Ah, your first tricycle. Tricycles bring back many fond memories of hours spent wheeling around either your parents' or grandparents' driveway, letting the breeze further mess up your bed head just coiffed by an afternoon nap. Don't let your kids miss out on these care-free and fun moments in life. Give them the joy of the tricycle. Despite the ever present fun offered by tricycles, children learn valuable lessons about balance and motor skills, not to mention their first set of wheels.
You can introduce your child to the world of tricycles as early as the age of one. Now, these aren't the three-wheeled peddling machines cruising around family gatherings and playgrounds. Tricycles for one and two year olds generally allow your child to sit and steer while walking the tricycle from place to place. The following are some features of early age tricycles.
- Pushed by a parent with a push bar, like a stroller, or walked by a child's feet
- Teaches the concept of riding a stable vehicle
- Helps a child learn to begin to steer
The Real Thing
After mastering and eventually becoming too old for the push style tricycle, two- and three-year-old children can start riding pedal tricycles. Moving to a pedal style tricycle will allow your child to improve upon coordination, steering skills, and building muscle for that inevitable leap to the first bicycle. You'll see your children really beginning to enjoy physical activities when they romp around on their first tricycle.