Tag: ride-on toys

Sochi comes to life for kids with gold, silver, and bronze Maxi Micro Kickboard scooter

Though it’s clear that the Olympic athletes we’ve been watching at the Sochi Winter Games all want gold, all three of Micro Kickboard’s new medal-hued scooters would be winners with my kids, regardless of what color they choose. All dressed up for the podium in gold, silver, or bronze, the much-loved Maxi Micro Kickboard scooter is one of my kids all-time favorite scooter designs, with such a smooth ride and easy lean-to-turn maneuverability. Made for kids ages 5-11 (or up to 120 pounds for you svelte and daring parents), grab the easier-to-use T-bar or try the straight Pilot Stick...

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Why YBIKE’s ride-on toys make a great holiday gift for kids of all ages. We can even help you choose.

Whether your toddler is ready for their first balance bike or you have a mini speedster on your holiday list, a ride-on toy makes an awesome “big gift” for either Hanukkah or Christmas.  As the inadvertent ride-on-toy expert at Cool Mom Picks (what with three growing kids and a garage full of things that go zoom), I’m really liking the wide variety of ride-ons from YBIKE whose fleet includes a new “grow-with-me” toy, a super-fun scooter, and a zippy go-cart for kids who are ready to zoom. Hopefully I can help you navigate the selection, because they’re all pretty...

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A seriously rugged (and really cool) balance bike for older kids

Watching your kids learn how to ride a bike is one of those nerve-wracking yet awesome moments of parenting that you don’t soon forget. For some kids, it can take a bit longer to learn this fine art of balancing. And that’s where this bike comes happily into play. We’ve covered awesome balance bikes for toddlers in the past, like the Kazam and FirstBIKE. But this STRIDER SS-1 balance bike is geared toward kids a little older. Because of its larger size (designed for ages 6 and up), the STRIDER SS-1 16″ can benefit many kids — those who are a little older and haven’t...

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Orange you glad you found these adorable bike bells?

We’ve dusted off the bikes, filled the tires with air, and my kids are now ready to dash around the neighborhood on their trusty rides. But now that they are old enough to venture ahead of me, I think my neighbors will appreciate hearing a little cheery bike bell warning of their approach. If you don’t want any old bike bell, you have to check out what CMP favorite Poketo has in store for your ringing pleasure. The fruity Hand-Painted Fruit Bike Bells are so cheery and bright you can practically hear the ring from here. It’s such a better...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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The Sbyke: the best gift your tween or teen will get, period.

The siren song of electronics has a huge pull on my tweens this holiday, so if I’m going to ask Santa to bring them something that doesn’t begin with an “i” it’d better be something pretty cool. I found something pretty cool. No…really cool. The Sbyke is the rad offspring of a scooter and a BMX bike with a whole bunch of skateboard attitude thrown in for fun. I love that ever since my kids got their hands on one, they’ve been running outside–in the cold–to ride on it. For them, it’s been a pretty natural transition from a...

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The best scooter for little kids? The one that’s the best for big kids.

There is no question in my three-kid household that one of the favorites in our fleet of ride-on toys is the Mini Kick scooter. From the moment they could balance on the stable footrest, my kids were cruising the driveway and declaring it “best scooter ever.” But now, even the youngest kids can fall in love with their own Mini Kick without having to wait until they are “scooter ready.” And, even better, this Mini Kick is made grow with them, making it a toy they’ll use for years. The all new Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter is basically the...

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Birthday gifts for 5-year-old girl? Reader Q&A

I need a birthday gift idea for my soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter. She has tons of Barbies, tons of clothes – she is a girly girl and loves all things to do with painting nails, wearing girly stuff. I feel like we have way too many toys and clothes. What else is new and fun for a 5-year-old girl? -Laurinda I have two basic categories for kids who already have a lot of toys: consumable/craft gifts and games that inspire imagination, and then toys get them outside and active–and can hopefully be stored in the garage! Oh, make that three...

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KaZAM – a balance bike that thinks about your feet

If you are looking for a balance bike for your eager-to-ride toddler or preschooler, get ready to weigh your options because in the past, we’ve found great eco friendly balance bikes made of birch and ones made in a lightweight, long-lasting composite resin. There is even this cool balance bike that grows with your child.  And now, to make your choice a little more difficult, I discovered a balance bike at Toy Fair this year that has a nifty feature for little cruisers: A foot rest. The no-slip, flat foot rest on the KaZAM Balance Bike is one feature...

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This sheep rocks!

My kids inherited a rocking horse that’s all bells and whistles–it whinnies, neighs, clip-clops, and plays some sort of country song. I’m pretty sure it says “yeehaw,” too, which doesn’t really make sense. It’s too much, even for them. Who wants to rock on something that shrieks and beeps the whole time? If you ask me, this Rocking Sheep by Bright Spark Design is the ideal rocker. Inspired by a Danish design, it’s handmade with Baltic birch plywood, reclaimed scrap wood, and real sheepskin. Plus, every one is test-ridden by the designer’s own 18-month-old daughter before it’s deemed acceptable. Beautiful, classic–and...

