7 Best Roller Skates for 4 Year Olds

7 Best Roller Skates for 4 Year Olds

Kids can start learning to roller skate around 4 years old. Roller skating is a great activity to improve balance, keep kids fit and have fun.

By age 4, most kids can stand on one foot for a few seconds and their balance is good enough to start learning how to skate.

Buying Guide for A First Pair of Roller Skates

When buying rollerskates for 4 year olds consider the following:

Light roller skates

Lighter skates make it easier for young kids to learn how to skate. Heavy roller skates will make it harder for kids to pick their feet up and manoeuvre.

Polyurethane vs PVC wheels

Wheels made out of polyurethane are better than wheels made out of PVC as they absorb more shocks from the pavement which means a more comfortable ride. PVC wheels aren't the best as they don't offer any grip. Many roller skating rinks won't let people use skates with PVC wheels because of lack of grip which is dangerous on a rink. However if your 4 year old goes extra slow on their skates, PVC wheels can be okay to start learning.  PVC wheels are cheaper than polyurethane wheels.

Skates with polyurethane wheels have a durometer rating with a number up to 100A. The number refers to the hardness of the wheels. Higher numbers translate to harder wheels. For example 88A is harder than 78A. Soft and hard wheels both have pros and cons. Soft wheels offer more grip and absorption from shocks in the road which means the ride will be more comfortable, however they will wear out quicker. Harder wheels offer a quicker, faster ride but less absorption of shocks so a little less comfort. Harder wheels are more durable and long lasting than softer wheels.

Wheel size

Smaller wheels are normally best for beginners as they roll more slowly than larger wheels. However, you can get roller skates for young kids which have bigger rear wheels mounted on a wider base at the back with smaller front wheels for extra stability, These make great roller skates for 4 year olds too.

Adjustable Size

Adjustable roller skates grow with a child’s feet until they’re ready to graduate onto their next pair meaning they'll last longer. The easier they are to adjust in size the better.

Easy to Put On and Take Off

Roller skates that are easy to get on and off will make it easier for parents and carers and 4 year olds will be can learn to do it themselves too.

Good Ankle Support

Good ankle support offers more stability for kids when learning how to skate and helps prevent injury.

Toe Stop

Most roller skates come with a toe stop. This can be used for setting off and braking. Toe stops made of polyurethane or rubber offer more grip than a toe stop made out of other materials such as PVC.

Are they learning to skate indoors or outdoors?

If they are learning to skate indoors, make sure you choose skates that are suitable for this. Make sure the brake is non marking.


Light roller skates with polyurethane wheels, high ankle support and long lasting toe stops are better but they cost more than a heavier roller skate with PVC wheels. How much you spend will depend on how much use you want to get out of the roller skate and what features are important to you.

Safety Gear

Don't forget the knee pads, elbow, wrist pads and helmet.

Tips for Fitting Roller Skates

  • Roller skates should have a close fit so they don't rub the feet. However, don't make them too tight!
  • Ensure kids are wearing comfortable socks. If you are trying the roller skates on before you buy make sure they are wearing the socks they would be wearing while they are skating.

SULIFEEL Rainbow Unicorn Adjustable Roller Skates for Kids with Light up Wheels

These size adjustable roller skates tick all the boxes for 4 year olds who want some grown up boots for use indoors and outdoors.

The smaller shoe size is adjustable in between 9C and 12C (it will fit a foot length between 6.7in and 7.5in).

The wheels are polyurethane with an 82A durometer. The 82A wheels are soft so offer good grip and absorption of shocks from the road.  Soft wheels are great for beginners as they won't be able to go as quickly as wheels with a higher durometer because they are more grippy.

The skates feature a cuff nylon buckle, power strap and lace closure system which fastens the feet properly into the skate and ensures a snug fit.

The front stopper brake is made of rubber for easy and comfortable stoppoing. There is a breathable memory cotton inner liner to keep feet fresh.

There is just one button needed to adjust the size.

Most importantly 4 year olds are going to love the rainbow lights on the wheels.

The skates are also available in blue

Xootz Kids Quad Skates

The Xootz roller skates are size adjustable from sizes 9 to 12. They are easy to adjust, just push the tab down and pull the skate out to the desired size. Once kids are wearing the skates, the quick lock straps secure their feet in place.

The feature a plastic shell which helps protect little feet from knocks and bumps. However they aren't as comfortable to wear as nylon boots.

The wheels and the stopper are made of PVC which isn't the best due to the lack of grip from PVC wheels and lack of grip from the PVC stopper too. However, if you are just using theses to teach your 4 year old to learn how to skate you can hold their hands while they are learning and make sure they don't go too quickly. They are competitively priced so you could use these boots to try out roller skating to see if it's something your 4 year old likes before buying a more expensive pair.

They come in both a pink and a blue design.

SFR Stomper Adjustable Skates


SFR skates are a well known roller skate brand with over 25 years experience in the industry.

The STR stomper adjustable skates are designed for little kids who are learning to skate and come in sizes from 6 to 9 so ideal for 4 year olds with smaller feet. There's a twist lock to adjust the size. They have larger rear wheels mounted on a wide wheel base with smaller wheels at the front. This gives little ones extra stability when learning to skate. The wheels are made with polyurethane for a smooth glide and can be used indoors or outdoors.

A low foot bed position gives a lower centre of gravity which makes it easier to balance for first time users.

The stopper is at the back which makes it harder to fall over backwards. The skates offer good ankle stability and are an excellent choice for young beginners.

They come in pink and blue.

Hudora My First Quad Roller-skates

The Hudora My First Quad roller skates are a similar style to the SFR roller skates featured above. They come in Euro sizes 26 to 29 which is 8.5 to 11 in a UK shoe size.

The polyurethane wheels with a hardness of 82A are larger at the back and smaller at the front. The back wheel measures 80mm by 20mm and the front wheel is 40mm by 18mm. The wheels offer a smooth roll both indoors and outdoors.

The roller skates feature a buckle and a velcro strap so you can adjust the fit to the foot of the child. There is good ankle support.

They are also available in blue

NEMONE Bunny 4 Size Adjustable Light up Roller Skates

The Nemone Bunny roller skates are adjustable between UK sizes 9C and 12C (or 10C to 13C in US sizes). To ensure they fit you can measure your child's feet using their method. Have them stand against a door on a piece of a paper. Draw a straight line from the door to the edge of your child's big toe. Measure the line. For the best fit, you child's foot should be between 6.7 to 7.5" (170 to 190mm).

The skates feature 82A polyurethane wheels which are 54mm in size. This wheel is soft which gives extra grip to beginners.

There's cuff buckle, fastener and laces for a secure fit.

The cute design features a detachable bunny at the front of the skate. The wheels light up for extra fun.

Xootz Beginner Trainer Skates

If you're looking for something cheap and cheerful to give a taster of roller skates to a 4 year old, consider these training skates by Xootz.

They're not for zipping around the pavements, however they are good to try on in the living room and try out in the garden or on the drive. You can hold their hand and try them out on some paths too.

They go over a kid's shoes so they can keep comfortable in their favourite trainers while trying out the roller skates.

The skates are fully adjustable from size 5 to size 11. They skates have PVC wheels  so won't give much grip but kids shouldn't get up much speed using the rollerskates. They are mainly just to practice balance and co-ordination before graduating onto a better pair. The stopper is made from polypropylene.

How to teach a 4 year old to learn how to skate

  • Show little ones how to keep their legs bent and lean slightly forwards for the best skating position.
  • Encourage them to stand and then walk in their skates first
  • Once they've mastered standing and walking, encourage them to roll.
  • Hold their hands while they're wearing the skates to help build up their confidence. You can start by holding both their hands and facing them. Then graduate onto just one hand so they can skate as you walk by their side.
  • When he or she feels confident rolling holding your hand, let them try on their own
  • If they're allowed to skate indoors with carpet before they go outside this can help cushion their falls.
  • Start in small sessions. Don't keep going if they get frustrated or aren't enjoying it. This will be counter productive
  • Practice lots! Practice makes perfect.
  • The most important tip is to enjoy it!

Skateboard with Handle: The Best Scooter Skateboard Combos for Kids


The Top 3 Skateboard / Scooter Combos for Kids

Do you have a child who can't decide between a scooter and a skateboard and you're not sure which one to get. Or perhaps you're looking for a skateboard with a training handle. Well, look no further for scooter and skateboards in one package.

There are few skateboard and scooter hybrids for kids to choose between. They each have a removable handlebar and easily convert between a skateboard and a scooter without tools. Some combos make great training skateboards for kids, others are ideal for enjoying the fun of both a skateboard and a scooter.

In this article, we have looked at 3 different options. The best one to get will depend on the age, size and weight of your child. The Morfboard is a good choice if you are equally undecided between a scooter and a skateboard. The Chillafish is preferable for young kids who are more excited by the skateboard element and are looking for a training skateboard. And the Maui and Sons is a competitively priced option for the smallest of children (toddlers / preschoolers).

Read on to find out more.


Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo

This is a great 2 in 1 skateboard and scooter hybrid which is perfect for younger kids to blast through the neighbourhood. It's easily swapped between the two functions. No tools are required.


The scooter handle can easily be attached and is easily and quickly adjustable from 55cm to 73cm. The handlebar measurements are on the low side, which makes it a better choice for younger kids. It sits well in the 6 to 9 year old age group. A maximum rider weight of 68kg will ensure that older siblings can have a quick go as well.

For safety, the rear wheel works with an insert lever brake for immediate stopping. The scooter has a lean-to steer mechanism which means kids will have to lean to steer left and right rather than use the handlebar to control the direction. This will be okay if kids are already used to this system but will take a bit of getting used to for kids that aren't. There are handgrips for ultimate comfort when riding.


Easily change the board by removing the scooter extension. Lock and release technology means you can transform the board in seconds.  The skateboard is a brilliant option for a fun ride and a to try few tricks. Featuring 53 mm urethane wheels for a buttery smooth ride on any surface performance. This is a great skateboard for having a go.

Overall this is a good buy for the 6, 7 and 8 year old kids who can't decide between a scooter and a skateboard. It's one device that gives double the play value. Perfect for playing outside on the street.

And if this isn't enough, there are other components you can purchase separately for even more fun. Transform the board with bounce and balance attachments for more indoor and outdoor play (sold separately).  The balance attachment is particularly awesome for improving core strength and balancing skills (great for indoor use).

Chillafish Skatieskootie, Training Skateboard with Detachable Handle

The Chillafish is marketed as a training skateboard and for that purpose it does the job superbly well. It also comes with a handlebar extension for a scooter too.

It's aimed at kids between the 3 to 8 years age group and the training skateboard has been really well thought out for this age. An elongated wheelbase makes the skateboard more stable so it helps kids stay upright. The longer wheelbase makes it much more difficult to tip the skateboard forwards or backwards.

There are 3 coloured deck plates that can easily be switched in and out. Perfect for customising the look of the scooter. Additionally, you can change between 3 different tails which range from flat, medium and sharp. This is so kids can customise the feel of the ride from simple and safe to etchy and quick. Polyurethane wheels and ABEC 7 bearings ensure the skateboard gives a smooth ride.

