Driving Skills – After the excitement of driving anywhere and everywhere has worn off a bit, you can change the play time up a bit and teach the kids some real driving skills. If you take them to a big parking lot, you can set up a course of cones for them to roll along, and teach your kids how to check their toy for damage, when to stop the toy at a stop-sign, how to park the toy, how to go around a circle, and more. This will introduce the more difficult parts of driving that they will have to deal with later on for their real-life driving test one day. They might protest at first, but if you treat it as a challenge with a reward at the end like an ice-cream or a packet of chips you can be sure they’ll be into it almost at once.
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:
An electric bike such as this one has more speed power than some of the battery-powered vehicles that are more appropriate for toddlers. Young kids a bit older can ride this bike with confidence once skills are honed to ride safely. It can reach a speed of up to fifteen miles per hour. The large tires ensure the driver a smooth ride, plus easy handling with the hand rear-braking feature and twist-grip throttle. Two 12 volt batteries combine to give the bike it power and it can run up to 45 minutes at a time without charging. The charger comes with the item as do tools and a pit stand to hold the vehicle up when not in use. Kids 6 years old and older are the best ages to enjoy this bike as beginners on a two-wheel vehicle.
Step2 ride-ons, plastic wagons, push buggies and cars are a must-have for outdoor fun. Our wagon and ride on toys have storage compartments for drinks, toys and parents' keys. Kids will be comfortable and secure in their riding toys as they cruise around the park or neighborhood. Little ones will have a blast steering their toy car or imagining they're on a ship as parents pull the wagon. Whether you need a canopy wagon to take to the beach or a motorcycle for kids, Step2 has an option that fits your toddlers needs.
We had to consider the developmental appropriateness of the electric vehicle especially when taken in the light of the recommended age. We also had to look at safety and stability issues especially the battery charging mechanisms. We then looked at what other consumers are saying about the products so we are sure these are the very same toys you would give to someone you love. Then, we had to look at the company’s credibility and whether it is observing good manufacturing practices or not.
The car is cute and has fun music and we enjoyed the settings to make the car remote or manually controlled. Really had no problems until recently when our car just randomly stopped holding a charge and would no longer drive. It’s been less than a year with minimal use and always stored indoors. Tried contacting the selling for help troubleshooting or to get a replacement part and they said they don’t do either of those things and since it’s been over 60 days we are out of luck unless we want to buy a brand new car. Would have hoped they would try to be more help. Disappointing for a toy this expensive to work less than a year.
* ASSEMBLY ... You have to assemble *everything* - absolutely nothing comes pre-assembled. For example, see the rear roll-bar in the photo? That alone is 16 pieces to be screwed together, not including the decals. Allow 90 minutes, but my repair took another 90 minutes, making assembly time a little over 3 hours total for me (from box to complete unit).