shoplifting.

Here’s a sample shopping list based on items I’ve seen in her Little Tikes Shop ‘n Grow ‘n DJ ‘n Shoplift Walker.

Little Tikes Shop 'n Play Walker

'First on the list, buying pants.'

  • The letters J, L, and Y.
  • Soothers.
  • Dog bone.
  • Swiffer Duster.
  • Cellphone.
  • Elmo.
  • Left shoe – baby size 4.

If you ever met my daughter in the supermarket with this walker, you’d want to steer clear. She doesn’t casually stroll as she shops. She either walks slowly or runs at full speed only stopping when she’s hit an object like a wall or chair or parent.

The only thing missing from The Little Tikes Shop ‘n Grow ‘n DJ ‘n Shoplift ‘n Battering Ram Walker is a small child seat where my daughter could place a doll. Then she could truly replicate the shopping experience. But only if that doll cried uncontrollably when the shopping trip lasted more than 10 minutes.

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