W’s first vehicle: The Ezy Roller

W is tall. He has been since day 1. One of the interesting quirks about his height is that it has thwarted his ability to pedal. At the start of his toddlerhood he was drawn to playground vehicles with pedals. His awkward length length caused pumping a pedal to shove his knee into his chin. It wasn’t comfortable, graceful, or fun.

So he got around by walking. While sitting. He would steer the tiny bike where he wanted to go and then stretch out his long limbs and move the world the way that worked for him. He was fine this way. But it wasn’t exactly fast.

His interest in bikes faded away. He began to gravitate towards those Flintsones like cars that encouraged kids to move by stepping vs pedaling. Oh he was a BOSS in the cars.

About a month ago a friend of mine mentioned that she thought W would enjoy this vehicle that her son was a fan of. It required you to move your legs but not pedal. It was a bit like a derby car met a luge. My friend asked if I was interested in having W try it out. I figured, why not? If he didn’t take to it we could always gift it to his preschool.

When the box arrived he was so excited! “This is going to be my vehicle, Mama!” He helped his Lolly assemble it and without so much as a glance at the directions he was on and rolling about the playroom. Oh the smile on his face!

It made me remember how great it feels to instantly own a skill. Some kids instantly own pedaling, but W instantly was an expert at rolling.

The next day we went out to get him a proper safety hat and body pads. Then we drove to the track near his school so he could zoom around without bumping into things like a sofa or a cat.

{Side note: We never made it around the track that first day as there was a meltdown over fastening the strap under his chin on his helmet. Safety first!}

When he finally allowed his helmet to be properly fastened he zoomed up and down our neighborhood sidewalk, “Look at me! I am fast!”

W thinks that all kids that “don’t do bikes” would like this “vehicle”. I agree with him.

Here are some facts from the company:
• Not a luge, not a bike, not a scooter, the EzyRoller moves like a snake, without chains or pedals, using easy right-left leg movements. There are no chains and no batteries – the EzyRoller moves and turns silently.
• The principle behind the EzyRoller is so powerful that most kids can go alone with their EzyRollers within seconds and as young as 3 years old.
• EzyRoller has won loads of toy awards, including the coveted Astra Best Toys for Kids Award.

Disclosure: W was given an EzyRoller to review. We were not compensated for this post and all views belong to us.

Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Thanks for this. I’ve been looking at this for L for the last year or so. She is too tall for a bike with training wheels and not coordinated for just two wheels. I think I will order one for her for Christmas.

  2. Katie says

    That is cool! We have a PlasmaCar and this kind of reminds me of that, although the mechanism is different [moving arms instead of legs]. My G loves the PlasmaCar, bet W would too. Not that you need another vehicle, though! :)

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