In this guide:
Kids scooters look super-fun, right?
Plus they are good, healthy, wholesome fun. The type that keeps your children outdoors and away from screens.
Does my kid need a 2 wheel or 3 wheel scooter? How about a stunt scooter? What’s the difference between a pro scooter and a trick scooter?
… We’ve got the answers and it only takes a few minutes to get clued up.
We’ve created the ultimate guide to kids scooters and made sure it’s super-simple and quick to follow. Read on, and in five minutes, you’ll know exactly which scooter is best for your kid.
|Kids Scooters||Award||Our Rating|
|1||Micro Sprite||Our Top Pick|
|2||Razor A3||Best 2-wheel Scooter|
|3||Micro Maxi||Best 3-wheel Scooter|
|4||Globber Primo||Best for Girls|
|5||Micro Mini 3-in-1||Best for Toddlers|
|6||Envy Prodigy S6||Best Pro Scooter|
|7||Fuzion Z300||Best Pro for Beginners|
|8||RDS Dirt Scooter||Best Off-road Scooter|
|9||Razor Power Core E90||Best Electric Scooter|
|10||Razor PowerWing||Best Caster Scooter|
Types of Kids Scooters
Scooters have come a long way since the early days. Back then they were hand-built in garages from fruit crates and roller skate wheels. Nowadays they are modern, precisely engineered machines designed to maximize fun and style. Really, they do the same thing, ie, giving kids of all ages a healthy physical activity to enjoy. It’s just that the new ones have got better at it!
Meet the modern scooter family
Modern scooters have evolved into six main types:
- 3 wheel scooters – These are the best scooters for toddlers and younger children. Most 3 wheel scooters have the single wheel in the rear and twin wheels in the front for improved balance. They offer greater stability at the cost of a little speed. This is why they tend to be most children’s first scooter. They are extremely popular and the leading brand is the ubiquitous Micro Scooter.
- 2 wheel scooters – The name speaks for itself and refers to scooters that have only two wheels. These are generally better for older kids with a well-developed sense of balance. They can achieve higher speeds and can take more weight. They are often made of more durable materials such as metal. Regular 2 wheel scooters are best suited for children between 5 and 8-years-old who enjoy scooting as a bit of fun but don’t take it too seriously.
- Pro scooters – Also known as stunt scooters or trick scooters, pro scooters are technically a special type of 2 wheel scooter. They are generally built to a higher quality and are designed for stunt or trick riding. The main feature of a pro scooter is the wide “T-bar” handlebars. These give greater stability when riding on skatepark ramps, and allow the rider to perform various tricks and flips. If your kid is serious about scooting (or would like to be), or if they have a social group of friends who are “into” scooting, then almost certainly a pro scooter is what they need.
- Electric scooter – These are powered by a rechargeable battery and an electric motor. Electric scooters tend to be heavier than kick scooters and often come with chunkier wheels. Whilst they are harder to store and transport, the extra weight makes them more stable to ride. Electric scooters (like other electric ride-on toys) do not require kids to physically push them and while the upside is that they are a ton of fun, the obvious downside is that your child won’t get much exercise. These scooters are generally more expensive and are not suitable for stunt riding.
- Off-road scooter – Off-road scooters come with big chunky wheels with tires on. This allows them to scoot across rough terrains, such as grass and dirt. These specialist scooters are less common and are generally not suitable for stunt riding.
- Caster (or carve) scooter – These unusual scooters have three wheels: two at the back and one at the front. They work in a completely different way to traditional kick scooters. The two rear wheels are spaced far apart with a footplate for each. The rider uses a motion similar to skier doing the slalom, ie, they shift their the body weight from side to side. Some kids love these scooters and they are great fun. Just be aware that they are uncommon and can’t be used for tricks. We wouldn’t recommend them for kids who are serious about scooting or have a scooter friendship groups unless they are being bought as a second scooter.
Choosing the right scooter
In our experience, there are just two main questions which will determine the type of scooter best suited to your child.