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A big-kid bike for the toddler who’s done with the tricycle

As a 4-year-old, my daughter is at the age where her eyes grow wide at the sight of a kid riding a bicycle. Tricycles are so last year–get the girl a two-wheeler, stat! And what could be a more appropriate first bike than a FirstBIKE Balance Bike? For little kids, FirstBIKEs have all the appeal of a big-kid bicycle: sleek lines, cool colors, and–most importantly–two wheels. All that’s missing? Pedals and training wheels.  But that’s a good thing, because FirstBIKE is made to teach toddlers (as young as two!) and young preschoolers how to ride and turn on two wheels....

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We’re wishing for Wishbone. The bike, not the salad dressing.

My oldest daughter, now 7, learned how to ride a bike in a matter of minutes thanks to a few months spent on a balance bike beforehand. However, when it comes to my littler kiddos, they tend to get more frustration than fun out of riding it. Or really, falling over on it. But that all changed when I discovered this unique transitional balance bike. We welcomed the Wishbone balance bike into our home a few months ago, and my kids are still fighting over who gets to ride it. The brainchild of a pair of smart parents, the...

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Be the talk of the neighborhood with 3 cool new ride-on toys

Our garage is filled with bikes, trikes, scooters and even one Skoooch, but I’m a big believer in “you can never have too many outdoor toys.” So, I’m always on the lookout for cool new ride-on, kid-powered things that can hold their attention for at least as long as the latest Wii game. For some of my favorite “tried and true” ride-on toys, check out our Scooter Smackdown and Second Scooter Smackdown from past years. But if you’re looking to get something that no one else on your block has yet, keep reading.  For toddlers, I’m not sure I’ve seen...

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Best beginner bike? – Reader Q&A

I am totally overwhelmed by bike options for my 3.5-year-old son. He outgrew his tricycle in minutes and now I’m wondering what to get next … balance bike or a regular bike with training wheels? Just want something he can enjoy this summer and that will work for his younger sister in a year or two. – Aleca   If your son is the type to really practice something until he masters it, you should look into a balance bike, like the Tyke Rider (at top) for these early stages. Our Publisher, Kristen swears by it– her oldest daughter used...

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A ride on toy that the non-riders can love too.

I’ve found the degree to which children love ride-on toys seems to be in inverse proportion to how ugly they look in your living room. Cute sleek and modern? Eh. Big, shiny and plastic? Home run! But now there’s one that my kids will love just as much as I’d love looking at it. The Metal Speedcar Racer is one stunner of a ride-on toy. This 1930’s era replica is low-maintenance, it doesn’t guzzle gas, and it’s a snap to parallel park. Plus there’s no passenger seat, meaning your kid will never get stuck with carpool duty. It’s all...

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Birthday gifts for 5 year old boy? – Reader Q&A

Danielle asked us on Twitter for the best birthday gift ideas for a 5 year old boy, since her son is about to hit the big number five. She says he likes “things that go” but already has 400 cars. He also likes art projects and writing notes.     We have some great ideas for you, Danielle! I have an almost-six year old son, so I am excited to answer your question about good gift ideas for your little guy. It sounds like he has more than enough vehicles already, so I’ll try to stick to gifts that don’t involve little tiny wheels. Related: Coolest gifts for...

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Make sure you scooter with a Buddy

I’ve been a huge fan of the Kickboard USA scooters ever since I witnessed my then two-year-old take off down the driveway on his royal blue Mini Kickboard. Three years later, if there’s anything that could make his ride more fun, it would be tricking it out with a Scooter Buddy. Think of it like a hood ornament for your scooter. Or those goofy things kids stick inside the holes of their Crocs. But the Buddy, which attaches right to a scooter’s t-bar, has way more monster attitude and style. I love that each of the six kid-designed critters...

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Another hour of daylight? Tell them to MOOV it.

I really hate losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time, but I’m also thrilled beyond belief that the season of Throwing the Children Outside to Play is nigh. And I’m pretty sure they will stay out even longer if they have something as cool as MOOV to keep them occupied. MOOV had me all a-flutter when I saw their booth this past February at Toy Fair. Kind of like a giant Erector Set of wood and rubber, MOOV goes from a pile of pieces into super cool-looking kid-sized toys like the coasting bike in the Starter Kit...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

You don’t need us to tell you about the latest Elmo toy or Hannah Montana guitar, so we work hard to point you towards toys and other playthings from small companies or independent artists that you might not know about yet. After a year of so many amazing entries, here are a few real standouts from 2009. Kristen: The gorgeous wooden wagons (at top) from the mom and dad team behind Kaiku Design give “pimp my ride” an entirely new meaning. Liz: The new-to-the-US wooden learning bike by TykeRider is so mind-blowingly awesome, only in part because they’ve made...

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For a child’s first bike, skip the training wheels, and go right to Tyke Rider

I’ve long been a fan of the wooden, pedal-less early rider bikes which get kids more confident and more able to ride a real bicycle than anything I ever had back in the Stone Age. But the prices? Holy heck. And by heck, you know – I don’t mean heck. Well praise the gods of affordable fabulosity for the new learning bike from Britain’s Tyke Rider which starts at around half the price of the $300+ LIKEaBike, and is now available in the states. Right in time for Christmas, yes! They were kind enough to send me over a...

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