So what about the scooter? Chillafish market their product as a training board with a handle rather than a scooter and skateboard, and that description is probably very accurate. On the plus side, the scooter handlebar can be easily switched in and out. It's perfectly sized for younger kids from age 3 as it's height adjustable from 66cm to 81cm. The handlebar is on the smaller side once kids are pushing towards age 9. On the more negative side, some reviews complain that the handlebar is slightly wobbly which can be frustrating if you plan on using it as a scooter a lot.

In summary, this really is an excellent training skateboard for younger kids to have a go. The scooter handlebar adds another dimension but if you think the scooter element will be used a lot it might be worth considering another option.

Maui and Sons Beginner Scooter Skateboard Combo


The Maui and sons beginner skateboard and scooter combo is very much for the little kids (I would suggest 3 to 5 years, but some toddlers might also be find on the scooter).

The combo offers versatility and options for little ones who are keen to try out both a scooter and skateboard. It's actually a combination of two Maui and Son's product (the sharkboard scooter and the 22" cruiser skateboard). So you can purchase the products separately if you prefer.

The aluminum handlebar is easily removable to convert the product with ease. The bar is one height and is on the short size (measuring 19" or 48.2cm), so you can't adjust the product as you go shortening the lifespan. The PVC wheels are great for trying out both scooting and the skateboard for short distances. However, they lack the durability and smoothness of ride of polyurethane wheels which the other skateboard and scooter combos have.

The price is the lowest of the skateboard / scooter options featured on this page. A maximum weight capacity of 50kg will accommodate the 3 to 5 age range without a problem.

All in all, if you're looking for a fun toy for little ones to try out both a scooter and a skateboard it ticks all the boxes at a competitive price. But if you're looking for something that will grow with your child or an option for a bigger kid it may be worth spending a little more.

Ozbozz My First Scooter Review

Ozbozz My First Scooter – Review

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful first scooter for a toddler or preschooler the Ozbozz ticks both boxes. But if you’re wondering whether it may be worth spending more on another scooter for your little one, this may also be true.

This article answers the questions you have about the Ozbozz My First scooter to help you make the right decision for you and your child.

Ozbozz - My First Scooter

The Ozbozz My First Scooter is best for 2 to 4 year olds.

With a design which converts from 4 to 3 to 2 wheels, this scooter adapts to the needs of a young child.

The Ozbozz features handlebar operated steering and conveniently folds.

The Price and Value for Money

One thing is certain, the Ozbozz cannot be beaten on price.

But is it a case of buy cheap buy twice?

Well,  how long do you expect a £20 scooter to last for? Generally, it does its job of being a standard first scooter for a toddler or preschooler.

The lifespan of the scooter is short (approximately a year), by which time many little ones will be ready to move onto the next scooter.

Having said this, something like the Mini micro will cost you more but you will get more years of use out of it. And it can be passed down to siblings.


Designed for young children, the recommended age range is 2 to 5 years.

What’s really unique about the scooter is its ability to convert it from 4 to 3 to 2 wheels. The tiniest tots can start out with the stability of four wheels. As their confidence and ability grow it's easy to convert the scooter to three wheels.

As already mentioned the scooter has handlebar controlled steering as opposed to lean to steer.

Other design features to note is a short deck that is sized for little feet. The small deck size makes it easier to control.

We especially like the bright and colorful design with coordinating hand grips which is visually appealing to young kids. Choose between pink and green.

Weight and Weight Limit.

How much does it weight and how much can it support?

The Ozbozz is exceptionally light at just 2.7kg.

Lighter scooters make it easy for kids as young as 2 to pick it up to go up and down curbs. Being light also makes it easier to control and manoeuvre.

A maximum weight limit of 20kg (which is just over 3 stone) will accommodate most little ones.


There are no brakes on this Ozbozz.

What? No brakes!? I hear you ask.

No brakes might sound like a disadvantage. But what you will find is very young children will rarely use a brake on a scooter. They tend to slow down by using their feet. So not having a brake, fits in with the design aim of being for the youngest of kids.

Additionally, as the scooter isn't the fastest and takes a fair amount of kicking power, the scooter is unlikely to run away with children.

Having no brakes helps keep this scooter very light, which is an important feature in a scooter for young kids.


The scooter can be surprisingly nippy although it isn't the fastest scooter for a young child. This may certainly suit a 2 year old.

However, one thing to note is the Ozbozz does take a lot of kicking to maintain its speed.

Scooters such as the micro have been designed to pick up some speed so little ones can easily cruise without much kicking.

Older kids may get frustrated

As kids get older they may get frustrated with this scooter, whereas other scooters designed for kids to this age can be ridden quite quickly as children get bigger.

Foldability and Portability

The scooter folds which is obviously good for easy transportation and storage. Easy to put in the boot of a car and doesn't take up much space.

Some reviewers complain that the scooter is a bit stiff when being folded. It may help to add some WD-40 to help it fold more easily.


The handlebar measures 67cm from the bottom of the ground to the top of the handlebars which is a nice size for the 2 to 4 age group.

One downside is that the handlebar height isn't adjustable.


The wheels are plastic. This isn't the best material for the wheels on a scooter, Ideally, you would want wheels to be made of polyurethane. Polyurethane offers a much smoother ride and is the material you would find on a higher end scooter such as the mini micro.

Plastic wheels will do the job. However, kids may find that they can feel every bump and vibration as they scooter along. However, this probably won't bother most kids.

The plastic wheels also work better on smooth asphalt rather than pavements with lots of bumps and cracks in the ground.


It’s fairly easy to assemble, although the instructions could be clearer. It should be complete in 10 minutes. The scooter comes with its own mini tool kit although you may find it easier if you have your own.


FeatureOzbozz My First Scooter
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Age RecommendationAges 2 to 4
HandlebarsOne fixed height at 67cm (floor to top of handlebars)
Weight of scooter2.7kg
Max rider weight20kg
BrakeNo Brake

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the scooter have light-up wheels? 

No, unfortunately not. Although the colours of the scooter are bright and appealing.

W0uld this be suitable for a 5, 6 or 7 year old? 

The scooter would be too small for most children in this age group.

Will the scooter stand on its own with 4 wheels? 

Yes, it will keep upright with 4 wheels.



There are many alternatives to the Ozbozz scooter.

One of the most popular is the Mini Micro. But many parents wonder if this scooter is worth the money?

Mini Micro Scooter

In a word, yes - especially if you buy it for a 2 year old. You can get 3 years of use out of the micro and hand it down to siblings too.

It designed to be super lightweight and easy to control for the youngest of children.

Each part of the Micro scooter is replaceable. So if something wears out, it can be repaired or the part replaced.

The micro also features polyurethane wheels, a height-adjustable handlebar and has lean-to steer steering.


3 Style Scooter

The 3 style scooter is a mid-range budget scooter.

It's approximately half the price of the mini micro but about double the price of the Ozbozz scooter.

It has lean to steer steering, polyurethane wheels (for a smooth ride), a height-adjustable handlebar starting at 48cm for the youngest of kids).

You can compare the 3 style scooter and the mini micro scooter here.

Find more alternative scooters for toddlers and for 3 year olds. 

Unicorn Scooters and Accessories

Awesome Unicorn Scooters and Accessories

Unicorns are extremely popular with children at the moment. There is even a unicorn day. (It was the 9th April 2019 - in case you were wondering).

Kids who love unicorns will most likely enjoy tearing up the paths and pavements on a unicorn themed scooter or with a unicorn themed accessory added to their scooter.

Getting a unicorn scooter or accessory is all about the fun factor. Seeing young children riding around on a scooter that they love is what it's all about.

Ozbozz Unicorn Scooter with 2 Light up Wheels

The Ozbozz Unicorn scooter is affordable and adorned with unicorn pictures (as you may expect). It's a basic 2 wheel kick scooter designed from crusing from a to b.

The scooter is visually appealing for unicorn fans. It also featured LED light up wheels which automatically light up when ridden and stop when the scooter wheels stop rolling.

The scooter can be height adjusted to 3 different heights with the highest setting being 81cm. It is recommended for kids aged 5 plus.  There is a folding mechanism so it's easier to carry and store when not in use. It weighs 2.35kg so is fairly light to carry too.

The scooter also features an anti-slip footplate and easy grip handlebars.

You can also get this scooter with a plush unicorn toy too.



Scootaheadz Unicorn


If the unicorn fan in your life already has a scooter, why not get a scootaheads in the shape of the unicorn to complete her scooter look.

It's a great alternative to ride around on, when getting a real unicorn is just not an option.

Scootaheadz fit scooter models from Razor and Globber to most Micro Scooter models and may others

It is essentially a plastic "head" which slots onto the handlebar of the scooter.

Super Rainbow Corn Helmet

A great way to encourage your child to wear a helmet is by getting one which they will love to wear. A unicorn themed helmet is super cute and will protect their head while scooting.

The helmet featured is 5o to 54cm and is recommended for kids aged  5 plus. Ideally, it's best not to go on the age recommendation but the size of your child's head. To get the correct measurement use a fabric measuring tape and measure around your child's head about 1 inch above the eyebrows. Wrap around the head and keep it level. Read more about choosing the best scooter helmet.

It features shock absorbing EPS inner shell for protection Comes with adjustable nylon straps for a great fit

Unicorn Bag

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This bag is designed to attach to micro scooters.

It's an extremely useful bag with lots of practical uses.

It's insulated inside so it's perfect to use as a lunchbag.

It has a 2.3 litre capacity to keep drinks and food cool and a zip close to keep contents safe.

The bag is easily wiped cleaned with a damp cloth and easily attaches to all Micro Scooters.

The lunchbag also doubles as a rucksack and has adjustable straps to ensure it fits correctly.

3 Wheel Unicorn Scooter


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This 3 wheels scooter has a picture of a pink unicorn on the deck.

The scooter itself is made of plastic with a white plastic deck and pink wheels. The front wheels light up and it's lean and steer, so kids lean to go left and right.

The handlebar is adjustable to 3 different heights 59cm, 64cm and 69cm. The scooter features a rear brake and the back.


Unicorn Scooter Case

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Is it a scooter? Is it a suitcase? Actually it's both.

The scooter can be folded up into the back of the suitcase and locked in place. The handle can be adjusted down so it becomes a suitcase you can just pull along. Or ride the scooter/suitcase instead of carrying it.

It has a 26 litre capacity so will fit plenty of stuff.

If you intend to take it on as cabin luggage, make sure you check the size of the suitcases that are allowed in the cabin as it may be a little big for some airlines but okay for some.

It's name is Chloe the Unicorn, so it's perfect for unicorn lovers.



Best Scooter Helmets For Kids

Best Scooter and Bike Helmets For Kids

Safety is always the number one priority when kids are riding a scooter. A helmet provides protection for kids and peace of mind for parents. But buy the wrong one and you will encounter a whole host of problems. Firstly it won't offer the right protection and secondly it's likely your child will refuse to wear it.

