Reminiscing about the glory days of playing outside is something I’m sure you can relate to, but can our kids? Word on the street is that kids born in the 90s could be considered one of the last generations to spend after-school hours unrelunctantly immersed into the great outdoors, away from the competition of who has the most likes on Instagram or checking into the next FaceTime chat.
But if you’re a fitness-conscious parent, you definitely want to be mindful of your child’s recreational requirements and provide innovative ideas that will stand a chance against the temptation of health-spoiling activities.
There are many ideas for preparing a fun outdoor environment, but one has grown massive popularity in the recent years – the kick scooter. Kick scooters are an awesome way to tap into your child’s sense of excitement while also providing a way to stay active. In fact, riding a kick scooter offers movement challenges that enhance development in more ways than you probably realize. Here are a few health benefits your child can gain from choosing a kick scooter at playtime:
- Muscle development through the repetition of exerting force and power while propelling the scooter.
- Enhanced endurance with the constant use of physical exertion.
- Balance and coordination through the reliability of single-leg propelling.
- Self-control and emotional management required through the physical test a scooter provides during sudden movement challenges.
- Experience of free play in a non-intimidating environment while conditioning the body to adapt in order to conquer a movement challenge.
- Confidence building when movement challenges are succeeded.
- Improved gross and fine motor skills through the use of small and large muscle groups.
- Exploration of personal capabilities, which enhances imagination and willingness to participate in active play.
Kick scooters have come a long way since my childhood days of riding them. Now there are features that provide a safer and more comfortable ride, but how do you choose the right one? Well, that is really up to you. I would first look at safety aspects like break options, wheel stability, and base-height.
Then when you determine which kick scooter options are safest, decide what is next on your list for the perfect scooter. For us, it was all about the “hook” (what gets my child interested in wanting to ride a scooter). The Build-A-Scooter by Radio Flyer was the winning choice with over 250 customizable combination choices for my little rider to choose from. My careful and cautious soon-to-be four-year-old doesn’t ordinarily gleam with excitement at the mention of riding anything on wheels, but when she found out she could design her own scooter, her wheel-loving adventurous side came out.
I pulled up Radio Flyer’s website, and we designed her scooter with light-up wheels, a bell, a carrying case for her snacks of course, and handlebar streamers for extra frills. Once I placed that order, which took ten minutes max, not a single day went by that my eager toddler didn’t ask if the scooter had arrived. Luckily, it only took eight days, which is mind-blowing that a custom scooter can be designed, created and delivered so quickly! Beyond excited my daughter and I both were. So outside we went to test out the maneuverability, features and potential of the scooter.
What Radio Flyer advertises in this product is exactly what you get. The scooter is designed for kids ages three to seven, and is built with features to provide high-performance options while not skimping the importance of optimal safety. The kick scooter has three urethane wheels making the ride feel smoother and enhancing stability. The deck of this scooter is heavy duty and durable, and the handle bars can be adjusted according to height. The scooter is designed with lean-to-steer technology, which improves balance by requiring the body to shift in order to steer the scooter. For added control, the scooter has a foot break.
In summary, the choice of customizing our own scooter with Build-A-Scooter was key to getting our young one on those three wheels. It was pure enjoyment watching her pick out her choices then seeing her putting her physical skills to the test, which I might add she is getting stronger with each practice ride.
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Products in this article:
- Bell bike helmet featuring princess and a tiara, Amazon.com ($24.99)
- Build-A-Scooter, RadioFlyer.com (starting at $49.99)