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Best Ride-On Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Give kids toys with wheels and most will go, go, go! Try these fun choices.


Whether she's learning to walk, ride a bike, or maneuver her first scooter, your child will get a kick out of these cool ride-on toys. From baby beginners to capable kindergartners, there is something here for every little one. Play in the backyard or take them to and from preschool or the park to add active play to your child's day.

1. Ybike Kicker

Ybike Kicker scooter
The makers of the super cool-looking Ybike balance bike (see below) also created this tough little scooter. Thanks to its large rubber wheels, strong tread, low center of gravity, and light weight, it's just right for beginning riders (ages 2 to 5; maximum weight 66 pounds).

2. Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock Roll 'n Ride Trike

As the name implies, this little trike has three play modes that grow with your toddler. Starting at 18 months, kids can sit on the seat and use as a rocker. Then, when they're ready to hit the road, convert the rocker base into a parent handle so you can help roll the trike along. Finally, remove the handle so your child (up to age 5) can ride on his own.

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3. Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike
Little Tikes

Here's another cute convertible trike, this one featuring a roomy cargo hold for all those important items that kids like to tote around. Start with the handle attached and push the trike for your child. Then as your child gains confidence and power, use the handle to help steer. Finally, remove the handle when your preschooler is ready to ride solo.

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4. Radio Flyer Classic Bumper Car

Radio Flyer bumper car
Radio Flyer

This retro-styled ride-on has a fun surprise in store: Bump its safe, rubber bumpers (they're safe for walls and furniture) and hear 7 different crashing, bonking sounds. Caster wheels turn independently so kids can steer all over. For ages 1 to 3, up to 42 pounds.

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5. Little Tikes Bumble Bee Buggy

Little Tikes Bumblebee Buggy ride-on toy
Little Tikes
Busy kids can buzz all over with this foot-to-floor ride-on toy, complete with wiggly antennae and a working horn. Caster wheels make it easy to maneuver even for very young children (suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years).
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6. Radio Flyer Inchworm

Radio Flyer Inchworm
Radio Flyer

The classic ride-on toy has been reintroduced for a new generation of kids, but still has the same cute face and jaunty red hat you might remember. Kids bounce in the ergonomic saddle to make the inchworm move forward.

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7. International Playthings Okiedog Fropper

International Playthings Fropper ride-on toy
International Playthings

This bouncy, wheeled hopper is a fun alternative to a trike for a young toddler (18 to 36 months and up, to a maximum of 45 pounds). The curved seat helps her feel safe and secure and the caster wheels let her turn in any direction she likes. Plus, Fropper is foldable so you can carry it with you to the park. 

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8. Little Tikes Spray & Rescue Fire Truck

Little Tikes Spray & Rescue Fire Truck outdoor water ride-on toy
Little Tikes

This friendly-looking fire truck has a surprise: A hose that really squirts water. The truck's tank holds two gallons of water for lots of firefighting fun. Requires some simple assembly; suitable for kids 18 months to five years old.

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9. Mini-Kick Scooter

Mini-Kick Scooter ride-on toy

Help little ones scoot like their big sibs with a scooter made for preschoolers. The Mini-Kick has 3 sturdy, quiet, polyurethane wheels and a rear spoon brake. Its low profile and large deck (wide enough for two feet) make it a good starter for kids 3 to 5 years old (up to 60 lbs).

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10. Fisher-Price Grow with Me 3-in-1 Skateboard

Fisher-Price Grow with Me 3-in-1 Skateboard

For little ones (ages 4 and up) who want to board like big kids, try this adjustable skateboard. There's a detachable handle, and the wheels can be set low for extra stability. Move them up to traditional skateboard height when your child is ready (it's simple—they just slide into place).

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