What is equilibrium?
Equilibrium is the body’s ability to keep the center of gravity above the body’s support base.
A proper equilibrium system allows us to:
• See clearly while in motion.
• Identify what is up and what is down (gravity).
• Identify the direction and speed of movement.
• Know how to correct our standing so as not to fall and maintain our stability.
A well developed equilibrium system, or in it’s more worldly known name – the balance system, will give a child the feeling of confidence. It will start with the body and move to confidence in him or hers whole being. For more information you may have a look at an article I’ve written about children’s physical development.
Let’s see what toys there are around that other than being great fun are also good for improving the balance. For that, the God of toys has invented Scooters and Balance Bikes.
Stabilizing wheels or Balance bike?
In the past, young children used to ride a bicycle with stabilizing wheels. It allowed children to start practicing the art of riding without having to learn to balance. Balancing, which was considered a difficult thing to master, was saved to learn at a later age.
Balance Bikes have changed all that.
Riding a balance bike teaches a child to control its balance system. As it happens it turned out they could do a very good job at that, even when riding at speed, from a very young age.
Add to the confidence a child gets being able to control its body like that – the value of riding being a great way for spending energy and using the body – and of course the great fun that it is for them, and you have the perfect toy.
Here’s 3 Balance Bikes I’ve found that seem to do the job perfectly:
I have researched the options of balance bikes and it seems the king here is the Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike.
Parents say it’s a wonderful learning tool. The wheels are great because they never need to be inflated. Super light and easy to manage.
Here are some details:
Age: 18 months – 5 years.
Lightweight steel frame (6.7 pounds), powerful bikes with years of use.
EVA plastic wheels – do not puncture and give a feeling of softness when driving.
Mini-grips – gives your child better control.
Upholstered seat – for comfortable riding.
Low, 8-inch stand-over height for easier balance.
Max rider weight – 60 pounds.
Easy to assemble.
One more that seems to be liked. Cheaper than the Strider:
Another brand that is very loved and recommended. Parents say it was very easy for them to put together, and for the child to learn to manage. Solid and nice looking (it’s ok to take this into consideration too).
Ages: 18 months – 5 years.
12 inch height.
Durable Aluminum frame. Weighs only 6.6 pounds.
Inflation free Eva tires.
Soft rubber handle.
Comfortable padded seat.
Seat is 11.8″- 16.5″ adjustable. Handlebar 20″ – 22.9″ adjustable.
Max child weight – 110 pounds.
Easy to put together.
Last one, just so you have a few to choose from. This one is apparently the lightest of them all:
Parents say comes mainly assembled, has a foot rest, the seat is very comfortable and it’s super lightweight. built similar to the Strider but 2 ponds lighter.
Ages: 18 months – 5 years.
Seat height: 11.5 to 18.5 inch.
Lightweight (4.3 pounds) aluminium frame.
Flat-free rubber foam tires.
Ultra-soft hand grips.
Includes adjustable Handlebar Pad and Bell.
Tool-Free 5 min assembly.
All in all I think they’re all really good balance bikes. The Croco is the lightest one. The Allbot is the cheapest one, and the Strider is the most popular.
Good luck choosing 🙂
I hope that helps. Let me know how it went and most importantly – Enjoy.
All the best,