It's therefore important to make the right choice. We're here to help.  Find below a comprehensive guide on picking the right helmet for your child as well as lots of helmet suggestions to suit all budgets.

What to consider when buying a child's helmet?

1.) Choose the right size - this is important for obvious reasons. A helmet which is too tight is uncomfortable. A helmet which is too loose will move around and not offer the protection needed.

When buying a helmet, take a head circumference measurement from your child to help you choose the right size.  Here is how to measure your child's head:

  • use a fabric measuring tape to take a measurement around your child's head. Measure 1 inch above the eyebrows.
  • Keep the measuring tape level around the head to get the full measurement.
  • If you don't have a fabric measuring tape, use string. Mark the string and then measure it against a ruler.

This measurement is a good starting point, but to ensure the helmet fits correctly it should have about a gap of an inch between the eyebrow and the helmet. If the helmet is too big, it will move around too much. If it is too small too much of the forehead may be visible.

2.) Dial adjustments, straps and pads - most helmets come with straps and pads so you can adjust the helmet according to the size of a child's head and as they grow.

Lots of helmets also have dial adjustments at the back of the helmet which can be easier to use and give an excellent fit.

Some helmets come with a range of inner pads which are interchangeable to help achieve the best fit for a child.

The adjust straps should form a tight v under a child's earlobes. The strap should securely fit underneath a child's chin (snug but not too tight). They should still comfortably be able to open their mouth with it secured.

Foam pads and / or a dial at the back can also adjust to the size of your child's head. They may need adjusting to fit and as they grow.

3.) Ventilation and sweat lining - many helmets have holes for ventilation. This is to ensure a child's head won't get too hot and sweaty which may lead them to want to take it off. Sweat saver lining may be fitted into the helmet to absorb any sweat. Some sweat saver linings are treated with anti bacterial properties. Others are removable and can be fully washed.

4.) Safety - what safety standards does it meet? Helmets in the UK should meet European Safety Standards of EN1078.

5.) Comfort - many helmets have foam linings so the head fits well and is comfortable. It's also worth checking how heavy the helmet is. Lighter helmets will be much more comfortable to wear.

6.) Does it appeal to your child?  A good idea to make sure your child will wear the helmet is to get them involved in choosing it. What style would they like? Younger kids may be attracted to gimmicky helmets where older kids will want something more grown up. If you are buying in a store, take them along so they can try some on and pick the one which is most comfortable.

Terms You Might See

EPS foam - the interior of a helmet may contain EPS foam or an EPS shell. EPS refers to expanded polystyrene.

In-mould design / construction -  a popular helmet construction. The in mould helmet has a hard plastic outer shell bounded together with an inner shell with EPS foam to absorb impact. They design offers high levels of protection while cutting back on weight.

MIPS technology - MIPS stand for multi-directional impact protection system. The people behind MIPS realise that when people fall from bikes they tend to hit their head from an angle. So, whereas traditional helmets are designed to protect against a direct impact, MIPS technology is designed to produce better protection from angled falls and the rotational force that results from it.  It is the latest technology and does tend to cost more. There are arguments for and against MIPS. Some people believe it is a marketing gimmick but others are firm proponents that it offers increased protection from brain injuries.

Polycarbonate - polycarbonate is a type of plastic and is often a material used to make the outer shell of a helmet. It's very tough and therefore very hard to break!

Micro Scooters Helmets

Abus Smiley Kids Cycling Helmet


The  German company Abus are well known for making locks but they also specialists in making high quality cycling helemts for children as well as serious cyclists. Their kids helmets conform to EN 1078 safety standards and they make a variety of helmets for kids of all ages.

The Abus Smily 2.0 is a light, well fitting helmet. It comes in lots of different colors and designs.

Size - The small size measures 45 to 50cm and the medium size is 50 to 55cm.

Weight, Comfort - The helmets are super light, with the small size weighing just 240g. Kids are more likely to keep wearing a light helmet because it's more comfortable. Additionally, there are 8 vents to keep little heads cool.

Fit - one of the plus points of the Abus smiley is how it can be finely adjsuted to the size of a child's head. There is a dial adjustment at the back and straps that are easy for adults to adjust (little kids may struggle with adjusting the straps independently though).

Protection - The helmet has an in mould construction with EPS foam on the inner shell to absorb impact. There is also extended protection for the neck and face. The helmet has a visor like front edge for increased face protection and a deeply pulled down temple and neck area.

Micro Helmets

Micro are a well respected brand of scooter manufacturer who make helmets as well.

Size: The Micro helmets featured are sized for kids with a head circumference between 48 to 54cm. There is a rear sizing wheel and adjusable side straps to ensure a snug fit. The  rear sizing wheel also doubles up as a light to keep kids visible. Additionally the helmet features a quick release buckle.

Fit and Breathability: The helmet has a lightweight inner shell and EPS foam lining. There’s extra padding for comfort and a snug fit. Added air vents keep the head cool.

Safety: It conforms to safety standard EN1078 safety standard. Perfect for scooting or biking.

Micro also make larger versions of this helmet for kids with a head circumference of between 55cm and 58cm

Raleigh Mystery Helmet

If you're looking for an affordable helmet from a well respected brand, Raleigh mystery helmets are one to check out.

The eyecatching spiderman and pink floral helmets will appeal to superhero fans and kids who love pink!

Good ventilation: Not only do they look cool, they keep heads cool as well with 12 vents and air flow ventilation.

They have a flat back, which is ideal for kids sitting in child seats.

Fit: They come in two different sizes and are fully adjustable with LED dial fit adjustment, cam lock side strap adjusters and a nexus chin buckle.

Comfort: They have sealed inner pads for comfort. The integrated visor will help keep the sun off their little faces. The helmet with full in-mould construction weighs 225g.


Giro Children's Tremor Helmet

Giro is a well respected brand for making both adult and child's helmets, and is of exceptional high quality. So why does the Tremor helmet excel?

Firstly the fit. It has a very easy to adjust dial system. It's large dial with a rubber grip makes it easy to use, especially when it's on a child's head. As the dial adjustment system is so good, the side straps on the helmet won't need adjusting. One less thing to do on a fidgeting child! It features a standard buckle to connect underneath the chin.

It's lined with high end sealed pads made of high quality performance material to absorb any sweat. The 18 vents will keep heads cool in warm weather.

It has a visor which extends out quite far (much more than most helmets) so will protect children's face from the sun.

The helmet is an in-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner.

Finally it comes in lots of different colours to choose from.

Grit Scamp - A Top Choice For Toddlers

Looking for a perfect fit for a toddler or small child? The Giro Scamp is an ideal choice.

It has two sizes, an extra small (43-49cm) and a small (49-53cm)

What really sets this helmet apart from it's competitors is the easy to use adjustment system. It features an easily adjustable dial at the back. The side straps also adjust for an optimal fit. The under chin buckle can be securely fastened to keep it in place. Perfect when trying to fit the helmet on a toddler who won't keep still!

The in mould construction with polycarbonate outer shell and EPS lining is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

The helmet has a narrower profile at the back and is well suited to trailer or bike seat use too.

Bell Sidetrack with MIPS Protection

If you're looking for a helmet with MIPS protection, the Bell sidetrack is a well respected brand and an excellent choice.

It features a mountain bike shape and boasts excellent head coverage with lower coverage of the back of the head.

There is a removeable head visor and ventilation is covered with 15 vent holes!

Construction is an in-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner on the helmet which fits a head circumference of 50 - 57cm

Easily adjustment with a sleek dial system for one handed adjustments. It's a smaller dial system than the tremor and no rubber grip, but it does the job! The sliders on the side straps can be adjusted to fit better  and the buckle clips underneath the chin.


Lazer J1 Kids Cycling Helmet


Lazer is a Belgian company who have been making helmets for over 100 years. They pride themselves on producing lightweight, adjustable, well ventilated and stylish helmets

The J1 kid's helmet goes big on style. There are many fantastic colour combinations to choose from

The helmet fits a head circumference of 52 to 56cm

The lazer advanced turnfirt retention system is excellent. it's easy to adjust to help you achieve the perfect fit

19 large vents maximize airflow around the head and provides top class ventilation

The in-mold I Piece construction helps keep the weight of the helmet low, it weighs 295g

LA Sports Junior Kids Helmet


LA sports have an affordable budget helmet option. It's sized at 49.55 to 55cm for kids around ages 3 to 8 (as a rough gudie)

It's constructed with an ABS outer shell and EPS inner liner to aborb impact. There is an adjustment dial at the back which is accompanied by an adjustable chin strap to achieve the right fit.

11 air vents keep the rider's head cool and comes in lots of different colours.

Skate Hut Helmet

Looking for a colourful kid’s helmet at an affordable price? The Skate Hut helmet be the perfect choice.

Size: There are 5 different sizes. The smallest measures 48cm to 50cm and the largest 58cm to 60cm. So there is a size for most kids and adults.

Construction: It features a high density, injection ABS outer shell and high impact-absorbing EPS inner and it’s tested to EN1078

Comfort and Fit: 11 vents to help keep kid’s head’s cool. For a snug fit, there is adjustable/removable inner foam padding. There are also adjustable chin straps.

Finally there’s a variety of Matt colour finishes.

Lazer Lil’ Gekko kids helmet

Another cool offering from lazer is the lil’Gekko  kids helmet.

Aimed at stylish little kids who have a head circumference between 46cm to 56cm

the bright colours on this helmet will ensure they look super cool

its visor helps keep the sun out for your child’s eyes

whats really good about the helmet is its features lasers auto fi retention system, the helmet will nstantly auto adjust to the riders head. The system adjusts each time you put the helmet on so its great fro growing heads, another top feature is the comfort buckle. It connects to the ear to prevent you accidentally pinching your child’s chin when securing the strap

12 large vents keep the kids head cool

How To Get My Child To Wear a Helmet

Many children are reluctant to wear a helmet. They resist and try to take it off. There are ways to help encourage them to keep a helmet on their hands:

1.) Lead by example. If you are riding a scooter or a bike, make sure you wear a helmet as well. Likewise, make big brothers and sisters wear their helmets too. Kids are more likely to wear a helmet if everybody around them is wearing one.

2.) Involve them in choosing the helmet. Encourage kids to look online or come with you to the shops to pick the design and colours they like.

3.) Talk to them. If they are hold enough, make sure they understand the reasons behind wearing a helmet and why it is important.

4.) Play hardball and be consistent. Let them know that it's their decision but they can't ride their scooters or bikes unless they wear a helmet. This can make it really simple as no arguments are actually needed. Just keep following the one rule.

5.) Reward them. If you prefer the carrrot rather than the stick, offer them a small reward for wearing their helmet.

