How to Choose a Skateboard for Your Kids
A while ago I was looking to buy a skateboard for my son (the little guy featured on top). I thought about a kid-sized skateboard or maybe just a regular one. Turns out I didn’t need to buy anything custom, my old skateboard was just fine. I only had to replace the wheels and bearings and he was good to go.
When buying a skateboard for your kids make sure that you don’t buy a cheap toy skateboard as they are unsafe. Go to your local skate shop and let them assemble one, or buy a complete skateboard online.
If you don’t have any knowledge about skateboards don’t try to assemble one yourself. Complete setups are fine for kids and you won’t make the mistake of buying incompatible components.
The trucks should match the deck’s width and the wheels should fit the trucks while having enough clearance to avoid the wheels to come in contact with the skateboard while steering. Make sure you buy a skateboard that allows for replacing the parts.
Child Skateboard Size Chart
Skateboard size chart for kids, my chart is different than most out there because of my personal experience. Anything between a width of 7.5″ and 8.0″ is fine for kids aged 6 years and older.
|Age||Kid height||Skateboard width|
|5 or under||3’4 or under||6.5″ to 7.0″|
|6 to 8||3’5 to 4’4||7.0″ to 8.0″|
|9-12||4’5 to 5’2||7.5″ to 8.0″|
|13 and over||5’3 or over||8.0″ and over|
For Your Kid’s Safety, Don’t Buy One at a Toy Store
I already wrote a post about why you shouldn’t buy a Walmart or Target skateboard. They are made out of cheap materials and can break easily.
It may seem appealing because they’re really cheap but you’re not doing anyone a favor. A good skateboard outlasts a cheap board over 8 times. Cheap skateboards are unsafe and your kid can get injured when a wheel, or truck breaks.
If you don’t know the difference between a toy skateboard and a real one remember this:
- They always come as a complete setup wrapped in plastic.
- The deck is usually a bit thicker than real skateboards.
- They are often quite heavy.
- The wheels hardly spin and stop rotating within 1 or 2 seconds, they also make a lot of noise.
Specialized Skateboards for Kids
There are skateboards just for kids and it’s something to consider if your kid is below the age of 10. As long as your kid doesn’t have to make a full split when standing on a skateboard and adult size is fine. Smaller decks help because it’s less likely to hit the sidewall or wheels because the deck is less wide.
Kids on bigger boards often compensate by assuming a crouch-like position and keeping their center of gravity low. They get used to it. You might also come across Penny boards. I got one at home but my son had a hard time balancing and staying on the board, avoid them.
I (and my son) tested most of the skateboards listed here so I can safely recommend them. I selected a few cheaper and a few expensive boards, but all of them are suitable for kids.
Another option is getting a kids sized skateboard, like the one my son rides. I picked this UK Skateboard for kids. This is a great skateboard with quality components.
Flamingo kidskateboard for girls The softer bushings help your kids to steer, correct their stance without losing balance, and makes it easier to control the board.
The OK8 ——They come in all sorts of colors and some even have lights embedded in the wheels that charge themselves. I’m personally not a fan, but I see kids ripping on these little boards.
Is your child asking for a skateboard?
It’s a great way for them to bond with friends, stay active, and learn a new skill. They feel confident and capable when they’re able to master new tricks on their skateboard.
Have a nice trip!!!