Pedal-powered ride-on toys are perhaps the best known category of ride-on toys available, and there is a plethora of styles and colours available. From tricycles and bicycles to pedal powered trucks and tractors, the selection of ride-on vehicles available is as grand as the adventures they will be taken on.
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike is a great option for tiny tots. This trike starts out by being completely powered by mum or dad pushing from behind. The pedals are locked in position, and the child just sits and is pushed along. As the tot becomes more comfortable the trike is just guided by mum or dad and finally the trike ends up being solely powered by little feet on the pedals. The 3-in-1 trike features an adjustable seat that can accommodate just about any child, and a removable push handle for mum and dad.
Tricycles aren’t always for the littlest riders. The Razor RipRider 360 Caster Trike is suitable for children from 5 years and up. This is more of a trick vehicle rather than a straight forward trike. The rear-wheels have been replaced with casters, making 360 degree turn a breeze. The Berg Triggy Tri-Kart is another similar trike. This fast little trike is suitable for children 3 to 8 and allows them to drive forward and in reverse! A helmet as well as knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended for these and other similar trikes!
Every child should have a bicycle, and bikes are available in all colours and styles. But while bikes are a great option to use on the sidewalk and in getting from one place to another, be it school, the park or the library, for backyard adventures one of the other myriad pedal-powered ride-on toys may be better suited. Not so much instead of a bike, but rather in addition to one!
Suitable for children from approximately 3 to 8 years are the wonderful selection of rugged pedal-powered tractors. Among them are the traditional green John Deere Tractor with detachable trailer and the bright Rocket Max tractor with grabber and trailer. Both tractor models feature chain-drives and anti-slip pedals, and the John Deere tractor also has a bonnet that opens.
For all those backyard construction projects, the bright yellow JCB dumper truck is the perfect pedal-powered ride-on. Featuring rugged chunky tyres and steering wheel, anti-slip pedals, rear hitch pin and a tipping front bucket, this ride on suitable for children from 3 upwards is sure to provide hours of ‘on the job’ fun!
A large portion of pedal-powered ride-on toy niche is occupied by a huge variety of miniature cars. Among those are some that look just like real models and others, like the Disney Lightening McQueen model by Toys Toys, are taken from a well known children’s movie. Suitable for tots from 3 to 5 years, children are bound to have fun racing around the backyard!
There are a few safety precautions that should be observed to keep pedal-powered toys fun and safe for everyone. With the exception of 3-in-1 trikes, children should never be pushed while riding a pedal-powered toy. Parental pushing of a toy could result in the pedals moving too quickly, little feet slipping off and an injury being incurred. Also, helmets are most certainly recommended and with the exception of bicycles, pedal-powered toys are meant for the backyard, not the road!
A pedal car really is a fabulous toy, and with so many to choose from, there is bound to be at least one perfect one for your child. Played with safely and wisely, these ride-on toys will provide endless hours of fun!
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