Best Scooters for 4 Year Olds
What is the Best Scooter to Buy for a 4 Year Old?
Are you wondering what's the best scooter for a 4 year old? I bought my son a scooter for his 4th birthday and this article gives lots of advice and suggestions based on my own research of scooter for my 4 year olds. Firstly what to consider when buying a scooter for a 4 year old.
- A 2 or 3 wheeled scooter? There are both 2 and 3 wheel scooters suitable for 4 year olds. When choosing which one to get I would consider their previous experience. A 4 year old who's had lots of experience of a 3 wheel scooter may be ready to progress onto a 2 wheel scooter. If they are new to scooters it is probably worth getting 3 wheels. There are some really cool designs of 3 wheel scooters for 4 year olds. There are also some very sturdy 2 wheel scooters. I bought my own 4 year old a 2 wheel scooter for his 4th birthday. He had previous experience of a scooter with 3 wheels and graduated onto 2 wheels with virtually no problems.
- Foldability - Personally I would recommend getting a scooter you can fold in two. This is great when your 4 year old has had enough of your scooter at the park and you can easily fold and hold the scooter. It's also great for storage. However, some people prefer scooters that don't fold. This is because scooters with folding mechanisms often tend to be heavier. Also scooters without folding mechanisms tend to have a stronger frame, although this isn't really an issue unless you want to do tricks on the scooter.
- Lightweight - It's often worth checking what the scooter weighs. A lightweight scooter can be easier for you to carry when you're 4 year old has had enough. It can also be easier for kids to ride and maneuver.
- Longevity - How long are you expecting your child to use the scooter? The more you pay, the more use you would expect them to get from the scooter. There are scooters aimed at ages 3 to 7, so will last your 4 year old quite a long time. Many scooters have a weight limit for use and it's generally best to consider this when thinking about how long you want it to last for. If you have a large 4 year old they may outgrow the weight limit before the recommended age limit so you may want to consider a scooter for older children.
Also, consider other features that promote longevity such as an adjustable handlebar.
- Safety features - Are there any specific safety features that make the scooter sturdy and safer to ride. Some scooters have foot brakes so children can stop themselves at any moment. Others have a low, wide deck for stability.
A 3 Wheel Scooter which Converts to a 2 Wheel for 4 Year Olds
Not sure whether to go for a 2 or 3 wheel scooter. Well you can have both. The razor kixi mixi scooter converts from a 3 wheel to a 2 wheel scooter when your child is ready.
The scooter features 100% aircraft grade aluminum and lightweight steel construction
The wheels are made of urethane.
Ths scooter isn't foldable but it features folding handlebars. The handlebars also have foam grips for comfort.
The weight limit is 45 pounds.
The scooter is easy to convert from 3 to 2 wheels and it's a great option when you want to develop the confidence of a 4 year old on a scooter.
What to Look for When Buying a 3 Wheel Scooter for your 4 Year Old
Speed - Obviously you don't want a 4 year old cruising on his scooter at dangerous speeds. But, some 3 wheel scooters can be designed for very young children and they are so safe they can be very slow. Therefore look for a scooter which offers a smooth glide that allows the scooter to gather up some speed. The material the wheels are made of can mean the ride is smoother. Plastic wheels are best avoided. Polyurethane (or urethane) wheels tend to make the ride smoother and faster. Also the wheel size can play a part. Larger wheels can be slower to start with but cruise much more quickly once you've gathered some speed.
Turning - There tends to be two types of turning mechanisms to turn a 3 wheel scooter. Some scooters come with a lean and steer mechanism. So your child will lean to the left and the scooter will turn that way and vice versa for the right.
The other type is using the handlebars to steer the scooter.
One is not really better than the other, they are just different although scooters for older children tend to use the handlebar method to steer so it will be an easier transition to other scooters when they're older.
When looking at 3 wheel scooters, its well worth reading the reviews to see if the scooter turns well. Again some 3 wheel scooters that younger children use can be designed with safety in mind which makes it more difficult to turn corners as they need a wider turning radius.
Three Wheel Scooters for Kids
Many 3 wheel scooter are aged between 2 or 3 to 5 years although some scooters have quite higher weight limits so can cater for much older children too.
If you bought a 3 wheel scooter for a 4th birthday, you should be able to expect to get at least 2 years use from it as long as your child is within the weight limits for your chosen scooter.
A OxGord scooter is featured below. Read on for a comparison of the globber and the mini micro scooter 3 wheel scooters further on in the article too.
Globber Scooters Vs Micro Scooter - More 3 Wheel Scooters
The ybike glider and the mini micro scooters are both very similar scooters.
They both have a lean and steer mechanism that allows your child to steer the scooter by leaning. They are both easy for young ones to learn to use and unlike some other 3 wheels scooters turning is a breeze and they offer a smooth and nifty ride.
If you're looking at one of these scooters for your 4 year old there is a few differences that might make your choice easier. Look below for a round up of the differences. It may be worth reading a few reviews to make the right choice for you.
