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Toddler Ride On Toys for Girls and Boys

Updated on October 1, 2014
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The Best Toddler Ride On Toys for Active Toddlers

As soon as your baby learns to stand, a toddler ride on toy is the best toy to assist them with balance, learning to take steps and developing those gross motor skills necessary to walk. There is a great selection of the ride on toys from companies such as Fisher Price, Little Tikes, PlaySkool and more.

All the best ride on toys are made with bright, colorful plastic that is designed either in the shape of fun characters or as traditional tricycle style toys like a beginner trike. A brand my sons owned when there were young toddlers was Radio Flyer who has been making toddler ride on toys for decades still in the signature red colors and classic designs.

From learning to stand to taking their first steps, your baby or toddler will love any one of these durable toddler ride on toys. Most come with a handle for parents to push them along when your toddler chooses to sit and ride along. That is the nicest thing about these ride on toys is that they grow with your young child.

First they can push the toy along themselves and learn to walk, then remove the handle when they can walk on their own and climb onto the ride on toy to push along with their feet and legs. All toddler ride on toys are made to be used either inside or outside or both. My grandsons had several different styles of ride on toys when they were younger. As they grew so did the ride on toy.

Chicco Toys Play 'N Ride Train - Colors May Vary
Chicco Toys Play 'N Ride Train - Colors May Vary

A popular ride on with little boys. My grandson loved the "choo choo".

Little Tikes Push and Ride Doll Walker
Little Tikes Push and Ride Doll Walker

The Push and Ride Walker comes in powder blue and pink for girls and primary colors of blue and red for boys.


The Best Ride On for Toddlers

Push and Ride Toy for 1st Birthday Gift

For your baby who is developing into an active toddler by learning to pull themselves up to stand, the toddler ride on toys that are actually push and ride toys are the best for the younger toddler. A push and ride toy will make a great first birthday gift. A perfect gift idea for the grandparents!

If you baby is like active like mine, he started walking at 9 months, so you may not want to wait until their birthday to buy a toddler ride on toy. My son loved his small ride on toy because he could hold onto the handle attached to the back of the seat and push it along practicing his balance and taking steps.

Then once he developed good balance to stand and walk without assistance, he could climb on the seat of the push and ride toy to ride along using his feet. With the handle, parents can also push their toddler along for a fun bonding activity.

Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike
Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike

Girls love Barbie and this ride on comes with Barbie stickers to put on it.


Toddler Ride On Toys for Girls

Pretty, Pink and Perfect

Little girls love to play on toddler ride on toys and trikes just as much as little boys. There are ride on toys for girls that are pretty, colorful and perfectly made for them. They have characters on them such as Disney Princesses, Doro the Explorer and Barbie. There are unique toddler ride on toys that girls will also like such as those designed as animals, cars and even little bugs such as a bumble bee. Whatever your little toddler girl might like, there is a toddler ride on that will thrill her.

Toddler girls also need the active play time to develop their growing muscles and motor skills. They will learn balance and coordination, all the while they are having fun playing with their ride on toy or trike. It would be the perfect 1st or 2nd birthday gift from any family member.

If they receive more than one toddler ride on toys, it is okay because they will get lots of playtime with them. Most of these toys can be used indoors and outdoors. They are light enough to take with you on trips to the park or to grandma's house.

Radio Flyer 3-in-1 Walker Wagon, Pink
Radio Flyer 3-in-1 Walker Wagon, Pink

Great for a one year old's birthday party gift.

Radio Flyer Big FlyerTM
Radio Flyer Big FlyerTM

You can't go wrong with the Radio Flyer brand.


Toddler Ride On Toys for Boys

Great for the active toddler boy!

As a mother who raised 2 boys that were only 15 months apart in age, plus now a grandmother of 2 active boys ages 9 and 5, I am very experienced in how active a little boy can be! They have lots of energy and it seems all the know how to do is run! From the age of 12 months or so, when they learn how to walk independently, toddler ride on toys are the best toy to have both at home and at grandma's house.

