By 5 years of age, children have developed a lot of physical skills we take for granted — running well, standing on one leg, walking backwards. Roller skates for 5 year olds can actually help them enhance these skills further, setting them up for life.
What’s so great about roller skating? Turns out, quite a lot. There’s the obvious benefit of physical activity — essential to optimum health at any age. But there are also other less obvious benefits.
For one, roller skating is a fairly social activity. It involves being outside, or even in a skating ring surrounded by other skaters. It can be a great way to meet people and make friends.
For another, roller skating helps boost brain function. Exercise reduces stress and pent-up energy, and forces the child to focus on coordination and balance.
Here are our top 5 picks for the best roller skates for 5 year olds.
Roller Derby Girls’ FIRESTAR Roller Skates for 5 year old
The Roller Derby Girls Firestar Roller Skates are perfect for beginner to intermediate skaters. Whether it’s her first pair or an upgrade from a more basic set, this will suit your 5 year old just fine.
The Firestar roller skates for 5 year olds feature a stylish design with eye-catching white and pink coloring. There’s also a “boy” version with a black and grey coloring.
It’s easy for the child to put the skates on securely themselves. A simple velcro strap is all that’s needed to secure the skate. Lace can be used by an adult to make small adjustments to tightness as needed.
One drawback; the bearings can’t be adjusted, so if the wheels are too loose for the child you can’t tighten them.
- Easy to put on.
- Adjustable size.
- Sturdy construction.
- Bearings cannot be adjusted.
Chicago Boy’s Adjustable Quad Roller Skates for 5 Year Old
Chicago has a long history of providing quality roller skates, with over 100 years’ of experience. These adjustable skates were made with beginners in mind who could learn and grow with their skates.
The skates feature hard plastic coverings for added protection. Getting them on and off is achieved with a classic clamping system that can be adjusted to suit the size of the skates.
There are multiple color options to choose from, such as silver and blue or purple and green. There’s sure to be something to catch the child’s eye and attention.
These skates are also quite heavy, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the child. It can either help keep them steady on their feet, or it may be too much for them to lift. A 5 year old should benefit from the weight without feeling weighed down.
- Reputable company
- Adjustable up to four sizes
- Easy to use
- Great style
- Not the cheapest skate
- Heavy, which may be a problem for your child
Chicago Boys Sidewalk Roller Skates for 5 Year old
The Chicago Boys Sidewalk Roller Skate is a bit of a misnomer, as these are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The urethane wheels will hold up just as well on the street as they will in the rink.
These skates come in a classic high-top sneaker style with a lace and velcro combination. This allows you to make small adjustments to the size of the skate, and small children can put them on independently.
We like the classic style and the secure high-top support, but could only find the black, blue and red style around.
A good simple skate, ideal for a beginner.
- Boots are completely adjustable and come with soft padding and molded ankle support
- Polyurethane Cast Wheels
- Cam lever locking buckles
- Retro style.
- Durable wheels.
- Adjustable truck and chassis.
- Kids can put them on independently.
- Limited style options.
- Not adjustable size.
- Less ankle support than some other designs.
Roller Derby Girl’s Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skates for 5 Year old
These Trac Star adjustable skates feature loud colours — pink and mint for girls, red and black for the boys. They’re high-ankled with a plastic shell to provide extra protection to a 5 year old’s feet.
Our favorite part about these skates is that they’re adjustable with the push of a button. This is always a bonus in our books, as it lets the skates grow with your kids.
The skates are secured via buckle levers, so a 5 year old will have no trouble putting them on themselves.
- Bright, eye-catching style.
- Adjustable size.
- Durable wheels.
- Great ankle support.
- Size adjuster can get stuck.
- Many reports of buckles breaking after several months; not personally experienced.
Skating is a great way for kids to get fit, meet others, and develop vital motor skills. We’ve given you five of our top picks, and hopefully given you some ideas. At the end of the day, the best option is the one that gets your child excited to skate and enjoying this healthy, fun activity! If your kid is taller than the average 5 year old, then I would suggest that you check the article about roller skates for 6 year olds.
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