- How old are they?
- Are they serious about scooting? Or are they part of a scooting friendship group? (By serious, we mean that they want to learn tricks and use skate parks with ramps etc.)
Let’s take a look at how these factors affect things.
Choosing a scooter by age
This is your most important consideration. It is crucial both for your child’s fun and safety that they ride an age-appropriate scooter. Luckily, it’s pretty straightforward to get this right.
The above graphic is a good rule of thumb for determining the most suitable scooter-types for different ages. There are, of course, exceptions, for example, you can find 2 wheel scooters that are great for teens. In our experience, though, teens who are into scooting often consider the regular 2 wheel scooters as “babyish” or “amateur” and would prefer to ride either a pro or an electric scooter.
Let’s look in more detail.
- Toddlers: In general, for toddlers and very young children, three-wheeled scooters are best. They are the most stable and don’t go too fast. This makes them perfect for learning and developing balance and confidence. They make ideal gifts for first scooters. Also, several brands offer add-ons such as seats and special handlebars which allow children as young as one to use them. The best example is the Micro Mini 3in1 Deluxe Kick Scooter (check the price on Amazon). This scooter comes with a seat and an extra handlebar. You can use the seat with the round handlebar with a much younger child and adapt the scooter by taking away the seat and then switching to the classic ‘T’ handlebar as they grow.
- 4 to 12-year-olds: At this age, kids have the widest selection of scooters that they can ride. The decision comes down to their preferences and how seriously they take their scooting (see below).
- Teens: Older children can use pro, off-road and electric scooters. Again, it’s down to their preference but if they are serious stunt scoot-kids, then the choice is obvious. If you’ve found an adult scooter that you’re considering getting them, we’d advise you against it. While there are decent 2-wheel scooters that are made for adults, most teenagers spend their time hanging out with their friends. And if their friendship circle is made up of pro scoot-kids, an adult scooter won’t be an appropriate choice.
Recreational vs Pro scooting
There can be a big difference between kids who enjoy occasionally scooting to the park or school and those that get into stunt and trick riding.
- Recreational: For older kids (4+) who are relaxed about their scooting, 2 wheel scooters are best. They are popular and relatively affordable. Caster, electric or off-road scooters would also be good options.
- Pro: If your child is getting into pro scooting (also known as trick or stunt scooting), then there is only one choice: a pro scooter. Other scooters will simply not cut it. Pro scooting involves an array of tricks, stunts, and jumps. These are performed on the street or at skate parks. Pro scooters are specially designed to withstand hard impacts and grinding. Also, they are lightweight and have “T” handlebars which allow for special moves.
Scooter features (and jargon)
By now you should have a good idea which type of scooter would be best for your child. Here are a few scooter features that are important to know about:
- Brakes – Some scooters have no braking system whatsoever while others use different techniques to brake, eg, hand brake or rear-wheel foot brake. Whichever scooter you go for, before you let your child disappear off into the sunset, make sure to practice braking with them until they have got the hang of it.
- Folding – Many of today’s scooters can fold up making it a lot easier to pack them away in car trunks or even in overhead bins on aircraft. Some, eg, pro scooters or some electric scooters, cannot.
- Steering – Most scooters use an upright “T” system of handlebars that kids use to steer. Other scooters (eg, caster scooters) have a system where the “driver” shifts left or right to steer.
- Age/weight range – Scooters have no universally-accepted standards on the amount of weight that they can safely bear, so most scooters are rated by the age of the child “driver”. Be sure to buy a scooter that can safely accommodate both your child’s weight and skill level.
- Wheels – Scooter wheels differ depending on the type of terrain (indoor/outdoor) and other factors. Bigger wheels offer greater stability but require more effort to push. Some scooters use standard skate wheels, making them easy to replace or upgrade.
- Kick scooter – A kick scooter is any scooter where the child pushes off against the ground (“kicking”) in order to propel the scooter forward on level ground. Basically, this is what a “normal” or classic scooter is.
