Scooters have always gone down well in our house. N had a My First Scooter when he was 2, and hasn’t looked back, more frequently using my adult one if we’re out because he’d grown out of his own. But I’ve been looking longingly at the Micro Scooters for a while now, and decided that his 5th birthday he could have one for his main present.
Because we can’t walk or scoot to school, I was initially loathed to spend what I consider a lot of money on a scooter for him. We also have a gravel driveway on the farm, so there’s nowhere at home (apart from in the house) where he can scoot. But we go to the park regularly, and because they fold up, they’re more likely to be taken on shopping trips into town without needing to be left in the car. Plus the micro sprite scooter will last him until he’s around 12, so it’s certainly worth the price I paid. Add a special offer to it, and a free carry strap and I was happy.
It was N’s birthday last week, and I’d wrapped up the Micro Scooter box. I decided against taking it out of the box and trying to wrap the actual scooter because they’re so easy to just click the handlebars into place. Everything else is already built, so there’s no need to find allen keys or struggle with instructions.
N was beside himself when he unwrapped the box, and once we’d put the handlebars into position and easily adjusted it, he was straight off round the house to try it out.
At every opportunity N’s wanted to take it out with us. 2 days after his birthday he wanted to go to the park but we needed to check out tents at a couple of outdoors shops. So off to Bicester we went with the scooter in tow. It was no problem for him to scoot around outside before I could carry the scooter while we shopped (unsuccessfully – since when did Millets and Cotswold Outdoor no longer have a couple of tents in store to look at!?).
Moving vehicles have always been N’s strong point. The first time he got on a (too big) scooter at 18 months old, he grasped the concept even if he couldn’t actually control and move it much. And he moved quickly from the 4 to 3 to 2 wheels within about 6 months of having his own scooter. Similarly with bikes and rides ons, he just automatically seems to know how to deal with them. Shame we can’t transfer that to reading and writing where he’ll definitely need to work at those).
So the Micro Scooter has been taken to really quickly. He was zooming around, across different surfaces. He used the back brake for the first time with no problem, without me telling him it was there.
But the best thing about the scooter – apart from being able to adjust the handlebar height up and down, and folding it up himself – is the stand. I never thought he’d be that excited, but hopefully having the stand will prevent it being dropped on the ground too much.
It was definitely his favourite present, even eclipsing the new Britains* cattle trailer and cattle from his uncle, and new John Deere overalls his dad had picked up.
Now I’m quite jealous though, because much as I like my scooter, the wheels on the Micro Scooters feel nicer, and it’s a touch lighter as well as being foldable. It’ll be handy to take on holidays with us.
Does your family have scooters? Are you a Micro Scooter* fan?