Rocking horses have been around for a really long time, and there’s a reason why these children’s toys have been around for hundreds of years — kids enjoy them!
It doesn’t matter what technological advances the human race makes — a toy is a toy. And to a child who doesn’t have access to electronic devices of modern society, a toy is like a portal to their own little world.
Take the rocking horse for example. It may only be a stationary object but it opens a world of imagination for a child.
They could spend hours a day riding their rocking horse while being in their own little imaginative world. This is very helpful for a child’s creative development.
The years may have carried on, but the design of a rocking horse remains the same. Here’s our pick of best kids rocking horses.
The Best Kids Rocking Horses
The Rockin’ Rider rocking horse is an entry level rocking horse. This one is developed and made for younger kids aged between 1-3. Of course, kids a little older could also ride on it.
This rocking horse is made with fluffy fabric that provides riding comfort for your little ones. This pony has built-in singing capabilities with synchronized mouth movement. There are a total of 6 built in songs as well as a few melodies.
Parents don’t have to worry, though. There is a volume control panel for the parents too.
- Soft and plushy.
- Sings songs with synchronized mouth movement.
- Parental volume control.
- Non-slip foot steps and easy-grip handles.
- Requires batteries for electronic functions.
Imported from Europe, the Hape Rock and Ride rocking horse is made entirely from wood.
This spinoff of the classic rocking horse design never gets old. Made entirely from wood, this rocking horse is sturdy and stable and able to take all the rocking that a child can dish out.
This rocking horse will help develop your child’s coordination and balancing skills. However, there is no cushioning or padding on the back of the horse, so it might cause some discomfort after a while.
For parents who are environment conscience, all the paint and sealants used on this rocking horse are free of toxins and are made of the highest qualities.
- Made from the highest quality materials.
- Helps develop coordination and balancing skills.
- Paint and finishes are non-toxic.
- There is no padding on the seat which could cause discomfort.
The JOON rocking horse is a spinoff on the classic rocking horse. It is constructed using both would and plushy materials.
This brown stallion is a perfect companion for kids who like to imagine that they’re out in the West. To add to the fun and imagination, this rocking horse has neighing and galloping sound effects when its ear is pressed.
Kids will absolutely enjoy the added sound effects as they gallop into their own world.
- Made from plushy materials.
- Has galloping and neighing sound effects when its ear is pressed.
- There is no volume control for the sound effects.
- Requires batteries.
The Little Tikes rocking horse isn’t your usual rocking horse. This little blue rider is what I’d imagine a modern rocking horse would look like.
This rocking horse doesn’t stand on the traditionally styled rockers nor is their any wood used in its construction. Rather, this rocking horse is made entirely out of plastic. It also has a backrest to prevent children from falling backwards in the event they rock too much.
Most noteworthy is its design. This rocking horse has a wide base which would prevent any child from tilting the horse sideways. The Little Tikes rocking horse is especially handy when wanting to assist in your child’s balance development.
- This rocking horse can be used both indoors and outdoors by kids.
- It is light enough to be easily moved without hassle.
- Helps to develop balance and coordination skills.
- This rocking horse has a very plain design.
The lifelike design of this rocking horse is beautifully created by toy company Melissa and Doug.
First of all, this rocking horse has such character and a marvelous design that children who ride it will feel as though they’re on a real horse, especially in their own heads.
While the other rocking horses are wonderful, this one from Melissa and Doug stands out. It has a sturdy frame construction and is put together rather well.
Furthermore, the materials that are used to construct this rocking horse are strong and soft at the same time. It will be able to withstand rocking and riding for many years to come.
- Constructed out of a sturdy frame.
- Materials used are strong and soft.
- Resembles a lifelike horse.
- Only comes in brown.
Here we have another wooden rocking horse. Unlike the others, this rocking horse is somewhat heirloom quality — the kind of thing that is passed down from one generation to the next.
Due to its strong wooden construction, this rocking horse will endure years of rocking while providing years of fun to your kids and, hopefully, their kids too.
The KidKraft Derby rocking horse features anti-tip rockers because a child’s safety can never be too emphasized.
