Have you ever met a child who doesn’t want to play with a ride-on car? I’m pretty sure you haven’t. Kids love anything that moves, especially the ones that can carry them around. Kids ride on cars are their favorite! – possibly because they want to imitate their parents driving their vehicles. No wonder these toys have been selling in the millions since the eighties. Although they don’t come cheap, parents are willing to buy them just to make their little ones happy.
These kids ride on cars are getting more realistic every year. They have lights and sounds that copy the real ones. They get better in quality as the batteries last longer and the materials are more durable than those of the previous “models.” They’re safe to play with because they also have a seatbelt. They look absolutely amazing with all the realistic features. The designs are to die for! Even grown-ups would want to have one!
However, nowadays, most parents prefer to invest in toys that are educational to aid in their children’s development. So, do ride-on cars provide benefits to your child? Yes, and here are some of them.
Develops motor skills
The development of children’s motor skills is important as it allows them to do more complicated tasks in the future, such as playing sports. Playing with a ride-on car develops children’s eye-to-hand-to-foot coordination:
- They use their hands to open and close the car door, maneuver the steering well, and push some buttons.
- They use their legs and feet to push on the accelerator and brakes.
Even adults don’t find driving easy at first; imagine a toddler being able to drive a mini car! Children with excellent motor skills are more likely to become very efficient in any task they do in their adult life.
Independence should be developed as the child grows. Playing with a ride-on car provides children the opportunity to decide on their own – whether to go or stop, go fast or slow, and turn left or right. They also learn the consequences of any decision they make. For instance, driving off the sidewalk results in a nasty fall and car damage. They’ll remember such bad decision and aftermath and not to do it again.
Enhances social skills
Being able to drive around and play with other kids teaches children how to be sociable. They learn how to share and enjoy their toy with a playmate, who can ride on the passenger seat. Trust is established as the passenger gives control to the driver. Cooperation is developed as kids learn how to drive their toy cars without bumping into each other.
Encourages outdoor play
We know that playing outdoors provide great benefits to children compared with staying inside the house playing with a gadget. Playing under the sun would make them stronger and healthier. They’ll also develop appreciation and a sense of respect for nature. Remember, some of life’s happiest and most unforgettable memories are those of childhood days spent outside the house playing with other kids in the neighborhood that no cellular phone or tablet or TV can provide.
Provides long-term fun
Although ride-on toys come at a price, they are quite durable and can last for years. They may even still work even if your child wouldn’t fit in it anymore. This works great if you have a younger child that can inherit the toy car of an older sibling. It can be a treasured hand-me-down for generations in the family. When buying a toy car for the first time, consider getting a bigger model so that your kids can enjoy it for years before outgrowing it.
You may ask, what could possibly be the risks involved in playing with ride-on cars? Kids ride-on cars are relatively safer than other ride-on toys because seatbelts are in place and your child couldn’t possibly drive off at a speed where you cannot run after them. However, just like any other ride-on toys such as skateboards, bikes, and scooters, ride-on cars can be dodgy when used without adult supervision. Here are some examples:
Falling into a swimming pool
If you take your kids to a playground with a swimming pool or if you have one in your property, be very vigilant in watching over them as they may drive into the pool. The weight of the car will surely pull the child down and who knows what could happen next.
Playing on the road
Some properties and communities don’t have enough yard or playground spaces for ride-on cars, so the kids go to the road. However, the road isn’t for toy cars, but for real cars. Watch them very closely. Kids on ride-on cars may not be spotted right away especially on street corners, so be on the road with them and keep an eye on incoming vehicles.
The benefits of ride-on cars definitely outweigh the risks, and for responsible parents, the risks are almost zero. Additionally, the benefits aren’t only for the children but also for parents who get their much-needed exercise from supervising their kids. An hour of chasing the little ones can burn a significant amount of unwanted calories off your body and will keep you in shape while having fun with your kids.