6.) Make sure it's comfortable and it fits. This may be the reason behind why a child is reluctant to wear a helmet. It's not going to be something they want to do if it's uncomfortable to wear and doesn't fit correctly. Poor ventaliation can be another reason why children remove their helmet. Their head simply gets too hot and sweaty, so wearing it becomes uncomfortable.

iScoot Pro V2 Scooter – Review

IScoot Pro V2 Scooter Review

The iScoot Pro V2 is a 3 wheeled scooter aimed at kids between aged 3 and 12. It's an excellent choice for young kids and older children who prefer a 3 wheel scooter to a 2 wheel. Find out everything you need to know about the iscoot below (from it's specs, pros, cons and all the answers to the questions you can think of!)

Callum, Age 7 On His iScoot Pro



FeatureiScoot Pro v2
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Age Recommendation
3 to 10 years
HandlebarsAdjustable 69cm to 94cm
Wheels120mm wheels
PU Tyres
Abec 5 bearings

Weight of scooter2.5kg
Max rider weight50kg
BrakeRear brake
SteeringLean to steer

What's To Like About the iScoot Pro V2?

A lot! The strengths of this scooter is that it offers a very smooth, effortless and speedy ride. It's height adjustable so it can be adjusted to the optimal height for each child. It's foldable so can fold down for storage or for a carrying. It's light so easy for children to handle and also for adults to pick up. It's an awesome scooter for tearing up the school run or for weekend blasts at the park.

Here are some of the stand out features:

A Super Smooth Comfortable Ride -  the 120mm PU wheels rollover surfaces seamlessly. The 120mm wheels are slightly bigger than standard 100mm and this has a lot of advantages. They will give a slightly speedier ride with less kicks. Bigger wheels absorb the shocks from bumps in the pavement more easily so it's a smoother ride as well. Bigger wheels also wear out less quickly. The high quality wheels is one of the biggest plus points of this scooter.

Longevity - the scooter has a height adjustable handlebar which adjusts from 69cm up to 84cm.  It can be set at any height within this range using the allen keys. This means that the scooter can be adjusted as children get taller and the scooter can accommodate them through all their growth spurts.

Lean to Steer - it's worth noting that the scooter is lean to steer. This means the kids lean to go left and right rather than turning the handlebar to change direction which his what you would do with traditional steering. Most kids have no problem with the lean to steer  steering (it's very intuitive) unless they have used the traditional steering method previously but even if they have there is just a short learning curve to get used to the lean to steer method.

Footplate - you will be able to see from the video of the iscoot (above) that the footplate is very low to the ground. This makes it a simple and comfortable to ride. A lower footplate is always a plus as it means the rider doesn't have as far for their kicking foot to reach the ground. The video also shows the footplate is able to accommodate two of the riders feet. The handlebar is set a little too high for the rider in the video, but he still manages the scooter well!

Foldable - the scooter folds, which is always a plus point. Fold it when you need to carry, transport or store it to take up less space.

Stable - it is a 3 wheel scooter but the wheel at the back is actually 2 wheels joined together so it could be considered a 4 wheel. This really gives kids a stability while riding.

Affordable - it is an affordable option of lean to steer scooter, when comparing against the big names. There may be some comprises on the quality and engineering of the scooter but overall it is an excellent scooter which does the job!

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Questions and Answers

Why Is It So Much Cheaper Than the Maxi Micro? How Does It Compare?

There are many differences between the iscoot and the maxi micro. There is no doubt about it, the maxi micro is of exceptional quality. It's a well designed, well built and durable scooter. It is more expensive because it's the crème de la crème of scooters and does score highly than the iscoot in many areas. This doesn't mean the iscoot is a bad scooter, it definitely is not but it isn't the same quality of the micro and here's why:

The Maxi micro is built to last. Each of the parts on the scooter can be repaired or replaced, keeping it out of landfill for a lifetime if it is properly looked after. If it is in good condition it can be given away or sold on second hadn't

It is made of high quality materials. For example the deck on the maxi micro is made of reinforced fibreglass material which is super strong but also really lightweight. The micro scooters are extremely well made, precision engineered with suburb attention to detail. You can notice this if you compare the scooters side by side. For example, the iscoot adjusts and folds but it just isn't quite as effortless and seamless as the same features on a micro scooter.

Another main difference is that the iscoot is heavier than the micro. The iscoot is about 3.8kg whereas the maxi micro is about 2.5kg.  So the iscoot is not as easy to carry and transport as the maxi micro. For older kids, a heavier scooter isn't as much as a disadvantage as it is for toddlers as they will be able to handle the extra weight but it does make a difference with portability.

Having said this, my son has ridden by a micro and an iscoot and they both give an unbelievably smooth ride. I have found it hard to tell the difference in terms of quality of the scooter ride itself. And the iscoot does the job!

However, the question is, does your budget allow for the extra quality and is it worth paying over double the price for the maxi micro? I think if your budget allows the go for the micro, the quality is just unbeatable. It's likely to last longer and you may not have to buy another scooter. But otherwise an iscoot offers a super smooth ride and really does the main job of having a quality scooter with comfortable ride - kids probably won't notice the difference on the road.

Is It Suitable For Adults?

In a word, no. The maximum weight is 50kg so the majority of adults will exceed the load capacity.

Can it Be Adjusted to Different Heights?

Yes, the lowest height setting is 69cm and the highest height setting is 84cm. The handlebar will click into place for the lowest and highest heights but you will need to use an allen key to adjust to all the heights in between. It is quick and easy to do. Here are step by step instructions:

1.) Loosen the handlebar clamp latch

2.) Raise the scooter to the desired height

3.) Use an allen key to tighten the clamp. Keep the clamp latch open while tightening.

4.) Finish by closing the handlebar clamp latch. It should be a little difficult to do if you have tightened the clamp properly.

Is It Suitable for an 8 Year Old?

Yes, the handlebar can be adjusted to a height which is suitable for taller kids.

Is It Suitable for a 3 Year Old?

Yes, you can adjust the handlebar height down to the lowest which is 69cm which will be fine for most 3 year olds. It's ideal for a scooter to be around waist height for it to be of optimal comfort to ride for a child.

What are the alternative to the iscoot Pro V2?

There are lots of 3 wheel scooter alternatives that are worth considering. They include:

Mini micro deluxe - a top of the range 3 wheel option for 3 to 5 year olds

Maxi micro deluxe - top of the range 3 wheel option for 5 to 12 year olds

3style scooter - a midrange 3 wheel scooter aimed at kids from 3 to 6 year olds.

3style scooter - a midrange 3 wheel scooter aimed at kids from 5 plus

La Sports V2 - similar priced scooter for kids aged 6 plus

Check out other 3 wheel scooters for older children and for 3 wheel scooters for young children.

Top 12 Scooters For 4 Year Olds


What Are the Best Scooters for 4 Year Olds?


When buying a scooter for a 4 year old girl or boy, the most important question to ask is whether you should get 2 or 3 wheels. The answer is dependant on the child in question.

If your child has experience of a 3 wheel scooter and is confident in riding one, I would definitely consider graduating onto a 2 wheel scooter. My eldest son and nephew both received 2 wheels for their 4th birthdays and they both enjoyed riding them straight away.

A less confident child or those that are new to getting a scooter may prefer 3 wheels. My youngest son used a 3 wheel scooter until he was 5.

This article covers 4 types of scooters:

3 Wheel Scooters for 4 Year Olds

The Mini Micro scooter is designed for kids between ages 2 and 5 and with a weight limit of 45 pounds.

It's a good choice of 3 wheel scooter for many 4 year olds and you can read more about it on the 3 wheel scooters page. I bought this one for my younger son. He is now 4 years old and coming up to his 5th birthday. He is quite small for his age (around 1 metre tall). He still rides this scooter daily and I think it will definitely last him another year. The maximum recommended height for kids to use this scooter is 110cm.

The micro scooter has high quality polyurethane wheels which offer a smooth ride. The 120mm sized wheels at the front are slightly larger than standard wheels and area a great size for cruising.

The flexible fibreglass and reinforced footplate absorb bumps in the pavement for an extra comfortable riding experience.

The handlebar is adjustable from 49cm to 68cm.

The scooter weighs just 3.3lbs or 1.5kg. A lightweight scooter makes it easier for young children to lift and control the scooter. Kids will need to pick up the scooter to mount kerbs and steps, so a light scooter makes this a lot easier.  ​As it's so light, the mini micro is a breeze for adults (essential when your kid has had enough scooting and you need to carry the scooter back home or to the car).

If you're buying for a 4th birthday and for a smaller 4 year old, it's possible to get 2 years use out of this.

Maxi Micro

Tall 4 year olds may grow out of the mini micro scooter quickly and for this reason, it's also worth considering the maxi scooter.

The Maxi scooter is a 3 wheel scooter that's designed for 5 to 12 year olds, so is the follow on from the micro scooter. It's recommended for children from 110cm to 152cm.

It's handlebar is adjustable from 67cm to 93cm.

Like the micro, the maxi has polyurethane wheels which offer a smooth ride. It's heavier at 2.5kg (compared to 1.5kg of the mini micro) making it a little more work to carry. It's also more expensive but it will last a number of years.

A fantastic feature of micro scooters is that all scooter parts are repairable or replaceable. This means that you can keep the scooter on the road indefinitely. It can easily be passed onto younger siblings or sold second hand. It's a great way to keep scooters out of landfill.

The maxi and mini micro scooter are both high quality scooters. They've had years of tried and tested use with excellent reviews. If you would like one for your child but you're not sure which one to get, check out this comparison of the mini micro scooter vs the maxi scooter.

3 Style Scooter

The 3style scooter has excellent features and scores very highly on affordability too. It is cheaper than many similar styled scooters.

The handlebar is adjustable from 52cm to 86cm so grows with your child. Ideally, the scooter handlebar should be around waist height on a child.  A handlebar which is too low will mean your child is hunched over so it's uncomfortable to ride. A handlebar which is too high will make the scooter difficult to control. This scooter offers the perfect height for a 4 year old.

It's foldable which makes it easy to carry when young kids have had enough of scooting. It's also easy to store, put in your boot or carry on top of a pushchair of a sibling. At 3.5kg, it's heavier than more expensive scooters such as the mini micro.  However, it is still light compared to some other scooters and this weight should be fine for a 4 year old.

The wheels are made of polyurethane and 120mm in size. One thing little kids will love is that the wheels light up.

You can replace some of the parts on the 3 style scooter if you need to fix it. The replacement parts available include wheels and brakes.

Check out more 3 wheel scooters for younger kids and 3 wheel scooters for older kids.

Ansio Kids 3 Wheel Kick Scooter

This is fine choice for 4 year olds. The handlebar has five different height settings between 66.5cm to 90cm. The scooter can be set to optimum height for a 4 year old with plenty of growing room. The adjustable handlebar also allows easy sharing between siblings of different heights as long as they're under the weight limit of 40kg.

4 year olds will love the LED light up wheels. The light up wheels allow kids to be easily seen in the darker evenings during winter, such as at dusk on the school run.

There are two versions of the Ansio scooter, a foldable version and a version which isn't foldable but which allows you to remove the handlebar from the base. The foldable version is a few pounds more.

Like many 3 wheel scooters, riders control the steering by leaning left to go left and right to go right.

