The success of British cyclists in recent years has spurned an explosion of multi-coloured Lycra and shiny new bicycles on our streets and lanes. Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Chris Froome, Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott…where do we stop? Or should I say, where do we start? Cycling is now one of the United Kingdom’s most popular sports in terms of mass participation and for parents of young children, cycling is an excellent activity for all the family. Teaching children to use a bicycle safely and with confidence is a priority for many parents who see the benefits of cycling, not just for exercise and physical development, but also in the wider sense of learning to assess risks, take notice of the world around them and also having the confidence to ‘go it alone’ on a bike without support. WoodenToyShop’s selection of wooden balance bikes from Kiddimoto offers a stylish and exciting starting point for children who are keen to take to two wheels.
One of our most popular balance bikes is the very smart Brit Pop Scooter. Bradley Wiggins is one of Britain’s best known Mods and this beautiful bike would be right up Wiggo’s street. Painted in bold red, white and blue with a target on the front and a Union Flag motif under the seat, this ride on toy is suitable for children aged between 2 and 6 years. Its upright riding position encourages children to steer with confidence as they propel themselves forward with their feet and if you want to teach children to look after their toys and keep them clean and in good condition, the proud owner of this beautiful scooter will be wiping it down and polishing its spokes at every opportunity! Well, we can dream, can’t we?
The Kiddimoto kurve range, such as the Pastel Dotty Kurve (pictured above) offers a more conventional first balance bike for children aged between 3 and 6 years. These lovely bikes will build strength and confidence while allowing your little one to work on his or her balance skills in a safe environment. They’ll be whizzing around the patio in no time!
When I was a little boy I was obsessed with motorbikes and kept a scrapbook (remember them?) with pictures cut out of motorbike magazines and newspapers. I even had a model Honda sitting standing proudly on my bookshelves. If I was a little boy now, I would crave something like this Red Superbike.
Fans of British Superbike and Moto GP will love this range of balance bikes which brings something special and glamorous to the humble wooden toy. Of course, they promote and encourage the development and improvement of strength, balance and confidence, but they are something else altogether. They’re almost a work of art and are definitely something that Dads will be envious of!
Parents who are looking for something a little different may like the look of Kiddimoto’s new BoxKart series. These modern versions of the classic children’s soap cart are sleek, safe and sturdy. This is the kind of toy that brings the whole family together in pushing, pulling and riding the cart up and down hills, around the garden and maybe, if Mum allows, around the dining table.
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