If you’re looking for something to enable your little kids pogo just like the big kids, then the Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Pogo Stick just might be the right thing for you. It’s safe, stable and quite durable, with a virtually nonexistent lower limit for weight, and it comes with a very tempting price tag, at that.
Why Get a Pogo Stick?
You may be under the impression that pogo sticks are just toys and have no value beyond being plaything, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. In truth, pogo sticks are no worse than any other ride-on toy (think trikes, bikes, red wagons or rocking horses), in that they help the kid develop both mentally and physically.
As for the former point, it’s pretty much a well-established fact that playing with ride-on toys stimulates the child’s mental, social and emotional development. The idea is pretty straightforward – such toys are interesting, and attract attention, giving the kid an opportunity to play in group. This, of course, means interaction with other kids, negotiating whose turn it is to ride if there are more kids than pogo sticks, plus the added benefit of boosting one’s self-confidence and esteem by showing off his or her skills.
Moreover, hopping on a pogo stick encourages the child’s balance at least as much as riding a bicycle does, and gives an incentive to engage in exercise, working equally well indoors and outdoors (though, for the sake of your furniture, it’d be much better to encourage the little tyke play outside).
This makes a nice segue into our next point – the physical benefits of riding on a pogo stick. In a nutshell, pogoing is a bit more demanding on your kid’s muscles than it would seem, which is just as well. This kind of exercise will help him or her grow into a healthy, well-postured teen. There are three main areas that get a decent workout – back muscles (spinal muscles), core (abdominal) muscles and lower leg muscles (calf and ankle). Basically, all the muscle groups essential to keeping one’s balance and posture.
The Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Pogo Stick is an ingenious update for a very classic toy (it’s so simple it’ll make you ask yourself – How did I not think of that? Its design really brings the humble pogo stick down to size for kids 5 to 8 years old. It does have a maximum weight limit of 60 pounds, but that’s pretty much the only gripe one might find about it. You can probably stretch it to about 80ish pounds, but with two caveats in place. First and foremost, you’d definitely have to take off the plastic base, and secondly, you’d have to check for wear and tear before and after each use. As far as the lower limit goes, there is none official, but 40 pounds seems about right. While we’re on the subject of numbers, it’s important to note that this puppy measures 37.5 inches in height, though the measurement you’ll want to pay attention to is that between the pegs and handlebars, which comes to about 25 inches.
Of course, it should go without saying that the little tyke should wear protective gear at all times – a helmet is an obvious choice, but if you really want to play it safe, do consider getting a pair of knee pads, as well as elbow pads. On the other hand, what’s a scrape or two for a kid? And what kind of kid goes through life without any scrapes at all? Those are like merit badges (or achievement beads, whichever floats your boat). On a more serious note, though, the Grow-to-Pro is a very stable and safe pogo stick (as you’ll keep hearing ad nauseam), with plenty of great features that we’ll describe in a bit more detail presently.
For a start, one of the major selling points, if not the major selling point of the Grow-to-Pro is the removable base that screws at the bottom. The base goes a long way to helping beginners balance while they learn how to pogo (think of it as training wheels, or, rather, a training cone). Of course, once the kid feels more comfortable, you can simply remove the base (by unscrewing it) to reveal the more traditional bounce tip (hint: you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver to do it). How wide and stable is the base? Well, look at it this way – the stick will have no problems standing on its own, without leaning against anything for support.
Moreover, the stick features extra-wide foot pegs (or pedals, or steps, though you’ll most likely come across the former), which, again, goes a long way to helping the kid feel more comfortable and confident while learning to bounce. Of course, it should go without saying that the pegs are skid-resistant, much like on the more pro-level (or medium-level, for that matter) pogo sticks. On a similar note, the ergonomically driven sure-gip handles are contoured to a child’s hands. In other words, short of letting go intentionally, there’s very little chance for the child to actually fall or lose grip of the stick.
The Grow-to-Pro comes ready to hop right out of the box, so there’s no assembly required. Also, it’s worth noting that it’s available in a particularly bright shade of green, which should appeal to the kids
- Excellent for young beginners (recommended age is 5 to 8), just don’t go expecting your kid will use it for a very long time.
- Comes with a very wide and stable removable base.
- Features secure grip handles, coupled with extra-wide foot pegs for even more stability.
- Packs a fully enclosed steel spring, so nothing can get snagged.
- Virtually no lower limit.
- Maximum upper limit is 60 pounds, which might disappoint some.
All things considered, the very aptly named Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro is a great choice for parents seeking an entry-level pogo stick for their five-year-olds – it’s well built, stable and safe, and even comes with some extra safety features, such as the removable base for the bounce tip.