The Ansio 3 wheel scooter is cheaper than the maxi micro and other 3 wheel scooters with light up wheels. If you are on a budget this could tick all your boxes and not break the bank.

Best 2 Wheel Scooter for 4 Year Olds

JD Bug Junior Street Scooter

JD Bug is one of the bestselling brands of scooter in the UK. It's a brand known for its quality and durability.  The JD Bug Junior Street scooter has an age recommendation of 4 to 8 years and is perfectly sized for this age group.

The JD bug junior is the perfect 2 wheel scooter for a 4 year old who is ready to graduate onto 2 wheels.  The maximum weight for the scooter is 50kg so it should last 4 year olds a few years.

It features a 120mm front wheel and a 100mm rear wheel with ABEC 5 bearings. The wheels are great for cruising and offer a smooth ride. The wheels are tough and durable (durometer 88a - to find out what this means check out the scooter buying guide for kids.) Higher end scooters will often give the wheel durometer and 88a is a good headwearing, durable wheel .

There's a folding mechanism that will make it easier for adults to carry on the school run. It weighs 2.3kg (5lbs 4oz).

It comes in different colours (pink, red or blue) so is a choice for 4 year old boys and girls. The handlebars are height adjustable. The minimum handlebar height is 63cm and the maximum handlebar height is 84.5cm. There is plenty of growing room making it perfect for this age range.

The footplate is also a bit smaller than standard (44cm (l) by 9cm (w)) making it a good choice for younger riders too.

JD Bug MS 120

The JD Bug MS120 is similar to the JD bug junior scooter featured above with a couple of differences.

The MS120 wheels are both sized at 120mm, whereas the junior scooter has a 120mm front wheel and 100mm back wheel. A scooter with slightly bigger wheels will go a little quicker and cover longer distances in a shorter amount of time. Although the difference will be minimal with these two scooters.

The deck is slightly bigger on the MS120 at 49.5cm by 10cm. Kids have more growing room on the deck but smaller feet will find the junior scooter easier to control.

The MS120 is slightly more expensive.

The height adjustments on the handlebars are similar. The lowest height on the MS120 is 67cm and the highest is 87cm, so it doesn't go as low as the junior scooter. It's lightweight at 2.7kg but not as light as the junior street scooter.

This may be worth considering for a taller 4 year old, but if in doubt the JD bug junior scooter is probably the best option for a 4 year old.

Weskate Scooter

The Weskate scooter is a similar price to the JD Bug. It's aimed at kids aged 3 to 10 years.

The handlebar is height-adjustable to three different heights at 70cm, 75cm and 85cm. It quickly folds and is easy to carry.

The wheels are 120mm and when they spin they light up.

It's a lightweight scooter at 2.4kg, so not too heavy to carry if needed.

It has a footplate measures 40cm by 9.8cm which is a nice size for small feet with some growing room.

Ozbozz Scooter

The Ozbozz featured is Unicorn themed.  The lowest height setting is approximately 71 cm from the ground to the top of the handlebars so it is better for tall kids. It has 3 adjustable height settings up to 81.5cm on the maximum.

It weighs approximately 2.5kg.

I would say this is a great choice if you are on a budget.

We bought a blue Ozbozz 2 wheels scooter for my oldest son's 4th birthday who was on the tall side for his age. My son definitely loved it and it lasted a couple of years for us. I have written a full review of the Ozbozz Lightning Strike too.

There is also a dinosaur themed version of the Ozbozz scooter featured below:

Micro Sprite

If you’re looking for a scooter that will last, it may be worth spending a bit more. The Micro sprite is an excellent 2 wheel scooter. (It’s made by the same people who make the mini and maxi micro scooters). It has a height-adjustable handle (from 63cm to 96cm) so grows with your child as they get older. The construction and design of the scooter are excellent.

Its 120mm front wheel makes cruising easier and the ride smoother.

The wheels are made of PU with ABEC 5 bearings (offering a smooth ride). It’s a great beginner scooter. The recommended age is from 5 years and up but there are reviews of 4 year olds using this. The lowest height on the handlebars should be fine for most 4 year olds who are able to handle a 2 wheel scooter.

It weighs 2.7kg which is heavier than the micro 3 wheel scooters but should be no problem for most adults to carry.  It is foldable which will make it easier to carry, transport and store.

I think a 4 year old who’s capable of riding on 2 wheels will be fine on this. It comes in several different colours including blue, red, black and pink. Check out more details on the 2 wheel scooter page.

Micro Cruiser

The Micro Cruiser is another scooter from the Micro brand. It has big wheels of 200mm which means kids can go faster and further with less effort. Bigger wheels also offer a smoother ride as they absorb the shocks from bumps on the road better than scooters with smaller wheels.

The Cruiser is aimed at kids from aged 5 years with a minimum height of 110cm so if your 4 year old is smaller than that, it might not be the best choice. As the recommended age range is 5 years, it really is a parent's decision as to whether their child is capable of handling the scooter.

Having said this, many 4 year olds graduating to a 2 wheel scooter may prefer something with bigger wheels as it can feel more stable which can lead to more confidence when they're riding. The footplate on the scooter is also low to the ground which gives a child more stability when balancing or riding on the scooter, again increasing their confidence. The other plus about a low footplate on a scooter is that there is less distance for little legs to have to reach the ground to kick, meaning that the ride is much more comfortable.

The scooter is on the heavier side of 4.5kg.

The cruiser is an investment for a young child. The scooter has a maximum height recommendation of 146cm and can be used by kids up to 10 years old. All parts on the scooter are repairable and replaceable so with proper care it can last for years and be passed onto siblings.

The cruiser is foldable, height-adjustable and comes in lots of different colours including pink, purple, red, black, aqua and blue.

Folding Spiderman Scooter

This scooter isn't going to be for every 4 year old but the reason I include it is that 4 years old is the age that many kids become superhero mad. My own boys loved spiderman and ironman at this age and my nephew was Spiderman crazy too. In 2022, Spiderman is still a popular superhero craze. If they are big enough to enjoy this scooter and are confident to ride a 2 wheel, many superhero fans will love the Spiderman theme on this one.

The scooter is affordable if you're on a budget. The deck is printed with Spiderman images making it extremely fun and attractive for kids.

My eldest son and nephew both graduated onto a 2 wheel scooter at age 4. They had both been using a 3 wheel scooter for a while but received a 2 wheel scooter for their 4th birthday and just used it straightaway without any problems.

The Spiderman scooter folds and is lightweight at 2.5kg. This is great when the kids have had enough as it's easy to carry back to the car or back home.
​It also features an adjustable handlebar height so will grow with your child. The handlebar height goes up to 80cm.

​What you may compromise on (that you may get from the more expensive scooters) is the smoothness of the ride. The ride may be a little bumpy as the scooter has plastic wheels. Scooters with polyurethane wheels will always offer a smoother, superior ride, but you will pay more for scooters with PU wheels.

Having said this, most kids don't really seem to notice the bumpier ride and enjoy the scooter anyway.

It also features comfortable foam handle grips and a rear foot brake.

Stunt Scooters

If you have a daring and very competent 4 year old who wants to have a go at a few tricks (perhaps they have an older silbing they want to copy), it may be worth getting a dedicated stunt scooter. Stunt scooters are stronger than kick scooters so they can withstand the extra impact from jumps and tricks. It is difficult to get stunt scooters for kids as young as 4 years old. Most start from age 8 but there are a few for kids from age 4 and 5.
If you would like a stunt scooter for a 4 year old, check out the MGP Mini Pro Rascal scooter and the Slamm Tantrum V8 featured below.

Madd Gear Mini Pro Rascal III

The Madd Gear Mini Pro Rascal scooter is the ideal first stunt scooter designed for the smaller rider with smaller hands and feet.

It features a smaller deck than standard  measuring 43cm by 10cm (17" by 4"). The one piece bar and nylon core with high speed PU wheels are perfect for first jumps and tricks.

It is aimed at age 4 plus so is the optimum choice of stunt scooter for this age group.

It weighs 2.94kg which is super light for a stunt scooter. A lighter scooter will make it easier for them to control the scooter on the street and at the skate park while learning to do jumps, hops and stunts.
The smaller than standard bars will also give them additional control over the scooter. To give you an idea of its size, the total height of the scooter is 68.6cm (27").

Slamm Tantrum V8 Scooter

The Slamm Tantrum V8 scooter is an excellent stunt scooter with top notch features designed for younger children under 8 years (from aged 4 plus).

A smaller bar and deck than on standard sized scooters makes this a good choice for the smaller rider. The total height of the scooter is 74cm

100mm nylon wheels core wheels are enough to withstand the weight of the younger, beginner rider when trying their first jumps and tricks. The BMX style handlebar grips add comfort to little hands when riding.

The look of the green scooter with orange handgrips and wheels is cool and unique. It's hand-built by Slamm.

Additionally, the deck measures 49.5 cm by 11.5cm (4.5" by 19.5"). There's plenty of space for young feet.

Overall, a nice choice for 4 to 7 year olds which has been expertly designed and made by the team at Slamm. It is also very competitively priced.

Scooter with Pneumatic Tyres

The Bike Star Kick scooter has pneumatic tyres so is an excellent option for kids who want to scoot on grass or uneven surfaces. The pneumatic tyres give a smooth and comfortable ride especially when going over sticks, stones or bumps in the path.

It's good for getting kids used to how things work on a bike as in addition to the tyres, there is a hand brake and the scooter is easy to steer. The tyres are 10 inch.

The scooter is durable and hardwearing. It is heavy so at 6.2kg, it's not one that parents will want to carry.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Scooter?

Height of the child in question - The height of the child may also be a deciding factor in which scooter you buy. The scooters featured all have different handlebar heights. Some scooters feature low handlebar settings for smaller 4 year olds whereas others have slightly higher handlebars. Ideally, you would like the handlebar to be about waist height on your child.

Weight - Consider the weight of the scooter. Some scooters are very lightweight and they are easier for young children to control and manoeuvre. They can pick them up when necessary (perhaps when lifting it up a kerb). If your child is strong for his age, a light scooter may not be as important. Stronger kids will be able to control heavier scooters. ​

What Are the Best Scooters for 3 Year Olds?


What Are the Best Scooters for 3 Year Olds

Are you looking for the best scooter for a 3 year old? Nowadays it can be a minefield as there are so many scooters at varying price points. Are more expensive scooters worth the extra cost? Or will a budget scooter be fine?

The good news about buying a scooter for a 3 year old is that this is the perfect age to learn to ride a scooter.  There are many options available for this age group. They have extra co-ordination and balance that 2 year olds don't have. Being a bit taller than a toddler helps as it's easier to find a handlebar which is the right size for your child.

However, the choice available can make choosing the right scooter overwhelming. This article answers your questions and gives suggestions and advice of the best picks.

Top Choices for a 3 Year Old


CategoryType of ScooterPlus Points
Top of The Range
Mini Micro on Amazon
Respected brand

Lightweight & height adjustable.

Smooth ride

Exceptional quality
Best Value For Money
3Style Scooter on amazon


Handlebar has wide
range of adjustments.


