The Benefits Of Kick Scooters For Kids
Think about what it takes for you to ride a kick scooter. Then, consider the following.
Balance and Direction
Scooters are powered first by a kick but directed using balance. Scooters can help improve coordination with use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning how to balance using their weight.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Developing gross and fine motor skills enables kids to become more independent, while opening doors to exploration, creativity and learning. Parents Magazine surveyed a number of experts for an article regarding why motor skills are so important for kids to cultivate early.Scooter help develop both sets of motor skills kids need in everyday life. Scooters must be transported to a place of play (often by the kids), perhaps assembled (if traveling with your kick scooter), maneuvered properly, and can even be used a as a centerpiece for imaginary play… or barreling down a grass hill.
The above benefits are also essential pre-reading skills for very young kids. Our books are printed from left to right so experts believe its important for new readers to be familiar with the concept of direction at an early age. Motor skills are essential for a number of other reasons. Kids not only need to hold the books and flip pages, but a good pencil grip later enables them to write words down in order to remember them better. They’ll hone motor skills to brush teeth, type and a number of other things throughout their lives.
It usually doesn’t take long for kids to master riding a kick scooter. When they do, the confidence knowing they can handle it can potentially make them eager to tackle other skills.
A helmut is require by California law for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and bikes for anyone who is under the age of 18. Through riding scooters, kids can understand a bit more about the importance of protecting their bodies and consequences of not doing so.
Seriously, kids love the freedom and ease that riding a scooter provides. The bottom line is that kick scooters are fun and also let them ride when walking might be a burden.
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Much faster than walking
Kick scooters are roughly 3x as fast as walking. You can pedal a kick scooter at a leisurely pace going 9mph, compared to average walking speed of 2.5–3mph.
Smaller, lighter, and more portable than a Bicycle
In urban environments with public transportation, a kick scooter is much easier to bring on to and off of buses, taxis, trains. They’re also more nimble at low speeds compared to a bike, so navigating around pedestrians is quite a bit easier.
Because it has much smaller dimensions than a bicycle, you can easily bring a kick scooter into a cafe or casual restaurant. Most kick scooters also fold into a more compact size to get it out of the way.
Since it’s easier to bring in kick scooters, the risk of theft is much lower than a bicycle that you have to lock up outdoors. Bike thieves generally wouldn’t bother trying to steal a kick scooter anyway.
On average a kick scooter is ~9–13 pounds vs 15–30lbs for a bicycle.
Much easier and safer to use than a skateboard
Kick scooters are very intuitive to use and almost anyone can pick one up and immediately start using it. You also have a handlebar which makes it easier to keep the scooter under you, and a rear brake to slow down (some kick scooters have a brake on the handlebar). In contrast skateboarding is a much more athletically demanding activity that requires a lot of practice to build up enough skill to navigate down hills and crowds. Skateboards also (for the most part) lack brakes and no handlebars means its much easier to have a skateboard fly out from under you. On flat terrain a kick scooter is about as fast as a skateboard.
Parents and guardians sign their children up for sports for many different reasons—including the opportunity to teach kids important life lessons, like communication, time management and committment.
However, sports don't magically teach life lessons. It’s important that parents thoughtfully support their children in transferring experiences on fields, courts, pools or ice to the classroom, relationships and (one day!) work.
Here are five tips for parents, who play an important role in helping children absorb what they learn from sports and transform it into life skills:
It’s natural to feel upset when your child is in tears at the dinner table because of a coach’s decision. As a parent, your natural reaction is to protect your child.
In some instances, you may have to get involved in the situation; however, resist the urge to react immediately. You may miss an opportunity to equip your child with the valuable skill of expressing her point of view in a mature and concise way.
Role play a conversation between your child and the coach so she can practice articulating her concerns.
This way, your child will become more equipped to state her points of concern in a confident and clear tone. It also allows her to hear the coach’s point of view. Don’t forget to discuss both verbal and non-verbal communication!
Playing sports can evoke lots of emotions—some good and some bad. Discuss potential scenarios with your children before they happen. Invite them to find solutions for different situations, like trouble at practice or high-stakes championship games, meets or matches.
When kids have time to think about the consequences of their actions, they can consider how they may react. This prepares them to present themselves in the way they would like to be perceived.
As children age, remind them this is a useful strategy for many social situations they will be faced with in the future.
Sometimes, sports may not be fun for your children. For example, kids may have to deal with an injury or not having the desired amount of playing time.
While it’s one thing to tell a child, “that’s life!”, it's more productive to challenge him to find joy through the commitment. There's a sense of accomplishment that comes with perseverance and rehabilitating an injury alongside practice means a kid can still be part of a group or team.
It's important that kids understand how to stay committed to a situation they signed up for, just as it’s important for adults to see commitments through.
4. Time Management
Many of us remember the stress that came with returning home after a late game or practice to the reality of an exam or project due the next day at school.
It's important that parents do not make excuses or enable extensions on schoolwork. Rather, teach your children how to plan their schedule so schoolwork is not jeopardized due to sports.
Time management is a valuable skill at all stages of life and sports provide many young people with the chance to practice this skill as youngsters. Use busy days as opportunities to teach kids about planning and scheduling their time.
Sometimes it's tempting for children (and adults) to take short cuts in sports for perceived short-term gain. The problem with this is that it teaches bad habits.
If a ball goes out of bounds, or a puck doesn’t cross the goal line, it's important that children do the right thing. Help kids understand what integrity is and how they can play a role in making sure it's the common standard in sport.
Support your kids in making the right decisions, even if it means things are harder in the immediate future.
Sports provide so many unique opportunities to teach kids valuable life lessons. Parents, guardians, coaches and friends must work together to ensure young people are fully supported in understanding how to transfer these lessons to school, work and social situations.
Article BY AMANDA STANTEC taken from http://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/5-Life-Lessons-Kids-Can-Learn-From-Sports