In today’s electronic world, it’s harder and harder to get kids playing the “old fashioned” way – outside, riding bikes. I know I’m constantly limiting time on the DS, Wii, computer, etc and trying to push more exercise-related activities to help keep my kids active and encouraging their gross-and fine-motor development.

Recently I was introduced to the Ybike – a vibrant and cool-looking balance bike, perfect for 2-4 year olds. Prior to seeing the Ybike, I had never heard of a balance bike. My only experience with bikes for this age group were trikes (which I needed to push my son around with a push-bar for awhile) and our Cozy Coupe, which wasn’t so easy for my son to maneuver with his feet.

The Ybike, however, is extremely easy for my son to use and encourages balance and motor coordination. The bike looks like a mini-motorcycle and upon seeing it, my three-year-old son was excited to jump right on. He enjoyed cruising around our house (it’s cold out here so we played with it indoors, which was great!) and had no problems figuring out how the bike worked or maneuvering it around. It took him a few minutes to find his balance, but once he did, he gained confidence and enjoyed riding around on the bike. He simply sat on the bike, and used his feet to move around and maintain his balance. Very simple, yet effective in aiding with gross-motor development.

The Ybike is made with tough construction that has no small parts and no lead paint so it is safe for your little one to play with. The back wheels are hidden, which helps little feet stay safe when riding. Overall it is a very safe introductory bike for your little one to learn how to ride.

Giveaway:  Want a chance to win a Ybike for your child? To enter, answer this question: “How do you think a YBike balance bike would help your child?”

Friday, December 14th is the last day to enter this giveaway.  One winner will be selected at randomed from the entries.  The winner will receive an orange YBike.

Disclaimer: Ybike sent a sample of their award-winning bike for this review.

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