The Australian outdoors always has an inviting feel in it, and the simplest but one of the most fun way to enjoy it is riding a scooter. Scooters allow you to relish the refreshing Australian air and ambience while you zoom your way through the sidewalks, parks, and even in your own backyard. The good news is, even little kids as young as 4 years can enjoy this great and fun outdoor activity.
Most children will come to learn how to scoot intuitively, some gradually while some faster than others. Yet, just like learning how to ride a bike, little kids may experience a couple of falls before perfecting his or her balance. Support and guidance from grownups such as parents or older siblings will certainly help in making a child’s first scooter ride a safe and worthwhile experience.
For all the parents who are excited to see their kids have fun with their first scooters, Mr Toys brings you some helpful tips on how to make their first scooter adventure as safe as possible without compromising the fun play experience every child deserves.
1. Consider the age and timing
How fast the body develops and matures varies from child to child. It is important to take note of the timing and age of your little one to determine when to start their scooter training. Is your child strong enough to use their legs and arms to balance, steer, and hit the brake? Generally, the recommended age for a child to learn how to ride a scooter is 4 years old. By that time, child experts assume that kids are capable of balancing and determining distances, and are resilient enough to take on falls.
2. Make sure the scooter’s size matches your child’s
Although there are big children (or maybe even teens and grownups) who are yet to learn scooting, most beginner scooters are designed for 4-year olds. It would be frustrating to see a little child trying to learn how to scoot using an oversized scooter. That’s a sure ingredient to discourage your trainee!
This is why it’s important to choose a scooter that best matches your child’s age, height, and body-build. Aside from the obvious visuals, the details on the box and precautions on the manual will give you such info.
3. Find an encouraging place
When choosing the best place to train your child how to ride their first scooter, let’s list down where NOT to do it.
- Streets with cars
- Active bicycle lanes
- Rocky grounds
- Fields with soft soil
Instead, look for places with a smooth, firm, flat surface and less obstacles so your child can concentrate on coordinating his or her balance and movement.
4. Gear your child up
To protect them from bumps and falls, make sure your child is properly geared for their first scooting adventure! Here’s a checklist of what to wear before they head off with their scooter:
- Scooting helmet
- Elbow and knee pads
- Gloves and wrist guards
Have a look at our range of kids’ helmets and safety gear!
5. First thing to do! Teach how to brake
Aside from helping them find the right balance on their scooter, another thing your child should know first before he or she sets foot on their scooter is where to find the brake. Most scooter brakes are located above the back wheel. Before letting your child push the scooter off the ground, make sure they can hit the brake safely.
Knowing when and how to brake will give your child more confidence in riding their scooter on their own.
6. Provide reasonable obstacles
It’s important to note what to avoid when training your child how to ride their first scooter (see #3). However, as your child learns to ride gradually, you may have to set-up reasonable obstacles. This will train them to control their stirring properly while maintaining their balance. You may use teddies or other soft toys as made-up obstacles.
7. Motivate your child by trusting them
The best way to dispel your child’s fear is to show that you trust them! Talk about how fun scooting is and tell them about what things to look forward to. While saying your encouragements, you should also set limitations and rules to avoid or lessen the likelihood of mishaps. In case your child does fall, appease and assure them that you’re always there to watch and guide.
Check out this video from Ipswich City Council TV for more detailed tips…
Being there to teach your little one how to ride a scooter is an experience you and your child will cherish for a lifetime. Take pictures or videos, and set them up as mementos for you to look at every now and then. The lessons learned such as rising from a fall will greatly impact your child’s outlook on how to deal with life as they grow up.
Don't forget to browse through our assortment of high-quality scooters for everyone!