To add more unique qualities to this rocking horse, the mane and tale are made out of wool.
- Frame is made from wood.
- Mane and tail are made of wool.
- Unique anti-tip rockers for extra safety.
- No cushioning on the horse’s back.
Unlike the other rocking horses on this list, this one is designed for educational purposes. However, that’s not to say that it won’t provide the same kind of fun that a traditional rocking horse would.
In comparison to the other rocking horses, the Musical Educational rocking horse has 3 educational modes that can be entered. They are the ABCs, numbers, and shapes. Your child will have fun learning all while rocking away.
The construction of this rocking horse is made out of plastic, yet the construction is extremely strong and durable.
Children will have a great time playing and learning with this rocking horse.
- Children can be educated on this rocking horse.
- Storage compartment under the seat.
- Can also be used as a rolling toy.
- Requires batteries.
- Parents might find the sounds annoying after a while.
If you’re looking for the most modern rocking horse on this list, then may we present to you the Radio Flyer Champion rocking horse!
The Radio Flyer has three different levels of riding: walking, trotting, and galloping. Those three levels simulate the motions and actions of a real horse, except this one is a little safer.
Furthermore, each of those levels are accompanied by a sound effect to match the ride.
Safety straps are built-in to ensure the safety of your child. A toy carrot is included along with this horse. If this carrot is held against the horse’s mouth, then a chewing sound is activated.
- A toy carrot activates a chewing sound.
- Three levels of riding: galloping, trotting, and walking.
- A comb is also included to comb the mane and tail of the horse.
- Requires batteries to operate.
VTech are known for producing some of the best educational toys available. Furthermore, they’ve managed to do that with a rocking horse.
The Gallop and Rock Learning Pony has three buttons on its head which have their own function. One button teaches action words, another makes sound effects, and lastly, there’s a button for colors.
In addition to being a rocking horse, this one can transform into a ride-on toy. Like some of the other horses on this list, this horse has built-in melodies and tunes; more than 60 different songs, melodies, and sound effects.
- The design features vibrant colours.
- More than 60 built-in songs, melodies, and sound effects.
- Transforms into a ride-on toy.
- Educates with songs and phrases.
- Requires 2 AA batteries to operate.
The Rockin’ Rider is the epitome of a classic cowboy-like rocking horse. Your kids will want to play cowboy as soon as this horse is set up.
Featuring a classic design, the materials used to construct the horse is made out of soft plush and the rockers are made from sturdy wood. Furthermore, there is a saddle and a bandana that is removable.
Like the JOON rocking horse, the Rockin’ Rider also sings songs and melodies while moving its mouth — a feature that little kids will always enjoy.
- Removable bandana.
- Moving mouth with melodies and songs.
- Soft plushy fur coat.
- Sturdy frame construction.
- Requires batteries to operate the singing function and mouth movement.
In conclusion to this article, we’ve prepared a table that features the highlights, price, and rating of each of the above-mentioned rocking horses.
|Rockin' Rider Brown Rocking Pony||$$$||Talks and sings with a synchronized mouth.||★★★★|
|Hape Rock and Ride||$$$||Helps develop coordination and balance skills.||★★★★|
|Joon Rocking Horse||$$$||Has galloping and neighing sound effects.||★★★|
|Little Tikes Rocking Horse||$$||Perfect for both indoor and outdoor play areas.||★★★★★|
|Melissa and Doug Rocking Horse||$$$$||Detailed and lifelike design.||★★★★|
|KidKraft Derby Rocking Horse||$$$$||Made of wood and has anti-tip rockers.||★★★★|
|Musical Educational Rocking Horse||$$||Has 3 educational modes that teach on ABCs, numbers, and shapes.||★★★★|
|Radio Flyer Champion Rocking Horse **EDITOR'S CHOICE**||$$$$$||Has 3 levels of riding: galloping, trotting, and walking.||★★★★★|
|VTech Gallop and Rock Learning Pony||$$||Can be used as a rocking horse or a ride-on toy.||★★★★|
|Rockin' Rider Sheriff Rocking Horse||$$$$||Comes available in 6 different colors.||★★★★|