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Ride on toys
Ride on toys are a fun way for kids to get from A to B, encouraging them to get plenty of healthy exercise. Our extensive selection includes everything from simple foot-powered toys for toddlers to electric-powered cars for kids who love to live in the fast lane, making it quick and easy to find something suitable for the age and skill of your child.
The benefits of ride on toys
Introducing children to ride on toys is beneficial for their physical development and overall health. Cool cars and trundling trucks encourage healthy activity while also promoting stamina, dexterity, balance and hand-eye coordination. Furthermore, ride on toys styled after police vehicles, fire trucks or even princess carriages encourage imaginative play.
As children get older and move on to electric vehicles or bicycles, they experience a new sense of freedom. They have the means to travel farther, and they can explore more of the world in new and exciting ways. They become more independent, and looking after their ride on toy gives them more responsibility, helping them to feel grown up.
Types of ride on toys
The term "ride on toy" covers everything from push-along toys for infants to bicycles and scooters for teens. However, all ride on toys fall into one of three broad categories.
- Push toys: A push toy is the first type of ride on toy most children experience. These toys don't have pedals or a motor; instead, they rely on the child's own feet, or someone pushing, to provide the forward momentum. Because these vehicles only go as fast as the child or adult pushes, it's easy to control the speed, and because models that require the child's feet to touch the floor have stable designs with low centers of gravity, there's little risk of an injury if the child falls off. Most push toys are for toddlers, so they incorporate music and lights to help with early development.
- Pedal toys: As children develop their gross motor skills and fine motor skills, they progress to pedal-powered toys. This category of ride on toy includes bicycles, trikes and pedal cars. Children get the exhilaration of greater speed and mobility, but they may need to start wearing protective gear.
- Motor toys: Toys with an electric or gas motor are generally the most elaborate options. They're often miniature versions of the "real thing," such as cars, motorcycles and trucks. Electric versions have top speeds starting at around 2 miles per hour, and may have automatic braking systems to prevent accidents if the child loses control. Toys with gas motors, such as all-terrain vehicles, are much faster and are only suitable for older children. If in doubt to the suitability of a toy for your child, check the manufacturer's age recommendation.
How to choose ride on toys
Before making a purchase, consider the intended recipient's age and skill. For example, it's a good idea to start toddlers on push toys so they have an opportunity to develop their balance and gross motor skills before moving on to more advanced toys. Also, think about where your child intends to play. You don't want kids racing around the house and bumping into furniture on trikes, so pedal-powered toys are better for outdoor play.
Safety is the most important consideration. Make sure your child is confident enough to control the toy you select and understand the controls fully. Additionally, make sure you purchase a toy suitable for the height and weight of your child to reduce the risk of injury. When purchasing an electric vehicle, check the maximum speed. If the vehicle goes at least 6 miles per hour, it should come with a safety belt. Don't forget to buy a helmet and other protective accessories, if necessary.
Finally, think about style. An electric car is sure to delight cool kids who love to cruise, while a cute ride on horse is the perfect way for your little princess or brave knight to get around town. Some manufacturers produce licensed ride on toys with designs inspired by popular characters from television shows and movies, making the toys instantly more appealing to fans.
Whoever you're buying for, and whatever their tastes, the Every Day Low Prices available on all of our products mean you can buy in confidence, knowing you're getting great value. We also make it easy to get your purchases quickly, thanks to 2-Day Shipping on many items, and a handy Pick Up Today service that lets you order online to collect from a local store for free. These convenient shopping options are the ideal way to fast track a purchase for kids with a need for speed.