Active toddlers are naturally eager to explore movement and balance, and ride-on toys are an excellent choice for encouraging these essential gross motor skills. A perfect fit for movers and shakers that have outgrown exersaucers and other stationary activity centers, ride-on toys also help burn off some of that endless energy! Our top picks are below, with selections to fit every budget. No matter what type of ride-on you choose, be sure to shop secondhand first!
The Hape Scoot Around
Like all things Hape, this 4-wheeling scooter is made from solid, sustainable wood. Rubberized wheels ensure a quiet ride that won't mark up your floors. We love the compact design; if you're meeting friends for a race, this one is easy to transport or carry.
B. Toys Boom Buggy
Unlike other ride-on toys with fixed wheels, this buzz-worthy buggy lets your rider push and scoot in any direction thanks to a set of 360-degree rotating wheels. And as it's crafted from natural wood, this buggy is a sustainable choice with a budget-friendly price point.
Step II Whisper Ride
Great for getting out for a stroll! Your little one will have a blast pretending to drive this realistic supercar on their own; features include a movable steering wheel and horn, safety belt, cup holders, and under-seat storage compartment. Additionally, reduced road noise (podcast, anyone?) and an easy fold-handle make it a smart choice for parents, too.
Prince Lionheart Yetitoy
A super-friendly face means this toy isn't just a ride-on, but a new pal to enhance the imaginary world of your child. So take Yeti out for a gallop. Oversized rubber wheels make this a good choice for indoor and outdoor play. In addition, the wide wheelbase keeps children sturdy; parents will love the lightweight and wipe-clean design.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train
Toot toot! For a ride-on with all the bells and whistles, look no further. The VTech train is designed to grow with your child; use it first for floor play and later as a walker and ride-on. Ten fun activities to engage your toddler including storybook, clock, gears, and 13 doubled-sided letter blocks your little one can plug into the side of the train to learn letters and build their vocabulary. And an added bonus: the train also counts the blocks when they're dropped down the chute!
Plan Toys Wooden Balance Bike
With a super-stable, 4-wheel base and sturdy handle grips, Plan Toys again proves that ergonomy and comfort don't have to compromise style. Add water-based paints and rubberwood construction to make this balance bike a fully sustainable choice. And at 7.7” x 15” x 12”, this is one of the smallest wooden ride-on toys on the market and is a safe option for new walkers.
Gymnic Rody Ride-On
Why roll when you can bounce? For older toddlers and preschoolers, The Rody provides a fun outlet for movement while building muscle and improving motor skills. Furthermore, bouncing strengthens the leg muscles while building core strength and balance. And Rody is a cute friend to have around the house, too. Plus it deflates easily for transport or storage. For children ages 3+.
Radio Flyer Scoot 2 Pedal
Two milestones of play in one fun toy! Let your child learn to scoot for fun in the comfortable contoured seat of the Scoot 2. And then when they're ready to learn how to pedal, simply extend the EZ flip-out pedals and watch them go! Extra-wide wheels offer a stable ride, and the covered storage bin adds a “pocket” of fun to the adventure.