Bikes, Skates & Ride-Ons, what age is best for it

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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.

Ages

12mth+

18mth+

2+

3+

4+

5+

6+

7-8

9-12

Ride-on toys

Rocker horses

Wiggle Car

Electric vehicles

Tricycles

Balance Bike

Scooters

Bicycle

Skates

Skate-board

Go Kart

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.

Ages

Motor skills

Appropriate 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.

Ride-on toys

Simple rocking horses

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.

Rid-on toys

Rocking horses

Wiggle Car

Slow-moving electric vehicle

2 Years

  • Can bounce up & down on seat

 

  • Learning to pedal.

 

  • Able to steer but lack the steering skills

Rid-on toys

Rocking horses

Wiggle Car

Balance bike

3-wheeled scooters

Tricycles with pedals

Electric vehicle

3 Years

  • 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

Rocking horses

Wiggle Car

3-wheeled scooters

Tricycles

Balance bike

Electric vehicles

Bicycles with training wheels

Tricycles with pedals

Electric vehicle

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.

Tricycles

Electric vehicles

3-wheeled Scooters

Balance bike

2-wheeled scooters

Bicycles

Pedal Go Kart

Skateboards by age 5

6 to 8 Years

  • Able to use hand brakes

 

  • Can operate slow-moving motorized vehicles.

3-wheeled scooters

2-wheeled scooters

Bicycles with hand brakes

Pedal Go Kart

Skateboards

Skates

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

Stunt bicycles

Go carts

2-wheeled scooters

Skateboards

Skates

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.

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