The lifestyle choices parents make easily filter down to their children. If you drive everywhere and do very little in the way of exercise then the chances are your kids will grow up to do the same thing. However, walking is boring, and it's an activity that some kids will avoid if they can possibly help it. Which is where Ziggle may just provide a solution to parents ready to tear their hair out over their offspring's lethargy.
Ziggle, from Radio Flyer, is a ride-on scooter come tricycle which uses a means of conveyance other than scooting or pedalling. The force of lateral friction is utilized instead, with the rider having to wiggle and twist their body to generate movement. Ziggle is therefore propelled forward by the sideways motion of wiggling the handlebars left and right while twisting the back end the opposite way.
The frame is made from steel, with gripped footrests and padded handgrips added for control and comfort, respectively. The four caster wheels enable experienced riders (as experienced as a 5-year-old can be) to pull off a 360-degree spin.
At a time when encouraging children to stay fit and healthy by eating well and exercising more is proving difficult, Ziggle could possibly offer a small crumb of comfort to parents struggling to pass on good habits to their kids. Ziggle looks to be a lot of fun, but only the kids willing to put in the work will garner any enjoyment from using it.
Ziggle is suitable for children aged 3-8 years, with a maximum weight capacity of 81 pounds (37 kg). The seat is adjustable, meaning it can be used by more than one child or the same child over the course of several years. Ziggle costs US$49.99.
The video below shows Ziggle in action, with some youngsters building up some serious momentum.
Source: Radio Flyer
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