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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.

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Updated June 15, 2014

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.

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock Roll 'n Ride Trike
Fisher-Price

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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Mini-Kick Scooter

Mini-Kick Scooter ride-on toy
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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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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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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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Fisher-Price Grow with Me 3-in-1 Skateboard

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

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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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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Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

Prince Lionheart balance bike ride on toy
Prince Lionheart

This is just one of several brands of "balance" or "walking" bikes on the market. Many, like this one, are made of sturdy, stylish wood. Parents are turning to these pedal-free bikes to help young children master balance in preparation for learning to ride bigger bikes. Also check out the Skuut (compare prices) and Kettler (compare prices).

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YBike

YBike balance bike ride-on toy
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This colorful take on the balance bike/trike has a wider front wheel for increased stability and a smoother ride. The seat is placed so that kids can extend their legs fully to propel the YBike along. It's made of lightweight, sturdy plastic.

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Plasma Car

Plasmacar
PlaSmart

Once you see this clever ride-on toy in action, you won't be able to resist its charms. It's easy for kids to operate—just rotate the steering wheel to make it go—and moves fast enough to exhilarate kids. (But not fast enough to terrify parents.) It's even strong enough for Mom or Dad to give it a whirl!

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EzyRoller

EzyRoller outdoor ride-on toy
EzyRoller

With no pedals, chain, or batteries, just how does this bike/scooter hybrid go? Kids as young as three catch on quickly. All they have to do is press their feet against the push bar, alternating right and left to create a surprisingly fast, sinuous motion. Older kids can try it too--it's safe for riders up to 150 lbs.

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Tail Wags Helmet Cover

Bumblebee Tail Wag helmet cover
Tail Wags

Whatever ride-on your child chooses, make sure she is protected with a helmet. One way to encourage helmet wear is with these cool helmet covers. There are many designs available—everything from princess crowns to dinosaur spikes to dozens of different animals and insects. Tail Wags covers fit over all makes and models of bike, ski, skate, and equestrian helmets. Or check out the fun helmet designs from Raskullz (compare prices).

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