There is also the issue of warranty. This is also an important consideration. Every miniature car that you purchase must come with a warranty. After all, they are going to cost you upwards of $200 and in some cases, up to $1,000. You also need to look at the reliability of these kids toys before purchasing. How long will the kids vehicle last, especially when it will be driven on the lawn and other mild off-road conditions around the home.
Electric cars are great examples of ride-on toys that are otherwise similar with pedal-powered vehicles, except for the fact that these run on battery power. Nevertheless, these playthings are excellent for helping kids develop their psychomotor skills particularly in terms of their visual motor coordination, balance, and proprioception. Flicking on switches also help enhance dexterity and master their control of fine motor movements.
A: It is proven that our auditory functions and familiar with the world begins in-utero. From an incredibly early age, we begin to make sense of our environment through auditory senses. This helps to reinforce socio-cognitive function, as well as begin the early development of hand-eye coordination – it truly is a skill to rock-out to a tune while steering a vehicle!
After comparing a half dozen of these motorized ride-on toys, we discovered they are VERY similar, the main differences being the style (truck, car, tractor, etc). For example, I have complaints about the quality of this Fisher Price Jeep, but in fact it's higher quality than some of the other units we compared (even more expensive ones). So a lot of these comments apply equally to all Fisher Price motorized toys (and even some other brands as well):
The fully functional entertainment system is one of the most comprehensive we’ve ever seen, including an MP3 and MP4 player linked to a color LCD screen. This can keep your child entertained whenever they’re bored, and they don’t even have to go for a drive. They can sit in their car and jam out to music or watch a movie – it really will become their favorite place to be.
The tractors offers two speeds: 2-1/4 and 4-1/2 miles per hour speeds. They also offer a reverse functionality as well as automatic brakes. The tractors have a 4WD which will simplify the driving experience for baby along various kinds of uneven surfaces including the lawns in the compound. As a protection feature, it gives parents the capability to control speeds thanks to a second gear lockout feature.
Being a licensed model this Mercedes is a high quality item, and that revs us up! Long range remote capability is a major plus, because even though other models have remotes they are relatively short range. Increased protection is another must-have feature that impresses us about the CLA-45, because the car will never put your child at risk if you can’t reach the remote in time.
Now that we’ve summed up the qualities of the best and we’d like to take a moment to let you know how educational these toys can be. Children need to have a wide range of social and life experiences in their younger ages so that they are well adapted and can take on the world without fear. Purchasing one of these toys for your kids will give you the option to teach them so many different things:
It’s a go-kart, which in this day and age a truly retro-way to get around. It has a seat belt, which some of the larger models do not have because they have large side doors and a windshield. The open top will make the experience of driving more enjoyable, and will bring your child closer to the road in their travels. A 45 minute battery life makes this model great for an outing to a nice wide parking lot.
Toddlers that seem to take an interest in riding toys, especially trains, will be thrilled with this wonderfully cute Thomas Train Set that can be used on or off the included track. The track is 18 feet long that runs in a continuous circle for endless hours of riding fun. It is easy to put together and take apart for moving and storing. The train can go up to one mile per hour on the track and up to two miles per hour off of the track. Once toddlers learn the skills of steering their train, then they can ride off of the track and go almost anywhere they want. Kids as young as one year old can learn how to ride Thomas safely as they build their motor skills and balance talents on the track. The ride uses a six volt battery that is included, but for the sounds a AA battery is needed. Sounds and verbal phrases come from the little yellow whistle when it is pressed. Operation of the vehicle is by a push button which kids learn how to use quickly. They can stop and go easily by manipulating this device. For hours of indoor driving play, Thomas the Train will entertain your toddler happily.
As a fast as it looks, it can only go forward at 2.5 miles per hour and 5.0 miles per hour and it can go in reverse at 2.5 miles per hour. Which is fast enough for most young kids. It has a simple and easy to operate reverse push button. There are real side mirrors on the vehicle which give it even more realistic looking along with a spacious load bed, of course by kids expectations of spacious.
I bought this for my 18 months old son who wears 3T (He is a big boy). He loves it. It took a few minutes for him to learn how to pedal, but after a few tries, he was able to drive the jeep in the yard. He is still too young to use the steering wheel (doesn't know how to turn right/left), but he loves it. I can see him driving this for the next 2-3 years. On top of that, the price is great. Love this!
* SPEED / GEARS ... There are actually 4 gears, controlled by a shifter in the middle: Low (2.5 mph), High (5 mph), Reverse and allegedly there's a Park (which i can't find, no matter how much I fiddle with the gear shifter). So realistically there's only 3 gears, though it ~really~ needs a brake or a park (while kids are loading/unloading, etc). It comes with a screw in the shifter to lock out high gear - remove the screw when your kids are ready for more speed.