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There are so many cool choices in riding toys for children these days it’s hard to remember that many of us used to ride around on a broomstick, content to call it our horse. Nowadays there are junior models of every car, truck, tank and train. They come in all sizes and colors and many are electric or battery-powered for real riding fun.


There are lots of choices, however, that make the child do the work and they’re pretty cool too. Here are four choices to get you started in your quest to find the perfect riding toy for your child or grandchild. Let me forewarn you—none of these toys are inexpensive and most of them require some assembly.


Kid-powered Choices:


Instep Pink Pedal Car

This one is for little girls from about ages two to eight. It is made of powder-coated steel and comes with personalized name decals. It is gorgeous. It needs a smooth surface for optimal driving. Every little girl will love it.


Little Tikes Cozy Truck

This truck is perfect for any boy who loves to drive and haul around his toys with him. It comes complete with trunk space and a cup holder. It can be used indoors or outdoors and can also be pushed by an adult. It’s perfect for younger riders aged 1-3 or 4.


Battery-powered Choices:


Razor 24V Go Kart Dune Buggy

This vehicle is for children aged eight and up. It has the capacity to travel at 9 mph and can accommodate up to 120 pounds. It has a 350 w electric motor and variable speeds. It has hand-operated disc brakes and a bucket seat with strap.


Thomas the Tank Engine

This battery-powered beauty is for youngsters 12-36 months of age. It has step-up sideboard footrests and goes at a maximum of 2 mph. It has pushbutton on and off operation. It runs best on hard surfaces or grass. It uses a 6 volt battery and comes with a charger.


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