Ride On Toys Buying Guide
Kids need an outlet for their often unfathomable stores of energy! Tricycles, bicycles, scooters and foot
to floor ride on toys all build muscle, develop coordination, and keep kids fit.
From the very earliest time, ride-on toys are preparing kids for that magical moment when they’ll look back
and realize that no one is holding onto the bicycle seat as the pedal down the street for the first time!
Ride-on toys build confidence and a sense of independence.
We’re happy to have tons of the coolest and most versatile ride-ons available to you for the kids you love! There
is a lot to consider because kids grow out of ride-on toys fairly quickly and they take up a fair bit of space.
Features to Consider
Where will your child be riding? There are ride-on toys for indoors and there are ride-on toys for
outdoors. Indoor toys should have skid resistant tires so that they don’t scuff floors. Foot-to-floor
ride on toys make excellent indoor vehicles for toddlers and preschoolers. Outdoor toys should
Metal frames are sturdier than plastic or wooden frames, but they also tend to be more costly.
When investing in ride-on toys, consider how many years your child will be using the toy and
whether or not any younger siblings will be growing into it. Some ride-on toys come with a
manufacturer’s warranty, which will be indicated on our product pages.
With many toys, it’s alright to make your own decisions about the recommended ages based on
your child’s interests and development. But with riding toys, it’s important to follow the ages
recommended by the manufacturer. Riding toys that are too large or difficult for children will be
frustrating and potentially dangerous.
Dimensions and weights are typically listed on our product pages. Some ride on toys have adjustable seats.
Make sure that the toy isn’t too tall or too short for your child and that their legs can reach the
If there aren't sidewalks near your home, you’ll need to consider how portable the ride on toy will
be to travel to where children can use the toy. Check the weight and make sure that the size of the
vehicle will allow it to fit in your car, if you need to drive to a park. Some toys can be folded or taken
apart easily to make it easier to travel with them, as well.
Some Age Group Suggestions
18 months to 3 years old
4 to 6 year olds
Three-wheeled and four-wheeled toys
Push cars and foot-to-floor ride on toys
Rocking horses and rocking toys
7 year olds and up
Scooters with wide wheels or three wheels
Bicycles with training wheels
Where Will They Use It? (Play Environment)
Some ride on toys can be used indoors because they run on non-skid rubber wheels or rocking casters.
However, most ride-on toys are meant exclusively for outdoor use. Consider the availability of parks,
safe sidewalks and driveway space when looking for outdoor riding toys. But don’t forget that a simple
family outing down the street might be all you need to give your kids the safe free space they require!
Top Developmental Benefits
Ride on toys offer so many physical benefits, and they are great fun! Kids learn coordination and balance
as they build muscles and get lots of healthy exercise. Even rocking toys have great physical benefits as
kids propel themselves using their core muscles! These toys work on children's gross motor skills and
help them develop a love for exercise.
The freedom of pedaling your tricycle down the block or scooter-ing down to the corner store encourages
independence! Although ride on toys can be great for participating in interpersonal activities like a bike
ride with friends, the real developmental benefits are all about those hours spent riding alone and
testing the limits of your stamina. And, kids can go out and play with these toys without friends whenever
they feel like it.
Types of Play
The active play benefits of ride on toys should be clear as a bike bell! Pedaling, steering, scooting,
rocking, racing — all of these things build endurance, and muscles! By their very nature, ride on toys
encourage active play and will help kids burn off energy and have fun while doing it.