Toddler Ride On Toys Wood Scooter for Toddlers

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Make a scrap wood scooter toddlers ride on toys that is durable and adorable.  Free plans by

UPDATE: We have not personally had any issues with this scooter but a reader recommend with an older child some modifications be made.  Please read comments.


It's Handbuilt Holiday Friday today!  Today's build is especially near and dear to me.

Last Christmas, I wanted to build my son a wood ride on toy scooter.  The plastic ride on toys he'd been gifted weren't holding up and I wanted something a little more unique and handmade for our living room - as that's where he plays with it. That, and of course, I'm all about the wooden toys.

Inspired by this wood scooter toy that is no longer available and only made in Australia :( we built this - 

It's our (and his) favorite ever of all the toddler ride on toys, made extra special by Hayes' sweet babysitter Olesya, who hand painted it with paint markers for him. 

But he didn't play with it much last Christmas at 1-1/2 years old, so I decided not to put plans out.  

Fast forward a year, and let's just say those handgrips are starting to fade for a reason.  He loves it!

So Jaime from That's My Letter and I decided to add this toy wood scooter build to our Handbuilt Holiday 2016 line up.

Head on over to That's My Letter for all the build details and lots more photos!

And you'll find the free plans following.


XO Ana



PS - Lots more wooden toy plans coming soon!

Dimensions shown above. NOTE: Suitable for 2-5 year olds, but will tip and may result in injury. Build and use at your own risk.


Shopping List

3/4" plywood scraps

1x2 scraps

2x2 scraps

3/4" dowel, 8" long

4 - high quality, non marking full swivel caster wheels with 3/4" screws for attaching casters to plywood bottom

Common Materials
1 1/2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 2-1/2" x 11-5/8" - bevel bottom end at 10 degrees off square - front
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 8" - bottom
1 - 2x2 @ 10-5/8" - front cut at 10 degrees - center support
2 - 1x2 @ 4 - 5/8" both ends cut at 10 degrees parallel to each other, long point to short point - back legs
1 - 2x2 @ 4-1/4" both ends cut at 10 degrees not parallel, long point to long point - back support

1- 3/4" plywood @ 6" x 12-3/8" - front cut at 10 degrees off square, long point measurement - seat

1 - 1x2 @ 5" - seat back rest

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Attach the 1x2 legs to the 2x2 back support piece with 1-1/2" self tapping screws or similar.  I used Spax brand - they are available in small packages in different sizes.

Step 2

Then attach the main center support to the back.  I used 2-1/2" screws and glue - you could also use a pocket hole here too.

Step 3

Next, attach to the base.  Back to the 1-1/2" screws.  You don't have to be perfect here, just get it in the right position.

Step 4

Now the front piece.  I recommend plywood here over using a 1x3 just because plywood will support the handle bars better.  The bottom needs to be cut a a 10 degree off square bevel.  So I cut the plywood first into the right size, and then used the miter saw to bevel that front end (you could also set your circular saw to a 10 degree bevel and cut it).

Step 5

Step 6

Attach caster wheels with screws less than 3/4" and the handle bars.



Sun, 10/23/2016 - 19:57

We built this and within minutes our three year old face planted causing a bloody nose and swollen lip.  So just a word of caution if child is taller maybe make sure handle is behind front wheels a little farther like a bike.  Also maybe add wheels where the angle starts to help stabilize base.  We obviously have wild kids.  

Ana White

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:41

Hi, thank you for feedback.  We have a two year old an the only issue has been side tipping (which he also does on other ride ons) but haven't had a forward tipping issue.  Your recommendations would help prevent that, I have noted in the plans.  Thank so much for taking the time to share.