I had fun testing the YBike GLX Pro kids’ scooter, which retails for $99.99 on the company’s website. As a mom, I’ve received several wheeled products over the years. Annually I shop for new, age appropriate wheeled products to help my daughter to develop her physical skills. Toys with wheels can help increase muscle control, coordination, and balance. Because I have studied child development in graduate school at Vanderbilt, I know that the development of physical skills is important to children. Last year, I lived in a 1000 square foot townhouse where my daughter’s play was limited to the alley behind our place. Now, I live in a much larger home with a big yard and a beautiful park nearby with a nice long path perfect for children to play. I was very gracious to receive the scooter to review, and I loved having a reason to get my child outside playing and developing physical skills. My oldest daughter was begging for a scooter, and she was excited to receive a product that would encourage the family to go to the park.
Review of the Kids’ Scooter
Some features I liked would be the design. I found that the coloring was appealing and snazzy! Regarding the product’s design, the assembly was incredibly easy. The scooter came with two parts that were the deck, which is the part where the feet go, and the handlebar. I simply pushed the handlebar into the deck to make the two parts snap together. Putting the product together took less than two minutes.
I noticed the kids’ scooter felt sturdy when assembled correctly, and I checked that the two parts snapped together firmly. Because the product didn’t snap in quickly, I used some arm muscles to get the handlebar into the deck. To dissemble, I pushed two buttons at the bottom of the handlebar to get the scooter to come apart, which only took a second to do. Because the product assembled and dissembled so easily, it was easy to take on the go. My scooter fit easily back in the box, which made traveling to the park super easy. While I watched the kids have a blast playing with the scooter, I was most impressed.
As I’m the daughter of an emergency room physician, I’m always looking for safety in the products I test. When I was a child, I always heard many horror stories about bad emergency room visits around the dinner table. Because I’m a concerned parent, I tested the kids’ scooter myself to see how much weight it would actually hold. Sticking to the weight limit is important to the safety of the product. Personally, I’m less than ten pounds over the recommended weight of 110 pounds. When I tried to ride the scooter, I could feel it as it shook under my feet. I would recommend that children over the weight limit use a different model.
When my daughter tested the kids’ scooter, I could tell that the product worked well for kids under the weight limit. The following is some feedback I received from the kids who tested the scooter.
- The handlebars were comfortable to hold.
- Moving over the concrete was easy, as the scooter moved very smoothly.
- The scooter encouraged exercise!
Riding the kids’ scooter was a fun activity that fit great into my homeschooling lessons on active play. I always like to integrate exercise into the lessons I teach. The scooter worked well for lessons where I had my daughter discover how motion works with wheels. I complimented our hands on study of the motion of the scooter with a lesson about ramps. My daughter practiced racing wheeled toys down a ramp made out of a cardboard box, and she learned how the distance traveled depends on the amount of plastic blocks on the toy car. I loved that the scooter was beneficial to my daughter’s physical development as well as her academic development.
I received a free product, but it in no way influenced my opinion.