Walking the Duck
- What: Wooden Walking Duck
- When: 18 months to 6 years
- Why: Quality construction, encourages movement
- Where: Amazon
We stumbled across this wooden walking duck at an outdoor produce stand a few years back, and my kids still love this toy. They had to all agree to be eligible to take him home, and they had no trouble choosing the perfect duck, or agreeing to name him Paddy.
Though you’d think these ducks would appeal most to toddlers and the younger set, my six year old loved him just as much as the younger two. Even at ages four, six, and eight, they all still enjoy taking him out for a stroll. The sturdy wooden pieces and feet mean he works well indoors and out.
This duck makes a surprisingly realistic waddling noise, thanks to his flexible feet. The round ball on the end of the stick means kids don’t impale themselves or their siblings. We saw ducks painted different colors for the head, including purple, green, and red. Our Paddy, at two years old, still looks well despite multiple outings through potentially treacherous terrain, starting with the dusty parking lot where we first got him.
This toy won’t scratch floors or your kids. If you want a solid wooden toy that will appeal to kids for years to come, as well as encourage them to get up and move around, adopt your own wooden duck on a stick.