Fun and exercise are guaranteed for children vehicles. But which vehicle can take children from what age? And what can the small "runabout" impeller, Bobby Car and Co contribute to motor development? There is to know about the most popular children's vehicles.

Ride-on "Bobby Car": Already in the first run Age

Which children's vehicle at what age?

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The classic of the sliding cars is the "Bobby Car", which has now been proven for over 40 years. The first car to have "go" when the crawling phase is over and the child begins with the first steps the youngest. Of course, a certain height must be reached in order for the little racers come with your feet completely on the floor. With a seat height of about 20 cm (bobby car) but should always work with most over annuals. Slip driving trains the gross motor skills in young children. To get ahead, you take momentum with the entire upper body for the movement of the legs. Thus, large muscle groups, especially the legs and back, claimed. In addition, the little training coordination, because in addition to getting around by the leg start-up also is directed - at least try even the "novice". Until the steering and driving function together, but the children need to practice a little. The Bobby Car is a robust and non-tilting vehicle - that is the best entry-level model for the little ones.

Early age: 12 to 18 months of age
Tip: Driving your child and outdoors and develops it into a ride-on professional who prefer him to necessarily fixed, but not the best footwear. For the grinding Afterwards the feet keep the fewest footwear for children for long.

Seat scooters Four wheels provide security

Another first vehicle is known as the seat scooters. One might describe it as a kind of combination of ride-and impeller. The child makes the same movements as on a bobby car, but it sits higher, so that it looks more like an impeller (the right size here is so very crucial). Unlike the impeller has a seat scooter but still four wheels to provide the youngest enough security. Like the Bobby Car also this first vehicle promotes gross motor skills and coordination and training especially leg and back muscles. The steering is a little easier because it can control the direction directly over the handlebars and does not have a steering wheel with a seat scooters. The seat scooter is a first, very little requirement for balance, as it is not tip over and the child must balance in curves or at a faster pace with your own body a possible tipping.

Early age: 12 to 18 months of age

Impeller: Training for the balance

To drive an impeller, children must already have certain fine motor coordination skills: you have to walk and stand safely and thus can keep their balance. In addition, the eye-hand coordination should be further evolved so that they can control the wheel well with the handlebar. Very important is also possible that a corresponding step length is reached to safely sit on the wheel and come with their feet well on the ground. The smallest wheels (10 inches) approximately at a stride length of 30 cm. Bring your child with these conditions, you can start. Often the little ones begin not to sit on the saddle, but to push the wheel between your legs. Because the biggest challenge of running cycling is to maintain balance. Of course, all muscles are here again stressed and the children learn fluid movements. But above all, balance and coordination (steering, accelerating, braking) and responsiveness (obstacles go round, rapid braking) are particularly encouraged by the run cycling. Step by step to the children decide how long they let the feet on the ground and how often they are on the floor or whether they can keep some time in the air with a flourish feet already. Faster than you think, are they small impeller professionals and flit through the area. The latter, incidentally, also makes sure that the children get a sense of speed.

Early age: from about 2 years

Important: Put your child on the first try a bicycle helmet on, so that is a matter of course. For small running cyclists can be quickly and should always be protected by a helmet.

Tricycle: Let's get to the leg muscles

Although one might think that children can ride tricycles and wheel first, it is usually the other way around. Because in order to move with the tricycle, it requires a certain strength in the legs and a special coordinator for the round movements of kicking and the parallel routing. Some children learn early to keep the balance on the wheel, but not yet provide for the demanding, fluid pedaling, which is needed in the three-cycling. As with the impeller general coordination and muscle strength are trained and strengthened as well. However, most of all Erstfahrzeugen this vehicle trains the leg muscles. Therefore, it is much easier for the kids to accompany their parents to the impeller while walking as a tricycle that is experiencing by kicking much faster fatigue in the legs.

Early age: from about 2 years

Tip: It would be ideal if children get the opportunity to get three and impeller. draw on the tricycle and enter them on the wheel, they develop a sense of balance - both are together the best conditions for the subsequent cycling.

Roller: Perfect preparatory exercise for cycling

Also a perfect preliminary exercise for later cycling is the scooter riding. For a long time the classic scooter had been forgotten. Meanwhile, we see more and more often children again, the jets with the scooter through the area. And that's just as well. Because many experts recommend: first scooter, then bike. The scooter promotes the sense of balance, responsiveness and the body control and trains the ability leg and free leg to change. Meanwhile, there are designs which do not only have two wheels or tires but three (optional two front or two rear). Thus, even children ride scooters before the age without being upset immediately. This teaches balance and lets them soon on the classic version with two wheels change. It is important when scooter that the child has a certain size and not just barely can look over the handlebars.

Early age: Mini version with triple tires from about 2.5 years, classical variant from about 3.5 years

Bike: Here coordination is needed

Since the gross motor skills is fully mature until the age of five, some experts advise you to begin only at this time with the cycling. However, the reality is different. Many children get before the age of four to his bike because they are previously made on wheel, tricycle and / or roller real driving experts. Only when children can keep their balance already optimally when they have enough leg strength to the pedals, their coordination is well developed and they have a certain height, the first driving tests can take place on the wheel: A parental hand on the saddle or rack and then it says walk beside the bike - and that until the child is reasonably safe. At first this is usually a wobbly and directing drops the kids in the great concentration on the balance heavier than the previous vehicles. But then it usually goes quickly and already the little ones to ride alone. Practice with your children first, so that the deflection is not too big just to quiet walks in parks or similar traffic places and lurking no danger from cars and Co.. To strengthen the driving safety, testing together gravel roads or build a course from PET bottles, which must then curve around your child.

Early age: 3-6 years

Tip: From training wheels experts advise! Tipping the kids from one to the other and each time be absorbed by the supports, they can not learn to keep their balance. Prefer to wait until your child has the necessary motor skills and leave it until then stay longer wheel or scooter ride. 

Danger: Between cycling and the safe movement in traffic are worlds apart. Although kindergarten children are very well motorized able to ride a bicycle, they still have no visibility on the road and can not estimate (dangerous) situations. Let your child at the earliest from the age of six, piece by piece, and only under the supervision of the road traffic. Cycling without parental supervision recommended the police until the 4th grade.

Important: Helmets are mandatory from the first minute!