Handy Helpers Car Magnet: Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

All toddlers like to be independent. They like to be able to do anything you can do all by themselves. Dorothy is no different. She loves to do everything on her own and woe betide anyone who offers up their help!

It doesn't change when leave the house either. She wants to be able to walk out to the car unaided, but the only problem is I can't trust her!

A few months ago, I was taking my niece to school. As I was locking my front door, Dorothy let go of my hand and ran down the driveway and into the road. Luckily, there were no cars and she wasn't hurt. If I wasn't panicky and paranoid before, I certainly am now!

Salvation came in the form of the Handy Helpers car magnet. It was created by Sarah who is a mum of 2 and like me, was a bit paranoid about her son's safety when getting into the car after her daughter was born.

The Handy Helpers car magnet allows children to become independent but also safe around cars. The bright colours and friendly face captures children's attention and encourages them not to wander around the car.

The idea is that the child can hold their hand, or "high five" as Dorothy said, so that they can stand still and safe whilst you can unlock the car, put down the shopping bags or get a younger one into the car first.

We've been trialling the Handy Helpers car magnet for the past three weeks and we love it. It truly is a brilliant thing. It might sound like I'm going over the top, but I'm not!

Before the Handy Helpers car magnet, I was carrying a very angry girl backwards and forwards, whilst carrying bags and struggling to find my car keys. These past three weeks have been so much nicer. Dorothy is able to high five her Handy and I'm finally beginning to trust her enough not to keep hold of her.

We've been to the supermarket, the park and many other little errands and she's only run off once. That however was her brother's fault. He has been my photographer for the past three weeks (just in case) and he walked away to get, in his words, "a long range shot" of me unlocking the door. Dorothy saw him walk away and wanted to join him! It was in the car park at our local park and we were the only ones there, so she was safe :)

I love that it is portable. Handy lives near the door ready to go out and then rides in the glove box on journeys. It doesn't have to be used just for the car. I have heard of one mum using it as a timeout by putting it on the fridge!

I cannot recommend this highly enough. It has made going out so much smoother and calmer, for both Dorothy and myself. It also seems to have trained her. Now, Dorothy puts her hand on the front door ready to go in the house!

To find out more, the Handy Helpers car magnet can be found on the Toddler Tools website and also on Twitter and on Facebook.

Sarah at ToddlerTools  has very kindly got 2 of the Handy Helpers car magnets to give away. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize: 1 x Blue Handy Helpers car magnet,1 x Pink Handy Helpers car magnet.
The closing date is 25th March 2017. 
Winners will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

We were given a Handy Helpers car magnet in return for our honest opinion.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  1. What a brilliant simple idea! Love it. #KCACOLS

  2. My favourite item would be the plastic lettuce knife for my eldest 7 yer old child to help her get involved in making meals

  3. My granddaughter loves baking with me she has her own little apron and I managed to get small utensils for her to do her own along side me but the best thing I came across was the little plastic baking equipment

  4. teaching them about prices and informing them to avoid certain pitfalls xx

  5. We use reward charts so when they are good with doing stuff like cutting their own dinner i reward them.

  6. I like this idea. My boys have autism and need very specific instructions. Whereas I can't let go of the younger one I can tell the older something specific, and it's usually something like, stand and hold this lamp post, or hold the wing mirror. This is a way of doing this without relying on the filthy car or random objects - love it. Thanks so much for linking it to #kcacols and hope to see you again this weekend.

  7. I LOVE this! We have had a rough go with my toddler, now 2 1/2 who has been a runner since about 18 months. He wants to be more independant now and is capable but after many chascapades I am a bit scarred and scared. This would be an awesome tool for very direct directions on what is expected!!! Another piece of advice I was told was not to tell kids stop - it's very ambiguous. Stop what? We say STOP YOUR FEET. IT works.....sometimes.... #KCACOLS

  8. This is a brilliant idea. My neighbours little boy is always running around the place and chasing stuff into our road. I might get them one. #kcacols

  9. I've never seen these before! My little one is very little but I'd love one of these once he's running around!

  10. i try to make them more independant by having their own cutlery and I have started teaching them to cut their own food up

  11. My granddaughter is very helpful in laying the table which makes her feel independent.

  12. My nephew loves his bike as he feels he can go where he wants.

  13. my granddaughter (almost 2) helps by feeding the cats. My daughter keeps the cat biscuits in an old (human) biscuit tin, along with a plastic serving spoon that my granddaughter uses to try to put out a scoop of biscuits for each cat. Some biscuits typically end up on the floor, but she is then very diligent about picking them up off the floor and putting them in the bowl.

  14. My daughter likes to help by doing tricks with the dog x