- Completes – This refers to pro scooters that come pre-made. Otherwise, you make them yourself by choosing the parts separately and assembling them yourself.
Okay, now you know what you are looking for, here are our top picks. We’ve rounded up the best in each class of scooter. Picking an awesome and appropriate scooter for your kid should be easy!
Best All-Round Kick Scooter
“Kick scooter” covers a broad range of scooters including 3 wheel, 2 wheel and electric. If you are unsure or don’t have a particular preference, then we’ve singled out the best all-rounder.
You can’t go wrong with the legendary Micro Sprite Kick Scooter (check price on Amazon). Available in several exciting colors, the Micro Sprite is small enough for a young child to use while rugged enough to handle up to 220 pounds of weight. Simple enough for a kid to master, the Micro Sprite is equally suitable for adults, making it a great family “vehicle” to own.
The adjustable handlebars can extend up to 34 inches meaning that it can “grow” with your child, or it can be interchanged between different kids. In addition, the scooter can be folded and stored away with the push of a button. The Micro Sprite also comes with a built-in kickstand for easily “parking” it upright.
If you are looking for a great all-rounder for one or more children, then the quality, build and adjustable handlebars make this classic scooter a great choice.
At a glance:
- Comes in lots of different fun colors.
- Rated for kids age 8 and older, up to 220 pounds.
- Ultra lightweight at just 5.5 pounds.
- Has a built-in kickstand or can be folded up.
- Large wheels easily handle bumps and cracks.
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Best 2 Wheel Scooter
This category of scooter is great for older kids who have outgrown their smaller scooters and are ready to move on to something faster and cooler. They are ideal for kids who love scooting but aren’t fussed about the whole stunt side of things. That said, they can be used as a transition scooter between 3 wheel and pro. They are far cheaper than pro scooters and therefore you can wait to see if your child actually develops a real passion for scooting before upgrading.
From one of the top manufacturers of scooters, the Razor A3 (check price on Amazon) is perhaps the best example of a classic kick scooter. Made from durable but super strong aircraft-grade aluminum, the A3 is a joy to ride and a cinch to fold up and store away when not in use. The telescoping steering mechanism is easy to adjust and stepping on the rear fender quickly brings the A3 to a full stop. The big 125-mm skate wheels are ideal for negotiating sidewalk cracks, curbs, and other urban obstacles with ease.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids 5 and older and up to 143 pounds.
- 125mm skate-style urethane wheels.
- Rear fender braking system.
- Easily folds up for portability.
- Weighs just 7 pounds.
Best 3 Wheel Scooters
3 wheel scooters are ideal for younger children and first-time riders. Our daughter, Leyla, began her scooting on the Micro-Mini (below) and loved it. They offer greater stability and safety with no sacrifice in the fun department.
If you’re looking for a great first scooter for a young kid, then you won’t go wrong with the Micro Mini (check price on Amazon). Available in a dozen different festive colors, the three-wheel design is incredibly stable. Using a lean-to steer design, the Micro Mini has two big front wheels that smoothly sail over bumps without leaving streaks or marks on indoor flooring.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 2-5, weighing up to 44 pounds.
- Low deck and simple steering mechanism ideal for first-time riders.
- Weighs just 3.3 pounds.
- Can be ridden indoors or outdoors.
- Rear fender brake provides smooth, even stopping power.
Available in more than 10 different cool color designs, the Globber Primo (check price on Amazon) is great for teaching younger children how to ride a scooter. A special lock button prevents the scooter from being steered, ideal for when learning how to ride. The handlebars can be adjusted from 26.5 inches all the way up to 31 inches, allowing the scooter to adjust as your kid grows. A low deck made from a steel plate provides super stability while the big front polyurethane wheels effortlessly glide over hard surfaces. Although this scooter doesn’t fold up, the handlebars can be detached for easy storage.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 2-6, weighing up to 110 pounds.
- Telescoping handlebars.
- Lockable steering mechanism for safer training sessions.
