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Tips for Learning to Ride a Scooter

We all want our kids to enjoy the great outdoors. But unfortunately, getting them interested in the great outdoors is becoming increasingly challenging. We realized this problem ourselves, and then we began trying new things to get them invested in the great big world we have filled with natural beauty that no video game or movie could capture as effortlessly as seeing it for yourself. 

It’s not just about the sight of it all, it’s about the feeling, and that’s why scooters for kids allow children to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and senses the great outdoors offers. 

But how do we teach them how to ride a scooter? We will share our favourite tips to make this challenge fun and infinitely more manageable. 

The Equipment

We’ve got a lot of scooters for kids that work for various ages. We’ve got both two-wheel and three-wheel scooters, so no matter what age or skill level, kids can enjoy scooting down the street. Three-wheelers help with kids aged 2+ years, while two-wheelers are for kids five and up. 

Tips for Learning To Ride a Scooter

Here are some of the best tips we’ve learned when it comes to teaching your child how to ride a scooter.

Dominant Foot 

Riders of all august need to identify their dominant foot. Most people are right foot dominant, and as a result, this has been given the title ‘regular stance.’ However, that doesn’t mean nobody is dominant on their left foot. For some unfortunate reason, this has been given the title ‘goofy-footed.’ Don’t let the names fool you; there is no right or wrong dominant foot. 

Here’s how you determine your dominant foot:

  1. Have your child stand with their feet apart at a shoulder-width distance on a flat surface. 
  2. Have your child lean forward slowly and note which foot they use to stop themselves from truly falling flat on their faces.
  3. This foot used to stop a fall is the dominant foot. 

Your child might be resistant but make them comfortable by being ready to assist if they don’t even try to stop the fall from happening. Another method is asking your child to stand on the bottom step and noting which foot they use first to go up the stairs. It’s not as accurate as the test of falling and catching one’s self, but if there’s no other option but the steps method, then at least you’ve got something. 

Once you’ve determined your dominant foot, you need to understand the proper stance and teach your child to place their dominant foot behind the less dominant one. 

Proper Scooter Setup 

A scooter must always be set up correctly in accordance with your child’s height. Most scooters are adjustable in terms of their handlebars and height. Find what’s most accurate and comfortable. For beginners, closer to the waist height is recommended. 

Find a Flat Paved Area and Practice

It’s like riding a bike. Be there with them, guide them, and be ready to catch or comfort them when they inevitably fall. The important thing to remember is to guide them to perseverance. They need to get back up and try again. You need to ensure your child is wearing a helmet and protective pads so that they don’t hurt themselves while they’re extremely new to this fun piece of equipment. 

Conclusion

Are you looking for a scooter for your child to call their own? Let’s get you hooked up! Xchange Sports is one of the best places to get your child the scooter of their dream! Check out our store for scooters, bikes, balance bikes, helmets, and accessories.

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