Ride on toys are often fondly remembered as a child's very own first vehicle and with many different types available parents are spoiled for choice when deciding which one to buy. From the classic and endearing wooden trike to super-cool replicas of famous sports cars, there really is something for every taste and budget.
Childrens rocking horses are always popular as are the most basic pedal cars and tractors, which have changed little over the years and retain their traditional simplicity. Miniature fire engines and police cars are available as well as a range of realistic trikes, jeeps and quad bikes. There are also many multi-purpose toys like smart trikes which have removable parts so they grow with the child adding up to great value.
Whether a child is into a particular character or a certain type of vehicle there is something to suit, with a whole range of affordable and more costly options. While the child's preference plays a part in the decision, parents also need to look at the space available as some ride ons are very large and require space to turn, while others require a smooth, flat surface.
There are various ways to make these toys move, from simple pedal power down to complex electric mechanisms and so it also helps to consider the age and ability of the child when narrowing things down. Some vehicles are very speedy, while others move at a snail's pace so this is another factor to consider.
As well as being masses of fun, ride on toys have many benefits including the fact that they help to improve balance and concentration. They also fuel the imagination and help to fine tune motor skills by using muscles and requiring a level of thought processing. Of course they also make exercise fun, which is key to general health and development.
Whatever option you go for, leading brands like Millhouse, Boikido, IíM Toy and many others offer a range of great options suitable for babies, toddlers and young children. By making the right choice, there is little doubt that you are facilitating important play, creating memories and instilling a sense of pride in a vehicle which will continue well into the future.