Toddler ride on toys are designed for the growing toddler in mind. Most adjust a bit to grow with your toddler. Some styles come with a handle attached to the seat so parents or grandparents can help push them along until they are strong enough to make their ride on toy go with their own leg power. These ride on toys give your active little boy hours of fun, active playtime besides helping them develop important motor skills such as climbing, pedaling and steering.

Some of the most popular toddler ride on toys such as the Plasma Car, Fisher Price Bright Beginnings Trike, John Deere Foot to Floor Tractor and Step2 Push Around Buggy are designed to use your little boys leg power to move the ride on toy along. As your toddler boy gets a little older, between 2 and 3 years old, they will be ready to have a toddler trike that comes with pedals and steering wheel so they can continue to develop important gross motor skills while having lots of fun too.

My sons had trikes like the "Big Wheels" of many years ago, and would ride them around and around the yard for hours on end. They sure would sleep good at night after burning up all that little boy energy!

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Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

Does Daddy have a Harley? Then his son will be thrilled with his "harley" ride on trike.


Pillow Racers - Little Tikes Fun

The newest craze for the active toddler as young as 18 months old is the Little Tikes Pillow Racers. The pillow racers come in animal shapes such as a bright green turtle, a blue dinosaur and a red ladybug.

These pillow racers are soft for your toddler to sit or lay on as they scoot along on the four casters. The structure allows you to take the pillow off the base to use as a pillow. Your toddler will fall in love with this toddler ride on by Little Tikes.

If you have more than one toddler at home, the pillow pets are priced for any budget so you can buy more than one pillow racer. Soft but durable, these Pillow Racers are so popular with the little ones. Toddlers just love pushing these along with their feet without the worry of falling over.

Plasma Car
Plasma Car

Plasma Car - A Unique Ride On Toy for All Ages

Uses Kid Power!

There is no other toddler ride on toy like this PlaSmart PlasmaCar by PlaSmart. No pedals, batteries or gears needed to move this ride on toy along, just kid power. This ride on toy uses the steering wheel to move the toy along. It is so easy to learn to ride, your child will not want to stop riding.

A popular durable ride on toy used by schools, preschools, churches and where ever groups of young children gather. A great indoor ride on toy, built to hold up to 200 pounds. A few adults have been known to give it a spin too. Besides the bright yellow plastic, this PlasmaCar comes in red, blue, pink and purple.

If you have more than one toddler or young child at home, then you will want to buy more than one. Kids love to race each other with these easy to maneuver ride on toys. This PlasmaCar will arrive right to your door when ordered online.You also may want to order more than one since they are made for all ages. Your toddler may find daddy not wanting to stop playing with it too!

Plasma Car in Action - See How Easy It is to Ride

Watch a child vs adult challenge in racing their PlasmaCar. Who will be the winner?

John Deere Ride On Toys - For Your Little "Farmer"

John Deere Ride On Tractor
John Deere Ride On Tractor

John Deere Ride On Toys - For Your Little "Farmer"

I have to mention here the John Deere Activity Tractor and other John Deere brand ride on toys for both girls and boys. Yes, girls too like all things about farms and farm life. There just is something magical about farm life. I read many stories about farms, farm animals and country life.

Just remember: Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Charlotte's Web, The Country Mouse and The City Mouse and more...

Whether you live in the city or in the country, a John Deere ride on toy tractor will be your toddler's favorite ride on toy. All styles come in the signature "Kelly green" and some have extra accessories such as trailers and haulers just like the real John Deere tractors seen on farms. Take a look at several of the most popular John Deere ride on toys online; some with free shipping too!

Do You Have a Toddler in Your Family? - Do they love ride on toys too?

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    • ATTHED LM profile image

      ATTHED LM 

      5 years ago

      Sure do and she loves tearing around on here brother Bobby car

    • Nanciajohnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Johnson 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Melissa Miotke: I had 2 toddlers at one time also. They do have such energy and are on-the-go ALL the time. Thank you for the comment.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I have two toddlers in my family and yes they do love ride on toys. It seems like I keep getting more and more!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Awesome selection of toddler ride on toys!


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