Toys with wheels on them have been around since the beginning of the nineteenth century and enjoyed by many young people. Specifically, kids pedal cars have been around and have brought much fun as well as exercise to many young folks. Back in days, long ago, these types of toys were simple, made of solid materials such as steel and required the rider of the pedal toys to provide the movement which gave much needed exercise and also helped to build their little muscles.
Back in about the early 1900s, Henry Ford and assembly lines began to make cars that were more affordable and thus more people could buy them. Children were easily enthralled by these nice looking and very powerful machines; thus, some toy companies were up for the challenge to begin making small metal kids pedal cars. These pedal toys were one hundred percent powered only by the kids' own use of their little bodies to make them move. Although many of these kids pedal cars were made to look like automobiles, some very fortunate children could be seen peddling around with ones that looked much like exact makes and models.
While some of these kids pedal cars did not come with many accessories, some did and still do today. Some enjoyed having their own small toolbox that could imitate their parents' one, complete with a variety of little tools, which could allow them to feel more grown up and also feel as if they were helping with real or imagined car problems. Some even could pop open the hood and discover a small lightweight radiator to work on.
As time went on, there were more options to choose from when looking for kids pedal cars.
Kids pedal cars are a great way for children to get exercise and get out in the fresh air, rather than sitting inside cooped up in front of the Xbox or PlayStation 3 for hours on end. True there are battery-operated toys like the Barbie Jeep for one, however, it takes quite awhile for the battery to be fully charged (what kid likes to wait for anything?!). Just sitting on it and cruising around the yard is not giving an ounce of the benefits of exercise and could possibly be a hazard when the battery gets too hot.
In a way, it is somewhat like comparing an adult who can choose to sit on a power mower to mow the lawn, or use the "old-fashioned" kind that requires quite a bit of exercise. With sky-rocketing amounts of kids who are already either overweight or worse yet, in the obese category, parents need to be looking for ways for them to start getting a grip on it now, before they wake up at 300 pounds on their 18th birthday.