Ride on toys are the vehicles that allow a child to propel him or herself, either under his or her own power or through the use of an electric or gasoline motor.
The Ride-on toys covered under this definition are a broad concept，include kids ride-on toys, rocker toys, balance bike, Wiggle Car, tricycles, bicycles, Pedal Go Kart, Electric Vehicles, also include scooters, skates etc.
Ride-on toys are very popular with children, who enjoy both the sense of movement that they get from wheeled toys and the pretend element that wheeled toys give them as they imitate the important adults in their lives.
Ride-on toys are important for developing a sense of balance, physical fitness, and coordination.
There are many Ride-on toys for your kids. What age is best for a balance bike? What age is best for a scooter? What age is best for what kind of ride-on toys?
These problems often confuse parents.Here we make a picture to help you understand the age-appropriate vehicles.
Several physical factors affect the age level for using ride-on toys.
The first factor is balance. Depending on the vehicle, more or less balance is required to use the vehicle. In general, wide spaced wheels and more wheels make the vehicle easier to balance.
The second factor is the rotational speed of the wheels. Wheels that turn very easily can move faster and speed of movement increases the difficulty level.
The final factor is the method of propulsion. A wheeled vehicle that relies on children pushing with their feet will move slowest, while wheeled vehicles propelled by pedaling or that use gears can be used at greater speeds.
One should place primary emphasis or importance on the following characteristics when determining the age appropriateness of ride-on toys:
- Size of Parts (or of toy itself)
Whether the size of the car is suitable for the height of the child, whether it affects the activity and comfort of the child’s legs?
- Motor Skills Required
What motor skills should children have to manipulate the ride on toys and whether they need children to control their direction?
- Level of Realism/Detail
Whether the corners are smooth and the details are handled well?
Children under the age of 1 year cannot use ride-on toys because they require a sense of balance to operate. The balance that is required to use a ride-on toy usually develops when a child begins to walk with some steadiness.
As children grow up and motor skill improves, they have the ability to drive more vehicles.
12 to 18 Months
- Walk with some steadiness.
- Uses both feet together, not be able to alternate their feet.
- Cann’t pedal.
- Unable to steer.
19 to 23 Months
- Begins to alternate feet
- Unable to steer effectively
- Can pull a wagon.
- Make a slow-moving electric vehicle stop and go, but can’t steer.
Slow-moving electric vehicle
- Can bounce up & down on seat
- Learning to pedal.
- Able to steer but lack the steering skills
- Able to pedal.
- Can use a steering wheel or handlebar
- Able to steer slow moving battery-operated vehicles.
- Able to use foot brakes.
- Can use a small bicycle with training wheels
4 to 5 Years
- Able to stand on & use scooters.
- Can use 2-wheeled scooters by 5.
- Can use bicycles without training wheels by 5.
- Able to use battery-operated vehicles.
Pedal Go Kart
Skateboards by age 5
6 to 8 Years
- Able to use hand brakes
- Can operate slow-moving motorized vehicles.
Bicycles with hand brakes
Pedal Go Kart
9 to 12 Years
- Able to shift gears & use hand brakes.
- Able to use stunt type scooters & Bicycles.
- Usually able to balance on 2 Wheels.
- Enjoy bicycling for fitness.
- Are fairly aware of traffic law.
- Can operate a motorized wheeled vehicle that does not exceed 10 miles per hour and has gear shifting.
Bicycles with gears
Motorized bicycles and scooters at age 12+.
Motorized vehicles with gears at age 12+.
The development of motor skills in the text is only approximate Children develop. Anyone child may be “above average” in one skill and below average’ in another skill.
Parents should choose the appropriate ride-on toys according to their children’s ability and interest.
Riding toys can bring great happiness to children, but there are certain dangers.Parents should take precautions and monitor their safety while the child is playing.
In general, ride-on toys are not recommended for use without proper protective gear, especially helmets.