At this time of year when the Christmas decorations appear in shops and Michael Bublé comes on the radio, you start to think about what Santa might bring your little one. Yup, it’s time already!
I’m a big fan of any toy that encourages my kids to go outside, get some exercise and fresh air, and a scooter easily ticks all those boxes.
When it comes to scooters there’s none better than Micro Scooters. Following the simple philosophy of safety, child development, durability and fun, the innovative Swiss design of the Micro has won more than 50 awards right across the world, and it’s easy to see why.
Here’s 5 reasons why a scooter makes the perfect Christmas present for your little one:
1. Developing Balance and Coordination
You might not have thought about it yet, but a scooter is the ideal first mode of transport for your child. Micro’s scooters are great for developing balance–teaching kids how to balance using their own body weight, helping to develop muscles in their upper bodies and teaching them confidence along the way.
Scooting helps kids from as young as 2 years of age to work on coordination, endurance and overall strength without even realising they’re doing it–they’re having too much fun!
As well as being fun, it helps kids learn skills including coordination and develop motor skills, as well as encouraging them to go outside and get some exercise.
2. A Scooter For All Ages
The Micro range caters for kids of all ages, from two years of age right up to Mum and Dad! The three-wheeled range is ideal for toddlers, learning to balance and navigate the brakes at the back. And the two-wheeled scooters for older kids and adults come in various models for different skill levels.
It’s a great activity for your children to enjoy together, despite any age gap. My older daughter is 8 and youngest is 4, but all three of them can enjoy going for a ride on their scooters together–and have done since they were toddlers.
My youngest at 4 years of age now rides the Mini Micro Deluxe, with a wider board for balance and grip, it has adjustable handlebars so she can ride it up until she’s 5. Marnie started on her big sister’s hand-me-down Mini Micro (below) when she was still in nappies, so she’s now confident and capable on her scooter.
3. Scooting Teaches Confidence And Decision-Making Skills
It’s beneficial for older kids to have a scooter as well as bicycle, because bikes and scooters teach them different skills that are important for kids’ development. Using different skillsets, the ability to ride a bike AND a scooter will teach them balance, agility, confidence and decision-making skills.
Scooters are easier for shorter trips, awkward pathways or steep inclines, and much easier for younger children to learn before they reach bicycle age. Easily maneuvered by little bodies from as young as two Micro scooters are great for busy paths and parks.
4. Scooting Is Cool
As a way to commute to school, scooting is now the ‘in’ thing. There are dozens of kids in our street that scoot to school every morning, and my older girls just love it. Scooting is also easier to control around traffic as a parent, particularly crossing multiple roads and crossings on our commute. My older girls have the Sprite and the Speed+ and I just know they feel very cool and confident on their two-wheeled scooters.
I love that the two-wheeled scooters have a stand as well, so no more dropping it on the ground to get scratched or block footpaths. Even better, both their scooters fold up really easily, perfect for family trips away or for compact storage.
5. Scooting from Toddlerhood
My girls have been riding their Micro scooters since they were all two years of age. It’s amazing how quickly they learn to use their body weight to control the scooter, and can easily stop with the foot-brake. I think it’s the best time to learn when they’re still toddlers, who seem to pick things up pretty quickly at this age anyway. Depending on your own child’s ability, as soon as they show an interest I’d recommend getting them a scooter.
The best-seller in the range is the Mini Micro, perfect for kids from two years of age. The key features of the Mini Micro include:
- From 2 to 5 years of age
- Adjustable handlebars
- Unique silicon raised deck for extra stability and grip
- Anodised stem protects the scooter from corrosion
- Develops fine motor and balance skills
- Stable 3 wheel design
- Intuitive lean-to-steer action
- Lightweight design
- Wide non-slip deck, low to the ground
- Quality non-marking wheels
- Available in eight colour options: Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Aqua and Orange
A helmet is an essential piece of kit for kids who ride a scooter. Micro has a great range of scooter helmets for children so they’ll stay safe on their way to school and when they’re off an adventure.
Massive Range In Eight Colours
To enter, simply:
- Follow @micro_scooters on Instagram
- Tell us why you want a scooter for Christmas
- Add your Instagram handle to your answer, ie. @micromum
Giveaway closes on Thursday 15 November, 2018 at midnight (AEDST). Winner will be announced on Stylish Bump Instagram on Friday 16 November 2018.