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Let's be honest, everyone has pictured themselves looking cool riding on a skateboard, kids and adults alike.
If you've got kids who are keen on starting, or are skateboard pros, but you don't have a clue where to get them the best kids' skateboard, we've got the list for you. Skateboarding is a great way for kids to stay active and get outdoors, all of which can only be a good thing, particularly for more room-bound teenagers.
Typically it's fine for kids to start skateboarding from the age of about six years old, provided they're wearing the right safety kit: wrist guards, knee pads, and a helmet are the ideal. At this age, and up until about nine, children should be riding a 'mini' skateboard, which is shorter than 31 inches in length or less than 7.5 inches wide. From the age of nine to 13 kids can use a full size skateboard (31 inches or longer and wider than 7.5 inches), but they can also still enjoying cruising on a mini skateboard if that's their preference.
Narrower boards are easier to flip and pop, so are better suited to street skating, whereas wider boards tend to be more stable and also allow more room to land tricks on, therefore being better for ramp or park skating.
If you've got particularly adventurous, active kids, don't forget to check out our list of the best running shoes for kids, or perhaps cycling is more their sport, in which case we've summarised the best cycling shorts.
Kidadl's Top Pick
We love all of the skateboards for kids on this list, but if you're short on time this is our top pick based on its high quality, sturdy materials and cool designs.
1. Osprey Double Kick Kids' Skateboard
This is a great, high quality board for ease of ride and movement. It comes in unusual designs, and is a sturdy and reliable skateboard for kids. There are 13cm heavy duty aluminium trucks that allow for manoeuvrability, so it's great for beginners and kids with intermediate abilities (and aspirations). The concave shape enables tricks and 5mm riser pads ensure a reliable, smooth ride. It also has a 7-ply maple deck with strong black grip tape, so there should be no shuffling around on the surface of the board. This definitely ranks amongst the best skateboards for teens and kids available on the market.
- Price: £27.99
- Ages: 9 years old+
Best For Families On A Budget
2. Argos Zinc Reg Skateboard
This Argos skateboard is a great pick, with cool graphics, a double kicktail and funky PVC wheels in blue and black. It's an entry-level board, so is great for beginners, and comes at a price that's an absolute steal. An ideal kids' skateboard for those who want to test the sport out.
- Price: £14.99
- Ages: 9 years old+
Best Retro Mini Skateboard For Kids
3. Meketec Mini Cruiser Skateboard
The colour ranges of these skateboards are rad with a retro vibe. They're lightweight, at 3.8 pounds, so easy to carry to school or the park, and they're perfect for getting started with simple cruising and balancing. The 78A PY wheels are smooth and stable (they'll even hold adults who want to have a go, the heavy-duty aluminium trucks can withstand up to 200 pounds), and the board surface is sturdy and durable.
- Price: £46.00
- Ages: We recommend from 7+
Best Skateboard For Kids With Light Up Wheels
4. Beleev Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard
You read that correctly, this skateboard has light up wheels, to add that extra bit of attitude to your kid's ride. It's super lightweight at 1.7kg and 22 inches in length, making it ideal to carry around. The board itself is non-slip plastic, sturdy, and durable, with thick aluminium trucks to give the rider maximum control and speed. The wheels have a shock-absorption system ensuring the board runs smoothly even on uneven surfaces, and the board comes with a T-Tool for you to make small-scale repairs.
- Price: £39.99
- Ages: We recommend from 7+
Best Mini Plastic Skateboard For Kids
5. Oxelo Kids' Mini Plastic Skateboard
This board is specifically designed for kid, so adults, no matter how much you're tempted, make sure you don't go cruising on this, as it won't carry your weight. It's made for ease of learning, with a short deck that makes riding and initial turning easier. The wheels have a good glide, being soft, and sturdy aluminium trucks on which the wheels are mounted. One of the best skateboards for kids to start learning the sport.
- Price: £19.99
- Ages: We recommend from 5+
Best Skateboard For 3 - 7 Year Olds
6. Oxelo Kids' 3 - 7 Years Skateboard Play 120
This board is aimed at kids between the ages of three and seven, with particular design features to make learning fun and more productive than on a regular board. Firstly, it's symmetrical, which is unusual for skateboards, with wider trucks that are better suited for younger riders. There's a wider wheelbase for greater stability, a lower deck to help children push off with more ease, and there are drawings (little paw prints) on the board's grip to help them learn where to stand.
- Price: £22.99
- Ages: 3 - 7
Best Skateboard For 8 - 12 Year Olds
7. Oxelo Kids' 8 - 12 Years Skateboard Mid 500
Okay, so your children are feeling more confident, and are happily balancing and cruising on their board, but itching to get on with some tricks? This board's for them. Ollies, flips, and grinds will be easy on the Mid 500. The deck is made from high quality 7-ply birch wood with aluminium trucks for durability, and 54mm wheels are versatile with a comfortable glide for ease of handling. Plus, the luminous green wolf design on the underside of the board is fierce.
- Price: £34.99
- Ages: 8 - 12
Best Skateboard For Teen Beginners
8. We Skate Maple Wood Complete Skateboard
Made from 7-ply Canadian maple wood, this board is durable but flexible, with anti-shock 55mm wheels protected from abrasion by soft PU bushings. The board's surface has grip tape to ensure your teen's feet stick to it, and the wheels are further supported by high performance aluminium alloy trucks complete with riser pads (basically reducing vibrations in order to maximise the smoothness of the ride). There are multiple print options for the under board, and We Skate is a reputable brand for beginners to the sport.
- Price: £38.99
- Ages: We recommend from 11+
Best Longboard For Teens
9. Osprey Pintail Complete Longboard Skateboard
A cruiser longboard differs from other skateboards because the trucks are higher and the wheels are both larger and softer than standard. This one from Osprey is streamlined and sleek with a great design, making it a distinctive option for beginner and intermediate long boarders. Made from 7-ply Canadian maple wood, it's still supreme quality with a smooth but stable ride and 80a wheels for more grip and less drag. We'll catch your teen carving their way around local grounds on this.
- Price: £69.99
- Ages: We recommend from 12+
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