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Kiddimoto balance bikes help children to learn balance, leading to 2-wheeled cycling skills. Learning to ride a balance bike helps them to be more aware of their actions and the consequences of those actions. Children who develop balance at an early age also develop confidence which will develop in other areas of their lives. Confidence allows children to learn faster.
Research and plain old common sense explains the importance of children doing regular gentle exercise. The most up-to-date health advice is that children under-5 should be physically active for at least 3 hours every day. This 'active play' should be enough to get the child's heart beat raised - that is, to make them 'huff and puff'. The easiest way to achieve this is to include active play as part of your everyday life and to make it FUN! Kiddimoto wooden bikes are a fun and effective way of achieving this with your child.
Children will enjoy taking their Kiddimoto out for a ride and the exercise they are getting from it will benefit them in many ways. Regular exercise in early life increases the likelihood that they will continue exercising when they become adults. Attitudes towards physical activity are established at an early age; parents therefore have a prime responsibility to encourage their children to engage in active play.
Most children attend pre-school and then school from an early age and the routine of travelling to and from school provides an excellent opportunity for both individual and family exercise. With young children an escorted twice-daily brisk ride may benefit both child and parent(s) as well as provide a positive parental role model for the child. With a balanced, enjoyable programme children can develop a repertoire of motor skills, achieve success at their own levels, and feel confident enough in their own abilities to want to pursue more active lifestyles.
The best way to ensure children can achieve high-level academic performance with less effort is to have them train their motor skills starting in infancy and continuing in childhood. Dr. Jean Piaget, a Swiss child psychologist and biologist, recognized that a child's ability to understand the world around him and communicate with others is based on early, adequate sensory and motor-skill development and integration, as well as a stable emotional development.
In early age we begin to learn to develop a sense of verticality, going through stages like turning, sitting, crawling, standing and walking. The final result should be well coordinated walking, and a balanced and vertical posture with smooth, fluid motions. A well-controlled vertical posture and well-coordinated movement should be stable and of very good quality by the age of six to seven at the latest, when exams and tests at school often begin.
An optimally coordinated movement and vertical posture allow us to listen, communicate, act and interact independently. They are known and recognized today as the basis for developing age-appropriate speech, language and behaviour. This level of development represents the foundation for later movement skills, such as drawing or writing when we are in school, and as adults when performing complex and high-precision motor activities like surgeons, airplane pilots, violinists, figure skaters, etc. must do.
A well-trained and developed sense of balance and coordinated movement are also fundamental and very important skills in developing attention, in concentrating and in remaining focused for a long time when learning, communicating or at work. Some of this may seem a long way away yet for your toddler but physical activity in the early years is a vital building block for later life.
Kiddimoto ride ons for kids promote lots of healthy fun exercise - your toddler will be so keen to get out there and ride their balance bike. This in turn will mean they are easily able to move on to a regular bike when they are older. Your toddler will already have developed a keen sense of balance and a confidence in their own abilities, making them more likely to tackle other physical challenges as they grow older. Read our customer testimonials to see what others have to say about our balance bikes - and then have fun browsing for the perfect wooden bike for your toddler.