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Ride on toys for 3 year olds

Updated on November 27, 2014

What ride on toy to get for a 3 year old?

When buying ride on toys for 3 year olds its good to choose something that your child won't outgrow quickly. Happily there are lots of great options listed in the article below that fulfil this criteria including plasma cars, trikes, other pedal vehicles and electric powered cars for 3 year olds.

Read on for lots of suggestions of the best ride on toys for 3 year olds.

What to Consider When Choosing A Ride on Toys

Here are a couple of things to bear in mind when buying a ride on toy:

Surface / Terrain - Bear in mind the kind of terrain the ride on toy will be used on. There are ride on toys that can only be used on smooth surfaces or indoors whereas others are multi terrain. Pedal ride ons are best for flat, smooth surfaces too.

Longevitiy - Some ride ons can accommodate kids up to 7 years so they often make a good investment.


The Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart – Blue – Ride On Toy, Ages 3 yrs and Up, No batteries, gears, or pedals, Twist, Turn, Wiggle for endless fun
The Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart – Blue – Ride On Toy, Ages 3 yrs and Up, No batteries, gears, or pedals, Twist, Turn, Wiggle for endless fun

Plasma cars are great ride on toys for 3 year olds. They don't have any pedals, gears or batteries and apparently work by the force of gravity! They are easy for 3 year olds to use, jsut turn the steering wheels side to side to move forward. You don't have to worry about your 3 year old outgrowing them as they can be used by adults so will accommodate your child for many years. They do work best on smooth floors such as concrete or indoor flooring. This toy has won the Oppenheim Toy Porfolio Platinum Award and has many good reviews.

 
Radio Flyer Ziggle
Radio Flyer Ziggle

This ride on toy is designed for kids aged 3 to 8 - so plenty of growing room.

Again it works best on a smooth surface.

It's easy to ride - all you do is twist the front and wiggle the back and off you go.

So far it has excellent reviews.

Check out another video to see it in action.

 

Pedal Ride on Toys

There are lots of great pedal ride on toys such as trikes, they are perfect for 3 year olds. They will be at the age where their feet can reach the pedals so they can learn to pedal around. Even before they can pedal most of these toys will allow them to scoot around.

When choosing a pedal ride on toy for a 3 year old you may want to consider the following:

Age range - some pedal ride ons accommodate kids up to 7 years which is good if you want your ride on to last a long time.

Adjustable - obviously you want to make sure your child's feet will reach the pedals and they can ride comfortably. Some ride ons such as trikes may have adjustable handlebars and seats which can be useful as your child grows.

Radio Flyer Twist Trike
Radio Flyer Twist Trike

One option of pedal on ride ons that are perfect for 3 year olds are trikes.

I like the trike opposite as it will accommodate children up to 7 years.

It is two bikes in one and is designed to grow with your child so is a great choice. There's a traditional pedal trike which is great for ages 2 to 4 years old. But with a simple flip it becomes a chopper great for 4 to 7 year olds.

 

More Pedal Vehicles

Peg Perego John Deere Loader
Peg Perego John Deere Loader

John Deere make lots of durable ride ons with an agricultural theme.

They include the loader opposite which is cool pedal vehicle which can be used by children as old as 6, so is another toy your 3 year old will grow into. It has a front loader which can scoops carries and dumps.

 

Pedal Ride on Cars

InStep Police Pedal Car
InStep Police Pedal Car

You can also get realistic pedal ride on cars.

Instep makes some really cool nostalgic cars which include a pink car for girls and a fire engine.

They also make the police car featured opposite.

It features an adjustable pedal drive fits a wide range of children. It has lead-free paint, rubber tires and chrome hub caps which feel smooth and look great. The steering wheel is easy to control. The weight limit is 70 pounds.

 

Electric Powered Cars for 3 Year Olds

There are lots of battery operated ride on toys for 3 year olds. They are perfect for this age as they don't go very fast (about 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 miles per hour depending on the vehicle). Its good to have a decent sized back yard so there is space for them to drive around.

When choosing an electric powered car, there are quite a few considerations. For example, would you prefer a ride on that can accommodate 2 children or just 1. If they have siblings or friends around often a 2 seater ride on will probably be a better choice.

Also, make sure you have a ride on that will go on the terrain you have where you live. For example, does it need grass or a flat surface.

Check out this article for a guide on choosing electric ride on toys for kids.

There are a range of electric powered vehicles made by Fisher Price called Power Wheels vehicles which are perfect for 3 year olds.

Power Wheels Dune Racer, Green
Power Wheels Dune Racer, Green

The Power Wheels car opposite is designed for outdoor use. It's an off-road vehicle which features a Monster Traction drive system that enables it to go on hard surfaces, wet grass, and rough terrain.

There's 2 speeds, a normal 2-1/2-mph cruising, and high speed for maximum 5-mph racing.

It can also move into reverse.

 

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