As a parent, you want to create an environment that is fun for your kids, but at the same time safe enough so that you don’t have to worry about their well-being constantly. Riding a scooter, is one of the fun, social and healthy outdoor activities that come packaged with many benefits and its fair share of some safety concerns that need to be given attention.
So what are the benefits and safety tips as far as scooter for kids is concerned?
- Development of Coordination Skills
As your child rides a scooter, they are kicking and balancing to enable them to achieve motion and direction. As they propel the scooter’s board on the small wheels and control their speed, they are not only having lots of fun; these two physical activities have the benefit of improving their coordination skills, a particularly a great milestone for the young ones that you want them to develop.
- Social and Emotional Development
Scooter activities and games often involve working in groups, communicating and solving problems. As this happens, cooperation with others in the group comes into play often with the benefit of instilling in children sensitivity to the needs of those in their environment. The greater picture in this is the development of self-control and emotional management which are quite important values to possess in anyone, not just kids!
- Development of Gross and Fine Motor Skills
As the young ones engage in scooting activities, exploring their environment and engaging in creative learning, their gross and fine motor skills are formed and developed. In addition, the endurance that comes with the myriad of physical activities as they move around also allows them to have more energy for other activities.
The scooter exercise also helps the child engage in physical exercise that helps strengthen the power of their muscle including the arms, waist, abdomen and legs.
- Encourages Kids to Play Outdoors
Even with the many video games and play stations, many children find staying outdoors to be more fun than remaining indoors and well; this is not hard to imagine when you think of all the fun activities you engaged in outdoors as a child.
Not only does this enable them to get some fresh air, it creates some space in the home so you can get some work done. And in addition to traveling over short distances, like when they are finally allowed to ride to school, riding a scooter enables kids to explore their environment.
- Builds Confidence
As mentioned above, children riding scooters aids in improved physical condition. As this happens, self-confidence is built, and their sense of competence and accomplishment goes up. When they engage in team activities and especially team games, their sportsmanship is also enhanced while their identity is actively developed and boosted.
While the benefits of scooter riding are evident, it is important also to note that there are safety concerns that need to be taken into consideration if your child is going to enjoy their scooting activities safely. So as you go ahead and get them this amazing outdoor toy, below are some key safety precautions you should take:
- Wear a Helmet
The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be overemphasized, it is a compulsory safety measure that could save your child’s life as it protects the back of their head. When purchasing the helmet, you should also remember to add some riding gloves or wrist pads, knee and elbow pads which come in handy when avoiding any serious injuries in case they fall.
- Teach the Kid to be Careful
When going out to ride, the child should be made aware of the dangers that they could face as they play outdoors. Teaching them to be careful involves encouraging them to look and carefully assess the riding environment to ensure they only ride their scooter when it is safe.
- Help them with their Riding Practice
Teaching them to be careful could also involve giving them some riding practice in a safe area before allowing them to go riding on the footpath, road or driveway. Remember that areas such as roads present a particular risk especially since parked vehicles could be hiding an oncoming rider from other drivers.