Light up wheels
Best Budget
Ride Star Scooter on amazon
Excellent price point

Height Adjustable


Buying Guide for a Scooter for a 3 Year Old

3 wheels - Most 3 year olds don't have the balance for a 2 wheel scooter yet, so a 3 wheel scooter is a must. Having said this, some children approaching 4 may be ready to get a 2 wheel scooter especially if they've already mastered a 3 wheel.

Wheels - Look for wheels made out of high quality materials such as high-grade polyurethane (PU) or urethane. Most first class scooters have wheels with high quality polyurethane/ urethane (also seen as PU) because it offers a smooth ride. In comparison, PVC wheels don't absorb as many of the shocks and bumps from the pavement so they aren't as comfortable to ride.

Lightweight - a lightweight scooter is easier for young children to control especially when they first learn to scoot. A light scooter is easier for young children to pick up when going up and down kerbs and when changing directions. It's also lighter for parents and carers to carry.

Deck - decks which are low to the ground are a plus for any age group riding a scooter. If the scooter deck is low to the ground, the pushing leg has to bend less which equals a more comfortable ride. Lower decks also make it easier for 3 year olds to get on and off the scooter.

Smooth and Quick Ride - some 3 wheel scooters are designed to be so safe that they are also slow and clunky.  Heavy scooters can also be slow. Scooters with very wide decks can be difficult to turn. Features such as these, can make your 3 year old frustrated when their confidence grows as they are unable to get up any speed or turn corners.

Look for a scooter that offers a balance of being safe but also the ability to move quickly and smoothly too. The wheels play a part in this.  Read reviews to get a good idea of how the scooter moves.

Handlebar height -  many 3 wheel scooters aimed at 3 year olds have a handlebar height of around 67cm. This is a good height as it should be manageable for this age group but leave some growing room too. The optimal handlebar height is around waist height which is the perfect size for them to control.

At age 3, the main thing to be aware of is that the handlebar is too high for your child. You will be able to see on the picture at the top of the page that the handlebar is slightly too high for my 3 year old son. This is something you see with many young children riding scooters.

Imagine riding a scooter. If the handlebar comes up to your chest then it's going to be more difficult to control. If it's by your thighs, you will have to hunch over to ride it. This is why getting a height adjustable handlebar is advisable as it can be adjusted to the ideal height for each child.

Height Adjustable Handlebar -  an adjustable handlebar is also desirable so the handlebar height can be increased for children as they grow. This means the scooter will last the child longer. An adjustable handlebar can also be increased or decreased for siblings or friends who may want to have a blast.

Make sure the handlebar can adjust low enough (or high enough) to be the right height for your child.

Foldable - For young children, a scooter that is foldable is easier to carry when kids have had enough of scooting. Some scooters aren't foldable but have the ability to take the stem out of the base instead.

Mini Micro Scooters

Let's start with reviewing the leading brand of scooters for young children, the mini micro.
The mini micro has 2 versions of scooters that are suitable for a 3 year old, the mini micro deluxe and the mini micro classic. Both scooters have tilt and lean steering, which is intuitive for first time scooter users to learn.

Mini Micro Deluxe

If you're looking for a premium 3 wheel scooter with top notch features and a smooth, effortless ride, then look no further than the mini micro deluxe. It's a top notch scooter for pre-schoolers manufactured by the micro brand. It is pricey but it offers superior design and stand out features. Here is what you are getting for your money:

Lightweight - ​It's exceptionally lightweight (at only 1.8kg). No other scooter with a height adjustable handlebar gets close to being so light.  For young children the lighter the scooter the easier it is to control. Children often learn to scoot by picking up a scooter, for example to change direction. Lifting the mini micro is no problem! Even small children can easily lift it up and down kerbs and through doorways. Plus it's light for adults to carry when kids have had enough.

Wheels - the non-marking PU wheels offer an ultra smooth ride. Like all micro parts the quality of the wheels are awesome. Some cheaper scooters have wheels made of PVC, it's best to avoid these types altogether. ​​

Height adjustable - the mini micro deluxe differs from the mini micro classic in that it has a height adjustable handlebar. The lowest height setting is 49cm (which means it is really good for small children). The highest height setting is 69cm. This means that the handlebar will be the perfect height for each child in the 2 to 5 age range. The recommended rider height is between 80cm and 110cm tall.

Well designed footplate - another unique feature is the footplate which is made of flexible reinforced fibreglass. It's super strong but light and has an anti slip silicone footplate for extra sturdiness. You will notice from the pictures that the footplate is very close the the ground. Not only does this mean it's easy for young children to get on and off the scooter, it also makes the micro much more comfortable to ride. Little ones will not need to bend their leg too low to push along.

Handlebar - it's worth noting that on this version of the micro scooter deluxe, the handlebar doesn't fold. The reason it doesn't have a foldable handlebar is that it adds weight to the scooter. The scooter is as light as possible as kids find it harder to control heavier scooters. However the handlebar is removable from the base and can be done so quickly. This means you can easily take it on holiday and it's easy to store. You can also buy a version of the mini micro deluxe scooter which is foldable (featured below)

Other features - It has an anodised stem which protects the scooter from corrosion. It also has a rear brake for safe stopping. The weight limit is 35kg or 5 stone, 7Ibs.

Built to last - the scooters are durable and designed to last. The key parts of the scooter can be repaired or replaced. You can easily pass it onto siblings and the resell value is high on sites like eBay.

Mini Micro Deluxe (Foldable)

Micro also make a foldable version of the mini micro deluxe (featured above).

The difference between the two versions is that this scooter features a folding mechanism and weighs a little heavier. If a folding mechanism is important to you, this is the one to get. The scooter weighs in a little more at 2.1kg. It is also a little more expensive.

Should I get a mini micro deluxe for my 3 year old?

It will depend on your child and your budget. The mini micro deluxe is designed for children between 2 and 5 years old and 80cm and 110cm high. It's unique because the mini micro deluxe scooter is extremely lightweight, has a telescopic adjustable handlebar that adjusts to any measurement within the height range specified, a low to the ground deck and it's built to last. It has excellent reviews spanning back the many years it's been on the market, so you know you can't go wrong.

The handlebar has a very low setting which you don't see on many scooters. Therefore if you have a small 3 year old, this could be an excellent choice as the scooter will last them for a long time.

Lightweight scooters are easy for children to handle so the deluxe scores highly here. As a child gets older, taller and stronger they will be able to manage a heavier scooter but this is a great option for starting out.

Mini Micro Classic

The mini micro classic has been on the scooter scene for many years. It was Micro's original design for 3 to 5 year olds. Despite being designed may years ago, it's still setting the standard for features on many 3 wheel scooters today. It's quality and design are unrivalled by most other scooters out there.

It's cheaper than the mini micro deluxe and the main difference is that it doesn't have an adjustable handlebar. Additionally it's stem is made of aluminium rather than anodised aluminium. Apart from that it has many of the same features as the mini micro deluxe including PU wheels, a rear brake, a fiberglass footplate and a design that's built to last.

Here are the distinguishing features of the mini micro classic:

Lightweight - At just 1.5kg you won't find a lighter scooter than the mini micro classic, making it the easy for young children to handle. To recap, the advantages of a lightweight scooter is that it's much easier for young children to control. ​

Handlebar height - the handlebar sits at 66cm which is an optimum height for a 3 to 5 year old. Obviously it's not perfect as you can't adjust it. However, having a height adjusting mechanism would add to the weight of the scooter. And really at this age, the lighter the better.
Weight limit - is 20kg or 3 stone and 2 pounds. ​
Cost - for the high quality of scooter, it's very competitively priced.

The Mini Micro classic or the mini micro deluxe?

They are both excellent scooters. If you have the budget, the deluxe is always going to be the best choice due to the adjustable handlebar. Even though it's heavier, it is still very lightweight. For a smaller 3 year old, I think it makes sense to go for the deluxe as the handlebar can adjust to quite low heights and will last longer.

We bought my son the mini micro classic as the deluxe wasn't available at the time. You can see from the photo of him that the handlebar comes up a little bit too high, ideally it should be about waist height. He used it daily so it's been well worth the money in my opinion.

However, it didn't seem to impact him much. I found the classic to be an excellent scooter. You can read my review of the mini micro classic scooter here. ​

3 Style Scooters  (Foldable)

The 3style is an affordable scooter which has some awesome features. The 3style company was set up in 2015 with the aim of providing a well designed scooter at a reasonable price.  The features do vary slightly from the mini micro so let's see what you get.

Height adjustable handlebar - The scooter is height adjustable from 52cm to 78cm and the handlebar is foldable. There are 4 different height settings at 52cm, 70cm, 74cm & 78cm.  This means that it will accommodate your child for many years. 78cm is a higher than the maximum height setting on the mini micro deluxe. However the micro has a telescopic handlebar so can it be adjusted to any height between 43 and 69cm.

Max user weight - The maximum user weight is 50kg so it should last your child for quite a while. Older siblings may be able to have a go as well. It has the largest weight limit of the 3 wheel scooters featured on this page so if you think there may be an older sibling that wants to use the scooter, this could be the one for you.

Weight of scooter - It's lightweight and weighs approximately 2kg which should be fine for most. Although it's not as light as the mini micro scooters.
Steering​ - Like many scooters designed for this age group , the 3 wheel style scooter has a lean and steer mechanism
Wheels - The wheels are made of PU material for an easy and smooth glide across the pavement. They also have flashing lights for an extra cool factor. The LED lights are also great for being seen during the winter months.
If you're not sure to get this one or spend a bit more on the mini micro, check out an indepth comparison of both.

Globber Primo

The Globber Primo is a popular brand of scooter in Australia. This scooter is a great alternative to the mini micro with some unique features.

Low deck - the deck is low to the ground making it easy for little kids to get on and off. It's also easier for them to kick along the ground as they don't have to reach their little legs very far, making the ride more comfortable.

Adjustable Handlebar - the handlebar has three different height settings from 67.3cm to 78.7cm.

Steering - the unique thing about this scooter is that there is a button to turn off steering while kids are learning. They can learn to scoot in a straight line first. When they are ready you can turn on the steering. It's a lean to steer steering system like the mini micro.

Weight of the Scooter - the scooter is a bit heavier than other choices. It weighs 2.5kg.  2.5kg is fine for most 3 year olds to control but you may want to consider a lighter scooter if you need to carry it a lot (for example when they have had enough scooting).

An Affordable Choice of 3 Wheel Scooter

If you're looking for an inexpensive 3 wheel scooter, the Ridestar scooter is competitively priced.  The big selling point with the scooter is the low price - if you're looking for something that's doesn't cost the Earth and is no frills - this could be the choice for you.

Handlebar - the handlebar is height adjustable and has 4 settings (58cm, 63cm, 68cm and 73cm). This means it can be adjusted to best suit a 3 year old's height and they will have growing room too.

Lean to steer - It is a lean to steer scooter which is easy for small children to master. Just lean left to go left and right to go right.

