Ride-on toys are terrific for growing toddlers because it can help to teach them a handful of valuable skills – balance, coordination, motor skills, concentration, and they’re fun too.
But which toy is right for your little one? The choices are endless – there’s everything from a variety of animals and different types of vehicles (like fire trucks, motorcycles, school buses, and more) to modern, ergonomically-designed models made from wood. Some even convert into other toys so they can grow with your child.
Here is a quick ride-on toy round-up to help you find the best one for your on-the-go kid.
Big Bobby Car
Ideal for children who a year or older, the Big Bobby Car was made in Europe and has won several awards. Kids love the large comfy seat, the over-sized steering wheel, and the ultra-smooth ride. It is extremely durable and can withstand a lot of rough riding. It is shipped fully assembled through online toy stores like Cool Toys for Tots.
Toys that pull double-duty are always a hit with mommies (and babies), and Fisher Price is known for their multi-functional and cool ride-on toys. Their 2-in-1 Wagon Rider is both cute and comfy , and it’s a perfect fit for foot-powered push ‘n scoot fun. Kiddies can easily convert it into a pull-along play wagon all by themselves – they just lift the “seat” to turn it into a handle, load up, and off they go! It also has interactive lights and sounds, and it’s strong enough for indoor as well as outdoor play. Ideal for 12-36 months.
Step2’s Push Around Sport Buggy is excellent for solo kid-play or mommy participation. For 18 months to 4 years old, the seat is sturdy and comfortable, and it is an easy transition for little ones going from a stroller to a toy. Toddlers can hold the plastic steering wheel and honk the horn. There’s even a seatbelt for added safety along with a cup holder, perfect for sippy cups and juice boxes.
Balance Bikes Canada
The Pewi from Balance Bikes Canada is a new innovative “walking buddy/ride-on” for toddlers. Beginning as young as 9 months Pewi is the coolest, sleekest walker around – it enhances body and space awareness. It’s also an innovative fun foot-to-floor ride-on for children 12-36 months with a maximum load of 44 lbs. The multi-direction caster wheels allow a child to ride and easily control the Pewi in any direction. Ideal use for indoor and outdoor play on smooth surfaces.
A rocking toy and riding toy all in one, this Little Tikes’ Rock & Scoot School Bus helps build balance and coordination with its rocking function, and then the school bus easily detaches from the base to become a ride-on toy. The fun school bus theme gets children interested in school so they’re ready to ride the big-boy or girl bus. Perfect for children 1-2 years of age.
Photo credit: Pewi from Balance Bikes Canada