- Wide deck made from a solid steel plate for security.
- Extra-long rear brake for intuitive use.
The bigger version of the Micro Mini (see above), the Micro Maxi (check price on Amazon) is designed for kids age 5-12. The rigid polyurethane wheels effortlessly glide over hard surfaces while the locking handlebar clamp keeps everything firmly in position. Available in eight different colors, the Micro Maxi is designed to give kids years of scooter riding enjoyment. The Micro Maxi uniquely has two different steering options, a “joystick” design for graceful curves and a classic T-bar handlebar design for simpler balancing.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 5-12.
- Comes with two different steering options.
- Steering bar/T-stick telescopes from 24-36 inches.
- Great 3-wheel stability for bigger kids.
- Standard rear fender brake.
Best Scooter for a Toddler
If you have a 1-year-old who is confident on her feet, then she’ll love scooting. Some brands offer specialized seats that modify normal kids scooters and make it possible for her to get scooting early whilst being safe and stable.
The Micro Mini 3-in-1 (check price on Amazon) is the outright winner for toddlers. The Swiss scooter giants, Micro, revolutionized the industry with this product, enabling tiny tots to begin their scooting adventures much earlier. The Micro Mini 3-in-1 incorporates a specially designed seat and handle which attach to the classic Micro Mini. In the youngest setting (see opposite) the child can begin at 1-year-old. Then, as they grow the scooter is adapted until it finally ends up as the original Micro Mini which can be ridden up to 5-years-old.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 1-5, weighing up to 44 pounds.
- Special toddler seat and handlebars.
- Can be modified to “grow” as your child does.
- Ends up as a regular Micro Mini.
- Ideal for first-time toddler riders.
- Weighs just 3.3 pounds.
Best Pro Scooter
If your child wants to take the scooter experience to the max, consider a pro scooter (also known as a stunt scooter). Designed for use at skate parks and able to do advanced flips, jumps, stunts, and tricks, pro scooters are a great choice for athletic youngsters who want to improve their balance and hand-eye coordination. Pro scooting is a phenomenon and is particularly popular with boys aged 10 and over. If your child hangs out with other scooter riders and watches the many insanely popular vlogs, such as Funk Bros, then a pro scooter is the only way to go.
The Envy Prodigy S6 (check price on Amazon) was one of the most eagerly anticipated pro scooters in recent years. And for good reason. Not only does it look great, the overall handling and weight distribution make this scooter a pleasure to ride. Smooth and fluid, the Envy Prodigy S6 is the ultimate all-around pro scooter and has quickly become one of the most popular. It is being ridden by everyone from beginner to semi-pros. The S6 has an extremely high build quality which more than justifies the higher price tag – it’s about $20-30 more than the other scooters in its class.
At a glance:
- #1 top seller.
- Ideal all-rounder for beginners to semi-pro riders.
- Rated for kids age 8+.
- Bigger 120mm wheels for stability and speed.
- “Candy” rainbow metal effect.
The Fuzion Z300 (check price on Amazon) pro scooter is for intermediate riders but is also an excellent choice for beginners. It’s a relatively lightweight scooter that is both rugged and durable. The Z300 has been engineered from the ground up to be effective and reliable even when being punished on the toughest street or park ride. If your child is looking for their first pro scooter complete, then this one is a very safe but exciting choice. It handles nicely for beginners but it will easily keep pace as your child gets more experienced and starts pulling off more advanced moves.
At a glance:
- Ideal for first-time pro riders.
- Rated for kids age 8+.
- Tough yet light aluminum deck and neck.
- Fender brakes for quick stopping.
- Ready to ride out of the box.
Best Off-Road Scooters
These are the scooters your child needs if they will be riding on rough and broken pavements, or on dirt and grass. They have oversized, off-road tires making them the only option for this terrain.