Wheels and brake - the wheels are PU and the back wheel features an easy tap to stop footbrake. Probably one of the downsides of the scooter is the brake. Reviewers suggest that it can trap mud and leaves making the back wheel more difficult to spin. However, once any debris has been cleaned out it will get going again.

Other features - soft-grip TPR rubber handles for a firm, comfortable grip when riding.

Age range and weight limit - It's designed specifically for 3 to 6 year olds who are within the weight capacity is 20kg (3 stone and 2 pounds).

A Flashy 3 Wheel Budget Option

If you're after something cheap and cheerful with flashing lights the Evo 3 wheel scooter could be it.

It has the standard features you would want to see on a 3 wheel scooter for kids of this age such as a height adjustable (62 to 72cm), rear brake and PVC hand grips. It's also lightweight at 1.9kg.

The handlebar can't be folded but it can be removed from the base for easy storage and transportation.

There's no doubt about it, kids are going to love the flashing wheels and in comes in cool blue or fancy pink!

What you compromise on is the durability of this scooter. Whereas on the micro scooters, every part can be repaired and replaced if it breaks, this isn't the case with the Evo scooter.

In a nutshell, if you're looking for something flashy on a budget, this could be just the job.

iScoot Whizz


Looking for a competitively priced scooter for a smaller 3 year old which stands out from the crowd?  The iScoot Whizz could be the number 1 choice for you. Bright colours and LED flashing wheels means that you won't be able to miss little ones scooting around. This can be particularly good for the winter months when it's dark outside.

Great for smaller 3 year olds -  The handlebar is adjustable at 3 different heights between 55cm to 69cm. The lowest height is quite low so it's perfect for small 3 year olds.  The highest handlebar height will accommodate kids up to 5 years old.

Competitve price - another great thing about the iScoot Whizz is it's competitively priced. The iScoot brand has been around for many years and it's always a good sign when a brand has stood the test of time.

Removeable Handlebar - On the downside, the iScoot Whizz isn't foldable. However, the handlebar can very easily removed from the base with a push and remove handlebar system so you can easily fit it on the back of a buggy or in the boot of a car.

Other features - the scooter weighs 2.4kg. High rebound PU wheels give a smooth ride. The rear wheel is 100mm X 24mm and the front wheels are 125mm X 24mm. The rear brake has been designed to allow the iScoot Whizz to come to a quick halt. Like most other scooters for this age group, the iScoot Whizz uses a "lean to steer" steering mechanism.

Yvolution Y Glider Nua Scooter

The Y Glider Nua Foldable Scooter has some unique features you won't find anywhere else. It features a smooth curved design. There are no visible bolts which is great for safety. No worries about kids catching themselves on bolts that stick out.

Accessory for Easy Storage - another unique features is the unique accessory slot. You can hang it on the wall or behind a door. This keeps it nice and tidy and off the floor. It's great for storage in smaller places.

Extra wide front LED wheels - the extra wide front LED wheels give extra stability. The lights on the wheels are best seen in the dark.

Easy folding and trolley system - just push a button for easy folding. Handy for when you need to pack up the scooter quickly. Once folded you can pull the scooter along behind you like a trolley.

Height adustable handlebar - the scooter has 3 height settings to suit children aged 3 to 10 years old.

Other things to know - the scooter weighs 3.2kg. There is an extra wide grippy deck which is ideal to stop little kids slipping. The extra wide rear brake makes stopping easy.

XJD 3 Wheel Scooter

The XJD is a mid range scooter aimed at kids who are from 3 years and upwards between 63.5cm to 127cm. To get down to specfics the handlebar has 4 settings between 58cm and 76.2cm which accomodate growing kids.

Deck and wheels - It's well constructed with a wide deck, little kids can easily hop on and off. The PU wheels offer a smooth, comfortable ride and light up as they spin around. 3 year olds will love this!

Rubber Handlebar - A non slip handlebar provides comfort for little hands when riding. Additionally, the handlebar can be removed from the deck for easy storage.

Direction lock - Another exciting feature is the easy to use direction lock. Turn this on and kids can only scoot in a straight line. This is a useful feature for total beginners. They can focus on the action of scooting before they have to worry about turning left and right.

The scooter comes in four different colours to suit different tastes.

All in all, a decent scooter package at a competitive price.

Character Scooters (Batman)

There are many character scooters for little ones which kids this age love because let's face it who doesn't want to pretend to go scooting around like batman. There are both pros and cons to getting one. It really depends what you want to get out of a scooter. If you are interested in your little one getting from a to b quite quickly and smoothly go for one of the other scooters like the mini micro or 3 style scooters.If you just want a sturdy, slower scooter on a budget to use outside the home this might make a good choice.

Character scooters like the batman scooter featured tend to be cheaper.

Wheels: 15cm (6") front wheel and 10cm (4") plastic rear wheels.

Steering and speed: the steering is standard handlebar steering. The scooter gives extra stability for beginners but it does go much more slowly than other 3 wheel scooters. This may be good if you are worried about chasing little ones going too fast on their scooters although some children may get frustrated as they get older.

Other Considerations: - the scooter isn't foldable. It features a colour printed anti-slip footplate.

Frozen Scooter

If you're little one loves Frozen, they will be thrilled with the tri Frozen scooter.

Like the batman character scooter, it's never going to be a super speedy scooter but it's a fun option if she's a fan of the show.

The features include:

  • Fully printed anti-slip footplate with smooth sides
  • Smooth ride EVA tyres
  • An adjustable handlebar height 63-69cm
  • 15cm (6") front wheel  and 10cm (4") rear wheel with puncture-proof tyre.

Paw Patrol Tri Scooter

Another 3  year old favourite is Paw Patrol and another sturdy option of character scooter for kids who are happier with a slower pace.

Paw Patrol fans will love the footplate and plaque with graphics of characters from the show.

The specs of this scooter are identical to the Peppa Pig scooter above featuring:

  • Adjustable handlebar height (59 to 64cm)
  • Printed non-slip deck
  • Printed non-slip deck

3 Year Olds on Scooters For The School Run

Scooters can be great for young children on the school run whether it be to get them to nursery school or to take their older sibings to school. Scooters are great at getting kids from a to be quickly when you need to. However, there are always those days when your little one just won't budge. I used to then get my youngest son to stand on his mini micro scooter and pull him along by grabbing onto the handlebars and pulling gently.

However, I have just discovered the scooter lead.

It's basically a strap that you put onto the the scooter and you can use it to pull the scooter along with you little one standing on the deck.

It's great when you need to get somewhere quickly and they are going really slowly and won't budge.

It also doubles as a carry strap for a scooter so you can carry it over your shoulder.

It's machine washable too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and carers can have many queries about scooters for 3 year olds. Here are some questions and answers:

Bike or Scooter for a 3 Year Old?

There are no easy answers to this question. The majority of 3 year olds will struggle to ride a bike with pedals and parents should consider waiting until they are 4 or 5 years old as they then have longer legs, are heavier and stronger and much more capable of handling a pedal bike. However, 3 years olds generally do extremely well on a balance bike and can get extremely speedy and quick once they have mastered the basics which doesn't tend to take very long. Also kids who ride balance bikes generally take a lot less time to graduate onto a pedal bike when they are ready.

However, there are many advantages that scooters have over balance bikes. Firstly they are lighter which means that they are easier to carry if 3 year olds suddenly decide to they no longer want to scoot in the park or on the pavement. Many fold which again makes them easier to carry.

The other advantage of a scooter, is that if you have a scoot n pull strap, you can attach it to the scooter and pull them along when they get tired.

Finally, the child in question will very be a factor in your decision. My eldest son preferred his scooter at age 3, my youngest son preferred his balance bike.  You can ask them to help you pick and see which one they prefer. Or maybe they can try out a friend's first and see which they do best with.

We have written a whole article on this question, for more information check out a balance bike vs scooter.

How Far Can a 3 Year Old Scoot for?

This will very much depend on the child in question but many young children can scoot for surprisingly long distances if they are fresh and not tired. My own child could easily manage the 1/2 mile scoot to and from preschool everyday.

Like everything, the best thing is to build up the distance from short distances to longer ones but not expect too much from them and have back up plans if things go wrong. Consider getting a scoot n pull strap, so you can pull them along when they have had enough scooting. This used to work very well with my youngest son.

Go out a lot when they are fresh and energetic rather than tired as then they will associate scooting along with enjoyment and pleasure rather than something they don't want to do.

If it's something you want them to do daily, like a school run you can train them to build up the distance. If they are happy going out with you a lot on their scooter, they will enjoy it on the school run too. Then if they are doing it daily, they will just get used to it. It will build up their fitness and give them lots of fresh air so they should sleep well too!

Consider the terrain you want to scoot along, if it's quite hilly  it may be they get more tired quickly, but flat ground will be easier to scoot along so they should be able to manage a further distance.

My 3 Year Old Can't or Refuses to Use a Scooter

So you've bought them a shiny scooter and they are refusing to use it. This is quite a common problem. As any parent knows kids don't always do what we want them to!

There could be many reasons for this:

1.) They've associated the scooter as not being fun.

Maybe the pressure to use it has become to much or maybe they are struggling to scoot on it so they just refuse to go out. This best thing here is to give it a break for a bit. Then when you do use it again, make it fun without there being any pressure to use it. They may just want to stand on the scooter and do nothing else at first. Or they may want to use it inside. If you have space having it inside, can just encourage them to push it around and stand on it so they get used to the scooter without any pressure.

Other ideas: Could you go out with a another child who has a scooter and uses it so they may see how much fun they are having? Perhaps seeing a sibling using a scooter may also encourage them. Offer opportunities of short bursts of having the scooter outside (5 mins at a time) may help and if they refuse to use it just put it away for another time.

2.) They're just not ready for a scooter. 

Some 3 year olds just have quite developed the balance and co-ordination needed to use a scooter just yet. It might be that in another few months, it will be a different story and they'll be whizzing around. Time is the answer here. Again, a good idea is to leave the scooter around so they can get used to pushing it around and standing on it, without the pressure of having to go anywhere on it. Check out my top 10 tips of how to get a toddler to ride a scooter for more ideas.

3.) It takes longer to learn to scoot than you think

Yes, there are children who learn to scoot in no time at all but many kids take a few months or even longer to get the hang of it. The key here is to keep taking it out and keep practising to learn the skills needed to ride the scooter. Often adults aren't familiar with the process that kids need to learn to ride a scooter. It's very common for them to step of the scooter and pick it up to change direction at first. This is a step in learning to scoot. Eventually they will master the skills to turn but for the time being they have found a perfectly good method to change direction. It works! This is why many scooters are so lightweight, so young kids can easily pick them up to change direction when they need to. They can also pick them up to go up kerbs and steps as well.

4.) It's the wrong scooter. 

The type of scooter can be a hindrance to some children. Some kids prefer a sturdy push along scooter. They like it slow. Others prefer the lean and steer micro style scooter. Sometimes the scooter can be too heavy for them to control and manoeuvre around, so they may need a lighter scooter to help them move around. Trying out a friend's scooter or looking at some scooters in a shop may help choose the best one. There are tons of ideas of scooters in the article above to give you ideas of one which might suit your child. Also reading reviews can help pick the best scooter for your child.




