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Riding a tricycle is a rite of passage for most children. Find out how learning to ride a tricycle helps your toddler learn several important lessons and adapt crucial developments.
Riding a tricycle is an all-time fun activity that most kids enjoy. As your child turns 2-years-old, you can find him attempting to sit and ride a tricycle. By the time your toddler turns 4-years-old, you can find him pedaling easily and regulating his tricycle efficiently. But what benefits does your child get? We list a few of them below:
1. Improved Coordination And Balance
Riding a tricycle is an effective way to improve balance and coordination of various parts of your kid’s body. It helps hone your toddler’s several motor skills and enhances coordination between various muscle groups. You can find that riding a bicycle effectively promotes the development of the hand-eye coordination, as your child masters the steering activity. Additionally, it also helps enhance arm-leg coordination as your toddler learns to master climbing on and getting off the tricycle and ride it with improved balancing skills appropriately. A notable fact is that the hands, arms, and legs of your preschooler coordinate together appropriately as he learns to balance and ride his tricycle properly.
As your child learns to ride a tricycle, you can find him turning more confident. Riding the tricycle helps your preschooler to find his way, take the right turns, avoid obstacles, and tackle several challenges that finally end up boosting your toddler’s confidence to a great extent.
Riding a tricycle inculcates the virtue of independence in your toddlers, as they learn to navigate from one area on the ground to another on their own. Once your kids master the skill to ride the tricycle by avoiding the obstacles, they no more need your assistance. This gives them freedom to explore various areas of your house or playground independently and your kids are glad to navigate independently by managing their tricycle.
4. Essential Vehicle Accessories
Learning and riding a tricycle acquaints your preschoolers with various vehicle accessories. Your child learns about different parts of the vehicles, such as wheels, steering, pedals, etc., which help him understand the functioning of the tricycle as well as various other related vehicles that he has not yet tried. If your kid’s tricycle has a bell or horn, your child learns the functioning of the bell and how it alerts the person coming in his way.
Practicing riding a tricycle makes your preschooler become more aware of his and others’ safety. To ride the tricycle in a safe way, your kid learns to avoid spills, take turns, slow down, or come to a stop instinctively.
6. Take Initiative
As your kid masters riding a tricycle, he likes to take initiative to try new adventures. You may find your kid taking initiative to race with other kids who are riding their tricycles, without making you push him into the race. Your child may also carry his books or other items from one area in your house to other area by placing the items in the backseat of the tricycle.
7. Get Ready For Learning A Bicycle
Once your child turns an experienced tricycle rider, his next step would be to try riding a bicycle or kid’s bike. Riding a tricycle paves your kid’s way to learn and ride a bicycle in no time. Your child is already acquainted with the wheels, steering, pedals, and other parts of the tricycle so it becomes easy for your child to learn bicycle quickly.