Your child’s balance is as important as that of your bank account and keeping a check on important milestones is essential for future development. Activities such as walking over unstable surfaces (e.g. pillows, bean bags or blankets on the floor), climbing ladders and jungle gyms, swimming, hopscotch and stepping all help to increase core strength and their ability to wobble without falling. Other essential pieces of play equipment like balance bikes and toddler scooters also offer a fine way to increase balance and coordination.
Here are a few of our favourites;
My Buddy Wheels Unicorn Balance Bike (2+) – RRP £70
The My Buddy Wheels Unicorn Balance Bike from Halfords is just what you need to start your child’s journey to cycling. This fun covered balance bike helps a child learn the fundamental skills needed for cycling by combining a balance bike with a soft cuddly friend to make the adventure more exciting and enticing for your child! Every child’s cuddly friend will be with them every step of the way as they learn the fundamental skills required for a lifetime of cycling.
Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike – Red (3 – 5 years) – RRP £34.99
Alternatively why not choose Chicco’s Red Bullet Balance Bike? The Red Bullet Balance Bike helps children to develop spatial awareness as they learn how to move around on their first bike, as well as getting to grips with the importance of balance and exploratory play as they are free to go where they choose. It’s only £34.99 and will last for a couple of years so its really good value and features an ultra-light metal frame. You can also adjust the height of the saddle and handlebars.
Q Play Impact Balance Bike Red (2+) – RRP £34.99
The Q Play Impact Balance Bike from Smyths Toys also costs just £34.99 and offers a unique frame and wheel design, with 10 inch wheels for stability. The adjustable seat adapts to suit your child, with soft padding for little bottoms. Its ergonomic design and rubber handlebar grips will also give little ones a firm hold as they play!
Of course when playing children also need to make sure they are wearing all their safety equipment so helmets and pads should go hand in hand with your purchase and are available nationwide at most bike stores and on Amazon.