It also worth considering the maxi micro scooter. This scooter is actually aimed at kids from aged 6 upwards but may be a better choice especially if your 4 year old is bigger than average.
The mini micro scooter is perhaps the most well known scooter for its quality. It's won lots of awards including the Parent's Choice Approved Seal.
It is light weight (3.3lbs) making it easy for parents to pick up and carry when necessary. It's also easy for kids to pick up and maneuver.
It can be ridden inside as the wheels are non marking.
It has a lean and steer turning mechanism.
My youngest son has one of these scooters and it does offer a really smooth ride. The wheels are made of premium polyurethane which I think helps the smoothness of the glide.
It has a weight limit of 44 pounds.
The globber scooter is very similar to the mini micro except it does tend to be slightly cheaper.
There are a few differences. Firstly it is heavier at 4.85 pounds (vs the mini micro at 3.3 pounds). So the globber is heavier to pick up and carry, although 4.85 pounds is still quite lightweight in my opinion.
It is height adjustable and the height ranges from 67.5cm (26.5 inches) to 77.5 cm (30.5 inches). So it can be adjusted for children of different heights and it will grow with your child too.
It also features a secure direction button lock that makes it easy to learn by locking the steering to increase balance.
There's a maximum weight limit of 50kg which is approximately 110 pounds.
The wheels are also polyurethane for a smooth ride.
A 3 Wheel scooter Designed for Older Children
Another 3 wheel scooter to consider is the maxi micro. It's the follow on scooter from the mini micro.
This is actually aimed at kids from aged 6 and upwards but it may be worth considering if you're buying for a tall 4 year old as they have much more growing room.
The lowest handlbar height on the maxi micro is only slightly bigger than the handlebar height on the mini micro.
It is very similar to the mini micro but obviously bigger. It weighs 5.5 pounds so is heavier for kids to move and parents to lift but not by much.
The deck is also stronger and wider.
Unlike the mini micro, the handlebar is adjustable. The lowest height on the handlebar is about the same height as the mini micro handlebar. There are good reviews of 4 year olds using this scooter
This is probably a good option if you're looking for a scooter that will last and is better value for money. If they're a smaller 4 year old and new to scooting the mini may be the best choice but ultimately its up to you.
Scooters for 4 Year Old Boys
You can buy all kinds of themed scooters for 4 year old boys such as superhero scooters, spiderman and the ninja turtles.
Character scooters are generally sturdy and good scooters although they may not have the same quality wheels as they more expensive scooters. They wheels tend to be made out of PVC rather than polyutherene which means the ride may not be a smooth.
Having said this, kids often notice the themed scooter more than how smooth the ride is.
Scooters for 4 Year Old Girls
A lot of the scooters featured come in pink and other colors for 4 year old girls.
There are also themed character scooters for girls. Ideas include a "Frozen" scooter.
You can accessorize the scooter too. Ideas include a pink bell to let people know she's going, a scooter bag so she can carry all her necessities, scooter stickers or pink streamers / tassells to put on the handlebars.
Razor scooters are 2 wheel scooter aimed at kids from 5 years and up.
The reason I've featured them in this article for scooters for 4 year olds is because there are many reviews of 4 year olds using these scooters successfully. I wouldn't advise it as a child's first scooter, but if your child has already mastered scooting around already it's worth considering. Or perhaps your buying for an almost 5 year old or your 4 year old is particularly tall. Bear in mind, they do go quicker than other scooters for younger children so it may be worth investing in some protective gear.
It's foldable which is great for a 4 year old as it can be carried when they have had enough of scooting. There are scooter straps which you can also purchase which make it easy to carry the scooter. The scooter weights about 6 pounds in total which should be okay for most people to carry. I
It's height adjustable so will grow with your child.
There's a brake at the back for extra safety, peace of mind and quick stops.
It comes in lots of different colors including red, green, pink and blue.
There is also a pink version with pink streamers and a bell - perfect for girls who are ready for a 2 wheel scooter.
The polyurethane wheels offer a smooth ride.
My Son's Scooter
The Scooter I Chose for my 4 Year Old
You may be wondering which scooter I chose for my son.
I chose a scooter called the Osbozz Lightening Strike Scooter. Unfortuately it's only available in the UK, which is where I live. It's a 2 wheel scooter which my son adapted to without any problems. My son loves it because it features flashing lights. I love it because it folds up, so I can easily store it and carry it when he's had enough.
The other advantage is the low cost. It's very reasonably priced and it's been sturdy and durable for us so far!
The wheels are made of polyurethane and it was adjustable height to 3 different settings.
Best Scooters for 4 Year Olds in the UK?
Are you in the UK. This article gives some suggestions of best scooters for 4 year olds in the UK as well as advice and tips of what to look for when choosing a scooter.
- Scooters for 4 Year Olds UK
Suggestions of 2 and 3 wheel scooter for 4 year olds in the UK,