Choosing the right kids scooter can be a difficult task with so many options on the market. The age of your child, size, skill level, and also the type of scootering they want to do should factor into what you ultimately choose. This will result in the best possible chance for your child to enjoy and not get hurt while scootering. We’ve put together this handy article for you to refer to when shopping for your child’s first or next scooter.
What Is The Best Scooter For Kids?
When you’re looking to buy a scooter for a child, there are a number of elements to think about to help you to choose the right one. You’ll need to take multiple things into account. Before we tell you about the best children’s scooter based on their age, we would like to help you to learn a little more about the important factors mentioned above. It is general advice that is good to get your head around so you can be sure that you’re choosing the right style for a kid of any age.
How old is the kid that you’re buying a scooter for? The age of the child is a major factor when choosing the right kind of scooter. There are many significant differences between a 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, and also 10 year old. Usually, one size (or scooter) doesn’t fit all. As a result, you should be looking for a scooter that’s appropriate for your child’s age. When we say ‘differences’, think about the development, cognitive ability, physical strength, drive to learn, and more.
Kids Scooter Size
Generally, but not always, an older child will be bigger than a younger kid. The child’s height will usually determine the size of the scooter. The child needs to be able to stand on the scooter with the handlebars in a comfortable position. Their hands shouldn’t be too high (around their chin) or too low (around their waist). Instead, the bars should sit roughly around the chest to mid-body. Some scooters feature adjustable handlebars that come in handy if your child experiences a growth spurt. But these types of scooters are not as strong or safe as a fixed height set of bars.
Next, we should look at the child’s size overall, specifically the feet as they will need to be able to stand comfortably on the deck. Ideally, both of their feet should fit end to end, or toes facing forward, one foot behind the other. A deck that’s too small will be uncomfortable to ride and inhibit overall performance and your child’s ability to brake effectively. A child’s weight should also be considered in some cases. A heavier child doing tricks on a poor quality Kmart style scooter could lead to injury.
Type Of Scootering
Will the kid be riding their scooter on a path to get around? A bit of fun around the house and backyard? Maybe doing tricks at a skatepark? Maybe they have the goal of becoming a pro?! A scooter that’s being used for tricks should be reinforced for strength to help it withstand being thrown about time and time again. So naturally, you should be wary of buying a scooter that won’t be able to withstand certain activities.
And whilst it’s probably unlikely that a child will be needing to commute to work, there are electric scooters as part of our range. To be honest, we usually see electric scooters used by older teens and adults, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t buy one for a child, provided they can ride it safely.
You need to look at your child’s level of development as well as skill level. A 3 year old might not have the coordination of a 10 year old. Every child is different so you should take your own child’s individual level of development into consideration. When it comes to skill level, some smaller and younger kids are really impressive on a scooter. You should encourage your child to learn at their own pace, so we ask that you only buy a scooter that matches their skill level. Remember, a scooter isn’t like a jumper that’s too big; sometimes growing into a scooter isn’t the best course of action.
One reason why we don’t recommend buying a scooter that’s perhaps too big or advanced for the intended rider is that they can lose confidence or interest in the activity. As scooter enthusiasts, we hate to see kids walk away from a fun activity. If you’re a parent, you would know how fast kids can grow, so whilst we are discussing the best scooters for children of different ages in this post, you should really take into account the various elements that we have noted above. As always, if you have any questions, please ask the helpful team at Sacrifice Scooters.
The Best Scooter for Kids Under 4 Years Old
For younger kids like toddlers and slightly older, a 3-wheeled scooter might be best to help them learn to perfect various techniques and develop basic scootering skills. A 3-wheeled scooter is similar to a tricycle where there’s one wheel at the front and two wheels at the back. These scooters are rather safe and offer the stability that a younger child may need.
Best Scooter For 4 Year Old
When buying for a child who is 4, you can start to look at a 2-wheeled scooter – especially if they’ve had experience with a 3-wheeler. 4 year olds can have a lot of confidence and no sense of fear. This can work for and against them. For example, they’re usually willing to dust themselves off and try again but they might also think they’re better than they actually are! We recommend keeping a close on them when scootering around.
4 is a great age because they often have good balance and awareness. With practice, your child might be able to start developing new skills. Any scooter that works for their size and isn’t too heavy should be a good start. We would recommend checking out our Sacci Junior range.
Best Scooter For 5 Year Old
When buying a 2-wheeled scooter for a 5 year old girl or boy you’ll want to pay more attention to the overall quality and build of the scooter you’re looking to buy. A 5 year old will most likely want to start riding faster and harder on a scooter. It’s also a good idea to make sure the scooter can carry your child’s weight safely. A basic 2-wheeler scooter from our Mini Flyte line would be perfect.
Best Scooter for 6 Year Old
When a child turns 6, they’re getting to an age where you would be more inclined to buy a complete trick scooter. Trick scooters are lighter and offer more stability. You don’t have to buy a top-of-line model, especially if it’s their first scooter. A basic trick scooter should last a 6 year old a few years before they outgrow it both physically and skill-wise.
Best Scooter For 10 Year Old
Whether you’re buying for a 10 year old boy or girl, the advice is still the same! We recommend a good trick scooter like the Flyte115. This is because they’re super strong and can handle a heap of stress. Trick scooters are ideal for skatepark sessions and getting around in general.
As your kid gets more advanced, so should the model and parts of their scooter. All our scooters have interchangeable parts depending on what specific activity they want to do. For example, there are multiple types of scooter wheels to choose from. All-rounder wheels are great for riding street but don’t do so well for stunts and tricks. We recommend contacting the experienced staff at Sacrifice Scooters if you need help choosing the best parts for your child’s scooter.