My husband, his brother and his father all work in the construction industry. That is why I wasn't surprised when last Christmas my father-in-law bought my son a CAT (Caterpillar) toy Dump Truck.
This toy dump truck is from CAT's Junior Collection. The dump truck is yellow and black and looks just like a CAT dump truck. They toy doesn't do anything special other than it functions as a dump truck. This toy doesn't have any batteries and doesn't make any sounds. It requires the child to use his imagination and that is a big plus for me. The toy is recommended for children over 18 months. There are no small parts or anything removable on the truck.
The CAT dump truck is made out of very durable plastic. It has held up to my son sitting on the dump truck, crashing into the walls, and even pushing it down the stairs. My son loves to fill the truck bed with toys or animals and push them around and then dump them out. The truck bed is open ended so balls and a few toys sometimes roll or fly out.
The dump truck also makes a great sand toy. The truck spent a lot of time outside this summer and it held up wonderfully. My son loved to fill the bed with sand and then drive/push it to another area and dump the sand.
This dump truck was such a huge hit in our house that my father-in-law bought another dump truck for my youngest son on his recent first birthday. Now there is no reason for them to fight over the dump truck. . . . at least in theory.
I am very happy with the CAT Dump Truck. I would gladly give this out as a gift. I highly recommend this toy.