Two Wheels At The Front Or At The Back

Is It Better To Have Two Wheels At The Front Or The Back of a 3 Wheel Scooter?

When looking for scooters for younger children  some 3 wheel scooters have 2 wheels at the front whereas others have 2 wheels at the back. Which is best for your child?

Sturdy And Stable

Both are sturdy and stable designs for young children. However, the designs with 2 wheels at the back offer more stability. Please note that this is not always a good thing. Some scooters with 2 wheels at the back can be so stable that it is difficult to get up much speed which can be frustrating for young children, especially as their confidence grows on the scooter.

Scooters with two wheels at the back may require more kicks or pushes with their foot to get the scooter moving which is tiring for little ones. They also may be more difficult to manoeuvre​. If a child lacks confidence or doesn't want to go too fast, this type of scooter may suit them. My own boys become frustrated at not being able to move quickly. However, a scooter that doesn't go fast may suit a lot of parents. At least you can keep up with your little one and not have to chase them when they have gone too far ahead.

Kick Path

Another problem with two wheels at the rear is that the wheels can obstruct the kick path. So as they use their foot to push along, they may hit their feet and ankles on the two back wheels of the scooter. This is worse on some scooters and not a problem on others. It's worth reading the reviews to see if it’s a problem with the scooter you are considering.


Most scooters with two wheels at the front have a lean and steer mechanism where the child has to lean to steer the scooter. They lean to go right and left instead of turning the handlebars. Most scooters with two wheels at the back use the handlebars to steer the scooter.

I think both ways of steering have merits. The lean and steer mechanisms are great for promoting balance, which is good. However, many scooters for older children have handlebar controlled steering. If the child already uses a scooter with handlebar controlled steering, the transition to a big two wheel scooter can be easier.

The steering method isn’t the most important consideration on which scooter to choose unless they are already using a particular method of steering on another scooter or bike. In this case, I would stick with what they already know.

My Personal Opinion

I prefer the scooters with two wheels at the front for young children. This is because of the risk that the two wheels at the back can often impede the kick path. Check scooter reviews first to see if this is a problem - it may not be on the scooter you are considering. I also prefer two wheels at the front because they tend to glide more easily and gather more speed. Scooters with 2 wheels at the front are mostly lighter, which makes them easier for kids to control.

Having said this, I might consider getting a scooter with 2 wheels at the back for children who don't want to go too quickly on their scooter.

My advice is read reviews and consider your child to decide which type of 3 wheel scooter they would prefer.

Thomas the Train Scooter - 2 wheels at the back

The Thomas the train scooter looks super hero cool. It has 2 wheels at the back and offers extra stability for beginners.

The wheels are bigger than tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front. The front wheels measure 150mm (compared to 120mm on most tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front). The back wheel is 100mm, which is comparable to most other tri scooters. Although the ride may be slower the larger wheels will help absorb the bumps from the pavement.

It features an adjustable handlebar height up to 69cm

The wheels are puncture proof.
The scooter also features an anti slip deck.
If you're looking for a stable, slower scooter this may be the one for you.

Frozen Tri Scooter

Another option with 2 wheels at the back is the Frozen scooter.

Again the scooter offers extra stability and low speed for beginners.

There are puncture proof tyres with fairly big wheels. The wheel at the front measures 150mm and the wheels at the back are 120mm.

The deck is anti-slip for added safety.

Obviously a great option for Frozen fans.

Other Options of Tri Scooters

Peppa Pig Scooter

Batman Scooter

Mini Micro - 2 wheels at the front

There are many tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front and one at the back. Perhaps the most well known is the mini micro scooter which is featured.

The mini micro really excels in its this class. It's lightweight, so easy for little ones to control and pick up to change direction or go up and down kerbs when they first start scooting.

As they grow and get more confident, the design with 2 wheels at the front helps little kids pick up more speed when they get more confident.

Another one to check out is the 3style scooter which is top selling three-wheel scooter on Amazon.

The 3 style also has a design of two wheels at the front and one at the back.

It doesn't quite match the features of the mini micro. It's slightly heavier. The handlebar has 4 height adjustments whereas you can adjust the height to any point on the telescopic handlebar of the micro.

However it is cheaper, so it's a good option of a three-wheel scooter with 2 wheels at the front.

Check out a comparison between the mini micro and the 3 style scooter for more info.

Balance Bike Vs Scooter

Balance Bike or a Scooter? Which One Should I Get?

My son had a balance bike for his second birthday and a scooter for Christmas when he was 21/2.

So should you get a balance bike or a scooter for your 2 or 3 year old? 
Well, my son had both and I don't think there is a right answer to this question. They will get something out of both a balance bike and a scooter.

However in this article I will share with you my son's experiences with a scooter and a balance bike, what I personally think of each one and the advantages and benefits for both.

The One You Buy First Will Probably Be Their Favourite

My son had a balance bike for his second birthday. It took him a couple of months to really take any interest. But when he did he loved it and was zooming around. We couldn't get him off. He would want to take his bike everywhere he went, to the park, to his Nan's house, to his friends, on the school run, to nursery.

He loves the balance bike, so he will love a scooter too... Right? 

He loved his balance bike so much I figured he would love a scooter too. So for Christmas when he was 2 1/2, I bought him a scooter. The thing is he loved his bike so much, it took a real effort to get him to have a go on the scooter. The bike always came first and was always the first choice. I had to really encourage him to use his scooter in the beginning. Wheras his older brother (who had a scooter before a bike, always preferred a scooter when he was younger).

Balance Bike Wins...
Now he loves his scooter and his balance bike. However, the balance bike is the favourite. I don't think this is because balance bikes are better in any way. I think that he found the balance bike easy and fun so in the beginning using the scooter took more effort for him. I think that if we had got the scooter first, he would have loved that more. But it's something to bear in mind when choosing whether to get a scooter or a balance bike.

Lightweight or Heavy?

Scooters are lighter
Generally a scooter will be lighter than a balance bike. Although this will depend very much on the brand of scooter and balance bike that you buy.

The mini micro deluxe scooter weighs 1.8kg whereas the strider balance bike weighs 2.4kg. Most balance bikes weigh more than the strider. A scooter is easier to carry when he kids no longer want to scoot around.

Having said this you couldn't get my son off his balance bike so I didn't have to carry it much. But on the occasion I did, it was certainly heavier!

Consider hilly areas
There are occasions where you might have to carry a balance bike and a scooer like when you are going uphill. It's hard on their little legs to get that balance bike up a steep hill. If you live in a hilly area, as a scooter is lighter to carry it might be the best choice!

​Although on both the balance bike and the scooter I would be very careful about letting them go down hills. They can get up a tremendous speed which can be extremely dangerous.

Make Sure You Buy The Right Size

Common mistake - buying a balance bike which is too big
Parents will often say my child preferred a balance bike or a scooter but quite often it could be because they didn't buy the right sized balance bike or scooter for their child. Many people make the mistake of buying a balance bike which is too big for their two year old. When a child sits on a balance bike their feet must be able to touch the ground. They use their feet to push them along so if they can't touch the ground, they can't use it. If you are buying for a 2 year old, the strider bike is a fantastic option. It's small enough for little legs to use. My son had a bike for his second birthday and he used it constantly for 2 to 3 years until he grew out of it.

The handlebars on a scooter should be around waist height
The same goes for a scooter. A child will be much more inclined to use a scooter if it's the right size for them. The handlebars should come up to around waist high. Any higher and it will be difficult to control. Any lower and the user will be hunched over. For young children (around 2 years old) I really recommend the mini micro scooter deluxe (the lowest height on this scooter is 44cm  which makes it easier for little children to control.


Another thing to be aware of is the steering on a scooter and a balance bike.

Traditional steering vs lean to steer
My son's balance bike had traditional steering where you use the handles to steer the wheels in the right direction. In contrast, the mini micro scooter has a lean and steer mechanism, where you lean to the left to turn the scooter to the left and lean right to go right. As my son got used to his balance bike first, it did confuse him a little bit when he first started using the scooter as the handlebars didn't control the wheels and you had to lean to steer the scooter in the right direction. He did get the hang of it fairly quickly but in the beginning it did confuse him.

What Happens When They Get Tired

When they get tired both a balance bike and a scooter have an advantage.

Can rest feet when riding on balance bike
On the balance bike, their legs get a rest as they can sit down and just cruise for a while. I think another reason why my son didn't ask me to carry his bike so much is that he could always sit down and just cruise when he was tired.

No place to rest feet on a scooter
When their on a scooter, if they get tired and you don't want to carry it, you can get straps which you can use to pull them along. Just attach the strap to one end of the scooter and pull with the other end. Check out the Scoot and Pull.

Beware - Overuse

Obviously both scooters and bikes are great. However I would say to be careful they don't get too reliant on either of them and that they do plenty of walking too. As I said, my own son loved his balance bike and he wanted to take it out everywhere we went. But as kids are still developing you have to ensure they do a wide range of activites and movement to make sure their muscles and bones are not overdeveloping in one area and not in another. For example, overuse of a scooter can result in one side developing stronger than the other side due to one foot being used to push you along.

 Advantages And disadvantages

Both scooters and balance bikes have other pros and cons. Here is a summary:

Balance bikes Pros:

  • Balance bikes are great to get kids ready for the transition to a pedal bike.
  • They are perhaps a better choice if you intend to commute long distances with your child (to nusery or school). Kids can go quite quick on them with little effort.

Balance Bike Cons:

  • No brakes on balance bikes for young children. Can scuff shoes quite easily when stopping. (Balance bikes for older children do often have brakes)
  • Bigger, bulkier and heavier so harder to store and transport. Not easy to carry.

Scooter Pros:

  • Scooters  are lighter and smaller and some fold up and so store better than balance bikes. They are perhaps a better option if you want to take it on public transport as they are lighter, take up less space and are easier to carry.
  • Better for hilly areas as you may want to carry them when your child goes up and down hills.

Scooter Cons​

    • The lean and steer steering can make it confusing for them when they transition onto other rides ons or bikes with traditional steering which is controlled by the handlebars.

Strider Balance Bike

Strider balance bike is an excellent choice for a first balance bike.

  • The age recommendation is 18 months to 5 years.
  • Lightweight for a balance bike at 2.9kg
  • Adjustable seat height from 27cm to 48cm
  • Adjustable handlebar height
  • Maintenance free, puncture proof wheels
  • Padded seat
  • Footrests
  • Lightweight steel frame
  • Mini handlebars and mini grips perfect for little hands.

Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter

It's difficult to go wrong with the mini micro scooter for kids aged 2 to 5.

  • Lightweight at just 1.8kg
  • Adjustable handlebar from 44cm to 69cm to accommodate most children between ages 2 and 5.
  • Not foldable but stem can be taken out of the base for easy storage and transportation.
  • Built to last. Each main part is either repairable and replaceable so scooter can be passed onto younger siblings or sold secondhand.
  • Easy and safe rear brake