Kid Play: “Tractor Treader” Blow Up Rolly Thing
In the Tractor Treader Summer 2008 -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
In the Tractor Treader
Summer 2008

My folks gave the “Tractor Treader” thing you see above to Anthony about four years ago, on his 2nd birthday. He wasn't quite ready for it at the time, nor, frankly, was I because lacking any kind of pump, it took 30 minutes of huffing and puffing and getting dizzy to blow it up....


Blowing Up The “Tractor Treader”
Four years ago: Fall 2004

Anthony was scared to climb in and roll around in it, but he didn't mind climbing through it to get onto me...

(These last two are from my old family picture site that I no longer update because I now put so many pictures up on my blog.)

We brought it to my folks' place on our trip to The States this summer, where gentle slopes are aplenty and an air compressor is at hand. Now approaching six years old, Anthony was much more interested this time.

Slightly Apprehensive Photo by my sister Marci -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 28 mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Slightly Apprehensive
Photo by my sister Marci
Crashing: the Real Fun Photo by Anthony's Aunt Marci -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 60 mm — 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Crashing: the Real Fun
Photo by Anthony's Aunt Marci

Anthony seemed more interested in crashing and flopping out (in elaborately staged, exaggerated productions) than rolling around in it. That seems to be his tendancy. It was the same way a couple of weeks ago when we had our Slippery Green Slidy Day of Fun, where he enjoyed sliding down the hill, but thrilled in big noisy elaborate exaggerated crashes at the end.

Anyway, back to this last summer, Anthony's two-year-old cousin Josh (my sister's oldest) was much more willing to try it than Anthony was at that age...

Josh Tries It Hamster Style Photo by Josh's Mommy -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 28 mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Josh Tries It Hamster Style
Photo by Josh's Mommy

Anthony tried pushing Josh in it a bit...

Photo by Marci Kreta -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 100 mm — 1/640 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo by Marci Kreta

Oddly, though, neither were nearly as excited as I would have thought. (Heck, I wanted to give it a try, and would have if it were a lot bigger.) Eventually, the call of toys and a sand pile took over, and they were off...

Off to the Sand Pile -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 75 mm — 1/3000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Off to the Sand Pile
Makin' Tracks -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Makin' Tracks

Later, Josh found that he enjoyed it most when he stood inside and just flopped over...

Prepared to Flop Photo by Josh's Mommy -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 28 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Prepared to Flop
Photo by Josh's Mommy
Successful Floppification Photo by Josh's Mommy -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 28 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Successful Floppification
Photo by Josh's Mommy
My New Home Photo by Josh's Mommy -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 28 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
My New Home
Photo by Josh's Mommy

Still later, they did some kind of play that combined the Tractor Treader with some cheap plastic golf clubs (clubs that I'd bought last year for $4.87 at WalMart, and got more than my money's worth in the resulting photos that appeared on last summer's Kid in the Country: Golf post.)

Doing.... Er.... Something Photo by Anthony's Aunt Marci -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2008 Marci Kreta, http://regex.info/blog/
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D @ 60 mm — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Doing.... Er.... Something
Photo by Anthony's Aunt Marci

All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

You know, I was continually impressed with how tolerant Anthony was of a little kid so much younger. But he played with Josh all the time. And no matter how many times Josh inadvertently (or advertently) knocked over, walked in, or screwed up whatever Anthony was doing, Anthony never once hauled off and whacked him a good one. Anthony’s a nice kiddo!
-Josh’s Mom

ps – You know, I wanted to try that roller thing, too!

— comment by Marcina on October 13th, 2008 at 1:51am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

The TRACTOR TREADER looks so fun! Where can I find it? I googled it, but didn’t have any luck.
Thanks!

— comment by Krisana on March 31st, 2011 at 1:17pm JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Where can I get one of the tractor treaders?

I don’t know.. we received it as a gift. —Jeffrey

— comment by Diane Waskowski on February 26th, 2012 at 7:44am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

My kids had a Tractor Treader just like that one! I bought it thru ABC Distributing years ago , I have never seen kids have so much fun with a simple blow up toy, I still have pictures also, my kids played the heck out of it until it broke, ABC doesnt sell it anymore , I have seen something similar at the KB toys store , but even the price wasnt as good as ABC Dist. had it for 🙁 wish it was still being sold , I would had bought a few of them if I would had known ..

— comment by Marilyn on November 8th, 2012 at 7:18am JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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