If your child is looking for some off-road fun, you won’t go wrong with the RDS Dirt Scooter (check price on Amazon) from Razor. Able to safely negotiate obstacles on paved surfaces, the RDS has huge 200-mm inflated tires that are perfect for dirt, grass, sand, and other off-road terrains. The tires have a special tread designed for dirt while the grip tape on the deck keeps the rider safely in place. Unlike other Razor scooters, however, this one does not fold up. Although it is rated for 220 pounds for normal riding, Razor recommends that only riders up to 120 pounds attempt to use this for advanced stunts, flips, and tricks.
At a glance:
- Rugged tubular steel design.
- Giant 200-mm tires for off-road use.
- Rear fender brake.
- Can handle up to 220 pounds of weight, kids age 10 and up.
- Weighs 11.5 pounds.
Looking much like a bicycle with the seat dropped down, the Mongoose (check price on Amazon) has absolutely everything a kid needs to do BMX-style tricks. Both wheels are big 12-inch pneumatic tires ideal for both off-road and smooth surface riding while the hand-operated bicycle-style caliper brakes allow for efficient and safe stopping. Both wheels come with axle pegs for performing tricks and stunts while the rugged steel tubular design makes the Mongoose Expo one very rugged stunt scooter.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 6 and up.
- Two beefy 12-inch pneumatic wheels easily handle off-road terrain.
- Axle pegs for performing stunts and tricks.
- Bicycle-style caliper brakes on the handlebars.
- Eye-catching black and neon green design.
Best Electric Scooters
Electric scooters are powered by a motor and battery. They come in all shapes and sizes and are massively fun for kids over the age of six. The only drawbacks are that they are bulkier and more costly than your average kick scooter. Another consideration is that, obviously, your child won’t get the same amount of exercise. If, however, your child already gets lots of other physical play time, then electric scooters are invariably a winner when it comes to gifts. Here are two of the best:
The Razor Power Core E90 (check price on Amazon) is definitely our top pick for kids (8+). It is lightweight (only 22lbs) and nippy, but with a top speed of 10mph, it never gets dangerously fast. This makes it a good choice for parents who want their kids to have fun but stay safe. The E90 is maintenance-free. You don’t need to fiddle with chain alignment and the rest of it! Handling is nice and easy, too. There are a handbrake and a push button accelerator. Just bear in mind that this scooter is designed for kids and it has a weight limit of 120 pounds. So, dads, it’s not for you!
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 8 and up.
- 80 mins ride time between charges.
- Battery charger included.
- Comes in green or pink.
- 12v battery and high-torque motor.
The Razor E300 (check price on Amazon) is a powerful beast, definitely not suitable for younger kids but perfect for teens (13+). It’s big, bad, and chunky – certainly not to be mistaken for a “kiddy toy”. Razor invested heavily in the engineering of this cutting-edge electric scooter and while it does have a higher price tag, it’s easy to see why. Its high-torque chain motor delivers speeds up to 15 mph, and the twist-grip acceleration and hand-operated rear brake give the ride the feel of a motorbike. Welcome news for parents is that the super-sized deck makes for a safe and stable ride.
At a glance:
- Rated for kids age 13 and up
- Ride time up to 45 mins
- Battery charger included
- 2 x 12v batteries and high-torque motor
- Speeds up to 15 mph
Best Adult Scooter
Hey, come on, I had to throw one in for us parents! Kids shouldn’t get all the fun.
While the WeSkate Folding Adult Scooter (check price on Amazon) is marketed toward adults, it is certainly suitable for older kids too. It is a sturdy, solid scooter that will comfortably handle weights up to 220 lbs. The WeSkate features large 205 mm wheels, dual shock absorbers, and precision bearings. All this makes for a consistently smooth ride whether commuting or scooting for pleasure. Other features which make the WeSkate stand out are the quick “3-second” folding mechanism and the minimal design… let’s face it, adults don’t want to be seen riding what appears to be an oversized 8-year-olds toy!
