There’s a lot to love about ride-on toys. They get the wiggles out of your little ones, and they fuel their imaginations. In your kid’s mind, they’re at the Indy 500, or they’re riding horses on the range. Heck, they could even be fairies atop a butterfly’s back waiting to taste the dewdrops. They are mentally and physically engaging, and kids love them.
When you’re buying a ride-on toy, there are a few things to consider: how big your child is, where they’re going to be riding it, and the materials the toy is made from. For wooden ride-on toys, it’s best to use them in carpeted areas so they don’t damage your hardwood. If you opt for something with rubber soles, it’s probably OK to have in the house. All our picks are made for kids anywhere from 12 months to 5 years, and most can hold up to 50 pounds.
After that, ride-on toys really run the gamut — from mini rollercoasters, to plush rockers, to battery-powered animals — and it’s just a matter of what best suits your child and your family’s needs.