The Mule with its chunky, rocking body attracts toddlers for shorter or longer rides, again and again. Apart from its appealing shape, the Mule offers tactile variation with its steel hand hold, rubber foot support and smooth, wooden body. Tactile richness is a main motivator, especially in younger children. It supports their understanding of material characteristics such as weight, smoothness, temperature and flexibility. This is important in for instance risk management. The spring ensures hours, years and decades of fun. The soothing, rocking movement of the Mule trains the sense of balance and the spatial aware-ness. These are crucial for body confidence, e.g. in avoiding falling. A good sense of balance is essential for the ability to sit still and concentrate. So this is much more than a mere fun ride.