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Every weekday in the school playground my three year old watches his friends glide and swoop around the playground on their scooters. His scooter is an old metal thing that belonged to his older sister and is too heavy for me to take to school and back (it also is astonishingly painful when it swings around and belts me on the ankle as I carry it across the road). So for Christmas he was delighted to receive this Mookie scooter like his friends. Its RRP is £44 but Amazon usually have them for around £30 in a range of colours (his is blue and yellow and cost £28). This is the Mini version from 36 months to approx. 5-6 years, after that the Maxi with its adjustable handlebars is probably the one to get. Assembly is very simple. The handlebar piece slots into the base piece with a click. Done. Ready to ride. If you want to take it apart for transport you just turn the scooter upside down and press the two little sticking out bits and the handlebar piece pops off again. This is a lovely scooter, the cheap version of the £100 Micro scooters. It is very very light but well made. The base has ridges so children don't slip off, the handlebars have thick rubber handholds, the brake is good and wide so its easy to find with a foot and the wheels are good quality and show little sign of wear after three weeks of ferocious daily scooting. I was delighted to discover that when my son got tired it was no effort at all to get him home. He put both feet on the board and I grabbed the handlebar nearest to me. The scooter is so light and easy to propel that I only needed two fingers and hardly any effort to get him coasting along next to me, rather than yanking and dragging the thing behind me. The best bit about this scooter is the steering mechanism. The handlebars don't turn, instead you shift your body weight on the base which tilts slightly and moves the wheels in the direction you lean in. It creates an incredibly graceful fluid movement of the scooter and really helps children develop an awareness of their whole body. Both of my children have inherited my lack of co-ordination but these scooters (my daughter has the Maxi Micro) are helping them with their balance whilst they have a load of fun. It is so much easier to get them out of the house, to get them moving and to keep them active with these scooters. Now I am the one lagging behind rather than my three year old and he no longer asks for his buggy! Some of the mechanisms underneath are plastic (unlike the Micro scooters where they are metal), but so far it has proved itself to be very robust. I do wonder if it will last as long as the more expensive Micro scooter but at the price this is less of a worry. In a few years we will upgrade him or he will inherit his sister's Micro . This is an excellent scooter for younger children, its light, easy to assemble and easy to steer. My three year old has embraced this form of transport and begs to use it everyday. The steering mechanism is fantastic and I wish I had had one when I was a child, I think I'm a bit jealous!
My middle son was desperate for his own scooter, just like his older brother, but didn't have the co-ordination or balance to manage a two wheeled scooter, even though he was almost five years old. We decided to buy him an inexpensive three wheeled scooter for his fifth birthday, with the aim of building up his confidence and ability to move on to a two wheeled scooter. Trying to find an inexpensive tri-scooter for an older child proved quite difficult as most three wheeled scooters are aimed at pre-school children and feature characters such as Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder, which would be too babyish for a five year old. Eventually I found this Mookie branded Street Cruz scooter on Amazon which is much more suited to an older child, given its fairly neutral black and red colour scheme. (There are also pink and pale blue versions available.) This scooter is suitable for children from three years old up to a maximum weight of 20kg. My son is quite small and slim and, even now at almost five and a half, is still well within the weight limit. Having purchased this a few weeks before my son's birthday, I set aside an evening for my husband to assemble it (having experienced the trauma of assembling scooters in the past!) I was pleasantly surprised by how straightforward assembly was as the scooter only comes in two parts; the base and the handle. The handle simply slots into position and clicks into place with ease. Removing the handle is slightly more difficult as it needs to be lined up correctly and a lot of physical force is required to pull it back out! This ended up being a two-person job and something that has only been done twice as it involves so much effort. Fortunately, the scooter is fairly lightweight to cart about and store so the difficulty in taking it to pieces and the inability to fold this scooter isn't too much of an issue. The scooter itself is pretty sturdy with a reinforced plastic base which is fairly broad. This helps to accommodate slightly older children and also helps with balance and stability as there is a wider surface area for a child's feet than similar models of scooter. The base also features ridges which help to form a non-slip surface, even in wet and wintry conditions. The sturdy metal handle is at a fixed height but is certainly comfortable for my son to hold without either stooping or stretching. (He's around 90cm tall.) By the time he's physically outgrown the handle height he will be more than ready to move on to a two wheeler anyway. At the lower end, I believe the minimum age recommendation to be fairly accurate. My two year old son is certainly nowhere near tall enough or safe enough to move on to this scooter as yet but I'd imagine he will be by his third birthday. Steering the scooter is pretty easy to do, although more difficult to describe and to grasp initially. The handles are actually fixed in place and are not used to steer the scooter, unlike riding a bike. Instead, the child needs to use their weight to lean slightly in the direction they want to turn. It took a few attempts for my son to understand how to steer properly (rather than climbing off and manually moving the scooter) but is now second nature and he can manoeuvre this around confidently and safely (bar the very occasional accident!) He can certainly reach some impressive speeds, particularly on downhill stretches, and this has helped to reduce the complaining that was a feature of the school run every morning! The Street Cruz also features a simple foot operated brake at the rear, to help to manage those speeds. My son tends not to use this brake as he prefers to control the speed using his foot but he is able to use the braking mechanism when he chooses. I'm also relieved to confirm that the brake stops the scooter swiftly, even at speed, without catapulting the child over the handlebars! This has been used for the school run on an almost daily basis since July and has coped well with the elements. The rubberised sections on the handlebars aren't showing any signs of deterioration and the main body of the scooter is also bearing up well. The only visible signs of wear and tear are the front panel which is considerably scratched. This is not surprising as it is made of plastic and my son has a habit of dragging the scooter with him across roads and bumping it back up to the pavement. There is no sign of any damage to the wheels and the scooter seems pretty robust and durable, given the amount of use that it has witnessed. With an RRP of £44.99, this Mookie scooter is considerably cheaper than alternatives such as the Micro scooter. The usual selling price is around £30-£35 on Amazon and, for that price, I think this is an excellent value first scooter, particularly considering its durability and simple but stylish design. I'd recommend this for children between three to five years old as a safe and fun introduction to scootering, particularly as an alternative to some of the branded alternatives available.