Riding Toys for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

From young grade-schoolers to capable tweens and teens, kids usually love riding toys that allow them to speed along streets, sidewalks, and driveways. They can enjoy active play with these toys. While bicycles are also an option, these toys add a different dimension and can be more appropriate or appealing for some kids, depending on age and ability.

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With this three-wheeled scooter, there's no pushing off the ground with one foot. Instead, with both feet on the decks, you move your hips and legs from side to side in a motion like downhill skiing. It has hand brakes that are used to stop. Note that the 33-inch handlebar is not adjustable. The Y Fliker Air is suitable for kids age 5 and over and who weigh up to 110 pounds. Fliker has more models for older kids and adults who weigh more.

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The RipRider may look like a tricycle, but it has rear caster wheels that allow it to spin completely around (hence the 360 in the name), and then keep on going. While the RipRider was designed for younger kids (age 5 and up), it's sturdy enough for teens (and adults) to ride. You may want to give it a spin yourself.

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This kids' inline skate from Rollerblade is expandable to four sizes, so your child can keep wearing it even as his feet grow (and grow, and grow). This model also has a lower center of gravity to make it easier for kids to balance. Smaller sizes have three wheels, while bigger ones have four. You'll also want knee pads and a helmet, especially for kids just starting out.

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Micro Sprite Kick Scooter

Micro Sprite scooter
Courtesy of Amazon

The Micro Mini-Kick is good for little ones, while the Sprite is a great option for kids 8 and up (including teens and adults up to 220 pounds). Its handle is adjustable and the scooter weighs just 5.5 pounds. This foldable scooter comes with a rear brake and kickstand.

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Zike Elliptical Scooter

WingFlyer Z150 stepping scooter
WingFlyer

Imagine your elliptical trainer cruising down the sidewalk and you'll have some idea of what the Zike WingFlyer is like. You pump on the foot treads rather than turning pedals and you ride upright like standing on a scooter. While there has been no announcement about the product being discontinued, as of late 2017 availability is limited and the company says they are not being produced.

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EzyRoller

EzyRoller outdoor ride-on toy
EzyRoller

With no pedals, chain, or batteries—just how does this bike/scooter hybrid go? Even the youngest kids (age 3 and up) catch on quickly. All they have to do is press their feet against the push bar, alternating right and left to create a surprisingly fast, sinuous motion. It's safe for riders up to 150 pounds.

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Razor RipStik Caster Board

Razor RipStik Caster Board
Razor RipStik

This hot wheelie is a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard. The wheels can rotate 360 degrees and the deck pivots, too. Kids can speed up or turn just by transferring their weight from side to side. Be sure to pair this with a helmet if your child doesn't already have one. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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Sole Skate

Razor Sole Skate outdoor ride-on toy
Razor USA LLC

This one's perfect for kids who wish they could skate everywhere they go: The one-foot Sole Skate has three sturdy wheels and is designed to fit snugly around a child's shoe, allowing him to pivot, swerve, and roll across any flat surface. Once he arrives at his destination, the Sole Skate fits easily in his backpack. It's for ages 8 and up, with a weight limit of 220 pounds.

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Orbitwheels

Orbitwheels ride on toy
Inventist

Part skateboard, part inline skate, part something new, Orbitwheels are simply wheels you wear on your feet, with no straps or buckles required. They are suitable for a variety of surfaces and with practice, rides can master lots of cool tricks. They're also lightweight enough to stuff in a backpack or locker when riding time is up. They are for ages 8 and up.

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Razor Spark Kick Scooter

Razor Spark kick scooter ride on
Razor

This popular Razor scooter has a twist—a mechanism that actually shoots sparks when the rider activates it. Available in blue, red, and clear/black, the Spark Kick features the same folding system and rear brake as the original Razor kick scooter. The Spark is suitable for ages 6 and up. Also try the Razor Graffiti, which lets riders draw chalk lines instead of shooting sparks and is rated for kids ages 8 and up.

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Tail Wags Helmet Cover

Bumblebee Tail Wag helmet cover
Tail Wags

Whatever riding toys for kids you choose, make sure your riders are protected with a helmet. One way to encourage helmet wear is with a cool helmet cover. There are designs available for princess crowns, dinosaur spikes, and dozens of different animals and insects. Tail Wags covers fit over all makes and models of bike, ski, skate, and equestrian helmets. Or check out the rockin' helmet designs from Raskullz.

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