Have you ever heard of Strider Bikes? Strider Bikes are bikes without peddles that are meant to teach kids to balance. They use their feet to propel themselves forward and as the wheels take over, the balancing begins.
We got our oldest one of these bikes for Christmas right after he turned 2. Even though it sat unused for about a year, we are so glad we bought one. He's a balancing pro now (he will be 4 in a few months) and is looking ready to skip training wheels and go straight for a 2-wheeler (which he will be getting for his 4th birthday). Just in time because his little brother is dying to have his turn on this bike. We usually begin and end the day fighting over who gets to ride the bike first (though my youngest just sits on it at this point, which of course infuriates the oldest..."but MooOOOm, he doesn't even know how to ride it.").
I think the great thing about Strider Bikes is they are close to the ground so kids can learn to balance and fall without too much pain. The seat is adjustable so it can be used for several years. The tires are sturdy and heavy duty so the bike can be taken off road. They are super light just in case your child gets tired ;) Strider Bikes come in a lot of different colors so don't be afraid to get one for a girl too! One scary thing though is that there aren't any brakes other than your child's feet. They quickly learn how to use their feet to stop but if it's down a hill it can make it hard.
***UPDATE***I just got a comment that there is also a bigger version of the Strider Bike. It's the PV Glider
Check out the comments section for more info on this. Thanks Cristina!!
You may have noticed in the beginning I said #1 AND #2 source of contention. The other source? The helmet. My youngest LOVES hats and something that not only belongs to his brother but that his brother also loves to wear is a hot topic around here. Welcome. To. Meltdown. But, oh so worth it.
A boy, his dog (albeit, an expensive one), and his bike...does like get much better than that?
Transparent Readers: Any outdoor stuff your kids love? What outdoor activities are you most looking forward to about fall?