Children are experts at creating a mess in the time it takes for you to run out and grab something from the other room — and toys only seem to add to the clutter. So, come holiday season, it’s no surprise that some parents want to send out their kids’ wish lists with the words “NO TOYS PLEASE!!!” at the top, bolded in all caps.
That’s why this gift from Dyson is one that keeps on giving. The vacuum company now makes a miniature version of its ball vacuum for kids. It’s the perfect size and height for children to push around the house. But the best part? It actually vacuums!
The price varies — starting at $39.99 on Amazon — based on the color you select: red, purple, pink or yellow. (Not every color is available for Amazon Prime, however, so some shipping charges may apply.)
Your little mess-makers can merrily “play” while actually picking up small pieces of paper and dirt with their Dyson’s suction switched on. That’s right — they’ll be cleaning up without even realizing it.
Of course, this vacuum isn’t as strong as a full-size Dyson, so don’t expect them to be able to clean the entire house. But how great is it that your kid can keep busy and have fun while also tidying up around the house?
People seem to love this toy, giving it an average of 4 out of 5 stars with more than 2,700 reviews on Amazon.
One reviewer wrote: “Our son, 1 1/2-years-old, is OBSESSED with vacuums and carpet cleaners. He has nearly broken my vacuum a few times because it’s a bit too large for him to maneuver. We got him this for Christmas, and it was the only gift he cared about. He wouldn’t open any other gifts after getting to it. His sister had to do the rest of them. He has been ‘vacuuming’ for 4 days straight. When I vacuum, he follows alongside me with it. It is a lot quieter than I expected. The sound doesn’t get annoying. I love it! If it ever breaks, I’ll buy him another.”
In the past, studies have shown that young children want to help around the house. Plus, the earlier you get your kids cleaning and doing chores, the more likely they are to continue household contributions without complaining as they get older. Research has also shown that kids who start doing chores at a young age are more successful in a professional setting when they get older. So why not grab them a toy that actually does double duty as a cleaning tool?
The same company, Casdon, also makes an industrial version of the vacuum: the Little Henry Vacuum. With a happy face and cute smile, this vacuum can pick up pieces of paper and small bead-like objects. It is currently listed on Amazon for $27.99 and is eligible for Prime shipping. And we must say, it’s pretty adorable as far as vacuums go.
Who knows? Maybe a toy vacuum will set the stage for your kid vacuuming the whole house someday.