At a glance:
- Large 205 mm wheels with precision bearings
- Front and rear shock absorbers
- Adjustable handlebars
- Rated for riders up to 220 pounds
- Fast folding action
- Large reinforced brake pedal
Best Caster Scooter
These unusual scooters are crazy yet fun. Perfect for a child who wants to stand out with some cool wheels. (Just don’t get these for your kid if they are into pro scooting as they won’t work on skate ramps.)
The only scooter to make our list that has an unusual form of locomotion, the Razor PowerWing (check price on Amazon) is instantly recognizable by its Y-shape design that has kids riding with their feet planted apart rather than bunched together on a narrow deck. The big front wheel is a 125-mm polyurethane skate-style wheel that easily glides over hard surfaces while the two rear 64-mm caster wheels allow the rider to perform crazy tricks, including kick-outs, side drifts, and spinouts. The handlebar includes a caliper brake and foam grips for added security, although the handlebar cannot be adjusted.
At a glance:
- Available in two different color combinations.
- “Y” design allows for impressive tricks including drifting, spins, and 360-spinouts.
- Weighs 12 pounds.
- Rated for kids age 6 and up, weighing up to 143 pounds.
- Rugged tubular steel design.
Our Favorite Scooters
If you have a toddler, then it’s got to be the Micro Mini Original (3 wheel scooter). If your child is between 5 and 12-years-old, then we’d recommend the Razor A3 (2 wheel scooter). And, finally, if your child is a teen or getting into pro scooting, then go for the Envy Prodigy S5 (pro scooter). All of these scooters are top of their game for build quality and fun factor. Dependent on age and whether they are into pro scooting, you can’t go wrong with these three scooters!
What scooter accessories do I need?
In a nutshell, the only accessories you actually need are those designed to keep the rider safe. That means a helmet that meets approved safety standards and knee and elbow pads. (Check our safety guide below.)
As well as essential safety gear, there are tons of cool, cute, and awesome accessories for kids scooters. Some are purely decorative (eg, flowers and horns) and others more practical (eg, wall hangers and pull cords). These can make your life easier and your child’s scooting experience more fun.
Let’s take a quick tour of the best scooter accessories available:
* to make life easier, all these accessories can be picked up on Amazon. We’ve added links below.
Essential safety gear
1. Helmet is the Baby Nutty for toddlers. Knee and Elbow Pads are Kukome for toddlers and include wrist guards. (Important! Wrist guards can affect your child’s grip, and it may be safer not to use them. Ours never wore them. Try them out with your child first.)
Optional Extras and Fun
4. Dino’s head (check price) attaches to handlebars, turning the scooter into a fun dinosaur.
5. Scoot n Pull (check price) is a simple strap designed to allow parents to pull their young children. This is a must when you are out and about, otherwise, you’ll end up carrying both child and scooter! A money saving hack is to simply use a belt or a pet leash, especially if you have one ready to be thrown away.
6. Basket (check price) is a lovely touch for a girl but you can also get boysie ones too.
7. Bell (check price) for a girl. Again, there are boys versions too.
8. Horse’s head (check price).
9. Scooter Mitts are great for keeping little hands warm during the cold weather.
10. Micro Toddler Scooter seat bar (check price) is only for the toddler Micro Kick Scooter. It allows the scooter to be modified so toddlers can sit and ride. Great for younger siblings taking over an older sibling’s scooter.
11. Windmill (check price) attaches to the upright bar of the scooter and spins round in the wind as the child rides.
12. Scooter Wall Mount by Meollo (check price). This nifty device mounts to the wall and allows you to easily store a 2 wheel kick scooter. It is designed to work with Razor scooters but will likely work with others.
13. Tassles (check price).
14. Glowing Wheels (check price). These are two replacement wheels for a Razor scooter. They have LEDs which light up as they spin. (Note: It’s never safe to scoot in the dark, so these are more for early mornings or dusk at the skate park.)
