How to Teach a Child to Ride a Tricycle

By Kathryn Hatter
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A tricycle will possibly be your child’s first experience with riding a wheeled toy because the wider base provides more stability for young children. By the age of 3, most kids have the physical coordination and maturity necessary to ride a tricycle safely, state officials with the City of Ottawa website. Provide your child with careful guidance and instruction as she learns how to ride a tricycle.

Step 1

Place the helmet on your child's head and buckle it securely prior to getting on the tricycle. Explain that you want your child to wear his helmet every time he rides to help prevent head injuries.

Step 2

Help your child onto the tricycle to enable him to gain familiarity with it. The first steps to riding a tricycle should include lessons mounting it, holding the handle bars and getting off the trike safely, according to the Bertoni company, a tricycle manufacturer.

Step 3

Focus efforts on steering prior to pedaling, advises bicycling expert Sheldon Brown, with Harris Cyclery. Push your child slowly as he holds the handlebars. Help your youngster gain proficiency steering by placing your hands over his hands so he can feel what’s involved with steering.

Step 4

Place your child’s feet on the pedals and his hands on the handle bars. Push your child slowly -- either with the push bar attached to the tricycle or by placing your own hands on the handlebars with his. If your child’s feet move off the pedals, stop and place them back on the pedals.

Step 5

Practice riding the tricycle as much as your child wishes to ride. Gradually, with practice, your child should gain proficiency with steering and pedaling. The skills of steering and pedaling are the two main skills gained by a child who uses a tricycle, advises Brown.

Step 6

Reduce the amount of assistance you provide your child as he masters pedaling and steering the tricycle. Supervise your child’s use of the tricycle at all times to ensure safety.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.