From a bouncy hopper to a baby bike, there are many ways for your energetic little one to get around under their own steam. Be prepared to leap out of the way as your speedy toddler drives along the garden path in their pedal car, or off-roads on the lawn in their classic go-cart. A kids' ride on is a great way to get your toddler outdoors and active, while helping them develop those important gross motor skills.
Sit-and-ride toys are low toddler ride-ons that are powered simply by determined little legs. These are great for building your child's confidence (they'll love making the car move all by themselves!) and come in a range of shapes and sizes. Go for a fun animal-shaped ride on, or one featuring their favourite character.
We all know that children love to use their imaginations, and ride on cars are always a good way to inspire creative play. Toy coupes from much-loved brands such as Little Tikes are sit-and-ride vehicles with roofs, doors and steering wheels, just like real cars. There are emergency service vehicles for action-packed role play games, or bright and cheerful animal designs. Accessories can add to the fun, like trailers for towing toys behind them, or pretend petrol pumps. For more toddler play suggestions, read our guide to toys for one to two year olds.
If your little one likes their independence, let them drive themselves to the park in their ride-on car – as you push them along with the handy adult-height handle. A smart trike takes this to another level, with a sophisticated design that grows with your child. For example, a SmarTrike can go right from a comfy pushchair through to a pedal-powered mini bike, still with a steering handle for a guiding, grown-up hand on the wheel.