Pro scooter parts
For kids who get into pro scooting, modifying and customising their scooters is a big part of the fun. We’ll give you a quick introduction to the parts that they may choose to buy or replace. With a younger child, you may choose to learn all about pro scooters and their parts – that way you can help them. With older kids, however, we wouldn’t recommend you trying to pick out parts on their behalf. They are likely to know exactly what they want and will probably have very strong opinions on the best brands. That said, we’ve done our research and the following parts are highly regarded and popular.
15. Handlebar grips by ODI (check price).
16. Bar ends by ODI (check price). These protect the end of the bars (or handles) from getting grazed and jagged. This keeps the scooter safe when a rider inevitably tumbles.
17. Bearings by Bones Bearings (check price). Keeps the scooter rolling and steering smoothly.
18. Collar clamp by District (check price on Amazon). Connects and fixes the bars to the fork.
19. Grip tape by Envy (check price). This is a bit like sandpaper which is stuck to the scooter deck so the rider’s feet don’t slip off.
20. Brake by Z-First (check price).
22. Fork by Chili Pro Scooter (check price). This essentially holds the front wheel in place.
23. Headset by District (check price). This is a small hoop-shaped unit that sits at the front of the scooter. It contains bearings and allows the fork and front wheel to rotate smoothly.
24. Deck by Madd Gear (check price). This is the bit you stand on.
25. Wheels by Limit (check price).
26. Pegs by Envy (check price). These are additional extras which allow riders to “grind” on rails.
Are scooters safe?
This is a question that comes up a lot. You could ask the same question of bicycles, skateboards or rollerskates. The fact is that all ride-on toys have an inherent risk. Scooter related injuries did top a study carried out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on toy-related accidents, but it should be noted that they are the most popular ride-on toy by a long way, plus, kids tend to spend far more time on them than other toys. Also, this study didn’t count bicycles which were involved in more injuries than all toys combined! (Source)
I can’t make a recommendation on whether you do or don’t buy a scooter for your kids. Sorry! It’s up to you. I did for mine, and I love that it encouraged them to be active, get outdoors and away from screens. What everybody does agree on is that children should play with age-appropriate toys and use recommended safety gear.
Essential scooter safety gear
Helmet: Riders of all ages should wear a helmet that meets approved safety standards. In case you are wondering, the right type of helmet for scooting is the same as a helmet for riding a bicycle. This means that any helmet intended for scooting must meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) bicycle helmet standards (source). After that, it’s a case of comfort and style.
Knee and elbow pads: Whilst you see fewer children wearing these, put simply, they should. We certainly recommend that you get your kids to wear them. Encouragement for parents is that Hopkins Medicine found that “elbow pads can prevent 82% of elbow injuries, and knee pads can prevent 32% of knee injuries.” (Source). If you need to encourage your kids you can show them the super-popular vlogger and pro scooter funny man, Claudius Vertesi, who always wears them for scooting. There are plenty of other high profile riders out there looking after their knees and elbows.
Tips for Keeping Safe on Scooters
- Always use a helmet
- Wear knee and elbow pads
- Wear brightly colored clothes
- Ride on smooth, paved surfaces without traffic, and avoid surfaces with water, gravel or sand on them
- Don’t ride at nighttime
- Closely supervise younger children
- Always dismount from the scooter before crossing a road
- Ride on the inside of sidewalks away from the road
Trick Tips For Beginners
And finally… If you want your kid to know a few tricks ahead of their first outing to the skate park, get them to watch this video by the Funk Bros. It demonstrates how to do the top 5 basic scooter tricks.
We love scooters in our family. It feels like Leyla was scooting almost from the moment we bought her first pair of walking shoes. Call us old-fashioned, but in an age where smartphones are everywhere, we applaud the companies innovating with modern scooters. Scooting keeps the outdoors fun and encourages kids to be active. Win-win!
And, if your kid loves scooting, then they will almost certainly be into balance bikes. These are essentially two-wheeled bicycles without pedals. Younger children sit on them and put their feet on the floor. It helps them to develop the balancing skills which will later be transferred to a real bicycle. This means they often learn to ride faster.