I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest toys, especially ones that make good gifts (we’re always looking for gift ideas, right?). Well, I found one of the best ride-on toys out there, and it’s called PonyCycle!
I was sent a free sample of PonyCycle to try out, but like I always say, I wouldn’t recommend something to you unless I totally loved it myself. And this pony is truly awesome.
What is PonyCycle?
PonyCycle is a ride-on plush pony (it comes in other animal varieties, too, including a zebra, tiger, and unicorn, just to name a few). No batteries, no electrical charges- it’s powered totally by the rider, moving up and down with their feet on the pedals. You can also steer it left or right by moving the head with the handles. How cool is that?
You might have seen PonyCycle in rental facilities, where you can pay a fee to try them out (usually at malls or shopping centers). But you can own your very own PonyCycle, too.
PonyCycle is a great way to get exercise. They can even help improve balance and coordination, at least in this mom’s opinion! All you have to do is push on those little pedals that you see in the photo below.
PonyCycle comes in various sizes and there are different series (some with light-up wheels, fancier saddles and manes, etc.). The PonyCycle we tested out was the medium sized classic PonyCycle in light brown with white hooves. He is recommended for ages 4-9.
Things to Note About PonyCycle:
– There is some minor assembly required. PonyCycle arrives in pieces so the head needs to be fixed onto the body. Instructions were clear and we didn’t have any problems with assembly.
– PonyCycle doesn’t reverse or go backwards, but you can steer it, so not being able to reverse has been no issue for us. We actually like this better, as this prevents you from accidentally running over your feet with the pony wheels.
– PonyCycle is well made and sturdy, so it is not something that can easily tip over or fall. It operates with a simple up and down movement that any child can do. You don’t need to pedal like a bicycle, just push the pedals to get it to move.
– Despite what you might think, it does not scratch floors. We have hardwood floors and my son has been riding this thing all over the place! Not a single scratch. It can also go over our dining room carpet, although it is a little more challenging to push forward on it than the floor.
– You can take PonyCycle outdoors but it’s not meant to be left outside, so just be sure to park it in your ‘corral’ when you’re done with your ride, ‘pardner!
– PonyCycle has no brakes, so I wouldn’t recommend riding him downhill! But when riding on a flat surface, PonyCycle stops easily if you just stop pushing the pedals.
My son is 10 and I did not expect him to fall in love with Pony Cycle. I thought he was ‘too big’ for it and ‘too grown up.’ I couldn’t have been more wrong! My kiddo loves this pony. He’s been riding it in circles all over the house, even up to the refrigerator.